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One of today's hottest knitting trends is entrelac, a modular technique that produces a striking woven diamond pattern. Using only simple knit and purl stitches, knitters can create eye-catching pieces with incredible texture. Rosemary Drysdale's new book, Entrelac, introduces this innovative and adaptable technique, along with 25+ patterns for a variety of garments, accessories, home decor accents and baby items. Comprehensive instructions and more than 65 swatches provide endless possibilities in cables, lace, colorwork and much more.
Rosemary Drysdale is a knitting editor at Vogue Knitting and KnitSimple magazines and a consultant and designer in the yarn industry. She has enjoyed a long career as an embroidery and knitting teacher and designer, including at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Gwen Bortner (@EntrelacQueen) teaches this and many other knitting techniques at workshops and conferences across the country. She's been published in Knitter's Magazine, Creative Knitting and lots of other places. You can find Gwen's patterns, books, classes and thoughts on life on her website, Knitability, and her blog, The Same Stitch. When she's not on the road, she lives with her husband Arlis in Le Grand, Calif., in a farmhouse built in 1902 by her great-grandfather.
Listen as Marly talks to Gwen about her book Entre to Entrelac and her classes at the many STITCHES Expos and Craftsy.com
Like this podcast? Be sure to leave a comment/review on iTunes to let other know about it! Stay up to date with the Yarn Thing podcast with the App available on iTunes and for Droid. Find our more about Marly at www.MarlyBird.com or follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/marlybird This podcast is sponsored by: Knitter's Magazine, Craftsy, Fiesta Yarns, and Bijou Basin Ranch.
On the next edition of Fiber Hooligan (6/3/13) my guest will be designer, teacher, and entrepreneur Gwen Bortner. Gwen is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher, teaching at venues, including STITCHES, throughout the country and is the author of Entree to Entrelac. Her designs can be found in a variety of knitting magazines and through her business, Knitability, LLC. Education is probably the most important component of the Knitability business plan as all efforts focus on the company motto of "Taking Knitters to the Next Level". Whether teaching at a local yarn shop or at a national knitting convention, meeting new people and sharing the love of knitting is one of her greatest joys. Gwen’s teaching philosophy can be summed up in the following quote, “My job is to make the students’ toolbox bigger. If all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! In the process of providing options, more skills are developed and a better knitter is the result. My mantra is knitting is fun, if you added something to your toolbox and had fun doing it, then I consider that a successful class.” Gwen has a lot to say about designing, teaching, and the teaching of teaching. I hope you'll tune to hear what she has to say on what should be an exciting and insightful episode of Fiber Hooligan.
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