Sivia Harding, Knitting Designer and Teacher was our guest today on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.
Sivia says that she learned to crochet and learned at a very young age, but wanted to learn to knit and tried on her own but didn’t learn till much later when she moved to Canada after she had left all her other crafts behind. Her husband sent her to the library, where she borrowed a video and was ON HER WAY, almost immediately designing. She was greatly attracted to knitting lace when she met a friend in person from Knit List and saw her finished UNBLOCKED knitted piece. Sivia owned one of Barbara Walker’s stitch treasuries and understood charting with admiration. A one point she picked up a box of weaving singles through her knitting guild and with it she designed a few pieces that are still in existence.
When Sivia first started offering her patterns, she printed them and offered them through Local Yarn Stores but things have certainly changed for her with the internet and with Ravelry. Her Ravelry Designer page has many beautiful designs, many include beads: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sivia-harding
Beading came naturally and her designs also changed from garment adornment to jeweled embellishments. At the time, people strung the beads before creating their projects, and often became discouraged with the starting and stopping of using beads in there areas. She finds for her the method of using a crochet hook worked for her in a more spontaneous way.
Sivia is working with Knitting Boutique with sweaters and accessories. She’s really inspired by their yarns, from their sources and milling methods. She enjoys teaching at the smaller events like the upcoming Madrona event for the intimate settings. Teaching what she loves about designing in this way is very enjoyable to her. Sivia’s website: http://www.siviaharding.com/ where she lists her upcoming events.
Sivia Harding is a participant in the Visionary Authors Group founded by Cat Bordhi. From this has come Sivia’s collections and digital books, and the upcoming Harmonia’s Rings Collections.
If you missed getting to hear this live, it’s still available in the archive: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/01/08/sivia-harding-knitting-designer-teacher or in iTunes