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Friday, October 10, 2008

Kaffe Fassett's Kaleidoscope of Colour

The Kaffe Fassett "Kaleidoscope of Colour" lecture was designed to inspire and motivate. On Thursday evening, Serenity Knits and Evelyn's Sewing Centre used the beautiful backdrop of Madsen's Garden Centre in Newmarket, Ontario to host his presentation.

As an unexpected bonus, Brandon Mably, also from the Kaffe Fassett studio in London, England attended. He ran the projector and provided snippets of his wonderful sense of humour. Tomorrow he is conducting a colour and design knitting workshop for Serenity Knits.

The one hour power point presentation highlighted works from his latest projects including his knitting, patchwork quilt designs, needlepoint, mosaic and painting designs. Much of Kaffe's inspiration comes from the past, his worldwide travels and current surroundings. It gave us a glimpse into the mind of the world famous colourwork genius. The audience left invigorated and entranced by Fassett's use and sense of colour and ready to try it themselves.

After the seminar, Kaffe graciously answered questions from the audience, then signed books including his latest "Kaffe Knits Again".

Kaffe Fassett with Beth (left) and Karen (right) in front of the wall of Rowan yarns at the store.
Kaffe and Brandon had come to Serenity Knits in the afternoon before the lecture for a quick visit. Rowan has released its fall collection featuring several yarns designed by Kaffe. The colours and beauty of the yarns are overwhelming! Rowan is the yarn used in the knitwear of both designers and is featured in their books.
We felt very honoured to have both of these talented gentlemen spend time with us in our store. They weren't that different than we are when we find a yarn shop while on vacation. They were impressed with the choices in Canadian yarns. Brandon fell in love with 2 skeins of hand-dyed 100% Bamboo from Dye-Version that he was going to use in a commissioned design. It is dyed by two sisters in Mississauga and their colours are spectacular. It was fun to see Kaffe and Brandon touch, hold, ohh & ahh over the fibres - especially the vibrant colours. We wish they had time to join us for a project class. What great conversation and show & tell that would be!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Posted by Karen

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