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Handknit Pillow (November 12th & 19th) with Elspeth Vance


Learn how to knit a pillow with Elspeth Vance! 

Overshot Knitting: Pillow shams

Overshot weaving is an American artform of the Appalachian region of the United States. Overshot’s geometry may be familiar because of its ubiquity in coverlet weaving in that area in the 18th century. Its origins go even further back, appearing in northern Europe, the Phillipines and even ancient Persia. The optical patterns of the artform have been re-popularized by the Op-artist of the 1960’s and have been replicated by contemporary fiber artists and fashion brands.  

In this class students will knit an overshot weaving draft that Elspeth has adapted into a knitting chart! Students will learn to carry two colors at once while knitting in the round, work in stockinette and reverse stockinette concurrently, and will be introduced to a few simple tricks to make their own, fashionable and dazzling Overshot pillow sham.

Class Times

Saturdays, November 12th & 19th from 10 am - 12 pm 

Materials (Not Included)

  • 2 colors of dk or worsted weight yarn
  • Needles required for pattern gauge
  • Pillow form 
  • Buttons
  • Stitch gauge
  • Students will receive 10% off all class supplies
Students must be comfortable knitting and purling.  
  • Students should have yarn wound in cakes (if necessary) before class begins. 
Elspeth Vance is a fiber artist and textile designer, living and working in Portland OR. Under the umbrella of her brand, Noctiluca, she knits one-of-a-kind garments and home goods by hand on two needles. Her designs investigate various textile structures and seek to uncover their commonalities; how is weaving like knitting? Or knot tying like weaving? These explorations have led her to reinterpret historic weave drafts into charted knitting patterns, a delightful marriage of her most beloved textile practices.

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