Russian knitting: Holder for small things with Leshukon ornament

Teachers: Zlata Ushakova and Yelena Konovalova

Knitting a holder for mobile/glasses/other small things with a Leshukon ornament/pattern
At the beginning Zlata gives some examples of her work as well as some information about the tradition. 
You are going to learn how to do colour selection, how to compose harmonious colour combination, and which colors are incompatible. After we choose colour pattern for each participant and start to knit.
Zlata shows how to knit two threads with the same speed as if it was only one.

Due to that pattern is more complicated and has more possibilities for colour variations, it takes more time for the colour combination selection. 
Timeline is one hour knitting, break with pictures of ready items, then one more hour to knit. During the second break teacher demonstrates and explains some details, for example how to piece bigger parts together, different types of seams, etc.
After second break we make a twine for the holder and adjust it.
Teacher demonstrates pictures on a big screen.
Zlata Ushakova was born in Arkhangelsk, her interest in knitting starting at the age of 12.
After graduating from Linguistic Institute she started her career as a guide at Archangelsk Museum of Wooden Arts.
While working in the museum she started to knit northern patterns using the rich historical material of the museium's collections.
At the end of the 90es she was involved in design of modern clothes with the elements of Komi, Leshukon, Pomory and Pechory ornaments.
Since same time Zlata is teaching ornamental knitting in four languages.

Her participation in numerous exhibitions, festivals of traditional culture, Russian Winter in London, Carnival of Russian Culture in Beijing, Month of Russian Culture in Paris, just to name a few.
She was honoured the title of "National Master of Russia" in 1999.
Also Zlata is frequently invited to perform on TV and her works have been published in "Modnyi Journal".


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