|Swag from Joan Davis' class.|
In the afternoon I took Galina Khmeleva's class on "Russian Grafting with a Twist." What a great technique! And who better to learn something Russian from than Galina herself? She also covered some basics of Russian knitting. It was like learning knitting at the knees of a Russian grandmother. While I love modern knitting innovations, it is very grounding sometimes to go back to basics and look closely at traditions. The ways of the Old Country usually persist for a reason. And I was delighted when Galina explained that Russian grafting was originally used as a way to join strips of weaving to make fabric wider than the loom. Remember, my weaving loom is only 24-inches (60cm) wide. So this is a cross-genre technique. Glee!