Workshop Dates – 2019

August – September 2019


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Saturday 10th August: Beading your Knitting

Join our very own Ros to learn how to add sparkle to your knitting with the use of beads.  The course will de-mystify the garter tab shawl construction, and have you adding beads to beautiful patterned swatches. 

Saturday 10th August: 10am – 12pm


Light refreshments provided.

E-mail to book.

Saturday 17th and 24th August: Amigurumi – Sculpting with Crochet

Tutor: Linda Evans of Linda’s Yarn Therapy
Skill Level: If you can use a hook you can take this course!
Cost: £45pp
E-mail to book.

We are delighted to be welcoming back Linda Evans to teach once again at The Yarn Dispensary. She has taught here before and her courses were always well received. This year she has designed a special two-week course to show you the delights of Amigurumi or sculpting with crochet. Over the two weeks, you will learn about crocheting 3D items, creating 2 finished sculptures to treasure, starting with Blossom, this sweet little mouse!
All materials are included and each class lasts for 2 hours.

Linda is a long-time crochet fanatic and is never without a hook in her hand or bag, crocheting in all sorts of wonderful places. Her grandma taught her when she was very young and for the past four years, Linda has been passing on her crochet skill and knowledge. She also designs stunning crochet items so do keep an eye out for future exciting things in store too! Linda is so pleased to be returning to TYD and says she looks forward to meeting you all!

Saturday 21st September – Saturday 12th October – Learn to Knit

Learn to knit with this fun four-week course, specially designed to take you from casting on, to binding off your first fabulous project.

Class sizes are kept deliberately small to allow you plenty of one-to-one support and the pattern is designed to be differentiated to allow you to learn at a pace that suits you. 

Gemma structures her courses so that there is an hour of tuition, and an hour of supported practice and application time. 

You will:
* receive a copy of the pattern, and materials to create it
* receive one-to-one support
* learn about yarns, tension, casting on, knitting, purling, reading patterns, and binding off
* learn how to rescue dropped stitches and fix mistakes
* create your very own beautiful cowl to wear with pride
* gain the confidence to tackle other projects.

Refreshments are provided.


Praise for the Learn to Knit Course:

“I’ve been doing the beginners knitting course and I love it.  I’m a slow learner so it’s lovely to have the time to sit, meet lovely people, and get lots of support with learning different techniques.”  Jaanki Hargrave

“I have really enjoyed the beginners knitting course, lovely relaxed, friendly atmosphere, great tuition, felt able to ask any question no matter how small.  Highly recommend.”  Sarah Welbourne.

Skill level: beginner

Tutor:  Gemma Mills

Price:  £85pp for 8 hours small group tuition and all materials.

E-mail to book.


Our Tutor Biographies.

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

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.

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.