Nicki Hitz Edson
Nicki Hitz Edson is well known
for her knitted kimonos and crocheted masks.
A student of nature, art and myth throughout her life, she has
incorporated themes from these sources into her designs. Nicki now is making
beautiful knitted coats, and tapestries, as well as Pet Portrait Pillows.
Abby, her fuzzy dog, was the inspiration for the first pillows.
Now she falls in love with each dog (or cat) she puts onto a pillow.
Her work has been shown in galleries and museums all over the world and
featured in several publications.
On a more technical
note, all Nicki's work is knitted on a Passap E 6000 knitting machine.
The fabric is knitted in a double-knit, jacquard technique.
Knitting with light wool yarns, this makes a soft, durable, light and
stable fabric, good for hanging on walls or on the body.
The designing is done on
a computer and translated to knitting software for the machine.
Nicki's earlier knitting was done before personal computers were common,
and knitted on a punch card machine. The computer has shortened the time of the actual labor and allowed more
freedom in the design process. Nicki
says it has made it a lot more fun!
For more information, click on
Craig Richmond, Seattle
Tidemark Communications, Kenji
The Artist, and sometimes her
friends, who are also sometimes the models.