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Colors & Patterns

KNIT INSPIRATIONS

Design inspirations for knits can be found everywhere. A beautiful flower, architecture, motifs on woven fabrics, carpet designs and more. The possibilities are endless at this stage of the design process. Find you theme, then the fun begins.

The yarn selections today are numerous from cottons, to silks, to bamboo.The color choices of yarns are more than adequate to accommodate your design ideas. If you have already purchased your yarn for your project, wrap lengths of the  yarns around cardboard and take them along  with you on your inspiration journey. You will not need to duplicate the colors exactly, and you will find a lot of colors that will compliment your yarn colors.  Deciding on your color story is as close as your nearest Botanical Gardens where you can take lots of pictures , and a visit to the paint store for color chips that may also compliment the colors of yarn in your yarn choice. Don’t forget  the fabric store. Many  woven fabrics and trims posses just the right color combination’s within the fabric. Cut a small square of your fabric, to place alongside of your photos, yarns, color chips, trims to get the full effect of the color, pattern and texture you may decide to use.


Perhaps you will use a stripe combination or a fair-isle (jacquard) design, lace, or a knit and purl textural stitch combination, if you have not already thought about where you will place all of your wonderful  collected inspiration elements or how you will lay it out in  your project. Now is the time to decide what will best suit your colors, etc.  A sweater, shawl, scarf, or perhaps a beautiful throw for your bed or sofa. The decision on project type should be compatible with the type of stitch pattern, color pattern, lace pattern  that you choose to enable you to produce a desirable overall knit fabric.

Development is a necessary part of designing and every novice or seasoned knitter should spend time making several or many swatches to see how the colors, patterns and stitches will look  together before beginning the project. With color, yarn, style, and stitch decisions made.

LET THE KNITTING BEGIN !

Arnetta Kenney teaches SXW 200: Knitting for Pleasure and SXW 201: Knitting for Novices.

FABRIC: OPERATION REUSE!

FASHIONABLE CAUSE

Hey Fashion Designers!

I know you have tons of fabric that don’t make the cut at the end of your seasons or semesters and that you have fabric that’s been laying around for ages because you “one day want to use it” or you had a “great idea for a project” a year ago.  Let’s face it, it’s just taking up space in your little apt.

The solution? MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS!  This amazing reuse center takes designers unused fabrics and trims (and pretty much all types of art supplies) and donates them to schools and non-profits that don’t otherwise have access or funding to these much needed materials.

So next time you are doing some spring cleaning head over to the MFTA and support local schools and non-profits!

MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS
33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Long Island City, N.Y. 11101
Email: [email protected]
www.mfta.org

 

Dinna Soliman teaches CTB 012 Microsoft Excel 2: Fashion Design, CTD 131 Creating Complete Tech Packs in Illustrator, and various TOT: Fashion Design classes.

Levi’s WATER<LESS

FASHIONABLE CAUSE

This spring Levi’s has partnered with Water.org to take on the amazing feat of delivering more than 200 million liters of clean drinking water to people around the world.  With already 150 million liters donated, they are asking for everyone’s help to complete the task.  It’s as easy as completing a few simple tasks via www.facebook.com/Levis.

 

Dinna Soliman teaches CTB 012 Microsoft Excel 2: Fashion Design, CTD 131 Creating Complete Tech Packs in Illustrator, and various TOT: Fashion Design classes.