“Kreativna osoba je motivisana željom da postigne, a ne željom da pobjedi druge.”
Draga Kukica zajednice, došao je trenutak udruženih snaga kreativaca regiona da svoja znanja i vještine podijele sa Vama. Merino Vrtuljak, Be Happy i Kukica od novembra mjeseca ove godine počinju prve škole pletenja i to u Sarajevu i Podgorici.
Za Vas smo na samom početku pripremili Osnovi kurs pletenja, jer kao i u svakoj školi, moramo prvo naučiti “slova”.
Kako je za najbolje grupno savladavanje vještina potrebno da grupa ne bude prevelika, odlučili smo se da vrata naše škole otvorimo za maksimalno šest polaznika po grupi sa ukupno šest grupa. Na ovaj način će se svakom polazniku na najbolji mogući način prenijeti znanja našeg programa.
U nastavku Vam prenosimo program Osnovnog kursa pletenja:
Na ovom kursu polaznice će se upoznati sa vrstama prediva i alata koji se koriste za rad, kao i načina na koji se završni proizvodi održavaju.
Polaznice će takođe imati priliku da savladaju:
Osnovni tip pletenja (pravo i krivo)
Kombinovanje pravih i krivih petlji
Rebrasti bod, glatki bod, rižin bod
Završetak pletiva, uvlačenje krajeva i spajanje dva kraja pletiva
Nakon ovog kursa polaznice će moći da samostalno urade jednostavnije šalove (infinity šal takođe), trake, turbane i jednostavnija ćebenca.
Termini škole su podijeljeni na način da dnevno jedna grupa pohađa kurs. (Jedna u Sarajevu i jedna u Podgorici)
Tako ćemo na primjer imati grupu koja kurs pohađa Ponedeljkom u određenom terminu, Utorkom u određenom terminu i tako dalje zaključno sa subotom. Nedelju ostavljamo da svi lijepo odmorimo a grupe urade svoje domaće zadatke.
Osnovni kurs ima 12 časova odnosno po tri časa u jednom terminu.
Kurs je isplaniran na način da uz postavljenu dinamiku učenja i redovno vježbanje prethodno usvojenog, polaznice budu spremne samostalno kreirati.
Kukica je pripremila poseban Dućan, tako da one polaznice koje budu željele izlagati svoje radove, to mogu činiti u zajedničkom Dućanu .
BROJ ČASOVA 4x3h
Cijena kursa je 35€
Prijave za osnovni kurs su otvorene do 26.10.2018. godine i vrše se na Kukicinu email adresu, kada se dobijaju dalja uputstva o upisu na kurs i njegovo pohađanje.
Prijava na kurs:
Kurs počinje 1. Novembra
Prijave se vrše na email adresu Kukice kada se dobijaju dalja uputstva
Pri prijavi na kurs sadržina email-a je:
Naslov email-a: Prijava na kurs pletenja
Sadržina email-a: Navodite dan u nedelji na koji se prijavljujete. Sa popunjenom grupom postoji mogućnost odabira slobodnog termina drugim danom
Prijave se isključivo vrše putem email-a firstname.lastname@example.org ili forme na kraju ovog članka
Po završetku kursa se ne dobijaju sertifikati
Kreativke koje vode kurs iza sebe imaju višedecenijsko iskustvo kreiranja
Kursevi se održavaju u prostrorijama Merino Vrtuljak (Sarajevo) i Kukica (Podgorica)
Ne postoji mogućnost naknadnog priključivanja grupi
Ne postoji termini za nadoknađivanje
Sve dodatne informacije o kursu se mogu dobiti putem Kukicine email adrese klikom OVDJE Prijavu za kurs možete poslati i preko forme u nastavku
Whether you’re a professional designer or you’re just starting out, you will definitely look to create a colour or a symbol pattern for various knitting techniques. Together with your knowledge, experience and imagination, this can be one of the best tools for designing and creating a knitting pattern for making various types of knitwear.
As always, Kukica will help you with this and present you the BEST Online Chart Makers for Knit Designers and that you can use with minimal or no cost but maximum functionality.
Although there are numerous mobile applications for creating a pattern, here we will focus on those that you can access from your computer. Since each designer has different needs, there is not only one design pattern that covers everyone’s needs. Try a couple of these and see which one suits you best.
How it works: KnitPro takes a picture and turns it into a colourful pattern for crocheting, knitting and making a goblet. The program generates a PDF chart that you can use. For demonstration we created pattern shown in the photo above – KnitPro uses a photo of clothing to create a colour pattern that you can then use.
If you decide to use this program, we recommend using clear photos with sharp contrasts for best results.
How it works: Knitting Chart Maker allows you to create your own pattern for crocheting and then share it with the community. In this way, there is a possibility for a potential user to create a particular pattern, publish it and request a help from crafters. This tool is extremely easy to use, and there is also a video guide in their website to show the pattern in the process.
How it works: Chart Minder allows you to scan images and photos to create color patterns, just like the KnitPro tool listed above.
You can also create patterns using symbols.On their website they created chart of symbols using Chart Minder. Simply place the cursor on the block you want to change, and then select the stitch symbol from the palette. The pattern is supplied with symbols, so you do not need to refer to external sources to find out which symbol to use.
How it works: Stitch Fiddle’s mission is to make designing easier so that designers spend less time on charts and more time knitting. That’s a mission we can all get on board with!
This chart maker has an easy-to-use interface. When you create your chart, you have the option to share it, save it and print it. Like most other color chart makers, you can also upload a photo to create a custom color chart.
How it works: Stitch Mastery is the go-to chart maker for many professional designers and tech editors. However, it’s not free like the rest of the tools we mentioned. If you’re considering designing as a business, though, it might be worth it to invest in this software.
This software includes lots of extras that the free tools don’t, like generating written instructions from a chart. The software also gives a warning if something like a yarn over or a decrease seems to be missing from the chart. In addition, there are plenty of customization opportunities that free software doesn’t provide so that you can consistently brand your charts.
Select the image on your computer that you want converted into a pattern. Non-members can upload .gif or .jpg images. Stitchboard Members (free!) can upload .gif, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .tif, .psd, .svg, .pcx, or .wbmp images.
Also, non-members have a 1Mb file size limit. Members have a 5Mb image file size limit.
You have a choice of colors. You can opt to have the Stitchboard system choose from a pre-defined palette of colors, or you can manually choose from a palette. If you have our system choose the best color match, you’ll need to also select the number of colors you wish. Note that if you don’t allow enough colors, the results may not be optimal.
When creating your own pattern, you sometimes have a picture or design that needs to be converted into a knitting chart in order to be useful as a final pattern. The inherent problem with creating knitting patterns from pictures or other printed material, is that knit stitches are not usually square, and hence cannot use straight grid/graph paper to create the charts accurately. For most common weights of yarn, the gauge of the knit stitches is wider than they are tall. This leads to the need for a landscape-oriented rectangular graph paper to do charting on.
If you need blank graph paper to chart on, Sweaterscapes has a collection of pre-generated graph papers in various proportions to download here. If you are working with a ratio that is not pre-generated there, you can create custom grid paper for printing at Incompetech.
If your desired image is already a digital photo, the Knit Pro Web Application can take a single photo and approximate it onto square or 5:7 aspect ratio grids.
Louis Boria, from Brooklyn Boy Knits is currently the world’s most famous handicraftsman. This young New Yorker engaged in knitting is the best proof that this ancient/traditional skill is not meant just for ladies but can be interesting and lucrative as well. After a photos and video of Luis knitting in the NY metro became viral, reaching millions of views, life of this young man changed completely, and in accordance with its goal of further promotion of traditional crafts Kukica did an interview with him.
Source: Youtube 60seconds docs
Luise, first of all, let us thank you for agreeing to give this interview.
For starters, we would like to introduce our readers and creatives from the Balkans with the very beginnings of your story. We understood that this story begins with a dream, more precisely with an awakening – could you provide us with more details on that matter.
Yes, I started knitting ten years ago, before that I never even held knitting needles – I worked at the hospital, a standard job from 9 to 5. However, one morning I woke up to saw my hands knitting the air, repeating some patterns and all of this was somehow magically unusual. I had a feeling I had possessed this skill all along and that day I went to a local handicraft shop, bought a book about knitting, needles and material. I had no clue whatsoever about any of this. Strange forms, patterns – nothing was clear to me. I was strolling through the book, trying to do something and then started following YouTube channels. So the learning process began and I must say that I was very persistent and spent thousands of hours exercising . At the very beginning I made these creations for myself, but I also made them for my friends and was giving them as a gift.
Early Louis work
Early Louis work
Early Louis work
So, just like many others you started knitting for friends, so you could make unique handmade gifts. Tell us when did you start receiving orders, or when did you start making money of your skill?
As I said, at the beginning I was just doing it for friends, but at one point people started liking what I did and the first orders followed. Slowly but surely, the business started developing.
So, at first you relied on “mouth-to-mouth” marketing?
Yes, you could say that – friends of my friends started ordering various items and so the whole thing started to spread. I was working at the hospital and was seriously engaged in knitting at the same time.
How did you manage to accomplish everything? It’s not easy doing a daily job and dediced yourself to a handcraft simultaniously.
Yes, at first I managed to achieve both. I worked at the hospital and on my way home I would be knitting in the metro. At first I had the problem relaxing because, as you know, knitting today is associated with ladies and grannies and everything. It is very unusual to see the man knitting. But then I realized – just like everything else in life, you have to accept what you love, what fulfills you, no matter what your environment thinks about it. Only by following your dreams and believing in them you can feel free and fully enjoy the life.
Is it wrong to say that this is actually a spiritual experience that has helped you advance your spiritual development?
Good remark. By doing something that fulfills you and gives joy to you and other people, you simply cannot but to feel spiritual growth. This does not apply only to knitting. You should always follow your soul, what she tells to you and where it leads you. Do not forget the journey! People often concentrate too much on reaching the goal, thus disremembering that the journey toward the goal is what is important. All things happening to us on this journey, both good and bad, that’s what we are made of. We are to learn something from them, because if we don’t, the journey is wasted. Finally, when we draw all the conclusions, it is crucial to stay true to ourselves and always remember who we are and where we came from.
Yes, we agree that this is the right direction of development to follow – whether we are engaged in knitting or anything else. But let us return to the story of growth. You told us how you learned from the books and YouTube channels. YouTube is really a great community of creative people who selflessly share their knowledge with those who want to learn. How important is the community and what it provides for you?
Community is the key. There are people who are willing to share knowledge and it is very important that this knowledge be transferred later on. That is why communities are of vital importance for individual but also for collective growth – without a good community there is no transfer of knowledge, preservation of tradition, and its improvement. What you receive you are obliged to give back in some way and one of the them is by enabling someone to learn new things. That’s the way the life works – what goes around comes around.
You worked at a hospital and helped people to heal, to feel better – one could say that everything good you did has returned to you. But you do not you stop there; we learned that one school is about to include your knitting program into its curriculum. How important is it for you and for the knitting craft in general?
Yes, after the photo and video went viral I was contacted by the administration board of a local elementary school expressing desire to establish cooperation. Then the idea of launching the project came about and a pilot program is now underway. The goal of this project and my personal hope as well is that results after the first year will set an example for other schools to follow by including knitting into their educational program.
We know how modern generation is dependent on technology, mobile phones and the Internet and how detrimental is that on their health. In this way, we want to involve the children and give them the opportunity to have fun and to create. We know how fine motor skills are important for kids and this will greatly contribute to their growth and development. The program also introduces boys and girls because first of all we want to break the prejudice that certain types of fine manual work are just for female gender. We know that in ancient times the sailors knitted and crocheted all they needed themselves. Today, social constructions have led us to think knitting is meant just for women.
Unfortunately, we have to agree with you because today it’s extremely rare to see a man knitting, you’ve been doing that for many years, but this latest event with viral photography and video, raised everything to a higher level. This photograph has changed everything. Can you tell us more about this experience and relate it with the power of the internet?
One day I was travelling back home by metro and I was knitting as usual. I did not know that the star of the American Idol was sitting across taking pictures of me knitting. I came home tired after a long day and went to bed. Tomorrow in the inbox I found numerous massages from my friends saying: Heey, you overwhelmed Facebook! – Nothing was clear to me, I saw Frenchie Davis photographed me and shared the photo. I thanked her in the comment section and she was delighted by that and even more delighted when I told her i was actually just following my dream. After that I was interviewed by 60 Docs and this interview reached over 31 million of views. This in itself shows the power of the internet. One day you are known to a small group of people and the next day millions and millions hear about you. For the first time in ten years I have pending orders. I’m pretty quick; nevertheless my customers sometimes need to wait three to four weeks for delivery.
Today you certainly have a lot more work considering the number of orders you receive every day – how do you manage to accomplish it all and what is the key to this success?
I have found and included more creative people who help me achieve accomplish everything Wintertime/cold season is slowly passing here, but at the same time days are getting colder in certain parts of the world. For this reason, now I’m highly focused on Australia and people from that part of the world, as well..
Thank you for your time and for giving us the opportunity to learn more about you and your work. Do you have any message for our community and creative people from the rest of the Balkans?
Stay true to yourself, your dream; do not forget that this is all about learning and progress. Help each other! I wish you all the success in your future endeavors to improve your community and I hope we stay in touch.