Monday, 26 June 2017

new workshops at The Woolly Brew



Our new programme begins on 20th August with some re-designed workshops, two brand new workshops and a new on-the-day-discount!  All the details are on our workshop page.

The biggest change is to Janice's Finishing Techniques and Brioche workshops.

Finishing Techniques will now be split over two workshops.  The aim is to provide you with more in depth tuition on all those knitting niggles that can make your finished project more blah than fab.

We're starting with Finishing One which is all about starting your project right and sewing up it up well.

This workshop will have lots more about:-
  • swatching - why you need to do it, how to measure it and what to do if it's not what you want  
  • the magic of blocking  
  • sewing up different stitches - not just stocking stitch and ribs
  • sewing on a button band
  • how and when to use different cast-on and cast-off methods
  • and more!
Finishing Two will be scheduled at a later date and is all about edges.  You'll cover:-
  • selvedges and problems with uneven edges
  • how to pick up stitches correctly
  • knitting on edges, bands 
  • different types of buttonholes
  • and more!
Finishing One is on Sunday 29th October 2017 and you'll need to do some homework. 

Call the shop to secure your place!

We'll let you know when Finishing Two is available.

Brioche is such a versatile stitch that Janice is creating three different workshops, each building in complexity.

We're offering Brilliant Beginners Brioche this year.  This is all about one colour brioche and you'll make a squishy scarf with a simple repeating pattern.  You will learn brioche knit and purl stitches, travelling stitches, how to read brioche patterns and fix simple mistakes (!)  This workshop will establish a foundation for further brioche adventures.

We hope to offer two further brioche workshops which will include two colour brioche (Brilliant Bicolour Brioche) and brioche in the round (Brilliant Boggling Brioche?!?!?)

Brilliant Beginners Brioche is on Sunday 19th November 2017

Call the shop to secure your place!

Our two newest workshops are taught by local designer and author Dorothy Wood.  Crystal Crochet and Macrame!  Both are half day workshops.

In Crystal Crochet you will learn to crochet with Swarovski Crystals to make a stunning bracelet and earring set.  There are lots of colours to choose from.

{photo credit Dorothy Wood}

In Macrame! you will learn how to use knots to make your own decorative wall hanging.



Crystal Crochet and Macrame! are on Sunday 1st October.  All materials are included in the workshop price, buy both workshops and get a discount!

We've also scheduled two of our most popular workshops Learn to Crochet and Thrilling Thrums.

All the details for all our workshops are on our workshop page.  Please call the shop to book.

Unfortunately after recent price changes we do need to pass on a small price increase for some workshops.

But we are now offering a 15% discount off all full price shop purchases on the day of your workshop.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

new shop sample in Rico Melange...



This was an impulse knit during the heavy rain at the beginning of June, which probably influenced the autumnal colour choice too, so it's not entirely appropriate for the current 'heatwave'... but you can't go wrong with a cosy wrap even at the height of Summer!

The pattern is Shades of Wicklow and is available to buy on Ravelry.  It's an asymmetrical shawl which gives lots of styling options* and it uses a chunky yarn so it knits up quick too!  The designer used 3 different shades to stripe her shawl but I've used the self striping Rico Melange which gives a variety of shades and stripe widths.  You can see all the details on our Ravelry project page.




these photos were taken before our Debbie Bliss delivery and so the Rialto Lace shelf behind the Dummy has a few new shades now...


*yes, as usual, I did have fun styling the Dummy!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

our Spindrift shelves...



Jamieson's Spindrift... classic Shetland 4ply wool for colourwork in 25g balls... 59 shades in stock.

Thistles Galore


We have another set of dates for the Pittenweem Arts Festival Community Craft Project - Thistles Galore.

Project Co-ordinator Anne-Marijke will be at the shop on Wednesday 7th June (and Saturday 8th July) with her box of stash and book of ideas. Please come along and get some inspiration... and join this successful community project.

We've got a folder stuffed with thistle ideas and a Pinterest board too.

As usual you can knit, crochet or sew.  All items will be sold during the Pittenweem Arts Festival in August. 

Money raised will go to two charities - MS Fife Group and the Pittenweem Community Library

You can read about previous years by clicking the links below...

Christmas in SummerIts a HootWinter WarmersCouthie CushionsFestive Flowers and Bonnets to Berets. These links will start at the end of each project, you'll need to scroll through them to see the full story! Over the past 8 years this project has donated £16,292 to different charities!


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