Computerized machine knitting and felted-knits

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Title: Computerized machine knitting and felted-knits
Author: Scheponick, Marie
Abstract: Continuously being drawn to the limitless variety of textures available in fabrics, especially knits, was a motivating factor and inspiration to begin this study. From the narrowest perspective of the thesis conception a goal was to create a fabric unique to the marketplace. There were three major qualities, among others, that were sought. It was to possess different layers of texture, display the sensitivity the designer had for the utilized fibers, and potential for mass production after some modifications. Over months of research, which preceded an official beginning to thesis work, there was a continuous flow of tiny samples from the knitting machine. Each piece was then felted through various techniques. This experimental process continued until the time of an instinctive, aesthetic conclusion. A few results from the sample making became the models for the yardages that would later be produced. From this initial research the scope of the thesis naturally evolved. Hopefully, by reading the following pages the enthusiasm and almost addictive challenge felt towards this project will be communicated.
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Date: 1991-06-05

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