September 2020 Virtual Guild Meeting
Cecelia Campochiaro gave another informative and enthusiastic talk to the Guild. From her studio in Sunnyvale, CA, Cecelia was relaxed and so excited to share her love of textiles with us. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I am sure everyone was inspired. Cecelia credited five designers for their inspiration on the subject of marling.
Marianne Isager (Denmark) is the first designer that Cecelia knows of who used marling. Isager developed her own yarn in the 70’s to be used in marling.
Setsuko Torii and Masami Fukui (Japan) who are mentioned in Cecelia’s book Making Marls, on pages 18-21. Fukui died about 8 years ago and Setsuko has a web shop: https://www.tts-japan.com/
Stephen West uses the improvisational approach to marling. Cecelia said she has watched Stephen West while he knits and he randomly selects colors to be used together. If he does not like the way they look together after knitting the section, he rips it out and tries another combination.
Anna Maltz wrote a book, Marlisle – A New Direction in Knitting, in which she uses a mixture of fair isle and marling.
In researching material for her book, Making Marls, Cecelia traveled to meet these designers to observe and learn from them.
Cecelia described the different types of marl sequences and how to achieve them. She is not in favor of marls in garter stitch because it is too busy, and prefers reverse stockinette.
The Friends of Cecelia Campochiaro group on Ravelry are knitting the Castel scarf (pattern is in her book, Making Marls) if you are interested in experimenting with marling.
— Laura Brubaker, Program Co-Chair