Knitting is one of the most ancient handicrafts. The earliest record of knitting has been dated to 5 000 - 3 000 B.C. In Latvia also, given to its cold climate, knitting became one of the earliest handicrafts. The first knitted mittens and gloves found here have been dated to the 15th century. Knitting was the first craft which girls can acquire. Hand-knitted gloves and socks are still the most traditional textiles, and one of the most esteemed gifts.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
Take your crochet up a stitch with beautiful ribbing, cables and beads as you make a richly textured 12-square afghan. Enjoy instruction from expert Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, as you learn to work a chainless foundation, create complex cable combinations with ease, add gorgeous beadwork without pre-stringing and more! Complete your sensational lap afghan with join-as-you-go edging for a finished result you’ll be proud to show off. Throughout your class, Drew will share expert tips and helpful information, such as how to measure the gauge of a post-stitch swatch and how to follow charts for twisted cables or beautifully beaded designs. Elevate your crochet with stunning texture in this free and fabulous mini-class!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Edie Eckman provides a perfect primer for mitered knitting, showing you how to creatively combine picked up stitches and decreases to create connected squares. You will learn how to work two different decreases and cast-ons to create two very different Garter stitch designs. At the end, you’ll seam together the front and back using Mattress stitch in order to create your pillowcase sampler.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Chainmail (or maille) refers to armor that made from metal rings that are joined together in a pattern to form a protective mesh. Historically this kind of armor was used to protect soldiers on the battlefield from slashing and stabbing injuries.
Chainmail is also commonly used as a decorative element. The simple elegance of interwoven rings makes it ideal for jewelry making. In this bracelet I combined full Persian weave elements with a vintage spoon handle and beads.