I still have two more videos on cables (horizontal cables and how to repair a wrong crossing after the fact) that I hope to get edited and posted soon, but right now I am neck deep in editing a full length video called Open Spaces to support my newest book. There are dozens and dozens of techniques, incredible close-ups and you even get to see my gorgeous face on camera! We shot this class with three cameras, yielding about 1100 GIGA bites of film to edit and combine so I am probably looking at months of editing before it is ready to release. I do not expect to work on my tan this summer.

I will be releasing the Open Spaces class through my web site and one of the video platforms I have been investigating. It is also probable that it will be available on DVD and possibly USB as well. I expect the finished class to be several hours, divided into specific lessons and sections and until the editing is done, I have no idea what the final cost will be. Rest assured, I will still try to produce as many of these free videos for the blog as time allows, but I’ve got to devote some of my energies to income producing projects! Still in the planning – and editing – stages here so, like they say, stay tuned for further details! I’m just grateful the six days of shooting are behind me.

Bridging has always been my favorite way to make the machine bend to my will and I’ve included bridged techniques in all four of my books, dedicating the third, More Hand-Manipulated Stitches, to that topic alone. That said, this video covers three bridged techniques: manually enlarging specific stitches mid-row, using the carriage to increase the stitch size of specific stitches and adding extra rows to individual groups of needles. These are all techniques that can be used for texture and to help manipulate stitches more easily. The tools that I use in the video can be purchased on my web site, www.guagliumi.com. I hope you and this video useful and fun and that it opens a few new doors for you.

Summer is almost here – though you would never know it from the weather right now in Connecticut! If I am not sitting here at the computer editing film, I am likely to be out in the garden, which means my nails won’t be fit for film again until early fall!


  1. Janis on May 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you, cables are a topic that really intrigue me and your tips open more possibilities for creativity and stretching the possibilities!

    • Susan Guagliumi on May 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Happy to help – this is just the tip of the iceberg!

  2. Shannon Adams on May 13, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Susan. I just had to let you know how much I absolutely love your latest book, Open Spaces, you have totally outdone yourself on this 1!!! I happened to notice that it was available in my districts library, so I ordered it into my local. I picked it up on a Wednesday and ordered it the next day! I was sooooo impressed!! I have been MK’ing since 1983, and this is the 1st time I have purchase a brand new MK book. I have an extreme collection of books, patterns, magazines…..that I have collected over the years. I have Knitware, DAK8, Sweater Maker….. All my DREAM machines, thought I had it all…. until Open Spaces came out!! I have a Brother 230 and 840 ready to go on the deck for the summer, if it ever gets here!! (Rainy & way below normal temps in Ontario, Canada :(….. ) They get neglected because my Brother electronics keep me so busy. Hand manipulated stitches, sitting on the deck, listening to the birds sing sounds like a perfect summer to me 🙂 Shannon

    • Susan Guagliumi on May 13, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you so much – it means a lot to me to now that people find what I do useful and/or inspiring. This book claimed 4 full years of my life – I expect that the video will claim about another 6 months before it is ready for release and by then you will be back inside for a long Canadian winter! :-))

  3. Deb on May 14, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Ooh interesting. I’ve hated doing cables on the machine but this may help. I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Susan Guagliumi on May 14, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      I hope it helps – drop me a note and let me know!