Madame Defarge: From French Revolution to Knitting Evolution

Film still of women knitting while watching the beheadings of the revolution.
Charles Dickens, author and creator of the character Madame Defarge Contemporary knitted artwork by Freddie Robin entitled, "Craft Kills"

Perhaps one of Dickens's most notorious and intense characters, Madame Defarge makes her knitting count.

Madame Therese Defarge (A Tale of Two Cities) knits her vengeance into her knitting; and for good measure, she knits the names of the victims of the guillotine right into her knitting as well. This all happens while she watches the beheadings of the French Revolution.

Fresh City Life's long-running fibers workshop is named in honor of Madame Defarge -- though our events are softer, gentler, more fun than such revolutionary fare. We're working on our 2013 schedule and can promise some revolutionary knitting techniques that will keep you in stitches all year long.

Madame Defarge's Knitting Salon
Every Monday beginning January 14, 5-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge

Every Monday evening the Fresh City Lounge is open for freestyle stitchers to come in and enjoy the company of other knitters. After a holiday hiatus, our knit night relaunches with a fun night that includes a film presentation of A Tale of Two Cities, which features Madame Defarge, our knitting salon’s namesake. We’ll also serve up some hot tea and bread, and if the bread runs out – we’ll eat cake. Viva la resistance!

Graft: Coming Together at the Seams
Mondays, February 4, 11 and 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Opens January 22

Our knitting expert, Ann Myhre, from Knitty Cat, kicks off our 2013 fiber workshop calendar with a fantastic intermediate-level workshop for dedicated knitters. This technique-focused class will expose students to not only a great pattern (mistake rib stitch), but also the craft of grafting knitted pieces together using live stitches. This creates an invisible seam that has multiple applications in the art form. In this three-night workshop students will create a faux-moebius cowl with the above skills. All intermediate knitters (confident in casting on, binding off, decreasing, increasing, knit, purl and pattern stitches) will be registered for this workshop. Materials and tools list will be sent out with registration confirmation.

And knit some cool ballet gear at our special movie/knitting nights at the Colorado Ballet!

Full Fresh City Life schedule here.

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