Colours of Edinburgh at EYF

Following on from my earlier post, I thought you might like to see some of the beautiful knitting done in my Colours of Edinburgh workshops at EYF. This is a slightly different class from Quotidian Colourwork, as I’ve designed this workshop to speak directly to the wondrous geographic context of Edinburgh, and attendees get photos and a pre-selected palette from which to work rather than using their own inspiration sources. I designed this class firstly to help address how a vast landscape can be edited down into a manageable source of inspiration, and secondly to celebrate that EYF takes place IN EDINBURGH!

I’m really grateful to my friend Gordon Anderson for the photos we use in Colours of Edinburgh, and for introducing me to Arthur’s Seat – my favourite place to go in Edinburgh, and one of the sources of the stone used to build (and colour) that city. Thank you, Gordon!

Each class begins with looking at the photos and defining one element for exploration. In my notes for my first class on Thursday I have scribbled things like “green and orange in a triangle” “stone with a ghost in it” “speck with a particularly pleasing colour combo” “lichens with a graphic yellow line standing out” “yellow and orange speckles, BIG BLOBS” “hard shapes against soft pinks” and other details that sang from Arthur’s Seat to the knitterly instincts of the workshop group…

Nora’s “green and orange in a triangle”
“stone with a ghost in it”
“the graphic lines of shadows”
Catrin’s “reds and fades and a tiny skull”
“greenish and the dark shadow”
Fi’s “little yellow green popping out from a dark background”
“lichens with a graphic yellow line standing out”
Vicky’s “yellow and orange speckled BIG BLOBS”
“lichens with a graphic yellow line standing out”
Maria’s “graphic pattern of shadows and a speckly texture”

For the second workshop, I have written “moss light shade” “skyline and shadows” “graded shading” “GREEN plants” “spikiness of grass gingerbread to green transition” “geometric form” and “lichen circle and black gashes” among other notes…

Vera’s “skyline and shadows”
Deb’s “spikiness of grass gingerbread to green transition”

(keen-eyed spotters will note that this is a very different interpretation of the same grassy inspiration source shown from the earlier class)

Rachel’s “texture of grass and shape”
Yvonne’s “green plants”

(I love the refinement of Yvonne’s design here; she was drawn to the glowing orange tips of the moss… in her first design the shading evoked the colours of this, but the shape felt too straight and blocky… in her second iteration, the pattern has a more slender, diagonal shape that more accurately communicates the delicacy of the original inspiration)

“geometric form”
Julie’s “leaves then pink”
“diagonal lines”
“lichen circles and black gashes”
Lesley’s “strata”
“mustard and greys and dots”
“rounded shadows”

I really, really love the ways in which comrades at Colours of Edinburgh classes parsed the textures, surfaces and details of Arthur’s Seat into stranded colourwork, and the different ways in which knitters have individually transposed lichens, rocks, geology and light into unique designs… I think this class in particular shows how differently each of us views the world. Thanks for your willingness to adventure into knitting the landscape together, and for bringing such a variety of knitterly perspectives to this special place. Apologies for the sometimes blurry photos but hopefully the collection here gives a tiny glimpse of the joy we had exploring THE COLOURS OF EDINBURGH!


7 thoughts on “Colours of Edinburgh at EYF

  1. Thank you for a really great class and it is so interesting to see everyone else’s interpretations – mine is the ‘lichens with a graphic yellow line standing out’ and I’ve used exactly the same picture as ‘lichen circles and black gashes’, which is so completely different. It is fascinating to see how we can interpret the same thing in so many different ways, let alone all the different pictures!

  2. It’s fascinating seeing the different interpretations of similar pictures, which colours or shapes call out, and the yarn used looks so ….sighing with my eyes closed…. wish I could smell and touch through the computer screen…..

  3. Thank you for the inspiration Felicity! I loved taking your class. And it’s great to see the photos now and read your descriptions.

  4. I love the colour work. The images and the knit design work in perfect harmony.
    Trying to think of something clever to say but you have said it all perfectly already!
    Thank you for being a wonderful ambassador for wool, esp Real Shetland Wool!

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