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2017 Workshop list

1. Beginning to End: Techniques in Casting On and Off

Tutor:  Becca Tansley
Date:   Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May 2017
Time:   2.15 – 3.15
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone A
Price:   £5.00
Places available:  8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Tired of the loose edge created by the traditional cast on? Or find that your cast off end is too tight by comparison? This workshop will show you techniques to begin and end your knitted work in the way you want and so improve the appearance of your garments. You will knit small swatches using 3 different sets of matched cast on and cast off methods used to create neater edges, stretchy edges and fancy edges.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
A pair of 4mm straight knitting needles or a 4mm circular of a length that you find comfortable using 30 stitches.
Practice yarn will be provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Becca has been running knitting workshops for about ten years and knitting for considerably longer. As a lifelong knitter – she learned at primary school, aged five – she has a keen interest in perpetuating this wonderful and endlessly adaptive craft and is continually inspired and amazed by the range of skills there are to learn. The desire to inspire the same in others makes her an enthusiastic tutor.
Becca can be found knitting in Ewe and Ply, the yarn shop she runs in Shrewsbury with her friend and business partner, Teri. Together, they run an extensive range of classes in crochet, knitting, needle felting and many other textile crafts.  As Alterknitive, she produces her own knitting patterns.
You can find more about Becca at www.eweandply.co.uk

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2. Brinkley Loom Weaving

Tutor:  Jane Meredith
Date:   Sunday 14th May 2017
Time:   10.15 – 1.15pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone C
Price:   £15.00 (pay now to register) plus £6.00 materials charge (pay to tutor)
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION
Learn how to use this very efficient and effective weaving loom which is incredibly simple to warp up and which has a unique heddle. Turning around on a broom handle has never been so much fun. You will definitely be amazed and you will have a sample of hand woven fabric within no time at all which you will be able to take away with you to gaze at in wonder every day.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
You. All materials will be provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Jane Meredith comes to us from a rambling cottage on banks of the River Wye in Gloucestershire and from a background of extensive experience as a teacher and gardener. You could be forgiven for losing sight of Jane in her garden full of shoulder high colour and texture which she translates so ably into her felt and particularly her weaving, using the simple but very effective Brinkley Loom. Where people from all over the country and the world visit her home to learn weaving on the Brinkley Loom, you have the opportunity to learn here at Wool@J13. Don’t miss this particular and very practical insight from the hands of one who knows what’s what in the world of weaving.
You can find more about Jane at  www.plantdyedwool.co.uk
More information on the Brinkley Loom can be found here http://plantdyedwool.co.uk/brinkleylooms/

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3. Broomstick Crochet

Tutor:  Helen Jordan
Date:   Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May 2017
Time:   10.15 – 11.15
Place:   Down & Dirty Zone B
Price:    £5.00
Places available:  12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Double crochet produces a characteristically dense fabric, but by working also with a large knitting needle or broomstick, a lovely open lacy stitch can be made. If you’ve never tried Broomstick Crochet before, this workshop will give you more than a taste for this fun form of a traditional craft.
You need to know how to make chains and do double crochet stitches
All materials will be provided.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just bring yourself.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Helen Jordan is a long term member of the Knitting & Crochet Guild.  She is passionate about the creativity and versatility of crochet.  Through her crochet supplies business, Thread of Life, she sources many of the more difficult-to-find crochet hooks, accessories and books.  She loves sharing her joy in crochet with others.
You can find more about Helen at www.threadoflife.co.uk

>> To book this workshop click here

4. Cover Me - Crochet Workshop

Tutor:  Lynne Rowe
Date:   Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May 2017
Time:   11.30 – 1.30pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone A
Price:   £10.00
Places available: 20

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
In just 2 hours Lynne Rowe will teach loads of fantastic stitches and techniques that you can take away and apply to lots of other crochet projects. These will include:

  • How to read and follow a crochet pattern
    N.B. The jar cover pattern will be written in a format that can be mixed up to
    create your own unique cover.
  • How to work in rounds that are joined
  • How to work the following stitches:
    • “V” stitch
    • Cluster stitch
    • Puff stitch
    • Treble crochet
    • Treble crochet in back loop
    • Double crochet in back loops
    • Surface crochet

PLUS
Lots of helpful tips to help make your crochet projects perfect.

Participants must be able to do the very basics of crochet including:
•    Making a chain
•    Making double crochet & treble crochet stitches

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
An empty glass jar, with or without a lid

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Lynne Rowe is a qualified teacher, writer about all things creative, self confessed vegan and big supporter of recycling which she has been known to do herself. She loves making Stuff from balls of yarn and a hook or needles but the best thing for her, she says, is to share her skills and experience. That’s what she’ll be doing on this workshop. Dip into Lynne’s vast fund of resources and arm yourself for Happyville.
You can find more about Lynne at  www.lynnerowe.weebly.com

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5. Demo on Stand + Drop In Workshop:

National Angora Club

Location:  Shop Til  You Drop Marquee

Spinning & carding angora
Visitors will be able to hear about any aspect of keeping & caring for Angora Rabbits as well as seeing demonstrations of spinning their wool.

You can find out more about the National Angora Club here http://nationalangoraclub.webs.com/

Booking not required

6. Drop In Workshop for small people and/or other interested parties

Make a Curly Clay Sheep with Fangfoss Pottery

Date:  Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May
Time & Place:  Saturday: 10.00 – 12.30pm Down & Dirty Zone C
Sunday:    2.00 – 4.30pm  Down & Dirty Zone C
Cost: £1 contribution for materials

Fangfoss Pottery are also exhibiting at Wool@J13 in the Shop Til You Drop  Marquee.
You can find out more about Fangfoss Pottery here http://fangfosspottery.co.uk/

Booking not required

7. Learn to Spin with a Dizzy Sheep Spinner

Tutor: Bee Weir
Date: Saturday 13th May 2017
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone A
Price: £5.00
Places available:  8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL:
Students will learn to spin yarn using a traditional Mayan technique. Spinning on a spinning wheel involves 3 processes which normally have to happen all at the same time. By contrast, the Dizzy Sheep Spinner allows you to achieve these processes one at a time in a calm frame of mind. Students will take away short lengths of their very own hand spun yarn.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just your enthusiasm. Each student will be provided with a Dizzy Sheep Spinner to use on the workshop and a selection of fibre ready to spin.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR?
Bee has been in teaching & selling crafts for over 20 years and loves to play with yarns: weaving, knitting, crocheting, spinning and dyeing.  Over the last few years, she has been tweaking spinning, weaving and braiding equipment to make these traditional crafts easier to learn, more portable and more fun.
You can find more about Bee at
http://www.craftsfromthedungeon.com/crafts-from-the-dungeon-home-page—fibre-and-glass-studio-in-cheshire

>> To book this workshop click here

8. Left Handed Knitting

Tutor:  Ingrid Wagner
Date:   Saturday 13th May 2017
Time:   11.30 – 12.30
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone B
Price:   £5.00 (pay now to register) + £2.00 materials (pay to tutor)
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Ever felt, as a left hander, that you had to live in a right handed world? Did that include knitting & did someone teach you to knit right handed when you are, in fact, a leftie?
Or are you a right hander who would like to know how to knit left handed so you can help a left handed friend/family member/local vicar learn how to knit?
Ingrid is a right handed knitter who has learned to knit & teach left handed knitting. You will be able to follow your natural inclinations, possibly relearn what you may have been taught and find out that knitting left handed is not as difficult as you might have believed.  You will be working on bigger needles to enable you to see the processes involved, clearly. This workshop welcomes right & left handers.
Beginners welcome.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
You and a willingness to learn

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Ingrid Wagner designs & makes for the contemporary interior with an emphasis on Big Knitting using big needles & recycled 100% woven wool waste selvedges to achieve fast & fair results and be kind to the world at the same time. Ingrid also believes in breaking processes down to their individual steps to enable learning to take place and puts the responsibility for that learning fairly & squarely in the learner’s hands. She has a background in film, television & the theatre, is both a writer & painter and has lived & worked in different countries all over the world. There is nothing she can’t do with colour.
You can find more about Ingrid at  www.ingridwagner.com

>> To book this workshop click here

9. Lockerhooked Funky Cuffs

Tutor:  Lynda Kinnard
Date:   Sunday 14th May 2017
Time:   1.00 – 3.00pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone B
Price:   £10.00 (pay now to register) + £5.00 materials (pay to tutor)
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Using a traditional, versatile rug making technique, you can Lockerhook yourself a Funky Cuff to wear.  Lockerhooking uses colourful wools and fabrics which you can then decorate with chunky beads. Stand out in the crowd? You will!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just yourself and heaps of excitement.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Dressmaking and teaching Art & Textiles in Secondary Schools goes into the more than 20 year biography of Lynda Kinnard. For the last 10 years, Lynda has been working freelance as a textile designer, tutor & artist, focusing on free-machine embroidery & upcycled fabrics.  Her traditional rug making techniques present offbeat and unique designs. Lyndia creates bespoke commissions, wearable art & embellished homeware. We are, as they say, lucky to have this talented artist working with us. You will be, too.
You can find more about Lynda at  www.rebelliousrags.co.uk

>> To book this workshop click here

10. Wet Felting a Floral Landscape

Tutor:  Barbara Meek
Date:   Sunday 14th May 2017
Time:   11.00 – 12.30
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone D
Price:   £7.50 (pay now to register) + £3.00 materials (pay to tutor)
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION
This workshop will show you how to create a floral landscape with a rainbow array of high quality merino tops wool.  You will be able to learn how to mix the colours in a painterly way to create your landscape.  There is no right or wrong way in wet felting; it’s all in the freedom with which you lay down your colours. Understanding how colour works is part of what you will learn in this workshop.

Your tutor will show you how to incorporate scrummy bits and bobs, recycled fabric and silky shimmers which will give your piece a textural finish in representation of a landscape.

Barbara will also give you ideas of how to present your finished work either for your own home or as presents for friends.

WHO’S YOUR SPEAKER
Barbara Meek runs her own business at FeltWorld from Staffordshire in the UK. She is a painter whose sensitivity to colour enables her to translate this very effectively to her work in felt.  She has a vast experience in both wel and dry felting techniques and has travelled to the other side of the world in order to extend that knowledge.
You can find more about Barbara here http://www.feltworld.co.uk/

>> To book this workshop click here

11. Natural Dyeing Workshop

Tutor:  Jane Meredith
Date:   Saturday 13th May 2017
Time:   1.30 – 4.30pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone C
Price:   £15.00 (pay now to register) plus £3.00 materials charge (pay to tutor)
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Glorious colour from the great outdoors, imprecise, exciting and never once to be repeated.  If you’ve never wondered how onions, for example, can help you beyond a curry, here’s your chance to find out with Jane Meredith’s gentle and expert tuition. You will learn all about vegetable dyes from plant sources and see for yourself the difference between these natural sources of colour and the commercial dyes more commonly available.  Jane will bring premordanted fleece plus madder, onions, dyer’s chamomile, coreopsis, walnut leaves and indigo.  And if you’re not sure what or why these are, it’s a very good reason for booking onto this workshop. Water & buckets will be available for use.
No pre-knowledge is necessary.  All materials will be provided.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/WEAR
Old clothes that you don’t mind getting splashed, or a very large apron.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Jane Meredith comes to us from a rambling cottage on banks of the River Wye in Gloucestershire and from a background of extensive experience as a teacher and gardener. You could be forgiven for losing sight of Jane in her garden full of shoulder high colour and texture which she translates so ably into her felt and particularly her weaving, using the simple but very effective Brinkley Loom. In this workshop, Jane will pass on many of the natural dyeing secrets she has learned from the plants gathered in her garden. Where people from all over the country and the world visit her home to learn natural dyeing from her, you have the opportunity to learn here at Wool@J13. Don’t miss this particular world of colour from the hands of one who knows.
You can find more about Jane at  www.plantdyedwool.co.uk

>> To book this workshop click here

12. Needle Felting a Landscape

Tutor: Silvia Sapsford
Date: Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May 2017
Time: 10.15 – 11.15
Place: Down & Dirty Zone A
Price: £5.00
Places available: 8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Learn how to create a colourful landscape measuring approximately 7” x 5” with needle felting techniques. Handmade fibres & felt will be used in the process. Your finished landscape may be turned into a phone case or a purse. You will be shown how to do this. No experience is needed to take part in this workshop.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just yourself. All materials will be provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Sylvia is an experienced painter in both oils and watercolours who has translated her love of the colours in her landscape painting to the world of needle felting, a world which allows her to use the exactness of line and definition which make her work stand out in a crowd. She has been in business for over 10 years, swopping from jewellery to needle felting in response to market demand. She is a clear and patient tutor who guides her students well. You will gain much insight & knowledge from Sylvia’s workshop. You can find more about Silvia at www.littlegemfelts.co.uk

>> To book this workshop click here

13. Palm Loom Weaving

Tutor:  Bee Weir
Date:   Sunday 14th May 2017
Time:  3.30pm – 4.30pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone A
Price:  £5.00
Places available:  8

DESCRIPTION
Hands-on workshop, the students will leave with one or more hand woven 4″ squares and ideas for what to make from them.
A simple introduction to weaving allowing rapid production of squares using a variety of techniques, textures and colours.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just you and your enthusiasm.  All equipment and materials provided free of charge.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR?
Bee has been in teaching & selling crafts for over 20 years and loves to play with yarns: weaving, knitting, crocheting, spinning and dyeing.  Over the last few years, she has been tweaking spinning, weaving and braiding equipment to make these traditional crafts easier to learn, more portable and more fun.
You can find more about Bee at http://www.craftsfromthedungeon.com/crafts-from-the-dungeon-home-page—fibre-and-glass-studio-in-cheshire

>> To book this workshop click here

14. Become a Hooker – with Funky Flowers

Tutor:  Lynda Kinnard
Date:   Saturday 13th May 2017
Time:   1.00 – 2.30pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone B
Price:   £7.50 (pay now to register) + £4.50 materials (pay to tutor)
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

This is definitely down & dirty. Become a Hooker in 1.5 hours. This workshop will teach you three rug making techniques: hooking, proddy & wool quilling.  You will be able to create a 3D Funky Flower 8cm in diameter (3”) with 100% hand-dyed fabric in wool, Wensleydale curls & textured, chunky yarns. You will learn how to finish off your flower and mount it on willow sticks. Once you have learned these techniques, you can go on to create rugs, bags, cushions, mirror frames and whatever else your imagination admits.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Just yourself and heaps of excitement.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Dressmaking and teaching Art & Textiles in Secondary Schools goes into the more than 20 year biography of Lynda Kinnard. For the last 10 years, Lynda has been working freelance as a textile designer, tutor & artist, focusing on free-machine embroidery & upcycled fabrics.  Her traditional rug making techniques present offbeat and unique designs. Lyndia creates bespoke commissions, wearable art & embellished homeware. We are, as they say, lucky to have this talented artist working with us. You will be, too.

You can find more about Lynda at www.rebelliousrags.co.uk

>> To book this workshop click here

15. Shearing an Angora Rabbit

Demonstrator & Speaker:  Sally May & Lesley Hordon, National Angora Club
Date:   Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May 2017
Time:   3.30 – 4.00pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone B
Price:   £2.50
Places available:  20

DEMO DESCRIPTION
Angora fibre refers to the downy coat produced by the Angora rabbit. It’s exceptionally fine and warmer than wool, so therefore highly prized. In this demonstration you will see how an Angora is clipped. The process is completely ethical and causes no injury to the rabbit. The rabbit’s coat is brushed to remove any ‘bedding’ and the wool is gently clipped off with scissors. As the rabbit clipped, the wool is sorted into bags for spinning and felting.

WHO IS YOUR DEMO PERSON & SPEAKER?
Sally May has kept Angoras for 30 years, during which time she has accumulated an absolute fund of knowledge about these animals, including, of course, the ethical process used to shear rabbits. Sally is a spinner and knitter and will be very happy to answer any questions you might have not only about shearing an Angora but also about spinning the fibre and even knitting with it.
Lesley has kept Angoras for over 20 years, spinning their wool both on spindles and with a spinning wheel. She enjoys spinning lace weight angora yarn & knitting lace shawls. She is the author of 2 books on rabbits: “The Angora Rabbit. History, Science, Care and Crafts” and “Breed for Victory! The Story of the Rabbit in the Second World War”. These highly informative books will be available for purchase on The National Angora Stand.

Sally & Lesley both belong to the National Angora Club. You can find out more about their work here http://nationalangoraclub.webs.com/

To book your place at this demo talk click here

16. Wet Felting An Animal

Speaker:  Barbara Meek
Date:   Saturday 13th May 2017
Time:   11.30 – 12.30
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone D
Price:   £5.00 (payable on booking) + £2.00 materials (pay to tutor)
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION

Beginners to intermediate

You will be able to learn how to make an animal picture in just 1 hour, using the technique of wet felting.

Merino wool fibres will be available for you to use in your designs, as well as other wool, natural silks and alpaca. The wet felting technique is similar to how you would paint with a paint brush, mixing your own colour palette along the way to create textural pictures that can look great framed.

There will be examples on hand of cats, dogs, birds and sheep that you may like to take inspiration from and your tutor will lead you through all the techniques and little tips you need to learn, to make this technique a success. Bring a simple image of an animal for inspiration or let your imagination run away with you and go quirky! Once you have learned the basic techniques, there are no rules, so you have full permission on this workshop to be creative in your approach.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Barbara Meek runs her own business at FeltWorld from Staffordshire in the UK. She is a painter whose sensitivity to colour enables her to translate this very effectively to her work in felt.  She has a vast experience in both wel and dry felting techniques and has travelled to the other side of the world in order to extend that knowledge.
You can find more about Barbara here http://www.feltworld.co.uk/

>> To book this workshop click here

17. Arm Knitting

Tutor:  Ingrid Wagner
Date:   Sunday 14th May 2017
Time:   11.30 – 12.30
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone B
Price:   £5.00 (pay now to register) + £15.00 materials (pay to tutor)
Places available: 10 .

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Arm Knitting is incredibly quick and simple. You may have seen many examples online of this current craze. Well, here’s your chance to try it out for yourself. In this workshop you will learn how to use your arms as a pair of knitting needles, working with half a kilo of supersoft Merino wool tops to create a big square which you can take home with you. You will also learn about the make up of Wool Tops, how to care for the item/s you make and how to create a larger piece of fabric using one pair of arms.
Just make sure you know how to make a slip knot. Otherwise, no experience necessary.

N.B. You will be able to order further materials directly from Ingrid at this workshop at a discounted price. (No new arms available, though.)
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
You, a pair of arms and a willingness to learn

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR  
Ingrid Wagner designs & makes for the contemporary interior with an emphasis on Big Knitting using big needles & recycled 100% woven wool waste selvedges to achieve fast & fair results and be kind to the world at the same time. Arm Knitting was brought into the stable of Big Knitting around 6 months ago, a natural attraction due to its size and driven by the desire to make provision in the UK. Ingrid also believes in breaking processes down to their individual steps to enable learning to take place and puts the responsibility for that learning fairly & squarely in the learner’s hands. She has a background in film, television & the theatre, is both a writer & painter and has lived & worked in different countries all over the world. There is nothing she can’t do with colour.
You can find more about Ingrid at www.ingridwagner.com

>> To book this workshop click here

18. Introduction to Nuno Felting

Tutor:  Barbara Meek
Date:   Sunday 14th May 2017
Time:   2 pm– 3pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone D
Price:   £5.00 (pay now to register) +  £2.50 materials (pay to tutor)
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Beginner to some experience.
The name is derived from the Japanese word “nuno” meaning cloth. This technique bonds loose fibre, i.e. wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze or very fine materials to create a lightweight felt that leaves a beautiful crinkled texture, perfect for drape and movement in scarves, pictures or clothes.

This workshop is a 1 hour taster class and is completely hands on, so expect to get down and dirty on this one. You will learn the technique involved in this approach to felting which you will be able to use at home to create larger pieces of fabric with the same drape. You will be able to take home a small sample piece of nuno felt.

Barbara will be on hand to guide you through colour choices & processes.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
You and the desire to get down and dirty

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR  
Barbara Meek runs her own business at FeltWorld from Staffordshire in the UK. She is a fibre artist and painter whose sensitivity to colour enables her to translate this very effectively to her work in felt.  She has a vast experience in both wet and dry felting techniques and has travelled to many countries, both learning and teaching feltmaking, in order to extend that knowledge.
You can find more about Barbara here http://www.feltworld.co.uk/

>> To book this workshop click here

19) Needle Felting a Landscape

Tutor:  Silvia Sapsford
Date:   Sunday 14th May 2017
Time:   12.30pm – 1.30pm
Place:  Down & Dirty Zone D
Price:   £5.00
Places available:  8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Learn how to create a colourful landscape measuring approximately 7” x 5” with needle felting techniques.  Handmade fibres & felt will be used in the process.  Your finished landscape may be turned into a phone case or a purse. You will be shown how to do this.
No experience is needed to take part in this workshop

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just yourself. All materials will be provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Sylvia is an experienced painter in both oils and watercolours who has translated her love of the colours in her landscape painting to the world of needle felting, a world which allows her to use the exactness of line and definition which make her work stand out in a crowed. She has been in business for over 10 years, swopping from jewellery to needle felting in response to market demand. She is a clear and patient tutor who guides her students well. You will gain much insight & knowledge from Sylvia’s workshop.
You can find more about Silvia at www.littlegemfelts.co.uk

>> To book this workshop click here