My Craftsy class (25% off through this link!) went live and I am super excited to be able to show you the shawl that I teach in the class!
It was so difficult waiting to show you this shawl. It's a combination of two of my designs: Madroña for the shape, and Fiori di Sole for the body and edging stitch patterns. The V shaped Madroña is the shawl so many people ask me about teaching, and I know how much people love Fiori too, so I wanted to put something together that I knew you all would love! This one is called Fiori Autunnali and you can see more pics of it on Ravelry. It's made of Miss Babs' Wild Silk (tussah) and size 6/0 seed beads. There's a regular sized shawl
and also a doll sized shawl
which also works wonderfully as a human sized scarf!
I do hope you'll join me. :)
Here's my official verbiage for promotion:
Expand Your Lace Skills
with a New Shawl Shape
Empower yourself as you bring a
sophisticated and versatile shawl design to life. Join me, Romi Hill,
for my online Craftsy class, New Directions in Lace, and
create a breathtaking V-shaped shawl that will stop people in the
streets! I've designed this class with you in mind, drawing on
questions knitters have asked me about this particular shawl shape,
lace weight yarns, beads, casting on in the round, blocking lace, and
so many other little tips and tricks that you'll find yourself going
back to the lessons over and over.
As you progress through my class,
you’ll hone your lace skills be creating my exclusive Fiori
Autunnali shawl pattern, included in the class materials. Inspired by
delicate lace doilies, this lovely shawl features leaf patterns and
beaded flower motifs. And if you like, you can start small with the
doll-sized version of the shawl which is also included in the
materials and shown in class.
As we begin, I’ll help you choose
yarn and beads. I share tips for reading charts, using stitch
markers, and adding lifelines. I’ll even guide you through starting
your shawl with my version of the ingenious belly button cast on,
developed by my friend Rosemarie Buchanan. The belly button allows
you to start a project from the center with a minimum of fiddling,
even when using lace weight yarn! Next, we’ll move on to join the
working yarn to your cast on, and you’ll begin stitching. I'll show
you how to remove your belly button, and easily close up the center
into a neat and tidy start for your lovely project.
We'll go on to cover working charts in
the round, three ways to place beads as you knit, and the no stitch
symbol as used in my charts, and we’ll transition from working in
the round to binding off two sections of the shawl so you can start
working the two wings! And for the hook-a-phobic, I'll show you my
favorite method of crocheting a chain bind off using knitting
needles! The magic of blocking is next. We'll turn your project into
a beautiful swan! I’ll take you step-by-step through blocking your
shawl to its full size, exposing and preserving its true beauty and
marvelous motifs. When you sign up for New Directions in Lace,
you'll hone your skills while knitting an entrancing shawl that’s a
wearable work of art.
Since 2005, I’ve been designing
knitting patterns and shawl pins. But my fascination with lace dates
back to my early childhood, and the incredible pieces my grandmother
crocheted using a tiny hook and miniscule thread. When I was about
four years old, my grandmother taught me crochet, but it was the art
of knitting that always called to me.
After begging my mother to teach me how
to knit for years, she finally relented when I was nine years old. I
knit on and off throughout my entire life, and then the awe that my
grandmother’s lace creations had inspired was reawakened, and I
haven't stopped once since learning to knit lace. These days, I
usually fall asleep at night thinking of lace patterns and how they
fit together mathematically and artistically. I'm such a lace geek!
I hope you’ll join me for my new
Craftsy class! Sign up for New Directions in Lace to create my
exclusive Fiori Autunnali shawl design, and then apply what you’ve
learned to knit other complex, captivating shawls.
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