Dubied machine knitting for pattern and texture

Dubied machine knitting
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 29 July 2019
  • Course duration: One week

This course introduces a variety of methods to help you produce unique fabrics that display a range of properties whilst exploring the use of colour, textured structures and stitch manipulation.

It’s ideal for students and practitioners who have a basic understanding of machine knitting and who wish to develop their textile design skills or experimental skills as part of a textile art practice.

This course uses Dubied handflat double-bed knitting machines, which can create a wide variety of fabrics using stitch structures such as hold stitch, tuck stitch, needle layouts, racking and selective needle use.

You’ll receive instruction on hand-manipulation methods using stitch transfer in both repeat and freeform methods.

The workshops will also cover problem-solving techniques to help you become more self-sufficient after the course.

The university boasts a wide range of machine gauges, so you’ll be able to choose to develop fabric weights that most suit your interest, or you can choose to experiment with a range of fabric weights for different projects.

You will have time to develop your own structures using the methods learned, with help from the course tutor during group feedback and one-to-one sessions.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave the course with a portfolio of swatches showcasing fabrics that can be developed for use in other textile design applications.

Tutor profile: Martha Glazzard is a designer, researcher and educator in textile design.

Trained as a knitwear designer, she has particular interest in creating interesting fabrics using a wide range of knitting technology.

Martha completed a PhD in 2014 using design perspectives to develop functional textiles.

She has over ten years’ experience working with students to develop their knitting abilities.

Martha runs a small knitted accessories label and is an active member of a local repairing initiative as one of their textile repairers.

Her research career has seen wide-ranging subjects including development of costumes for dancers, knitted electronics, learning materials for mental health, archival explorations and even a publication in a physics journal.

Indicative maximum class size: 8

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • explore how to transform design ideas into fabrics
  • receive a good grounding towards developing individual textile practices for personal or commercial application
  • spend time on the knitting machines, starting with demonstrations of techniques with double-bed and single-bed fabrics
  • use personal sketchbook development, photography and research
  • be able to bring your own questions to the development of your knitted fabrics.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £540.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £540.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418