After years of dreaming, planning and saving money I went back to school last year. I’ve found a course that combines my nerdiness with my love for textiles: I’m now on my way to becoming a textile engineer! One semester down, this far we’ve had courses in knitting and weaving (and lots and lots of math).
In knittning class we’ve learned to use both hand knitting machines and big industrial ones, and in weaving class we’ve worked with several kinds of weaving looms. And I love it, especially the labs. It’s not often that school is so fun you forget the time.
A sample of what I’ve been doing:
Owls from an old cross stitch book that me and my lab partner modified to work as a weaving pattern. The owls are about 2 cm wide.
A knitted skull fabric I made on one of the big circular knitting machines. Each skull is about one cm high. (I put the coin there to show the scale, and only afterwards realized that it’s probably not so useful if you don’t use Swedish money and know how big it is. )