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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Olga Buraya-Kefelian - 3-D Knitwear (Moko-Moko Cowl/Ginga Cowl)

This class is part demonstration with AV presentation and lecture about my approach and part swatch-fest, and all inspiration process. I present my 3D design philosophy, to reveal a slightly different angle of knitwear and putting your knitting skills into a novel path. Students will have a choice of making Moko-Moko Cowl or Ginga Cowl patterns.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: need to know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, slip stitches

Materials to bring: For Moko-Moko Cowl:
340 yds of any worsted weight yarn
Waste yarn in smooth texture and similar weight
US 7 (4.5 mm) needle and a spare needle
Crochet hook F (3.75mm)
Waste yarn

For Ginga Cowl:
270 yds in each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn
Waste yarn in smooth texture and similar weight
US 7 (4.5 mm) circular, 24” long
Crochet hook (size H or larger)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 16

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Elizabeth Johnston - Spinning Worsted and Woollen Yarns

 Elizabeth of Shetland Handspun will take you through different preparations (or not) of both fleece and top to achieve both woollen and worsted yarns. The class will prepare fleece by combing and carding, and explore methods of manipulating tops to achieve different yarns. We will then spin each preparation into both woollen and worsted yarns. Spin the yarns you want from these preparations; from fine to chunky, in soft knitting yarn, strong sock yarn, weaving yarn.

Level: Any level beyond beginner.

Skills needed: Must be able to spin.

Materials to bring: Some fibre will be available, but bring a variety of fleece and fibre you prefer to spin, plus any new fibre you want to try. Spinning wheel or spindle; whatever you have of - hand cards, flick carder, combs; niddy noddy, lazy kate; oil; and a notebook.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 10

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Nancy Marchant - Tuck Into Your Own Brioche Cowl

Cushy textured brioche cowls - who doesn’t want one? So why not create your own, using the yarns and colours that look best with your wardrobe? Class begins with learning about tuck brioche stitches and how to read a tuck/brioche chart. Then, working the body of the cowl, in the round, in a stitch pattern that you have selected from an stitchionary of 2-colour tuck brioche stitches. You will walk out the door with the beginning of your own designer cowl and a small stitch dictionary (created exclusively for this class by Nancy) to help you design even more cowls at home.

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Skills needed: Basic knitting skills

Materials to bring: Small amounts of 2 contrasting colours of DK weight yarn to use for practicing the stitches, US4/3.5mm double-pointed or circular needle. For your cowl, you will need 2 contrasting colours of DK, or Aran weight yarn, at least 150 yds (140 m) each, and 16” circular needle one size smaller and one size larger than the size recommended for the yarn as well as the size recommended.

Any “homework”?: We are going to use a variation of the long tail cast on for our cowl. Instead of using one yarn and its tail, we are going to use two yarns. Tie your two yarns together leaving a 6 inch tail. Wrap the light color around the thumb and the dark color around the index finger, work the long tail cast on just as you would if you were using only one yarn on a 16” circular needle, the size recommended for the yarn. Come to class having cast on 96 sts loosely - the 6 inch tail can be used later on to loosen up the cast on if it is too tight.

Class size: 19

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Jane Crowfoot - Creative Crochet - How to Work in a Freeform Way

Freeform crochet breaks all the rules! 
Working in a freeform way means that no written patterns, charts or instuctions are used in order to create a unique and unplanned crochet piece.
Rather than being a scary exercise, working in a freeform way can be incredibly rewarding and therapeutic and can help you find an avenue for fun creativity whilst using up loads of oddments of yarn from your stash!

This is a fun workshop with the aim of helping participants to have the confidence to play with their crochet techniques and work in a more freeform way. Participants will make a small crochet piece, which they could use as a key fob, bag decoration or brooch. Various techniques will be shown including bobbles, bullion stitches, frills, loops and beading.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: This workshop is suitable for crocheters from intermediate level upwards – its important that you know your basic stitches and are aware of abbreviations, but you do not need to know how to read a pattern or a chart.

Materials to bring: Yarn and beads will be provided, but it is much more fun if participants also bring along a few bits and bobs from their stashes to use in their projects – fashion/variegated yarns are ideal, as are ribbons, buttons and beads. 

Participants will also need to bring along a selection of crochet hook sizes and a notebook and pen/pencil. A small sewing kit including scissors, a knitters sewing needle, and a fine sewing needle and thread is also required.

Any "homework"?: It is preferable for participants to have an understanding of UK crochet terminology, but this is not essential.

Class size: 10

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tom van Deijnen - Darning Masterclass

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland. Best known for his Visible Mending Programme, he will teach you two darning techniques (Swiss darning and stocking darning.) Tom will also bring along his darning showcase for plenty of inspiration, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You'll take home a comprehensive hand-out, two darning needles, and the skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow, and be able to wear a beautiful darn as a badge of honour. All practice materials provided.

Level: beginners and beyond

Skills needed: No previous darning or knitting experience is needed.

Materials to bring: Although practice swatches, tools and materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring along knitwear that requires repair.

Any "homework"?: none

Note: This class also runs on Friday afternoon.

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