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Art & Wool Workshop at Harrisville Designs

  • Harrisville Designs 4 Mill Alley Harrisville, NH 03450 United States (map)

I’m headed back to Harrisville to teach another weekend full of in-depth color studies for crafters of all varieties. This is the weekend after Rhinebeck, so be sure to combine it with your trip to upstate NY. Here’s the class description:

Hannah Thiessen, author of Slow Knitting, landscape painter, and color enthusiast, joins us for a weekend exploring a new way to approach color. Her method, built on a set of principles and guidelines and inspired by early American landscape painters in the Hudson Valley region, explores the application of mixing semi-neutral tones to enhance and offset bold, saturated colors in nuanced, complex ways. This color method can be applied to a variety of fiber arts and beyond, and even those previously uncomfortable with color matching and mixing will find themselves readily able to explore within the guidelines of this course.

The class begins with an introduction to basic artistic color theory, then reveals how to streamline and focus certain aspects of color theory to generate interesting, naturally inspired palettes. Attendees will use the Harrisville Shetland and Highland's extensive color range to realize these color combinations and will create, then take home, their own set of color cards using this method. Students will also learn about the Hudson Valley art movement, a heavily influential and local American landscape painting movement, and follow with studies on current local painters who have continued to draw on inspiration from the region. Depending on student interest and the weather, we may take a local art oriented field trip one of the afternoons.

Armed with their own color sets, attendees will then learn how to evaluate imagery and inspiration of their own, and with provided materials, to decipher and develop pleasing color combinations that they can then use in weavings, embroideries, knitting and crochet projects, felted fabrics, and more. 

Click here for more information and registration. This class has a limited number of seats and we’d love to reserve one for you! I will also be sharing some sneak peeks of my new book’s patterns for attendees.