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Workshops & Talks Wool@J13 2024

DOWN & DIRTY LET’S GET LEARNING!

PLEASE NOTE THAt “FELTED BELLS” WILL BE OPERATING AS A WALK-IN ON THE DAY AS WELL AS BOOKABLE IN ADVANCE

 

Needle Felted Pincushion

Tutor:  The Little Yarnist

Date:   Saturday 29th June

Time:   1445-1645

Location:  Zone B

Price:   £35.00

Places available: 15

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL 

Create your dreamscape pincushion using a Gū pot (ramekin) and a felted ball as a base.  You will have a choice of needle felting a house or a camper on a hill, or a duck perched by a pond. Other examples will be available for you to see and be inspired by. The price of your workshop includes the Gu pot, wool roving (over 100 colours), felting needle, step by step instructions and teaching from your expert tutor.

No previous felting experience is required. All abilities are welcomed as this workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those wanting to expand their felting skills.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Imagination

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

I’m an independent Staffordshire-based crafter and teacher, specialising in natural fibres to create unique clothing and home products. Wherever possible, I collaborate with local businesses to support and promote the exciting products and skills on offer.

I love wool and have been needle-felting for over ten years. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! Needle-felting is not only a fun craft, it has a host of positive health benefits: it reduces stress and anxiety; provides an opportunity for creativity; and importantly, give participants a sense of purpose.

Crafting, in general, is a very sociable activity, so I like to a create a calm and relaxing environment enabling participants to connect with others while learning.

To book for this workshop book online.  You can also book on the day for this workshop

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Needle Felt a Baby Alpaca with Blanket

Tutor: The Little Yarnist

Date:   Sunday 30th June

Time:   1200-1330

Location:    Zone B

Price:   £26.25

Places available: 15

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Create your own baby alpaca with its own colourful blanket. Your alpaca can be used as an ornament/decoration, a keyring, part of a baby mobile. The price of your workshop includes Alpaca wool roving in over 100 colours in cream, brown and pink plus a mix of colours for the Baby Alpaca’s blanket, felting needles, felting pad, step by step instructions.

No previous felting experience is required. All abilities are welcomed as this workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those wanting to expand their felting skills.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING  Imagination

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR ?   

I’m an independent Staffordshire-based crafter and teacher, specialising in natural fibres to create unique clothing and home products. Wherever possible, I collaborate with local businesses to support and promote the exciting products and skills on offer.

I love wool and have been needle-felting for over ten years. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! Needle-felting is not only a fun craft, it has a host of positive health benefits: it reduces stress and anxiety; provides an opportunity for creativity; and importantly, give participants a sense of purpose.

Crafting, in general, is a very sociable activity, so I like to a create a calm and relaxing environment enabling participants to connect with others while learning.

 

 

To book for this workshop book online.  You can also book on the day for this workshop

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Tunisian Crochet

 

Title of Workshop: Tunisian Crochet

Tutor:  Helen Jordan

Date:   Saturday 29th June + Sunday 30th June

Time:   1415-1545 (Sat); 1015-1145 (Sun)

Location: Zone A (Sat); Zone B (Sun)

Price:   £26.25

Places available: 13

Min number required for workshop to run : 2

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Get to Grips with Tunisian Crochet. This is a technique class, rather than a ‘completed item’ session.  By the end of the workshop, you will have learned the basic Tunisian simple stich, two variations of stripes and how to work shaping.

Tunisian crochet, also known as Afghan stitch and tricot, is worked on a long hook almost as a ‘half way house’ between crochet and knitting.  Stitches are ‘cast on’ and ‘cast off’ to produce an amazing textile.

All materials will be provided; a Tunisian crochet hook, DK wool yarn in two colours and a detailed handout.

Suitable for beginners though participants need to know how to make a slip knot and crochet chain, along with being able to control the flow of the yarn.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Yourself and a willingness to have a go.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR?

Helen Jordan is an experienced teacher, who loves to share her joy in the exciting craft of crochet.  She is an Associate Assessor for Parts 1 and 2 of the prestigious International Diploma in Crochet.

 

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Saxon Embroidery

Tutor: Katherine Keatley

Date:   Sunday 30th June

Time:  1345-1545

Location:  Zone B

Price:   £35.00

Places available: 6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Anglo-Saxon embroidery was some of the finest of its time.  In this hands-on workshop you will learn about the history, techniques, and materials while creating your own sampler.

The sampler’s design is based on an artefact from what is called the Staffordshire Hoard, a remarkable archaeological discovery dating back to the 7th century when the region was part of the Kingdom of Mercia.  The Hoard was uncovered in a field near Hammerwich, Lichfield on July 5th, 2009 and we will, thrillingly, be using traditional stitches from the period.

Basic stitching skills are useful but not essential

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING 

Fabric and threads are supplied.  Please bring an 8″ embroidery hoop and scissors.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR

I have been stitching since I was eight, starting with simple kits and then gradually teaching myself other techniques and skills.  I trained as a primary schoolteacher and taught for 10 years, but due to illness, left teaching and went on to complete a Certificate from the Royal School of Needlework aimed at those who want to develop practical embroidery skills to a high level. I worked for Heritage Stitchcraft and ran Zweigart’s UK distribution for 3 years. Since 2003, I have built up my business as a textile designer and tutor, focusing on traditional textiles, embroidery, felt making, and Iron Age textiles.  You can find me on: https://www.kizzykadesigns.com

 

 

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Amigurumi Made Easy

Tutor: Sarah Munro from Crocreate

Date:   Sunday 30th June

Time:   1415-1515

Location: Zone A

Price:   £17.50

Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Amigurumi doesn’t have to be daunting or difficult! If you know how to crochet the basic stitches you’ve already got one piece of the puzzle.  In this workshop I’ll give you all the other pieces to ensure you can easily construct your own Amigurumi.

This workshop will show you how to add faces and details, how to sew on external parts, the principles of stuffing and how you can piece together amigurumi without any sewing at all.  Participants will piece together crocheted parts of a cute cupcake bear that they will be able to take home following the session along with a complimentary pattern. Suitable for beginners.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Just yourself.  Bear parts, needles, stuffing, embroidery thread and safety eyes will be provided.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR 

Hi, my name is Sarah, aka CroCreate.  I’ve been Crocheting for over 10 years now and designing for 5. I love amigurumi and I’m passionate about showing people that it doesn’t have to be difficult to create something small and adorable.  I design no sew and easy Quick amigurumi patterns, so the instant crochet gratification factor can be achieved and a sense of achievement is easy to accomplish. I’ve been featured in Hobbycraft, on the Lovecrafts website and on Create and Craft and know my way around an amigurumi creature.

https://crocreate.com

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Solar Dyeing Workshop

Tutor:  Caroline Bawn

Date:   Saturday 29th June

Time:   1230-1430

Location: Zone B

Price:   £35.00

Places available:  10

Min number required for workshop to run : 6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

This class will show you how to create a solar dye jar – a simple and eco-friendly way to naturally dye yarn. You will learn about the use of natural dyes, and how to fix the colours and create your own, unique colours.

Everything you need will be provided, and you will take home a (heavy) set up dye jar.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Please bring an apron and notepad & pen. If you have breathing issues, please wear a mask to avoid the fine dust there may be. You will also need a strong bag to carry your jar home in.

You may wish to bring small amounts of wool fabric, silk or fibre to add to your jar.

 WHO’S YOUR TUTOR ?

Caroline has almost 10 years of experience with natural dyes. She has taught at Falmouth university and a range of workshops including for a premier eco-clothing brand.

Caroline has written a book about natural dyeing through the year which includes growing and foraging for your own dyes called The Natural Dyer’s Almanac.

www.gorgeousyarns.co.uk 

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Visible Mending Workshop

Tutor:  Suzi Ashworth

Date:   Saturday 29th June

Time:   10.15 – 12.15

Location: Zone B

Price:   £35.00

Places available:  6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

Visible mending

Learn about visible mending using a mini darning loom. By the end of the workshop you will be able to use the loom with ease and will have completed a woven repair patch on your garment.

The loom is suitable for mending knitwear, socks, jeans, jackets and any other medium weight/thick garment.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

A sock/hat or heavy weight fabric garment to practice mending on (fabric squares can be provided if you forget)

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR ?

Suzi is an experienced teacher and yarn dyer, whose work has been featured in publications such as Simply Crochet, Mollie Makes, The Knitter, Knitting Magazine & more. She runs sustainable dye, design and mending workshops from her Folkestone studio.  https://folkestoneharbouryarn.com

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Felted Bells (Wet Felting)

Tutor: Svetlana Brettell

Date:   Saturday 29th June & Sunday 30th June

Time:   1000-1200;  1215-1415;  1430-1630  both days

N.B. THIS WORKSHOP IS ALSO OPERATING AS A WALK-IN ON BOTH DAYS OF THE SHOW (BOOKABLE ON THE DAY).

Location: Zone C Gazebo Village G1 The Felted Bell Tent

Price:   £35.00

Places available:  5

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

In this workshop you will learn the skill of wet felting to create a bell using a template. Wet felting is the process of creating felt using wool, soap and hot water. You will understand how 3D items/shapes can be made.

Using the materials that will be provided on the day, you will be able to decorate your bell with tassels and coloured balls. The finished product can be taken home in order to decorate your home or car. Svetlana will also suggest ways in which you can replicate what you have learned to make a bell tree.

Another unique aspect of the workshop is to teach the significance of colours and the energy they represent. This is based on an ancient Chinese philosophy ‘Wu Xing’.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

A waterproof apron or old clothes which you don’t mind getting wet

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR ?

Svetlana is a self taught felting enthusiast who is very open and approachable and who loves to share her passion for wool and colours with others. She first learned about felting around 7 years ago and since then has developed her felting skills through tutorials, workshops and practice. Over the years she has learned how to craft, amongst other items, toys, home/Christmas decorations, slippers and jewellery. Some of this work will be on display for those interested in making a purchase should they wish to. She finds the experience of felting very grounding and calming. She would like to share this good resource to help others to achieve mental wellbeing.

To book for this workshop book online.  PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BOOK FOR THIS WORKSHOP IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS (POSTED 07.05.24)

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Turkish Spindle Spinning

Tutor: Bettina Wagner
Date: Saturday 29th June & Sunday 30th June
Time: 1145-1245 both days
Location: Zone A
Price: £17.50
Places available: 10

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL
This is an introduction course to hand spinning with a Turkish Spindle. You can have a go at Midi and Mini spindles, according to your preference (ie what feels good to you). No prior spinning skills needed.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
There’s nothing to bring except motivation. Expect to be covered in fluff by the end of it, so maybe don’t wear your best clothes.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR ?
https://tineandfloyd.co.uk 
I’m Tine from Tine and Floyd. I’ve learned to spin as a 5 year old when I was fascinated watching my godmother’s mother on her wheel and she was very happy to teach me. It became a livelong hobby and now for the past 10 years profession. I love all things fibre and am delighted to talk about various sheep breeds as well as fibre types and their uses.

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Norwegian Knitting

Tutor: Jenny from Ammonite Yarns
Date: Saturday 29th June
Time: 1030-1130
Location: Zone A
Price: £17.50
Places available: 6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

This workshop will show you how to work Norwegian style knitting with the yarn held in your left hand.  We will cover the basics of plain/knit stitch and then Norwegian purl stitch which magically keeps the yarn firmly at the back of the needle, so no flipping the yarn forward and back when ribbing.  You should leave the workshop with the beginning of a washcloth which can then be finished at home.  If you can already knit continental style, this is a similar technique for knit stitch but very different for purl.

 Not suitable for beginners. You need to be able to knit comfortably already.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

No need to bring anything with you unless you prefer to use your own 4mm knitting needles.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR ?

My name is Jenny and I co-own Ammonite Yarns with Ruth in South Wales and while I considered myself to be a competent knitter when we opened, nine years of running a yarn shop has tipped competent into expert!  We teach lots of workshops and hold drop-ins every week and I can honestly say we have learned as much from our customers as they learn from us and have discovered lots of different ways of working from them.  I am looking forward to tutoring this workshop with Wool@J13 and meeting new students in Staffordshire.

Home | Ammonite Yarns

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Overlay Mosaic Crochet (without all the ends)

Tutor: Ruth from Ammonite Yarns
Date: Sunday 30th June
Time: 1030-1130
Location: Zone A
Price: £17.50
Places available: 6

DESCRIPTION & SKILL LEVEL

If you love the look of overlay mosaic crochet blankets but dismayed by the thought of dealing with all those ends, this workshop is for you!

You will learn how to work in rows without cutting the yarn on every row, working from both the right and wrong sides of the work.  You will also learn how work into the front of the loop and the back of the loop and how to follow a mosaic crochet chart.

At the end of the workshop you will have made a small sample swatch in two colours and learnt  the skills to get started on a full-size project.

Not suitable for beginners. You need to be able to crochet already and be confident working in rows using double crochet and treble crochet.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

No need to bring anything with you unless you prefer to use your own hooks.

WHO’S YOUR TUTOR ?

My name is Ruth and I co-own Ammonite Yarns with Jenny in South Wales. I have been crocheting for about nine years and teach beginner crochet courses, lots of workshops and hold drop-ins at the shop every week. We can honestly say we have learned as much from our customers as they learn from us and have discovered lots of different ways of working from them.  I am looking forward to tutoring this workshop with Wool@J13 and meeting new students in Staffordshire.

Home | Ammonite Yarns

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