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DOWN & DIRTY – LET’S GET LEARNING! 2019

Demystifying Double Knitting

Tutor:  Sockmatician (Nathan Taylor)

Date:   Saturday 18th May

Time:   1400-1700

Zone:   D

Price:   £45.00 including materials

Places available: 15

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL  Intermediate.

NECESSARY:  The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!  DESIRED:  It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you) 

This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two sided technique, not the yarn weight! DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic! Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief to be entirely wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard. In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where! We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING   One set of 4mm knitting needles. Can be circulars or straights. About 10g of each of two contrasting colours of DK-weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist for best results.    

Homework:  Prior to coming to the class, please learn the Two-Colour, Alternating, Long-Tail Cast On for Double Knitting ( https://youtu.be/RO-maaxl8Rc ), or at the very least, know how to do the standard LongTail Cast on, tying a slip-knot with two strands of yarn, and as a little bonus, knitting two stitches together, with TWO strands of yarn.                  

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR Nathan Taylor (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is a knitwear designer, knitting teacher, and popular podcaster on YouTube. Since starting his adult knitting life in 2011, he has had patterns published in the following magazines: Knit Now!; Vogue Knitting; Rib; and The Knitter, and in the book Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps 2. The majority of his patterns, however, can be purchased individually on Ravelry (search Sockmatician’s Sock Shop).

His first book, GUYS KNIT, from Haynes Publishing, is available now from Haynes.com Although his designs encompass a wide variety of techniques, Nathan is most known for his work in developing and designing patterns in Double-Knitting: a technique for creating a reversible, two-sided fabric in two or more colours, where the pattern and colours on one side are inverted on the other, and he has given classes in the subject all over the UK, Europe, America, New Zealand, and Australia, in locations ranging from the smallest local yarn shop, to North America’s largest sheep and wool festival, Rhinebeck.

As well as teaching his flagship beginners’ DK class, Nathan gives classes in many other aspects of knitting, from Cuff-Down Socks for Beginners, Patterning a Sock, Knit Nerdism, One-Pass Brioche, and Strantarsia (a brand new technique he has pioneered himself for adding a localised patch of stranded colourwork to a project worked in the round.)

He is also an accomplished musical theatre actor, having appeared in many shows in the West End, but that’s his other life, and a story for another time.

Website: https://www.sockmatician.com/ 

Social Media: Instagram, Ravelry, Twitter & YouTube: Sockmatician

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101343

Demystifying Double Knitting

Date:   Sunday 19th May

Time:   1300-1600

Zone:   D

Price:   £45.00 including materials

Places available: 15

SKILL LEVEL & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED  Intermediate. Necessary:  The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!  Desired:  It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you) 

DESCRIPTION This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two sided technique, not the yarn weight! DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic! Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief to be entirely wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard. In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where! We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING   One set of 4mm knitting needles. Can be circulars or straights. About 10g of each of two contrasting colours of DK-weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist for best results.    

Homework:  Prior to coming to the class, please learn the Two-Colour, Alternating, Long-Tail Cast On for Double Knitting ( https://youtu.be/RO-maaxl8Rc ), or at the very least, know how to do the standard LongTail Cast on, tying a slip-knot with two strands of yarn, and as a little bonus, knitting two stitches together, with TWO strands of yarn.                  

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR Nathan Taylor (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is a knitwear designer, knitting teacher, and popular podcaster on YouTube. Since starting his adult knitting life in 2011, he has had patterns published in the following magazines: Knit Now!; Vogue Knitting; Rib; and The Knitter, and in the book Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps 2. The majority of his patterns, however, can be purchased individually on Ravelry (search Sockmatician’s Sock Shop).

His first book, GUYS KNIT, from Haynes Publishing, is available now from Haynes.com Although his designs encompass a wide variety of techniques, Nathan is most known for his work in developing and designing patterns in Double-Knitting: a technique for creating a reversible, two-sided fabric in two or more colours, where the pattern and colours on one side are inverted on the other, and he has given classes in the subject all over the UK, Europe, America, New Zealand, and Australia, in locations ranging from the smallest local yarn shop, to North America’s largest sheep and wool festival, Rhinebeck.

As well as teaching his flagship beginners’ DK class, Nathan gives classes in many other aspects of knitting, from Cuff-Down Socks for Beginners, Patterning a Sock, Knit Nerdism, One-Pass Brioche, and Strantarsia (a brand new technique he has pioneered himself for adding a localised patch of stranded colourwork to a project worked in the round.)

He is also an accomplished musical theatre actor, having appeared in many shows in the West End, but that’s his other life, and a story for another time.

Website: https://www.sockmatician.com/ 

Social Media: Instagram, Ravelry, Twitter & YouTube: Sockmatician

 

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101343

Shaping: The Future of Double Knitting

Date:   Saturday 18th May

Time:   0930-1230

Zone:   D

Price:   £45.00 including materials

Places available: 12

Please note that this workshop commences 30 mins prior to the official opening of the show. You will need to arrive by 0920 & show your booking & show tickets at the gate in order to get in. You will be shown to the workshop venue by one of our volunteers.

SKILL LEVEL  & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Intermediate/Advanced. This is a class that will be suitable for knitters with some experience of double-knitting, who are looking to expand their horizons. Skills needed: You will need to be competent in standard, two-colour double-knitting, creating a fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides. You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK, and you will preferably need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together, although any edge technique for DK would suffice. 

DESCRIPTION Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you. Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both-sides fabric that we all know and love.  I’ll show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases, and tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect. We’ll talk bout the concepts behind changing shaping techniques for single-face knitting into reversible, twosided shaping techniques that will allow you the freedom to turn your double-knitting into any shape you like. The class covers two different types of yarn overs (both connected and unconnected forms), along with the Make One increase (both left- and right-leaning). For decreases, we’ll discuss the idea of matched pairs, and learn about right- and left-leaning single and double decreases, as well as the Centred Double Decrease, and a whole variety of others. Time permitting, we’ll even learn how to do German Short Rows in DK, so that you can send your double-knitting round corners! Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of doubleknitting! I would advise bringing a sugary snack and some water to the class, as I’ll be giving your brains a good work out. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING  You will need about 20g of each of two colours of yarn, worked into the swatch described below. Use two highly contrasting colours, and a nice smooth yarn that is not too grippy.

Homework: A swatch worked as follows: Using DK-weight yarn, and appropriately sized needles, cast on 20 PAIRS of stitches (40sts in total), using any two-colour, alternating cast on you like, and work about 5-8 rows of standard double-knitting, where both faces of the fabric display stocking stitch. Do not work any colour changes, so that you will have colour A on one side, and colour B on the other with no pattern showing.  DO NOT CAST OFF YOUR SWATCH! We will continue knitting it in the class.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR Nathan Taylor (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is a knitwear designer, knitting teacher, and popular podcaster on YouTube. Since starting his adult knitting life in 2011, he has had patterns published in the following magazines: Knit Now!; Vogue Knitting; Rib; and The Knitter, and in the book Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps 2. The majority of his patterns, however, can be purchased individually on Ravelry (search Sockmatician’s Sock Shop).

His first book, GUYS KNIT, from Haynes Publishing, is available now from Haynes.com Although his designs encompass a wide variety of techniques, Nathan is most known for his work in developing and designing patterns in Double-Knitting: a technique for creating a reversible, two-sided fabric in two or more colours, where the pattern and colours on one side are inverted on the other, and he has given classes in the subject all over the UK, Europe, America, New Zealand, and Australia, in locations ranging from the smallest local yarn shop, to North America’s largest sheep and wool festival, Rhinebeck.

As well as teaching his flagship beginners’ DK class, Nathan gives classes in many other aspects of knitting, from Cuff-Down Socks for Beginners, Patterning a Sock, Knit Nerdism, One-Pass Brioche, and Strantarsia (a brand new technique he has pioneered himself for adding a localised patch of stranded colourwork to a project worked in the round.)

He is also an accomplished musical theatre actor, having appeared in many shows in the West End, but that’s his other life, and a story for another time.

Website: https://www.sockmatician.com/ 

Social Media: Instagram, Ravelry, Twitter & YouTube: Sockmatician

 

 

 

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101341

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

Demonstrator & Speaker:  Lesley Hordon & Sally May, National Angora Club

Date:  Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th May   

Time: 1415-1445   

Zone:  E

Price:   £6.50

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 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

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101387

Weave an Animal Coaster

Tutor:  Janet Baddiley

Date:   Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th May  

Time: 1300-1400

Zone:  B

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available:  6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL    Beginner Level / Easy Learn to weave an animal coaster and take your finished creation away. 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  

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101335

Basic Lucet Braiding

Tutor:  Graham Langhorne, Coastal Colours

Date:   Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th May  

Time:   1030-1130

Zone:   A

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available:  15

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL   Learn how to make a cord or braid on a wooden lucet created by Graham Longhorne of Coastal Colours. Lucets are believed to date back to the Viking and Medieval periods when they were used to create cords for clothing or to hand items from a belt.  No prior experience is required.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING Lucets will be provided, as will a range of different thicknesses of yarn

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR Graham Langhorne of Coastal Colours.  Graham started making lucet cords 8 years ago for use with his historical re-enacting. He now hand makes lucets out of British and exotic woods, each it slightly different so that a perfect fit can be achieved and also because he isn’t very good and making the same thing twice. All of his lucets are hand finished to make them silky smooth in the hand. The Lucets you will use during the workshop will be available for you to purchase for £10 each.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Local-Business/Coastal-Colours-722511064509343/

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101311

Rag Rug Making

Tutor:  Jenni Stuart-Anderson

Date:   Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th May  

Time:  1145-1245

Zone:  A

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available:  10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL    Learn how to use the traditional technique of progging which produces a shaggy effect, used traditionally to recycle old clothes or mill waste into floor mats.  This workshop is suitable for beginners & accompanied children.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING Scissors. Although there is enough cotton fabric in a kit to Prog for an hour you could bring rags, e.g. tee shirt, if you want to make it more personal

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR  Jenni Stuart-Anderson has shared vintage rag rug making  techniques for over 30 years  at workshops and creative breaks. She started as a hobby and got hooked! Her first book ‘Rag Rug Making’ was reprinted 4 times (currently sold out) but ‘More Rag Rugs & Recycled Textile Projects’ (2011) is available from Jenni.  (Warning: this craft can be addictive)
Contact:  www.jenniragrugs.com        

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101327

Make Your Own Flock of Sheep

Tutor:  Alison White

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:    1300-1400

Zone:   A

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available: 15

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

This workshop is suitable for beginners, children over 10 if accompanied by an adult and anyone who would like to make their own tiny flock of sheep.   

A wrapping technique will be used to make your flock of sheep so NO sharp needles are involved.

To make a sheep which measures 5 cm long you will learn the 9 simple steps to bend a pipe cleaner into the shape of your sheep which is like a sculptor’s armature, then follow the six further steps which involves a wrapping technique to complete your first sheep. As practice makes perfect, you will be able to repeat the process to make your flock. You will also be shown ideas of how to make your flock into other things such as a mobile, necklace or even worry sharing sheep!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING    

Just bring yourself all materials are provided.                    

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR 

Alison has been making ‘Sheepythings’ from pipe cleaners and fleece for over 30 years, she has supplied shops in Covent Garden in London and throughout the UK including the lake district and Yorkshire Dales. Her Sheep have also travelled as far as USA Australia and Japan and have even featured on BBC TV’s ‘Blue Peter’. Her quirky Textile Art has been exhibited throughout Europe and the UK.

Alison has over 20 years of teaching experience and running workshops for groups both small and large.

Contact:  www.sheepythings.com     

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101330

Children's Workshop - Finger Knitting (for the over 5s)

Tutor:  Hembra Crafting

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1145-1245

Zone:   C

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available: 8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL   

Looking for something crafty for your children to learn?

We will be showing them the very popular Finger Knitting, a craft which children can pick up and do anytime, anywhere. They can take it with them on a long car journey or sit on the sofa on a lazy afternoon, armed only with a ball or two of wool. In this workshop, they will produce a length of knitting that can be used as a small scarf or head band.

Children over 5 years of age will be able to take part.

Parents are welcome to stay & take part. Please note that Ann & Caroline have vast experience of working with children and hold a up to date DBS check which allows them to work with vulnerable groups, including children.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING          

All materials are supplied, just bring your fingers                 

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.

Contact: https://facebook.com/hembracrafting   

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101339

Children's Workshop - Make Pom Pom Molecules (for ages 8 and over)

Tutor:  Hembra Crafting

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1030-1100

Zone:   C

Price:   £7.50.00 including materials

Places available:  8

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL   

Aimed at children of 8 years of age and over, this is a fun workshop where science meets crafting. Children will learn how to make pompoms in a range of colours and then join them together to represent molecules, learning about science at the same time.

Full instructions are included so that the children can go away to make more. We use modern pompom makers for the workshop and the instructions also include how to make your own pompom maker with recycled card.

This workshop was developed as part of a project at the University of Wolverhampton aimed at making science accessible and fun.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING        

All materials supplied                   

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.

Contact: https://facebook.com/hembracrafting   

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101338

Broomstick Crochet

Tutor:  Hembra Crafting

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1530-1630

Zone:   C

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL   

Intermediate crochet skills. You will need to be confident in using a hook, creating chains and the double crochet stitch. This workshop will show 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.

Contact: https://facebook.com/hembracrafting   

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101316

Wreath Making - How to Crochet a Rose Blossom

Tutor:  Sarah O’Neill

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1415-1515

Zone:   A

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner/intermediate level (must be familar with basic crochet stitches).  Learn how to crochet a rose blossom and take your creations with you.  Once you have mastered this you will be able to design your own unique floral wreath. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: Your enthusiam for yarn and a love of flowers. Crochet hooks and a variety of yarns will be provided.                    

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR: The workshop is run by Sarah O’Neill, also known as Hook it and Weave, an experienced crocheter who looks forward to sharing her passion for making textile flowers.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/hookitandweave  

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101331

Kumihimo Weaving

Tutor:  Beryl Weir

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1030-1130

Zone:   B

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available: 15

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL   

Firstly, using a small braiding disc and set of yarns you will make a lovely simple braid.

The braid can be used as a hair-tie (our daughter’s favourite), shoe laces, friendship bracelets, edging for garments etc.

Then you will then use the larger Kumihimo disc to make the complex-looking but very simple spiral braid. This braid looks so difficult, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly you manage the pattern.

No prior skills are required. The two braiding discs are available to use along with the two different hanks of yarn – everything you need. The braiding discs are available to purchase after the workshop or at the Crafts from the Clink stall.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING    

An enthusiasm for playing with wool.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR 

Bee was a primary school teacher before becoming an at-home mum and starting her craft business.

She teaches twice monthly at her own craft group and regularly teaches at WSD guilds, WI meetings and other groups throughout the country.

She teaches braiding, weaving, spinning, dyeing, knitting and crochet at her workshop in Cheshire. She also loves glass and teaches lots of glass classes from her studio as well. She has recently finished filming for an appearance on a new BBC series (at time of writing still all hush-hush!)

Contact: www.craftsfromtheclink.com

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101333

Dorset Button Making

Tutor:  Jen Best

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1300 – 1400

Zone:   C

Price:   £15.00 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 contemporaryy button design, including Jen’s own textile button art. Just don’t ask her to make tea!

Contact: www.beakerbutton.co.uk  

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101340

Needle Felt a Landscape

Tutor:  Sylvia Sapsford, Little Gem Felts

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1415-1515

Zone:   B

Price:   £15.00 including materials

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    

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101337

Pegloom Weaving

Tutor:  Hembra Crafting

Date:    Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 

Time:  1415-1515

Zone:  C

Price:    £15.00 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  

 

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101341

Make a Macrame Plant Hanger

Tutor:  Jo Richardson

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1030-1230

Zone:   E

Price:   £30.00 including materials

Places available: 12

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL   

Macramé is back!  Airedale Yarns are sending cotton cords all round the world to enthusiastic knotters for bunting and jewellery, wedding arches and room dividers.  But the quintessential macramé object is the plant pot hanger.

If you knotted in the 70s and have forgotten what to do, or have a new love for houseplants and want to display them beautifully then this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn the basics of macramé and then knot your own plant hanger on the day. No prior knowledge is needed and all materials are provided.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING    Nimble fingers! All materials are provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR  Jo Richardson is an experienced tutor with very nimble fingers who has led workshops in macramé and other textile arts using the wide variety materials stocked by Airedale Yarns.  

Contact: airedaleyarns.co.uk      

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101344

Darn It!

Tutor:  Becca Tansley

Date:   Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May

Time:   1300-1400

Zone:   E

Price:   £15.00 including materials

Places available: 6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

No previous skills or experience required. Bring your reading glasses if you need them.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Your own hands, and a hole if you have one!

Bring along 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 knitteds, 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.

In this workshop Becca will teach the basic woven darn. If there is sufficient time, then another darning method may also be shown.

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

To book this workshop https://thelittleboxoffice.com/wool-j13/event/view/101608