Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Creative Festival 2015 Day 3

Technically this is day 4 of the Creative Festival, but since I had no classes on Thursday we decided to go shopping.

So on Friday I was back in the Metro Toronto Convention Center bright and early for my first class of the day. This class was an Intro to lace knitting and was taught by Kate Atherley.

We started off with the thicker thread and she had us practice different patterns. Each pattern is designed with little traps. Things that knitters who are not used to counting while doing their knitting would fall into. I must admit that even with my experience in crochet, where repetitive patterns are very predominant, I fell into those same traps. It didn't help that I was too busy trying to remember the different stitches lol

I also had a hard time doing the cast on stitch. I learned how to do the knitted cast on from this video, but Kate was using a different technique which she tried showing me, but I just didn't get it. Anyhow, this class was worth it just for the tips she gave us, like pay attention to the pattern, use lifelines at the beginning of a stitching session and ALWAYS count, count, count.

After a very quick bite, I came back for my second class of the day with Erla Wilson called Heirloom Needlecase.

This class was really rough. The needlecase is adorable, but after several days of embroidery classes and a full day we were all very tired.

The first step was stitching the blanket stitch outline of the heart and that's about all I could take lol. We spent most of the class talking and watching Erla demonstrate the different stitches. Many of us ended up leaving the class early. I really wish we had this class earlier in the week.

For the rest of the day, I spent it doing the rounds at the show. More on that in a later post.


  1. The needlecase is stunning, really lovely and worth the effort.

  2. My goodness, you were busy. I'm sure that everything will settle in to your head over the next few days!

  3. Yes, we can only absorb so much. I'm sure though, that after a few night's sleep everything will be fine. The needlecase is beautiful.

  4. gorgeous work, must be fun such a creative festival