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2018 Workshop list

1. A Mini Guinea - Yours for the Felting: Knit2Felt a Proper Pig

Tutor:  Catherine Arnfield
Date:   Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   1145-1245 Sat;  1330-1430 Sun
 Zone :  B
Price:   £10.00 including materials
Places available:  8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
This exciting workshop teaches you to create a mini Guinea pig with knitted & felted forms. You will learn about how knitting can be felted and you will start with a prepared knitted & felted body shape. You’ll go on to decide on a design for your mini Guinea and use needle felting techniques to add the detailing. Go home with your own keep forever pet and knowledge of the techniques to create your own animal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just you!

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Catherine Arnfield is in love with animals and textiles and her fabulous Knit2Felt kits reflect both of these interests. She began her textiles journey in 1993 in Chesterfield and went on to study textile design at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been a teacher of art & design for the past 14 years. She started knitting about 3 years ago, the basis for creating her own animal designs incorporating the joint techniques of knitting and felting. Knit2Felt came into being in 2017. You’re in safe hands with this inspiring teacher.

https://www.knit2felt.co.uk/

 

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2. Arm Knit a Cowl

Tutor:  Tanya Hardman
Date:   Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   1500-1600
Zone:   D
Price:   £10.00 including materials  Places available: 12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

This workshop will help you create a cowl using the arm knitting technique. This is a really easy technique to learn and produces super chunky look knitwear which is light and easy to wear. No previous experience is necessary.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just your arms!

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

This workshop is run by Tanya, a stay at home mum in charge of The Woolly Tangle. She has been knitting since 2010 and enjoys making all manner of extra chunky knitwear as well as creating & stocking knitting & crochet supplies.

Contact:  www.etsy.com/shop/thewoollytangle

 

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3. Beady Eyed Crocheted Shawls

Tutor:  Clare Wilson
Date:    Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   1415-1515
Zone:    F
Price:    £10.00 including materials
Places available:  5

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
This workshop is suitable for beginners in crochet who know the basics (i.e. how to chain and make a treble crochet).  In the session you will be taught how to make the friendship meditation shawl, which features beads.  I will show you how to insert beads and make the shawl.  The pattern is a repeated sequence of rows, and so after the workshop you should be well set to complete the shawl at home.  Beads, beading hooks and patterns will be provided.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

100g of sock weight or 4ply yarn + 5mm hook

(NB these can be purchased from your workshop tutor on the day at an additional cost, if you wish)

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Clare is a research psychologist by day, but exhausted mother and yarn addict by night.  She is known as the knackeredpsycho simply because she is both knackered, and a psycho(logist).  Her workshops have a strong emphasis on relaxation, learning new skills, and warm beverages.

Contact: www.knackeredpsycho.com

 

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4. Broomstick Crochet: How to Lace With a Big Boy

Tutor:  Hembra Crafting
Date:    Saturday 12th May
Time & Zone:   1145-1245 Zone A;   1415-1515 Zone C
Price:    £10.00 including materials
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate crochet skills. You need to be confident in using a crochet hook and be able to chain and do double crochet. This workshop shows you how to master the technique which uses a broomstick or large knitting needle and a crochet hook and which creates a very distinctive cluster lace stitch that is fun and fast to crochet.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Just yourselves

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

We are Anne and Caroline and we are passionate about crafts. We have been crafting for as long as we can remember with skills passed on by our mothers and grandmothers. We realised when we met through work 6+ years ago that there were many people across the generations who had not been so fortunate.  Although not formally qualified in Arts & Crafts, we are experienced and qualified trainers in other fields, so we set out to share what we knew with people who wanted to learn. We have been delivering workshops for the past 5 years. Between us, we have accomplished many different crafts, particularly enjoying yarn based crafts and the creativeness which they offer. We invite you to join us at our Broomstick Crochet workshop where you can create with yarn in a relaxed and fun environment – with a big boy!

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5. Darn It!

Tutor:  Hermione Crowe
Date:   Saturday 12th May
Time:   1030-1130
Zone:   F
Price:   £10.00
Places available: 8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Darning is the art of fixing or reinforcing fabric by recreating the quality of the fabric using only a needle and thread. In this workshop I will teach the basic principal of darning with the opportunity to learn more complex and decorative darning patterns. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, a basic understanding of sewing is advantageous, all participants under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

All materials will be provided;  however, if there is something you’d specifically like mending, you are more than welcome to bring it along to fix. Hermione will provide a wide variety of coloured and textured threads so there should be something appropriate for fixing your item, along with needles, fabric, scissors, and embroidery hoops.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Hermione is a Textiles in Practice graduate who specialises in embroidery, but with a fascination for all things fibrous and colourful. She has taught workshops in primary schools, at festivals, in local craft shops and at galleries to people of all ages and abilities. Hermione believes that darning is an excellent skill to learn for practical purposes, as a form of therapy and an art in its own right. This workshop will give you the means to end holes for good.

Contact: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CroweStitches?ref=shop_sugg

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6. Do You Have a Notion? CANCELLED

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7. Dorset Button Making

Tutor:  Jen Best
Date:   Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   Sat: 1415-1515   Sun: 1145-1245
Zone:   A
Price:   £10.00 including materials
Places available: 15

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL                                                                  

This class is suitable for complete beginners. The Dorset button has a long history, originating in the 18th century in Dorset, England. Originally, they were made on a disc cut from the horn of a Dorset Horn Sheep, which was covered with needle-worked thread. Later, button makers began using metal rings as the basis for these buttons. In this workshop, you will be able to make a simple form of the Dorset button called a crosswheel, which involves very basic stitching techniques. There are lots of different styles, some of them involving intricate weaving. Once you have the basics of Dorset Button Making from this workshop, you will be able to experiment for yourself

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING                                                            

Scissors. Everything else is provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR                                                                              

Jen Best has been making Dorset buttons for over 35 years. She has been teaching button making professionally to groups and individuals for over 6 years. She is the author of 3 Dorset button books and is currently writing a fourth. Her kits and books are hugely popular and cover traditional and contempory button design, including Jen’s own textile button art. Just don’t ask her to make tea!

Contact: www.beakerbutton.co.uk

               

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8. Drop Spindle Spinning

Tutor: Fiona Hamilton Maclaren
Date:   Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:  1300-1400
Zone:  A
Price:  £10.00
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL:
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those who fancy having a go at turning beautiful fluff into yarn.

Using prepared fibre you will be talked through the process of using a drop spindle, with plenty of time to get hands on and start spinning your own yarn. You will be able to take the yarn you spin home with you.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
All equipment and fibre for using in the class will be provided.Drop spindle kits will be available to purchase if you wish to carry on with your new skill once you get home.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR?
Fiona has spent the last ten years developing a serious fibre habit; now stretching from caring for sheep to shearing them, fibre prep, spinning and knitting. British wool is a particular passion, during the class you will use prepared British wool tops (Bluefaced Leicester or Shetland) as they are beautifully soft and great for beginners.

Contact: www.alittlebitsheepish.co.uk

 

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9. Felt an Animal in Style

Tutor:  Barbara Meek
Date:    Saturday 12th May
Time:   1415-1545
Zone:   B
Price:   £15.00 including materials
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL            

Beginners to Intermediate.                                                    

This workshop will show you how to make an animal picture 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. 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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Just bring yourself. All materials & water for felting will be provided

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR   

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 wet and dry felting techniques and has travelled to the other side of the world in order to extend that knowledge.                                                                  

You can find out more about Barbara at http://www.feltworld.co.uk/

 

 

 

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10. Get Dizzy With a Sheep Spinner: Learn How

Tutor: Bee Weir
Date:   Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May

Time & Zone:

Sat: 1530-1630 Zone A

Sun: 1430-1530 Zone E

Price:  £10.00 including materials

Places available: 10

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 be able to take away short length 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 and selling crafts for over 20 years and she 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 out more about Bee at:

http://www.craftsfromtheclink.com/crafts-from-the-dungeon-home-page—fibre-and-glass-studio-in-north-wales

 

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11. Go Big or Go Home: Arm Knitting with Giant Yarn

Tutor: Laine Shepherd
Date:   Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   1145-1245
Zone:   F
Price:   £10.00
Places available: 6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Learn how to knit without needles. Using giant yarn (unspun rovings) and just your arms, you will be taught the basics of casting on/off, knit and purl stitches, so you can create your own supersize blankets.  Laine will also demonstrate hand knitting techniques, ideal for cushions, throws, hats, rugs and on the way, tell you all about why giant yarn is giant, how many pennies go into making up its pounds and why British wool is so special.

Please be aware that this is a teaching only workshop; however, each student will have the special opportunity of purchasing Laine’s lovely rovings at a very favourable discount at the end of the workshop, should they so wish.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING     

Just your arms!

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

By nature Laine says she is very impatient and can’t wait to see results. So regular knitting with needles just wasn’t giving her the instant gratification she needed, plus she was definitely someone who doesn’t fall into the “regular” category! As well as hand and arm knitting, she sometimes uses knitting looms to create hats/scarves etc, but her passion is using giant, unspun wool (worsted tops), either from her own flock of Ryeland and Coloured Ryeland sheep, or other British breeds. She is self taught and believes anyone can learn to knit without needles.

Read more about Laine here

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12. Holey Darnation!

 

Tutor:  Becca Tansley
Date:    Sunday 13th May
Time:   1030-1130
Zone:   F
Price:   £10.00 including materials
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
There’s a hole in my….  we’ve all got them and most of us don’t know what to do about them. We love the pair of socks which seem to be walking out on us but that hole in the heel seems to be too much of a problem. Well, no more. Becca will guide you through the techniques involved in the how of darning so the holes in your ….. will no longer be a problem and you can continue to wear your favourites without having to consign them to landfill.  Darning, Becca says, is an ecological solution to this kind of problem. Love it? Then learn to mend it.

In this workshop, Becca will teach the basic woven darn. If there is sufficient time, then another darning method may also be shown. No previous skills or experience required. Bring your reading glasses if you need them.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/WEAR
Your own hands, and a hole if you have one!

For e.g., bring a woolly garment in need of a small repair, socks for preference. Darning mushrooms, needles and mending yarns (and spare holes!) will be provided for use, but if you want to mend with an exact match please bring along 3-4 meters of your chosen, light weight yarn.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Becca is one half of Ewe & Ply, an independent yarn shop in Shrewsbury, and has been teaching knitting techniques for over 10 years. She was taught to darn at an early age by a grandmother who lived by the maxim of Make Do And Mend.

As a mildly obsessed knitter Becca is as keen that people understand how to care for and preserve their knits, as she is that they should knit them in the first place. If it was important enough to knit it, it’s important enough to mend it.

Contact: https://eweandply.co.uk/

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13. In a Whirl with Crocheted Mandalas

Tutor: Misa Buckley
Date:   Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:  1215-1415 on both days
Zone:  E
Price: £20.00 including materials
Places available: 8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL                                                              We will be making a lacy mandala using Yarns & Colours Must-Have-Minis, a lovely 4 ply yarn which gives great stitch definition and comes in an astonishing 100 shades. Your tutor will be providing some shades, though you are very welcome to bring your own yarn. There will also be a choice to mount the mandala on a 25cm metal ring.

You’ll need some experience in crochet, as the pattern calls for popcorn and post stitches, on top of the basic range.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Some 4 ply/fingering yarn will be supplied (tutor will be using Yarns & Colours Must-Have-Minis) but you are welcome to bring your own to ensure that you’re using your preferred shade.

3.0mm crochet hook

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Misa Buckley has been crocheting for five years and has been published in Crochet Essentials magazine. September Stitch is her up and coming crochet blog.

Contact: misa@septemberstitch.co.uk  https://twitter.com/SeptemberStitch

 

 

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14. Knitted Lace Shawls: How & How Not To

Tutor: Julie Harris
Date:   Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:  1245-1445 on both days
Zone:  D
Price: £20.00 including materials
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Ideal for those with a basic knowledge of knitting, this workshop will teach you how to produce a simple top-down knitted lace shawl.  You’ll need to know:  how to cast on, knit and purl, work basic increases and decreases and cast off.  You’ll learn: how to work a “garter stitch tab” (the starting point for many shawl designs); how to create the holes and decreases that form a lace pattern; how increases influence the shape of the shawl; how to work an edging; and options for casting off to give your shawl a beautiful finished edge.  We’ll also cover how to work lace designs from charts, and finally advice on how to block the finished shawl to show it off to the best advantage.

You will be supplied with 20g of hand-dyed designer 4-ply yarn in pure wool or baby alpaca, ideal for a first-time shawl knitter.  You will also have the choice of two pattern shapes – a triangular shawl or a crescent shape.  At the end of the workshop you should have a miniature shawl which encompasses all the techniques you need to complete a full-sized version. You will also receive a free pattern to make the full-sized version of your shawl.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

A pair of straight needles or a fairly short circular needle – 40-60cm is ideal.  It’s suggested that you bring size 3.75mm or 4.00mm needles.  For lace you normally use a couple of sizes larger than you would use for a stocking-stitch garment, as you want the lace holes to show up nicely.  If you tend to knit very tightly or very loosely, you may prefer to bring a size larger or smaller needles.  Tension is not critical when knitting a shawl.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR  

Julie Harris is an indie dyer, knitwear designer and botanical artist, who has published nearly 20 designs for lace shawls, cowls, garments and accessories in the last six years.  These vary in complexity from simple designs, ideal for beginners, to more complex patterns using traditional Shetland and Estonian stitches in cobweb-weight yarns.  To complement her designs, she also produces hand-painted designer yarns under the name of Watercolours & Lace, which she sells online and at events around the UK.

Contact: www.watercoloursandlace.co.uk

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15. Left Handed Crochet

Tutor:  Tracey Goodwin
Date:    Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   1145-1245 on both days
Zone:   C
Price:   £10.00
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL   

This workshop is for those beginners who have tried to learn to crochet right-handed and cannot get the hang of it! It is an alternative method which Tracey has developed by using the left-hand instead.  You do not need to be left handed; you may find it useful to learn if you have friends or children who want to learn and who are left handed.  Tracey herself is naturally right handed and a knitter.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
An open mind and determination!

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR?   

 Tracey Goodwin has over 40 years’ experience knitting and 10 years’ experience crocheting.  She has a love of all needle crafts and is always looking to challenge herself. She has been teaching for over 20 years in her local area of Cheshire and she test knits and crochets for Rooster Yarns and Manos.

Contact: www.roosteryarns.com

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16. Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Learn to Crochet

Tutor:  Abby Parkes
Date:    Sunday 13th May
Time:   1300-1430
Zone:   F
Price:  £15.00 including materials
Places available:  6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Beginner. This is a class for anyone who wants to learn to crochet from scratch.  You will be provided with a crochet hook, a small ball of yarn and notes with illustrations to help get you started.

In the class we will aim to cover:  Creating a chain, double crochet stitch

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Just you and a smile. No frowns allowed!

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Abby Parkes has taught knitting and crochet to both adults and children as young as 5 and firmly believes that age is no barrier to learning. She has never, she says, ever met a person who she couldn’t teach. Leave your fears behind, place yourself in Abby’s very capable hands for this workshop and you will find you can – crochet !

Contact: www.luxuryyarns.co.uk

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17. Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Learn to Knit

Tutor: Abby Parkes
Date: Saturday 12th May
Time: 1300-1430
Zone: F
Price: £15.00 including materials
Places available: 6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL In this class, we will aim to cover: Casting on, knit stitch

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRINGJust you and a smile. No frowns allowed!

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Abby Parkes has taught knitting and crochet to both edults and children as young as 5 and firmly believes that age is no barrier to learning. She has never, she says, ever met a person whom she couldn’t teach. Leave your fears behind, place yourself in Abby’s very capable hands for this workshop and you will find you can – crochet!

Contact: www.luxuryyarns.co.uk

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18. Needle Felt a Blooming Garden

Speaker:  Silvia Sapsford
Date:    Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time & Zone: 

Sat: 1030-1130 Zone B;  1300-1400 Zone  C

Sun: 1215-1315 Zone B;   1345-1445  Zone C

Places available: 10

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
Silvia 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, swapping 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 Silvia’s workshop.

You can find more about Silvia at www.littlegemfelts.co.uk

Price: £10.00 including materials

 

 

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19. Never Nuno'ed? A Beginner's Guide to Nuno Felt

Tutor:  Barbara Meek
Date:    Sunday 13th May
Time:   1030-1200
Zone:   B
Price:   £15.00 including materials
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 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 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 the other side of the world in order to extend that knowledge.
You can find more about Barbara here http://www.feltworld.co.uk/

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20. Pegloom Weaving: Carry Your Craft with You

Tutor:  Hembra Crafting
Date:    Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   Sat: 1530-1630   Sun:  1500-1600                                            Zone:    C
Price:    £10.00 including materials
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL                                                    Pegloom weaving is a simple alternative to larger, fixed looms. It still relies on a warp and weft but is a more portable and space saving way of weaving. It is easy to set up, easy to learn the techniques and good fun. Suitable for both adults and children. It is particularly good for people who have restricted movement in their hands and who may find other yarn crafts difficult.  This workshop will teach you the basic skills to get started and you will have the chance to experiment with fleece, fabric and various yarns to create a cushion, small bag or scarf/cowl.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Just your enthusiasm and creativity. We will provide the rest.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

We are Anne and Caroline and we are passionate about crafts. We have been crafting for as long as we can remember with skills passed on by our mothers and grandmothers. We realised when we met through work 6+ years ago that there were many people across the generations who had not been so fortunate.  Although not formally qualified in Arts & Crafts, we are experienced and qualified trainers in other fields, so we set out to share what we knew with people who wanted to learn. We have been delivering workshops for the past 5 years. Between us, we have accomplished many different crafts, particularly enjoying yarn based crafts and the creativeness which they offer. We invite you to join us at our Pegloom Weaving workshop where you can create with yarn in a relaxed and fun environment – with a big boy!

Contact: https://facebook.com/hembracrafting

 

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21. Rabbit, Rabbit: How to Hairdress an Angora Demo & Talk

Demonstrator & Speaker:  Lesley Hordon & Sally May, National Angora Club
Date:  Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time & Zone: 

Sat: 1600-1630 Zone B

Sun: 1600 -1630  Zone B

Price:   £5.00
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 is clipped, the wool is sorted into bags for spinning and felting.

WHO ARE YOUR DEMONSTRATORS/SPEAKERS?   

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 www.angorabunny.club

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22. Spring into Felted Flowers

Tutor:  Sue Hawkmoon
Date:    Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:   10.30-1200 on both days
 Zone:  E
Price:   £15.00 including materials
Places available:  12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
Make a lovely felted flower with the feel & colour of Spring about it. You will be using soft merino wools and silk fibres to create your flower and Sue will show you how to decorate it using beading and how it can be made into a beautiful brooch. No experience necessary for this workshop.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just bring yourself. All materials & water for felting will be provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR
Hawkmoon Crafts has been established since 2007 and Sue has over 20 years experience in running workshops, including feltmaking, for a variety of groups. 10 years down the line, Sue loves her work as much as the day she started, if not more. She spends summers at festivals and events, autumn at markets and fairs and winter/spring running workshops and dreaming up new ideas.

Contact: http://www.hawkmooncrafts.co.uk/

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23. Tapestry Crochet: An Intermediate Game: Make a Drawstring Pouch

Tutor:  Diana Bensted
Date:    Saturday 12th May
Time:   1430-1630
 Zone:  E
Price:   £20.00 including materials
Places available:  12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL                                                               In this workshop, you will learn how to change colours in crochet in a fair isle style with a double crochet fabric, also working in a spiral. You will also learn how to read & create your own tapestry crochet chart, start with a magic ring and find out how to adjust your stitch to make vertical lines and create a drawstring pouch in two or many colours.

This workshop is suitable for people who crochet regularly and who already know how to make a chain and double crochet.  If you are a bit rusty, please pick up a hook before the weekend to remind yourself!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Yarn, pattern & photo tutorial are included so that you will be able to include your drawstring pouch. Crochet hooks will be available to us, but if you have your own 3.5mm hook that you prefer, please do bring it.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Diana Bensted is a primary school teacher turned crochet addict. She owned her own wool shop for 4 years and has been teaching crochet since 2010. She has taught on popular workshops in London, for Woman’s Weekly and at major shows, as well as at adult learning centres and local wool shops. She designs crochet patterns that look impressive but with ingenious twists to make them easy for beginners. She has a relaxed, but informative teaching style, endless patience, doesn’t mind repeating herself and believes that there is no such thing as a silly question. Just what you know and what you don’t know.

Contact: https://blog.thecrochetchain.co.uk/

 

 

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24. Tapestry Crochet: An Introductory Game: Make a Tapestry Crochet Coaster

Tutor:  Diana Bensted
Date:    Sunday 13th May
Time:   1030-1130
 Zone:  C
Price:   £10.00 including materials
Places available:  12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

In this workshop you will learn how to change colours in a fair isle style, with a double crochet fabric, also working in a spiral. You will follow a pattern, start with a magic ring and make a lovely tapestry crochet coaster in 2 or 3 colours.  This workshop is suitable for people who crochet regularly and who already know how to make a chain and double crochet. If you are a bit rusty, please pick up a hook to practice before the weekend!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Yourself and your enthusiasm. Yarn, pattern & photo tutorial are included so that you will be able to complete your coaster. Crochet hooks are available to use, but if you have your own 3.5mm hook which you prefer, please do bring it.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Diana Bensted is a primary school teacher turned crochet addict. She owned her own wool shop for 4 years and has been teaching crochet since 2010. She has taught on popular workshops in London, for Woman’s Weekly and at major shows, as well as at adult learning centres and local wool shops. She designs crochet patterns that look impressive but with ingenious twists to make them easy for beginners. She has a relaxed, but informative teaching style, endless patience, doesn’t mind repeating herself and believes that there is no such thing as a silly question. Just what you know and what you don’t know.

Contact: https://blog.thecrochetchain.co.uk/

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25. Tunisian Crochet: An Intermediate Game: How to Make Fingerless Mitts

Tutor:  Diana Bensted
Date:    Sunday 13th May
Time:   1415-1615
 Zone:  A
Price:   £20.00 including materials
Places available:  12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Learn to crochet the Tunisian way. It is sometimes said that this is a craft halfway between knitting & crochet because it contains elements of both which you are likely to recognise if you have ever tried either. Tunisian Crochet creates a very distinctive woven texture.  It is worked on a very long hook with a stopper on the end to enables the stitches to stay on the hook.

For this workshop, you will learn how to start, make Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knit & purl stitches, how to use these in combination, how to change colours and how to finish off.  You will also receive a pattern to make fingerless mits with your new skills.

This workshop is aimed at people who may have tried crochet before, but never tried Tunisian and those who have never tried either!  If you are a bit rusty, please practice before the workshop.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Yourself and your enthusiasm. Yarn, Tunisian Hook, pattern & photo tutorial are included so that you will be able to complete your coaster.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Diana Bensted is a primary school teacher turned crochet addict. She owned her own wool shop for 4 years and has been teaching crochet since 2010. She has taught on popular workshops in London, for Woman’s Weekly and at major shows, as well as at adult learning centres and local wool shops. She designs crochet patterns that look impressive but with ingenious twists to make them easy for beginners. She has a relaxed, but informative teaching style, endless patience, doesn’t mind repeating herself and believes that there is no such thing as a silly question. Just what you know and what you don’t know.

Contact: https://blog.thecrochetchain.co.uk/

To book this workshop, click on Tickets in this link

26. Tunisian Crochet: An Introductory Game: Make a Tunisian Crochet Coaster

Tutor:  Diana Bensted
Date:    Saturday 12th May
Time:   1030-1130
 Zone:  C
Price:   £10.00 including materials
Places available:  12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Learn to crochet the Tunisian way. It is sometimes said that this is a craft halfway between knitting & crochet because it contains elements of both which you are likely to recognise if you have ever tried either. Tunisian Crochet creates a very distinctive woven texture.  It is worked on a very long hook with a stopper on the end to enables the stitches to stay on the hook. For this workshop, you will learn how to start, make Tunisian simple stitch, change colours and how to finish off.  On the way, you’ll be making a coaster.

This workshop is aimed at people who may have tried crochet before, but never tried Tunisian and those who have never tried either.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Yourself and your enthusiasm. Yarn, Tunisian Hook, pattern & photo tutorial are included so that you will be able to complete your coaster.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

Diana Bensted is a primary school teacher turned crochet addict. She owned her own wool shop for 4 years and has been teaching crochet since 2010. She has taught on popular workshops in London, for Woman’s Weekly and at major shows, as well as at adult learning centres and local wool shops. She designs crochet patterns that look impressive but with ingenious twists to make them easy for beginners. She has a relaxed, but informative teaching style, endless patience, doesn’t mind repeating herself and believes that there is no such thing as a silly question. Just what you know and what you don’t know.

Contact: https://blog.thecrochetchain.co.uk/

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27. Weaving Sticks & Flowers: Make Your Own Brooch

Tutor:  Janet Baddiley
Date:    Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time & Zone: 

Sat: 1300-1400 Zone B

Sun: 1445-1545 Zone B
Price:   £10.00 including materials
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL                                                   

Beginner Level / Easy
Learn to weave on 2 weaving sticks and make the resulting strip into a flower shape by sewing it together, shaping it and adding a brooch back by sewing. The finished brooch may be taken away and the equipment used is available for purchase, should you so wish.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Just you – all tools and materials will be provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

The workshop is run by Janet Baddiley of Fire and Fibre. Janet demonstrates the equipment made by the company and, using the equipment, manufactures items to sell. Janet has been working with wool and textiles for approximately 35 years.

Contact: www.fireandfibre.co.uk

 

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28. Shake Your Sheep: Make a Pottery Money Box

Tutor:  Lyn Grant
Date:    Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May
Time:  1030 – 12-00 on both days                                                         Zone:                                                                                                                Price:   £20.00 including materials, cost of firing & postage
Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL                                                   

No experience is necessary as you will be taught step by step. You will be making a pottery sheep money box, formed from clay and learn how to form & mark the surface to resemble a sheep. Your money box will be taken away, fired & posted out to you when finished.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
An apron would be useful; a few spares will be available. Other than that, just lots of enthusiasm.

WHO’S YOUR  TUTOR                                                                              Lyn and Gerry Grant have been running Fangfoss Pottery for 41 years, so have lots of experience in making wheel thrown and handmade pottery. If this is your introduction to pottery, you can want for no better a tutor. Lyn hopes that you will very much enjoy this session and perhaps pursue it further as a hobby.

Contact: http://fangfosspottery.co.uk/

 

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