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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, Yarnporium, and Rowan Yarns. Custom classes available upon request. Please get in touch for full class list.

Autumn 2017 Workshops & Events:

September 16 2017: Design Your Own Lace at The Yarn Dispensary, Faversham, Kent. (half-day)

With experienced lace designer Karie Westermann (that’s me!), learn to demystify how lace works and design your own project in just a few hours! Together we 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. I 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.

Experience: Intermediate – you need to be comfortable with the basic stitches and be able to follow an easy lace chart.

September 17, 201: Knitting the Landscape at The Yarn Dispensary, Faversham, Kent. (half-day)

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. I will talk about my own experiences designing knitwear inspired by specific landscapes – from shawls mimicking submerged beaches to hats taking visual cues from the 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? I will guide you in thinking about textures, stitch patterns and colours – and make you look at familiar streets in a new way.

Experience: Beginner upwards.

September 30, 2017: Knitting the Landscape at Knit Work, Copenhagen Knitting Festival, Denmark (half day)

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. I will talk about my own experiences designing knitwear inspired by specific landscapes – from shawls mimicking submerged beaches to hats taking visual cues from the 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? I will guide you in thinking about textures, stitch patterns and colours – and make you look at familiar streets in a new way.

Experience: Beginner upwards. NOTE: teaching language is English, but I am able to offer advice in Danish.

October 1, 2017: Knitting Shetland Hap Shawls at Knit Work, Copenhagen Knitting Festival, Denmark (half 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 yarn over and knit two together. NOTE: teaching language is English, but I am able to offer advice in Danish.

 

October 13, 2017: Faroese Shawls at Loch Ness Knitting Festival, Inverness (half day)

In this class we will be looking at the way Faroese shawls are constructed and how their unique shaping allows for contemporary lace motifs. The wonderful knitting traditions of the Faroe Islands have recently become a big hit with knitters. While colourwork has seen much attention, Faroese shawl knitting has enjoyed a revival. Far from being dainty special occasion objects, Faroese shawls are big, warm everyday items that sit well on shoulders. Together with Scandinavian knitting designer Karie Westermann (that’s me!), you will knit a mini-shawl that will teach you about a rekindled knitting tradition and also teach you valuable skills for a full-sized shawl.

Experience:  Intermediate: you should know the basic stitches and be familiar with a basic lace chart.

October 14, 2017: Nordic Knitting at Loch Ness Knitting Festival, Inverness (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 (me again!), 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.

October 15, 2017: Knitting Shetland Hap Shawls at Loch Ness Knitting Festival, Inverness (half 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 yarn over and knit two together.

October 21, 2017: Get Published! How To Pitch & Get Your Designs Noticed at Oslo Strikkefestival, Oslo, Norway (half day)

If you are an aspiring designer who wants to see your name in print, this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn about calls for submission, what editors are looking for, how to work with moodboards, and how to make your designs stand out. Homework will be issued 3 weeks prior to the class.

Experience: Confident knitter with design ideas. NOTE: teaching language is English but I am able to offer advice in Danish.

October 22, 2017: Knitting Shetland Hap Shawls at Oslo Strikkefestival, Oslo, Norway (half 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 yarn over and knit two together. NOTE: teaching language is English but I am able to offer advice in Danish.

October 22. 2017: Design your Own Lace at Oslo Strikkefestival, Oslo, Norway (half day)

With experienced lace designer Karie Westermann (that’s me!), learn to demystify how lace works and design your own project in just a few hours! Together we 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. I 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.

Experience: Intermediate – you need to be comfortable with the basic stitches and be able to follow an easy lace chart. NOTE: teaching language is English but I am able to offer advice in Danish.

More events & workshops to be announced!

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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