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Workshops & Events


Thank you for enabling me to discover I enjoy purling in continental! – Isabelle

 Thank you for being an excellent teacher: stitch demonstrations in small groups, individual attention, remembering people’s names, friendly atmosphere, pacing that kept 20 knitters moving along together, handouts to take away ….. Fabulous! – Barbara

I teach a range of workshops throughout the UK and have more than 15 years’ teaching experience. Past clients have included the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Unwind Brighton, and Rowan Yarns. Custom classes available upon request (including seasonal classes, project-orientated classes and basic technique classes). Please get in touch for full class list.

Autumn 2016 Workshops & Events:

September 4, 2016: Nordic Knitting at The Queen of Purls, Glasgow (Full Day)
This class will introduce you to the many, varied knitting traditions of Scandinavia and the Nordic region. Together with Danish knitwear designer Karie Westermann (that’s me!), you will explore Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian and Danish knitting heritage as you knit colourwork ‘the Nordic way’. We’ll discuss authentic colour choices and regional differences in colourwork among other things. You’ll have the choice between making two different styles of wrist warmers on the day – and we’ll even talk about a certain famous Faroese jumper! You will also get a chance to look at my gorgeous samples.

Experience: Intermediate – you need to be comfortable knitting in the round and be able to follow an easy colourwork chart.

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September 10, 2016: Shetland Hap Shawls at Fluph, Dundee (Half Day)
Shetland lace sounds daunting, but in this workshop I will teach you how apply this technique to make a hap shawl. Together we will explore the different techniques you use in a hap shawl: picking up stitches, reading & understanding a lace chart, and how to knit an applied edge. We’ll talk different lace traditions and how best to ‘hack’ a lace shawl. You will also get a chance to look at some stunning samples while we crack the code!

Experience: Intermediate. No prior lace experience necessary, but you should be able to knit, purl, do yarn overs and knit two together.

 

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October 22, 2016: Two-Handed Colourwork at McAree’s, Falkirk (Full Day)

Why not pick up a technique that will transform how you think about stranded knitting? In this class you will learn an efficient and practical way of knitting with two colours at the same time. I will teach you how to knit colourwork holding the yarns in both hands. You will learn how to keep your yarn floats correctly tensioned, how to control colour dominance, and how to speed up your colourwork knitting. The class includes instructions on how to combine the continental knitting technique with the standard ‘throwing’ method – and it is suitable for people who knit either way. I will also talk about how to choose colours for a project and you will get a chance to look at my gorgeous samples.

Experience: Intermediate – you need to be comfortable knitting in the round and be able to follow an easy colourwork chart.

October 29, 2016:  Introduction to Shawl Knitting at Jinty’s & Baa, Dunoon (Full Day)
Feel daunted by beautiful lace shawls you see online or in yarn shops? They are not as scary as they look. I will teach you will learn how to tackle lace charts, trouble-shoot any problems, and how to make your shawl look amazing. Together we will knit a mini-shawl in class that will teach you everything you need to known to be able to knit any of the popular shawl patterns around. Bonus: plenty of shawl samples will be on display and I will explain why some shawl constructions are easier than others.

Experience: intermediate or adventurous beginner. You should be able to cast on & off, knit, purl, do a yarnover and knit two together.

Exciting November Announcement to come!

November 11 & 12, Shetland Hap Shawls at Glen Gallery, Cullybackey, Northern Ireland (Full Days)

Shetland lace sounds daunting, but in this workshop I will teach you how apply this technique to make a hap shawl. Together we will explore the different techniques you use in a hap shawl: picking up stitches, reading & understanding a lace chart, and how to knit an applied edge. We will look at how to construct a shawl and remix existing Shetland designs, and we will also discuss how best to ‘hack’ a lace shawl. You will also get a chance to look at some stunning samples while we crack the code!

Experience: Intermediate. No prior lace experience necessary, but you should be able to knit, purl, do yarn overs and knit two together. Advanced knitters will be able to discuss shawl design.

November 19, 2016: Two-handed Colourwork at Fluph, Dundee (Half Day)

Why not pick up a technique that will transform how you think about stranded knitting? In this class you will learn an efficient and practical way of knitting with two colours at the same time. I will teach you how to knit colourwork holding the yarns in both hands. You will learn how to keep your yarn floats correctly tensioned, how to control colour dominance, and how to speed up your colourwork knitting. The class includes instructions on how to combine the continental knitting technique with the standard ‘throwing’ method – and it is suitable for people who knit either way. Plenty of gorgeous samples. Note: This is a half day version of my standard full-day class.

Experience: Intermediate – you need to be comfortable knitting in the round and be able to follow an easy colourwork chart.

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December 3, 2016: Two-handed Colourwork at Be Inspired Fibres, Edinburgh (Full Day)

Why not pick up a technique that will transform how you think about stranded knitting? In this class you will learn an efficient and practical way of knitting with two colours at the same time. I will teach you how to knit colourwork holding the yarns in both hands. You will learn how to keep your yarn floats correctly tensioned, how to control colour dominance, and how to speed up your colourwork knitting. The class includes instructions on how to combine the continental knitting technique with the standard ‘throwing’ method – and it is suitable for people who knit either way. I will also talk about how to choose colours for a project and you will get a chance to look at my gorgeous samples.

Winter Workshops to be announced at a later date. 

Want me to run a workshop in your local yarn shop or at your local knitting festival?

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2 Thoughts on “Workshops & Events

  1. Karen Rodger on April 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm said:

    Had a great time at yesterday’s workshop at Queen of Purls. Learned so much in a short space of time. Started work on my wrist warmers today.

  2. Jean Philp on November 11, 2016 at 10:47 pm said:

    Great workshop at Glen Gallery. I learned so much about knitting a hap shawl. I now want to knit so many. Another well delivered workshop as ever. Thanks.

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