To book onto any of our workshops please contact the store on 01603 927034.
Crochet - with Sue Maton
Saturday 12th August - Beyond the Granny Square. If you have done the beginners crochet class, or if you already know the basics and are ready for the next step this is the class for you.
You will learn how to create decorative stitches such as clusters and popcorns and then apply these to beautiful crochet squares and flowers.
We will look more closely at crochet symbols, and how to read them and by the end of the class you will be more confident in your ability to read and follow crochet charts and diagrams.
Saturday 23rd September - Beginners Crochet. Aimed at the beginner, this is a morning workshop which covers the basics of holding the hook and yarn, reading a pattern and working the basic stitches such as chains, doubles and trebles.
10-1pm £25 inc materials
Trellis Poncho Crochet-Along Course.
A four part master class for those who have got the basic skills and want to work on a larger project.
Make this gorgeous Trellis Poncho over four months, and four workshops, with designer Sue Maton. You will need some basic crochet know how, but you will also learn lots of new techniques along the way. You'll be working with a friendly and supportive group and will be rewarded with a beautiful poncho just in time for those long winter nights.
You can choose your own favourite colours from Rowan Felted Tweed wool range.
One course runs on Saturday 9th September, 7th October, 4th November and 2nd December, and due to popular demand we will be running a second group on Friday 15th September, 13th October, 10th November and 8th December.
1 place on first course and 5 places on second course
10-1pm £150 for four sessions inc materials.
This two part master class is perfect for anyone looking to move on from the basics, read a pattern and learn how to make a cute little Crochet Beret designed by Sue Maton.
Working in gorgeous Rowan Felted Tweed, Sue will show you how to crochet the perfect circle, calculate different sizes and customise the pattern for the perfect fit.
Saturday 23rd and 30th September, 2-4.30pm both days. Cost £45 for the two classes and materials.
5 places remaining.
Felt Making - with Sue Scheller
Thursday October 19th - Felted Landscapes, Silk Paper
Come and spend an enjoyable day creating a unique needlefelted silk paper landscape embellished with wool fibres, yarn and silk, further embellish it with simple stitches and attach it to a stretched canvas.
I will create an individual silk paper backgrounds for you and colour wash them with silk paint (there will be a choice of simple shapes and colour ) you will then needle felt them with wool/yarn/silk fibres with a landscape design of your choice....when finished they can be further high-lighted with simple stitches and couched threads to provide extra texture etc.
You are welcome to bring anything you'd like to use, including merino fibres/yarns/fancy yarns/embroidery threads/silk fibres/plus a sewing kit.
I will bring one or two deep box stretchers for you to purchase should you wish to mount your finished work.
The most important thing to consider and bring :
a suitable photo/picture (from a magazine/book etc) /sketch of a simple landscape you'd like to work from. If you want to use a photo a good idea is to take one or two pics and print them off. You could use black and white/colour/sepia (settings on most digital cameras will allow you to create these) You may like to use the whole print or just a small area.............
This can be as simple as a couple of trees/a hedge/a field and grasses in the foreground. Winter with bare trees, summer with lots of foliage,etc. Cost for the day is £38 and runs from 10am until 3pm.
Thursday September 28th - Basic Wet Feltmaking
The aim of this workshop is to teach you how to create a flat, even piece of felt while expressing your individuality and of course having fun
You could consider what you might like to create with your piece of felt or wait until we discuss the possibilities on the day, ideas could include a cushion or bag panel, small bag or a wall hanging.
Cost for the day is £38 and runs from 10am until 3pm.
You will need to bring:
Apron(optional) notebook/pen small old towel couple of plastic carrier bags (to transport wet stuff) any merino tops you have,
threads etc for decoration you may have and like to use.
Not forgetting your lunch - tea and coffee will be provided.
Saturday November 25th - Needle felt Angels
A lovely fun workshop that we have run before making a Christmas Angel / fairy from wool tops, lightly needle felted.
10-3pm £38 inc materials. Classes suitable for all abilities.
7 places available
Spinning for Beginners
Saturday 14th October - An informal introduction to the joy of making your own knitting yarn. We will cover the preparation of fleece, carding into rolags, spinning and plying. We have a selection of Ashford spinning wheels for you to try out, along with some locally sourced sheep's fleece to work with on the day. The workshop runs from 10-4pm with a break for lunch.
Limited to 4 participants to allow for the attention required. £60 per person all materials and tea/coffee included.
3 places available.
Knitting - with Juilet Bernard
Saturday 28th October - Fair Isle and Steeking- A workshop from our guest tutor Juliet Bernard. An introduction to using the two handed Fair Isle technique for knitting in the round. We will be making a mug hug in the round and steeking (cutting) to finish.
For knitters who can already knit and follow a basic knitting pattern.
Participants will learn how to knit in the round, working several colours simultaneously by stranding the yarn behind the right-side of the work.
To summarise the techniques you will learn are:
Continental or German method of knitting (tensioning the yarn in left-hand)
Circular knitting on circular needles, double pointed needles and the 'magic loop'
Fair Isle: working with two colours simultaneously
Stranding and weaving of yarn floats
Reading Fair Isle graph
10-4pm £38 inc materials
Mystery Blanket 2017
Our Mystery Blanket course is a project developed over a number of years to provide extra help and tuition to those wanting to improve their knitting skills in an enjoyable social group.
Meeting once a month throughout the year we tackle a different knitting skill including cabling, Fair Isle and lace designs, to produce a collection of squares to make your own individual blanket. I will also show you how to sew the squares together neatly and add a cable border, giving you a beautiful, cosy blanket in time for Christmas.
We use a sumptuous alpaca yarn, which comes in a wide range of colours, so everyones blanket will be individual to their own taste.
The course is 12 sessions, once a month, on a Saturday.
£30 per session inc materials.
All classes must be booked and paid for in advance to secure places. We keep our classes small to ensure personal tuition, therefore refund of payment for cancellations will only be given if the place is filled by another student.
We reserve the right to cancel the class if circumstances demand it, but full refunds will be given in this situation.