Workshop Dates – 2020

All courses and events are postponed until September 2020. Dates will be released as we have them.

Choose from one of our masterclasses, or a short or day course to hone your skills or start your crafty adventures.



Masterclasses – 2020

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Sunday 1st March 2020 1pm-4pm – Renee  Callahan teaches double knitting. £50pp

You will need

50g each of 2 colours of DK weight yarn (one light, one dark) for use in class OR allow 200g light / 200g dark if you want to make a start on a whole project in class rather than a swatch.
3.5mm and 4mm needles either straight or circular
2 stitch markers.

Sunday 7th June 2020 – 1pm – 4pm Anna Nikipirowizc teaches Fairisle Crochet £50pp

Sunday 20th September 2020– Monica Russell teaches Fairisle Knitting – 10am-4pm £60pp

November 2020 (date TBC) – Karie Westermann teaches Nordic Knitting

Workshops with The Yarn Dispensary

Scroll down to find full details of the following courses:

Next Steps in Crochet Saturday 8th February – Sat 29th February –  by The Project Bag £80pp

Finishing Techniques Saturday 15th February –  The Yarn Dispensary 10am – 1pm £40pp

Sock Structure Saturday 22nd and 29th February – 9-12  with The Project Bag £60pp

Learn to Crochet Saturday 21st March – Sat 11th April –  with The Project Bag £85pp 2-4pm

Beading your Knitting Saturday 28th March –  with The Yarn Dispensary 10am – 1pm £40pp

Next Steps in Knitting Saturday 4th – Sat 25th April – with The Project Bag. £80pp 10am – 12noon

Next Steps in Crochet 
Saturday 8th February – 29th February

A four week course for those wishing to take the next steps in crochet. This course will introduce increases and decreases, joining and finishing techniques, as well as tuition on how to read crochet patterns. The course includes all patterns and yarn for two “make and takes” (MT) giving you two completed projects as well as a whole host of new skills.

Lesson Itinerary Below:

Week 1: Join-as-you-go: assembling squares 
Week 2: Ripple Blanket: Make waves with this cute afghan (MT)
Week 3: Crochet charts – flower motif – create a hairband (MT)
Week 4: Corner to Corner Technique

You will need to bring 400g DK yarn with you, in 3 colours, and a notepad and pen. Enjoy learning as part of a small group, ensuring you get lots of 1-2-1 support, and materials. You should bring your favoured crochet hook although some will be available for you to borrow.

Tickets cost £80pp for 8 hours’ tuition, online video support, patterns, and refreshments.
Message to book, or call 01795 597700, or email

Finishing Techniques with The Yarn Dispensary
Saturday 15th February
10am – 1pm

Learn how to get a flawless finish on your knitted creations with Ros.

She will take you through:
Kitchener Stitch (for grafting together or toes on socks)
Picking up stitches on necklines
Weaving in ends
Binding off.

This three hour course will give you all the tools you need to finish your hard work beautifully.

Refreshments provided.

You will need to bring some stocking stitch squares with you to practise seaming and picking up stitches with.

Sock Structure with Gemma of The Project Bag.

Join our very own Gemma to start your sock knitting adventures in this fun course.  You’ll learn about the structure of a sock, discuss yarn choices, and knit your very own mini-sock from cuff to toe.  You’ll also have the opportunity to try four different methods of knitting in the round, to find the needles and technique that works best for you, before setting off on your own sock.

You will need to have some 4-ply sock yarn ahead of the course, which you can of course purchase in store before the class starts, should you wish. If you have 2.5mm needles in DPN or circular form (1 x 80cm length, or 2 x 40cm length) these are also useful to bring, as well as a note book and pen.  You may also find stitch markers useful.

Saturday 22nd and 29th February (a two session course)


9am – 12 noon.

8 places.

Learn to Crochet with The Project Bag

Saturday 21st March – 11th April
Four week course
6 places.

A four week course introducing you to the delights and versatility of crochet.

The course includes materials for two make-and-take projects: patterns, yarns hooks, and enough to get you started on your very own traditional blanket project.

Week 1: 21st March: Chain on and introduction to the granny square, and colour theory.

Week 2: 28th March: Bunting: Increases and Decreases

Week 3: 4th April Bunting: Bobble Stitch

Week 4: 11th April Headband: Sea-shell stitch and applicque flower

Gemma and the team provide a warm welcome, with biscuits and refreshments on offer. Do let us know of any dietary needs.

The course costs £85 for 8 hours’ tuition and places are strictly limited to ensure that you get as much support from me as you need.

So what are you waiting for? Message me now to book your place, and start your crafty adventure!

Beading your Knitting with The Yarn Dispensary

Saturday 28th March
8 spaces

Learn how to add sparkle to your knitted items with beading techniques.

Back by popular demand, this fun three hour course will have you adding beads in no time, and experimenting with adding a touch of sparkle to any knit!

£40pp beads included
refreshments provided

Next Steps in Knitting with Gemma of The Project Bag.

Saturday 4th – Saturday 25th April
Four week course
10am – 12noon
6 places

Join Gemma for the exciting and challenging follow up to the popular Learn to Knit Course.  You will need to be able to cast on, knit, and purl to take this course.

This six week programme will guide you through the stages to create your very own sampler cushion from The Project Bag Designs and the lessons include:

You will need:

Mindful Mandalas with Linda’s Yarn Therapy 

Tickets TBA
£60pp (total cost not per session)

We are pleased to welcome back Linda’s Yarn Therapy for another fabulous course.
Designed just for us, Linda’s Mandala course consists of two two-hour sessions in which you will learn about crocheting circles, cover a range of stitches, and design your own mandalas, finding out what you can do with them afterwards too!

Our Tutor Biographies.

Here you will find a little about the tutors who visit and teach at The Yarn Dispensary.

Marna – An Caitin Beag

Marna is the designer of the Sinister Catdigan, and a huge fan of steeking.  It’s really not as terrifying as it seems and she is on a one woman mission to get everyone to cut their knitting up!

Marna is also a silversmith and artist.  Her range of stitch markers, project bags and notebooks are both practical and beautiful and we are pleased to be stocking a range of her designs and “cat-tat” as she affectionately calls it, in store.

Maddie Harvey

Maddie Harvey is a workshop tutor and knitwear designer, living and working in Edinburgh, UK. A former primary school teacher, she loves investigating colour combinations and textures in her design work. Maddie is a strong advocate of experimenting with knitting and using the process of swatching as a way to investigate stitches, and free-up the knitting process.
Maddie’s clients include Amirisu Magazine, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Knit Now Magazine, and Pom Pom Quarterly.

Kate Atherley

Kate Atherley is an expert teacher, with more than 12 years’ experience teaching at local yarn shops, guild gatherings, retreats and large-scale events. All classes include high-quality handouts. Technique classes are a lively mix of discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice, with individual attention and guidance provided.

Renée Callahan – East London Knit

I’m an ex-pat relocated from sunny Seattle to sunny East London. I love knitting and designing and strive to create hand knit patterns that are enjoyable to knit and remain wearable for years to come.

After studying fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins college, I began to hoard yarn and a range of knitting machines. I love textiles and technical challenge of knitting. There is real joy in producing something both useful and beautiful.

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.

Anna Maltz

Anna Maltz is an avid sweaterspotter and knit detective who sees the world through yarn-tinted spectacles. She is an independent knitting pattern designer with a background in Fine Art. She writes a regular column (and the occasional pattern) for Pom Pom Quarterly. She has published two books, Penguin: A Knit Collection, and Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, as well as contributing to other publications such as A Stash of One’s Own, compiled by Clara Parkes and Making Magazine. She lives in London and teaches all over the world.

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. 

Linda Evans

Linda is a fabulous local crochet teacher and designer.  Her warm nature and patient approach makes learning with her a joy.  Linda designs the projects for her courses herself, so they are specifically created with learning in mind. We are very pleased that she is able to work with us and we are looking forward to bringing you more fabulous courses soon. 

Gemma Mills

Our own manager, Gemma, is also a designer and tutor.  She has designed a range of courses suited to beginner and intermediate knitters and crocheters that she delivered under her company: The Project Bag.  These were very successful and we are pleased to be able to offer them at The Yarn Dispensary.   Gemma has been knitting for 27 years and crocheting for 16 years, having been taught by her grandmother (a local yarn shop owner). 

Ros Wilson

Advance booking is essential.
Spaces for classes are on a first come, first served basis by ticket purchase.
Tickets are available via e-mail.  Simply e-mail to book and we will send you an 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.

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 you are unable to attend your chosen course and can let us know in advance, then we will try our best to resell your place so that you can be given a refund.  However, if we cannot fill your place then we will be unable to issue a refund.  Thank you for your understanding.

You will find a notebook and pen useful.
Please do check the course details on the website or your invoice to ensure you know what to bring with you as some classes require a little homework to be completed ahead of time.

Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided for you – we do have milk alternatives and decaffeinated options too; just let us know ahead of your visit.

Refreshments tray and biscuits

Fridge and microwave available for lunch break use

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.

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