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9th annual Slater Mill KNITTING WEEKEND & Fiber Art Marketplace
January 20 – 22, 2017

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

January 20
Friday evening opening events 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Opening Wine & Cheese Reception
Mingle, meet, and network with other fiber art practitioners and our Knitting Weekend participating artists.

Designer Salon~
Knitting in High Fashion: Behind the Scenes with Dylan Uscher
From sweaters and socks to stockings and tee shirts, knitwear appears all over the fashion industry in ways we might not expect. In this Designer Salon, you’ll get a chance to go behind the scenes with Dylan Uscher, a working knitwear designer and RISD instructor, to see what it’s really like to design and create knit products for the fashion industry. How does a design go from an idea to reality? What’s the interaction between hand knitting and high fashion? How the heck do knitting machines work? Bring your questions and come learn all about the swankier side of your favorite hobby.  Salon runs from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Triple Trunk Show
Our KW teaching artists and noted knitwear designers Ellen Mason and Alison Green, recent designs by the Berroco Design Team, and samples to accompany Dylan Uscher’s designer salon presentation, are among the finished and published works to be shown at our annual trunk show.

Textile Art Exhibition
Artists members of the Surface Design Association, MA-RI Chapter present Fiber in the Present Tense, a 2016 exhibition traveling here from the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA.


January 21
Classes 8:30 to 11:50 a.m.
Open Tour, 1758 Sylvanus Brown House 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Luncheon with the Artists 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fiber Art Marketplace is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8:30 – 11:50 a.m. ~ Concurrent Knitting Classes ~  

(Mid-session hospitality included)

  1. Fixing Mistakes / Alison Green

Stop ripping out your knitting! In this class, students will explore different strategies to fix various errors such as missed yarn overs, extra stitches, wrongly-turned cables, and more. Most of these issues can be resolved if they are discovered a few rows later, or can be disguised in the finishing process.  Knitters should bring medium-weight yarn and appropriate needles for your yarn, and any projects with mistakes that they hope to fix.

  1. Build a Raglan / Ellen Mason

Many knitters have a sweater quantity of lovely yarn that does not match up to a satisfying sweater pattern. Why not create your own pattern? Let’s dissect raglan sleeve construction – shaping every other row, shaping every fourth row, a smooth underarm curve, how to get the number of stitches and your stitch pattern to align with your sweater vision. Bring a calculator (ack, a calculator? no worries!), some yarn, and a variety of needle sizes appropriate for your yarn.

  1.  Charted Patterns for Knits & Purls / Dylan Uscher     ** SOLD OUT **

The knit and purl stitches are the building blocks of all knitting techniques. They might be basic, but when we combine them we can create visually stunning and intricate patterns. In this class, we’ll be reviewing these stitches and learning how to read charts in knitting patterns using the Gurnsey Wrap pattern from Brooklyn Tweed. Students should purchase and download the Gurnsey Wrap pattern (Worsted Version), and bring the recommended needles, yarn, and stitch markers. Also, please bring a pen and paper or a row counter to help you keep track of your progress.


Noon – 12:30 p.m. 
 ~ Open tours of the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House  ~  

(Included with all Saturday & Sunday classes)


12:30 – 2:30 p.m.   ~ Luncheon  with the Artists ~
(Included with Full Weekend only, or as A là Carte registration; advance booking required)

Our KW teaching artists, exhibiting artists, and other textile and fiber artists from the region, join us for this 4-course catered luncheon and casual discussion about design, craft, skill, inspiration, and any topics of importance to luncheon attendees. Wine and other beverages will be served. Live jazz by the Bobby Keyes Trio.

 

January 22
Classes 8:30 to 11:50 a.m.
Open Tour, 1758 Sylvanus Brown House 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Fiber Art Marketplace is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.  ~ Concurrent Knitting Classes ~  

(Mid-session hospitality included)

  1. Cable Techniques / Alison Green     ** SOLD OUT **

This workshop will give you the opportunity to try a variety of cable patterns, progressing from simple to fancy. You will gain confidence reading cable charts and “reading” your knitting. Different styles of cable needles will be discussed, and cabling without a cable needle will also be covered at the end of the workshop. Knitters should bring: medium-weight yarn and appropriate needles for your yarn; one or more cable needles.

  1. Knitting Wired / Adrienne Sloane

Expand your knitting horizons and get wired!  Wire is a wonderful, flexible medium for making delicate and interesting jewelry.  This class will cover the basics of working with 28 gauge wire starting with knitting needles and moving onto other methods with heavier gauges as time permits, to create simple but beautiful pieces that can also be embellished with beads. Resources and materials for successful wire knitting will also be covered.  Supplies: Please bring size 2-5 metal knitting needles (double pointed best) and crochet hooks of various smaller sizes; beads and jewelry pliers, if available, and any 26-28 gauge wire you may have.  Wire will be available for purchase from instructor at cost if needed.  This can be fine work so bring magnifiers, if needed.

  1. The Amazing Mobius Strip / Ellen Mason

Join the ends of a long narrow strip of fabric together with a half a twist, and the resulting band becomes a one-sided surface. This concept was an important mathematical discovery dubbed the Mobius Strip, and it played a mighty role in running the textile mills of New England. Let’s explore this peculiar (and mind-blowing!) aspect of geometry through our knitting in various ways, applying the concept to bracelets, cuffs, bands, and infinity scarves.

 

FIBER ART MARKETPLACE
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, our popular Fiber Art Vendor Marketplace hosts some of the finest yarn producers, spinners, dyers, and micro-farmers in New England. On-site demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting will help adorn our historic space with live practice. The Slater Mill gift shop will also be open.

2017 VENDORS:  (click for websites)

Ball and Skein

Bosworth Spindles

Dancing Threads RI

Dirty Water DyeWorks

Dursin Merino

Evergreen Farm

Foxhill Farm

Katrinkles

Purgatory Falls Alpaca

Rag Hill Farm

RI Hook & Needle BAKE SALE

Romney Ridge Farm

Shallow Pond Farm

Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe

Tidal Yarns

Upton Yarns

We Got the Buttons

~ Knitting Weekend REGISTRATION & FEES ~
KNITTING WEEKEND REGISTRATION PACKAGES
Full Weekend Registration
$189.00   

Available through January 13 only!

Includes:
Friday reception, designer salon & triple trunk show
Two knitting classes (one Saturday, one Sunday)
Luncheon with the Artists
Berroco Gift Bag

Register for Full Weekend HERE

 

Partial Weekend Registration
$99.00

Available through January 13 only!

Includes:
Friday reception, designer salon & triple trunk show
One knitting class  (Saturday or Sunday, subject to availability)
Berroco Gift Bag

Register for Partial Weekend HERE

 

A la Carte Registration
NOTE:  A La Carte registration period begins on 11/21/2016; subject to availability 

Friday reception, designer salon & triple trunk show
$18.00

Register for Friday Opening Event HERE

 

Single Knitting Class
$79.00 each

Register for single class HERE

 

Saturday catered Luncheon with the Artists
Live music by the Bobby Keyes Trio
$47.00 (includes taxes and gratuity)

Register for Luncheon with the Artists HERE

 

Prefer to avoid online purchases? Download our printable, mail-in registration form here: 2017-knitting-weekend-registration-form,  Or, email info (at) slatermill (dot) org for a copy.  This will also save you the online convenience fees.

 

~ Knitting Weekend PARTICIPATING ARTISTS ~

ABOUT OUR 2017 KNITTING WEEKEND ARTISTS

Alison Green
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Alison Green is a professional knitting teacher, designer, and tech editor who has been working in the hand knitting industry since 2002. She learned to knit for a high school play, and began teaching when she was a college student. In 2014, Alison joined the Berroco design team. Alison lives in Providence and loves singing blues and jazz, lounging on the beach, hiking in New Hampshire, and trying new things. Find Alison’s designs at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/alison-green.

Dylan Uscher
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Dylan Uscher is a self-taught knitwear designer from Boston, MA, and owner of DYLANIUM knits. Dylan takes his passion for hand craft and infuses it with his sense of style and aesthetic to create wearable, intelligent knit designs. He is currently adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Textiles Department and teaches both hand- and machine-knitting at a variety of levels all over New England. For more about Dylan, visit dylaniumknits.com

Ellen Mason
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Ellen lives with her family in a handmade home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. She has always been curious about textiles and would like to explore every process in the world before she kicks the bucket. So far, she has endeavored hand knitting, machine knitting, sewing, weaving, silk-screen and dyeing.  She earned a degree in studio art, with an emphasis on weaving, and has worked as a trim designer, illustrator, children’s clothing designer, and dyer. Follow her work at the Ellen Mason Design site, odacier.blogspot.com.

Adrienne Sloane
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For 25 years studio artist Adrienne Sloane has deeply explored all forms of sculptural knit structures.  As a hand and machine knitter, her work has often addressed the political while remaining mindful of the rich historical context of her medium.  Adrienne exhibits and teaches nationally and internationally and has also worked with indigenous knitters in Bolivia and Peru. Her work has been published in Fiber Art now, Fiberarts, American Craft, Surface Design Journal, and Culture of Knitting, and has been profiled in Vogue Knitting and in Knitting Art.

Bobby Keyes
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Highly-acclaimed and accomplished guitarist and producer Bobby Keyes and his trio will entertain during the Luncheon with the Artists event. While Keyes’s talent is appreciated on a scale that includes Billboard chart-topper Robin Thicke and Mary J. Blige, it is his crisp and hypnotic instrumental guitar artistry that is appreciated throughout the Northeast – a fusion style deeply-rooted in Americana. This will be lovely.

 

 

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~ Knitting Weekend REGISTRATION & FEES ~
KNITTING WEEKEND REGISTRATION PACKAGES
Full Weekend Registration
$189.00   

(EARLY BIRD RATE $179.00 through 11/21/2016!)

Includes:
Friday reception, designer salon & triple trunk show
Two knitting classes (one Saturday, one Sunday)
Luncheon with the Artists
Berroco Gift Bag

Register for Full Weekend HERE

 

Partial Weekend Registration
$99.00

Includes:
Friday reception, designer salon & triple trunk show
One knitting class  (Saturday or Sunday, subject to availability)
Berroco Gift Bag

Register for Partial Weekend HERE

 

A la Carte Registration
NOTE:  A La Carte registration period begins on 11/21/2016; subject to availability 

Friday reception, designer salon & triple trunk show
$18.00

Register for Friday Opening Event HERE

 

Single Knitting Class
$79.00 each

Register for single class HERE

 

Saturday catered Luncheon with the Artists
Live music by the Bobby Keyes Trio
$47.00 (includes taxes and gratuity)

Register for Luncheon with the Artists HERE

 

Prefer to avoid online purchases? Download our printable, mail-in registration form here: 2017-knitting-weekend-registration-form,  Or, email info (at) slatermill (dot) org for a copy.  This will also save you the online convenience fees.

 

~ Knitting Weekend PARTICIPATING ARTISTS ~

ABOUT OUR 2017 KNITTING WEEKEND ARTISTS

Alison Green
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Alison Green is a professional knitting teacher, designer, and tech editor who has been working in the hand knitting industry since 2002. She learned to knit for a high school play, and began teaching when she was a college student. In 2014, Alison joined the Berroco design team. Alison lives in Providence and loves singing blues and jazz, lounging on the beach, hiking in New Hampshire, and trying new things. Find Alison’s designs at http://www.ravelry.com/designers/alison-green.

Dylan Uscher
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Dylan Uscher is a self-taught knitwear designer from Boston, MA, and owner of DYLANIUM knits. Dylan takes his passion for hand craft and infuses it with his sense of style and aesthetic to create wearable, intelligent knit designs. He is currently adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Textiles Department and teaches both hand- and machine-knitting at a variety of levels all over New England. For more about Dylan, visit dylaniumknits.com

Ellen Mason
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Ellen lives with her family in a handmade home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. She has always been curious about textiles and would like to explore every process in the world before she kicks the bucket. So far, she has endeavored hand knitting, machine knitting, sewing, weaving, silk-screen and dyeing.  She earned a degree in studio art, with an emphasis on weaving, and has worked as a trim designer, illustrator, children’s clothing designer, and dyer. Follow her work at the Ellen Mason Design site, odacier.blogspot.com.

Adrienne Sloane
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For 25 years studio artist Adrienne Sloane has deeply explored all forms of sculptural knit structures.  As a hand and machine knitter, her work has often addressed the political while remaining mindful of the rich historical context of her medium.  Adrienne exhibits and teaches nationally and internationally and has also worked with indigenous knitters in Bolivia and Peru. Her work has been published in Fiber Art now, Fiberarts, American Craft, Surface Design Journal, and Culture of Knitting, and has been profiled in Vogue Knitting and in Knitting Art.

Bobby Keyes
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Highly-acclaimed and accomplished guitarist and producer Bobby Keyes and his trio will entertain during the Luncheon with the Artists event. While Keyes’s talent is appreciated on a scale that includes Billboard chart-topper Robin Thicke and Mary J. Blige, it is his crisp and hypnotic instrumental guitar artistry that is appreciated throughout the Northeast – a fusion style deeply-rooted in Americana. This will be lovely.

 

 

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