Workshop Dates

WORKSHOP CLASSES 2017

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Workshop Tickets for September – November 2017
Classes Available Now


Saturday 16 September
KARIE WESTERMANN
DESIGN YOUR OWN LACE – Sold Out
12 noon – 3pm

With experienced lace designer Karie Westermann, learn to demystify how lace works and design your own project in just a few hours!

Together you will look at how lace stitch patterns work and how to incorporate a lace stitch pattern into a design of your own. You will learn how to draw lace charts and how to calculate projects. Karie will guide you through your design process – whether you want to design a scarf or a shawl – and give you hands-on advice regarding designing repeats and motifs that really work.

Skills focus:
How to design your own lace patterns
How to draw lace designs using either pen & paper or MS Excel
How to insert lace repeats into a shawl
Understanding how to trouble-shoot lace designs

Skills needed:
Knit, purl, working a yarnover and doing at least one decrease
How to read an easy lace chart

Materials to bring:
1 ball of 4ply (at least 50% natural fibres)
1 pair of 4mm needles (straight or circular – if circular, then 60cm preferred)
Selection of stitch markers
Pencil, graph paper and eraser
Tapestry needle

Tutor: Karie Westermann
£45


Sunday 17 September
KARIE WESTERMANN
KNITTING THE LANDSCAPE – Limited Spaces
11 am – 2pm

Psychogeography is about seeing your local environment in a new light: bike lanes, paths worn by human feet, and old forgotten rivers. It is about wandering about your home town and looking closer at things you pass every day.

This class will be an exploration of how to express your memories and thoughts of a specific place using knitting as a medium. Knitwear designer Karie Westermann will talk about her own experiences designing knitwear inspired by specific landscapes – from shawls mimicking submerged beaches to hats taking visual cues from her Glasgow cityscape.

Then, together, you will begin to explore your own landscapes on the needles.
What is the fabric of your own place? How can you translate the way you navigate the city into a wearable piece of knitwear? Karie will guide you in thinking about textures, stitch patterns and colours – and make you look at familiar streets in a new way.

Knitting is never ‘just knitting’ – it can be a wonderful way of engaging with the world in a way that also keeps you warm!

Materials:
Bring yarn that you associate with the place you want to explore.
Bring appropriate needles
Bring at least two photographs of the place you want to explore (or drawings if the place you want to knit is imaginary)
Pen & paper
A open mind – this won’t be your average knitting class!

Tutor: Karie Westermann
£45


Saturday 14th October
MAKING PEACE WITH MAKING UP
9am – 9.30am
Come and join us for a shop floor lesson on making peace with the oft-dreaded sewing up.
Part of our Wool Week events with Campaign for Wool.

Tutor: Gillian Ely
Free of charge


Thursday 19th October
CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS Class 1 – Sold Out
7pm – 8pm

For absolute beginners or those in need of a refresher.
In week one you will learn the basics of chain stitch, working double crochet in rows and heading towards half treble crochet.

Crochet hook and a ball of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton provided.
Please bring a notebook and pen.
Adults only.

Six spaces available
Tutor: Linda Evans
£12.50


Thursday 26th October

CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS Class 2 – 4 spaces left
7pm – 8pm

Building on the foundation skills you will be tackling half treble and working treble crochet in rows then developing these techniques to encompass double treble crochet.

Students to bring 4mm hook and smooth DK yarn, notebook and pen.
Please bring a notebook and pen.
Adults only.

Six spaces available
Tutor: Linda Evans
£12.50


Saturday 28 October
ANNYS GLOVES – 1 space left
A project based workshop
10am – 1pm

As well as making a start on something beautiful and practical to give or keep, this class is a perfect introduction to colourwork accessories.

We will cover:
Knitting in the round with colour
One handed and two handed colourwork methods
Reading Fair Isle charts
Shaping the thumb gusset
How to choose the perfect size fit for your hand
How best to block Fair Isle gloves

Students to bring 3 colours of lightweight DK yarn (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino or similar) 3mm dpns, 3 x stitch markers, stitch holder.

This class is suitable for knitters who can confidently cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease and cast off. An understanding of knitting in the round is helpful.
An excellent introduction to colourwork.

Pattern included in class.
Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
£35


Saturday 4 November
BRYONY SHAWL – 4 spaces left
A project based workshop
10am – 1pm

Stunning new design from Moochka, the label of our regular tutor Anna.
During this class you will work on the border of your shawl (students will be given the pattern for the main section of the shawl at the time of booking. This needs to be crocheted and brought to class.) Colour combining and choosing the perfect palette is key.

We will cover:
A great array of techniques to create the eye-catching border
Working from the pattern
Reading the charted design

Students require 2 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed for the main section of the shawl and 6 contrasting shades for the border (the contrasts can, if you prefer, be chosen in class during the colour combining discussion) and a 6mm hook.

This class is suitable for those with confident basic ability looking to expand their skills with a stunning project.

Pattern included in class.
Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
£35


Thursday 9th November
CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS Class 3 – 5 spaces left
7pm – 8pm

Using the techniques learned in the previous two classes you will begin to develop projects using the stitches you have practised. With a reminder of any areas you are less confident in, this class will reinforce your knowledge and launch you beyond the stage of beginner.
Well done!

Students to bring 4mm hook and smooth DK yarn. You are encouraged to bring along materials ready to start your first, bigger project.
Please bring a notebook and pen.
Adults only.

Six spaces available
Tutor: Linda Evans
£12.50


Saturday 11th November
CROCHETED FLOWERS FOR ACCESSORIES & EMBELLISHMENT
10am – 1pm

This class covers crochet techniques used in this newly published book by Moochka, the design label of one of the country’s most sought after knit and crochet technique tutors.

During this fun class, we will work on the sweet Pansy flower.

We will cover:
Variation of stitches
Crocheting in the round
Changing colours
Learn spike crochet technique
How to crochet I-cord
Incorporating beads into crochet
Practice different types of stitches and have an opportunity to crochet with different types of yarn while making little leaves.

WORKSHOP TICKET INCLUDES A KIT WITH MATERIALS TO MAKE A COUPLE OF FLOWERS AND A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK CONTAINING ALL 20 PATTERNS.

Ideal workshop for adding finishing touches to your work or for gifts to give or keep. This is a fun and colourful class which suitable for adults with a basic understanding of crochet.

Seven spaces available
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
£45


Thursday 16th November
CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS Class 1
7pm – 8pm

For absolute beginners or those in need of a refresher.
In week one you will learn the basics of chain stitch, working double crochet in rows and heading towards half treble crochet.

Crochet hook and a ball of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton provided.
Please bring a notebook and pen.
Adults only.

Six spaces available
Tutor: Linda Evans
£12.50 per person per class


Saturday 18 November
ETTY GLOVES – 4 spaces left
A project based workshop
10am – 1pm

Our final Saturday workshop for the year and a great class for making last minute gifts. During this session you will play with colour to start work on the charming unisex gloves.

We will cover:
Chainless foundation
Creating wave and chevron patterns
Working the thumb opening

Students to bring 2 to 4 colours of Rowan Felted Tweed, 3.5mm and 4mm hooks.

This class is for intermediate crocheters.

Pattern included in class.
Seven spaces available.
Tutor: Anna Nikipirowicz
£35


Anna Nikipirowicz
Anna Nikipirowicz is a designer, author and tutor. Her client list includes the Country Living Fair, The Creative Sanctuary, Rowan, John Lewis and other lovely, local yarn shops like us.
 Her work is regularly featured in The Knitter, Inside Crochet and Simply Homemade.

We are thrilled that Anna can work with us and know you will have great fun whilst learning with her.
www.moochka.co.uk


Karie Westermann – Karie Bookish Knits
Karie Westermann does many things with wool and words. She is a full-time knitwear designer, teacher, translator and technical editor.
Karie lives in Glasgow and is originally from Denmark which informs a lot of her creative work.
www.kariebookish.net

Gillian Ely is chief yarn botherer, designer and tutor at The Yarn Dispensary.


BOOKING INFORMATION
Advance booking is essential.

Spaces for classes are on a first come, first served basis by ticket purchase.

Tickets are available in store or we can invoice via PayPal if you send us your preferred class request and number of tickets required.
There is a small fee for PayPal dependent upon the total value of your invoice.
Tickets are valid only for the class purchased.

Contact details will be noted at the time of booking to allow us to notify of any changes to the published schedule. These details will be used for this purpose only.

CANCELLATIONS
By us:
Classes may be cancelled the week before if there are insufficient numbers to reasonably justify going ahead.
If we regrettably have to cancel the class for this, or any other reason, you will receive a full refund or transfer to another workshop if feasible.
We will contact you as soon as possible if cancellation is likely.

By you:
If we can fill your spot with another student then a refund will be given.
The less notice we are given, the less likely it is that the ticket can be resold – please bear that in mind.

ALL CLASSES
A notebook and pen is a handy thing to bring
Rail for coats and bags
Water and biscuits provided
Loo
Classes are for adults
No animals in the workshop room

SATURDAY CLASSES
Refreshments tray and biscuits

DAY CLASSES
Fridge and microwave available for lunch break use


NEED TO RENT A SPACE?
We are happy to share our beautiful workshop room with others.
If you have something you’d like to do but need some space…your own class, a meeting, photo shoot, large table to cut fabric…come in, have a look and discuss your requirements. Maybe we’ve got what you need.