Workshops 2019

To book onto any of our workshops please contact the store on 01603 927034. When a class is full we generally take the details from the website to advertise new classes, if you have any queries on dates for our classes please contact the shop.

Crochet - with Sue Maton

Saturday 28th September 2019 - Beginners Crochet. Aimed at the beginner, this is a afternoon 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 £30 inc materials

3 places available

Saturday 27th October- 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 £30 inc materials.

8 places available

Saturday 23rd November 2019 - Beyond the Basics. 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.

6 places available

Homage to the (Granny) Square Blanket Course -Friday 25th January or Saturday 26th January 2019 (two separate courses running over 6 months) 

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In this 6 part series of  ‘crochet along’ workshops you will be making your own totally unique and beautiful crochet blanket

We will create a different square in every class and you will gradually build up your skills and knowledge as you go. Throughout the course you will cover a wide range of stitches and techniques which you will be able to apply to future projects with confidence and skill – and you will also have you own fabulous finished blanket to treasure.

  • Subjects covered will include:

  • Choosing a personal colour palette

  • Working a range of crochet stitches.

  • Reading crochet stitch diagrams.

  • Making a variety of crochet squares

  • Blocking and finishing

You will choose your own colours from a range of gorgeous Rowan Felted Tweed DK wool  from Norfolk Yarn, so you know that the finished product will be utterly gorgeous!

Each class will be tailored to individual abilities and will be informal, informative and lots of fun.

You don’t need to be an experienced crocheter to do this course but  knowing the basics would be an advantage. You will learn ‘on the job’ and quickly build up your skills throughout this unique course.

This course will run over 6 sessions on, once a month for 6 months. The cost will be £195, which includes tuition for 6 classes and 10 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed yarn, colours of your choice. Additional yarn will be necessary to complete the blanket to the planned size, and this can be purchased when required.

This workshop is proving to be be very popular so we currently have 5 different groups running:

Course 5-Friday 25th January, 22nd February, 29th March, 26th April, 24th May, 26th June, from 10-1pm, now full.

Course 6-Saturday 26th January, 23rd February, 30th March, 27th April, 25th May, 29th June, from 10-1pm, now full.

Course 7-Saturday 26th January, 23rd February, 30th March, 27th April, 25th May, 29th June, from 1.30-4.30pm, now full.

Course 8-Friday 27th September, 25th October, 22nd November, 24th January, 21st February, 27th March, from 10-1pm.

Course 9-Saturday 28th September, 26th October, 23rd November, 25th January, 22nd February, 28th March, from 1.30-4.30pm.

Wallflower Blanket Friday 27th September 1.30-4.30pm

In this 6 part series of  ‘crochet along’ workshops you will be making your own totally unique and beautiful crochet blanket.

A new design of blanket from Sue, based on hexagon flowers. Throughout the course you will cover a wide range of stitches and techniques which you will be able to apply to future projects with confidence and skill – and you will also have you own fabulous finished blanket to treasure.

You will choose your own colours from a range of gorgeous Rowan Felted Tweed DK wool  from Norfolk Yarn, so you know that the finished product will be utterly gorgeous!

The cost will be £199, which includes tuition for 6 classes and 10 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed yarn, colours of your choice. Additional yarn can be purchased throughout the course to complete the blanket to size in your choice of colours.

 Colour Workshop -Sunday 8th September 2019 10-3.30pm-with Sue Maton

Do you love fashion, textiles or interior design – but tend to ‘play safe’ with colours you are familiar with? Or perhaps you avoid certain colours because you associate them with negative experiences.

I can show you how, with a few simple rules, you can gain colour confidence and create stunning combinations for your textiles – and any other area of your life that needs a colour overhaul!

The day will include:

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‘Hands on’ painting sessions enabling you to fully understand, and enjoy, the creation of a colour wheel.
Demystifying colour terminology and the relationship between hues.
How to generate exciting colour harmonies by following, and breaking, ‘the rules’
Creating yarn combinations and unique colour palettes for your textile projects.
Understanding the significance of proportion.
Insights into the psychology and symbolism surrounding colour.
A kick start into your own colour journaling.

Price £70 includes all materials and an A5 sketchbook.

7 places available.

Felt Making with Sue Scheller

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Saturday 15th June 'Needlefelted Cats '

This workshop introduces you to this easy to learn technique of needle felting in which you use a barbed needle to prod wool to produce 3D characters....

I will help you to create a wonderful personalised cat from any reference you choose to bring.

Cost for the day is £45. This workshop runs from 10 - 3pm and is suitable for all. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Silk Paper,Needlefelted Landscapes Saturday 27th July

Come and spend an enjoyable day creating a unique, needlefelted silk paper landscape embellished with wool fibres, silk and yarns, you can further embellish it with simple stitches and attach it to a stretched canvas. (Please note you will be needle felting onto a silk paper background not a felted one).

I'll create individual silk paper backgrounds for you and colour wash them with silk paint (there will be a choice of shapes and pale colours ) you will then needlefelt 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 shots 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 an area-this can be as simple as a couple of trees/a hedge/a field and grasses in the foreground or a winter with bare trees, summer with lots of foliage,etc.

Cost for the day is £45 plus small charge for silk paper and it runs from 10am until 3pm tea and coffee will be provided.

Needle felt Dogs and Sheep -Saturday 21st September

In this fun workshop you'll learn the easy technique of needle felting in which you use a barbed needle to poke and prod wool fibres to form a shape or design - no water involved! 

I will show you how to create 3D animals so you can have fun making your very own dog or sheep. You will need to bring: an image or two to work from (preferably a hard copy), plus any needlefelting tools/fibres you may have or want to use although everything you need will be provided. I will have glass eyes available at a small extra cost.

Cost for the day is £45 plus small charge for silk paper and it runs from 10am until 3pm tea and coffee will be provided.

6 places available

Knitting - with Rebecca Bone

Saturday May 11th, June 8th and July 6th - Lace Shawl. We will be working over 3 mornings, one per month to allow work time between, to produce a stunning knitted lace and beadwork shawl. Covering techniques such as reading pattern graphs, various different stitch types and adding beads to the design. Last years class was very successful and the finished products were beautiful.

£100 for the three classes, all materials included, 10-1pm.

3 places available

Saturday 24th and 31st August - Beginners Socks.

Learn how to get started on the addictive hobby of sock knitting. Aimed at those who can knit, but who want to learn the techniques necessary to work socks. We will cover working in the round on double pointed needles, shaping a heel and grafting toes.

£50 for the two classes, includes materials. 10-1pm on both Saturdays.

Saturday 7th September- Fair Isle hat

 Ever wanted to try Fair Isle and didn't know where to start? This is the course for you. Aimed at the those who can knit but are new to colour work and circular knitting, we will be making a Fair Isle patterned hat in the round. Course costs £45 and includes materials and runs from 10-4pm.

Now full.

Spinning for Beginners

Wednesday 13th February- 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. £75 per person all materials and tea/coffee included.

Now full. 

Mystery Blanket 2020

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 will be using an exciting new yarn, which comes in a beautiful range of colours, so everyones blanket will be individual to their own taste. 

The course is 12 sessions, once a month, on a Saturday (dates to be confirmed).

2 sessions available, morning 10-1pm, or afternoon 1.30-4.30pm.

Pre booking will begin in September.

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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.