Meetings Archive

March 8, 2014 – Richard Smith

Richard Smith started machine knitting in 1976. He has written numerous books about machine knitting patterns and techniques, and has demonstrated in over 200 machine knitting seminars.

Richard has been teaching machine knitting for 22 years, including techniques of garment knitting and machine operation; a semiannual 14-week adult education machine knitting course; and two-day, hands-on, workshops for each of the 910, 930, 940, 965, 950, 950i, 970 and 270 Brother electronic machines.

Richard sold and repaired knitting machines for 25 years. He has retired from active selling and teaching but remains an active machine knitter.

Richard will cover the main bed before lunch and the ribber after lunch.  Timing will fit the interest of the class, and questions from the floor are welcome. Topics will include:


  1. The A, B, C of machine knitting needles – or why your knitting just fell on the floor, and what to look for when things go wrong.
  2.  What happens with “B” position, “C” position and “D/E” position needles while using different settings on the carriage.
  3.  Using stitch pattern cards/programs to set needles for patterning including lace.
  4.  Getting friendly with your ribber:
  • Casting-on techniques and using weights
  • Ribbing for bands
  • Full-needle ribbing
  • Set-up and use of slip stitch, tuck stitch and ribber racking lever patterns
February 8, 2014 - Loretta Warner

Loretta Warner has been a member and friend of our Guild since the early 1980’s. Her philosophy is to create beautiful, handmade pieces with the true goal of serving others. She is always looking for opportunities to expand her capabilities both as a skilled artisan, mentor and lifelong learner.

Loretta is a Berkeley-based textiles artist and knitwear/couture fashion designer with more than 30 years experience. She is a native Californian who is inspired by her love of the colors and textures of the land that surrounds us.

Her work is both playful and deeply considered. Pieces are created from the best yarns and luxurious fabrics using a variety of tools-of-the-trade, including knitting machines of various gauges, sewing machines appropriate to the work, and the use of long practiced handwork skills.

Loretta’s website

Loretta’s Blog

Morning session – Slide show and talk with a group of pieces from Loretta’s Collection and other pieces as well. Note: Guild members are encouraged to bring their work using any and all “luxurious yarns”!

Luxurious Fashion: Winter–Spring 2014, A look at inspired street style, chenille, and a few designers. We will discuss the trends for the new season and chenille: what it is, characteristics, why it’s hard to knit, and what you can do about it.

Afternoon Session – Working with luxurious yarns that are often hard to knit.

Workshop Demonstration including:

  • Using the steam iron: like an artisan, like a seamstress, how to handle the knitting in order to get great drape ability without killing it.
  • Bulky chenille: (Touch Me, Valentina) Step by step from knitting to the finishing: the creation of panné velvet.
  • Standard knitting: chenille deluxe (1200, 1300) and baby chenille (2000); soft metallic (lurex), Fortuny, Slinky, Sleek and Fluffy. Chenille plaited, Chenille as fabric, seam finishes and more as time permits.