When Franklin Habit says he will come to your town, you don’t want him to leave. So, we had Franklin here for three days!
On Thursday night, 55 lucky yarncrafters were on hand to hear his hilarious, fascinating and occasionally bizarre talk, Impractical Magic: Oddities and Curiosities of Nineteenth-Century Handwork, about Weldon’s Practical Needlework. We got to look at images of the strangest knit and crochet patterns you’ve ever seen. One of our favorites was a knitted child harness with jingle bells (no, we’re not kidding).
On Friday, we learned how how to photograph our fiber and knitwear in Photographing Your Fiber. Franklin, who is a professional photographer, shared all sorts of tips on white balance, light, focus and staging. We got to play with a light box to pose all kinds of wonderful finished objects.
Sunday, Franklin walked us through two of his favorite subjects: The History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting and Working with Antique and Vintage Patterns. In both classes we got to see incredible samples along with up-close-and-personal demos, thanks to our handy video camera and monitor.
It was a wonderful three days, and we can’t wait for him to come see us again next year!