Knitting & Quilting, Ties That Bind

24 Jun 2010

Last week I mentioned that while I have not yet been bitten by the knitting bug, I could be persuaded to try by the all the new and adorable knitting patterns for dogs. No sooner did I reveal that tidbit than I found out Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang recently finished her first quilt. It just goes to show that when you pull on one strand of fiber, you can easily get tangled up in a whole range of fiber art pursuits. So, in the spirit of sharing, here are Eunny's thoughts on how quilting and knitting intermingle.



Where Textile Crafts Intersect

Eunny JangWhile I was (finally!) finishing the binding of my very first quilt last week, I thought a lot about the intersection of textile art and textile craft. No matter what your specific medium is, there's something incredibly compelling about taking ancient raw materials (thread, yarn, and woven fabric) and finding something new, something vital and alive, to say with them.

When quilting, I feel the long history of textile manufacture and traditional quilting informing the decidedly untraditional choices I make. When knitting, I'm acutely aware of the rich history and ethnography that inform and pave the way for innovation. As textile artists, we understand how interconnected traditions can push us further, give us new elements to work with, and create different perspectives for our work.

When I learned to sew, I found that understanding patternmaking gave me a better plan for fitting my knits. When I learned to spin, I found that it gave me a deeper understanding of both woven and knitted fabrics. When I learned to quilt, I found inspiration for surface and texture design.

Trying knitting just may give you new ideas for your chosen art. Request your free trial issue of Interweave Knits today.


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