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Spring/Summer 2018 dates
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Call the shop (01333 312 042) or pop in to secure your place on these workshops!

There are lots of reasons why a workshop is a great place to learn:-

  • Learning as a group is fun - you're often not the only one stuck on something, you can ask questions of other group members and you can support each other through any tricky bits and encourage each other.
  • You get a professional tutor who can start you off with no bad habits and who can encourage you to find your own comfy spot. The group is small - only 6 people, so you'll get lots of one-to-one attention if you want it.
  • You'll learn a life skill that can be creative, extravagant, economical, solitary, sociable, charitable, stress reducing and health inducing!
  • You will also get a 15% discount off all full price shop purchases on your workshop day!

Brilliant Beginners Brioche
Sunday 18th March,  10am -4pm, £55 (SOLD OUT)

The first of Janice's new improved Brioche workshops.  Make a scarf using one colour brioche and a repeating pattern.

Techniques to be covered: brioche knit and purl stitches, travelling stitches, reading charts and correcting simple mistakes

Class requirements: Please bring scissors. The cost of the workshop includes all you're materials (yarn, needles and pattern).

Skill level:  intermediate, you need to be comfortable with knit, purl and yarn over

Finishing One
Sunday 29th April,  10am -4pm, £40

Finishing One is Janice's new improved Finishing Techniques workshops.  It's all about starting right and sewing up right. 

Techniques to be covered:  swatching, 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!

Class requirements: There will be homework!  We'll let you know what is required when you book.

Skill level: Beginners

Two-Handed Colourwork
with Karie Westermann
Sunday 3rd June,  10am-1pm, £35 (SOLD OUT)

**Half day workshop**

Why not pick up a technique that will transform how you think about stranded knitting? In this class you will learn an efficient and practical way of knitting with two colours at the same time. Karie Westermann will teach you how to knit colourwork holding the yarns in both hands. You will learn how to keep your yarn floats correctly tensioned, how to control colour dominance, and how to speed up your colourwork knitting. The class includes instructions on how to combine the continental knitting technique with the standard 'throwing' method – and it is suitable for people who knit either way. Karie will also talk about how to choose colours for a project and you will get a chance to look at her gorgeous samples.

Skill Level: Intermediate - you need to be comfortable knitting in the round and be able to follow an easy colourwork chart.

Materials:  PLEASE BRING 2 colours of DK yarn (wool or wool-blend), 50g of one, 25g of the other. • 4mm needles (we'll be working both back & forth as well as in the round with small circumference - bring your preferred needles for this) • Tapestry needle • 2 stitch markers (optional) 

Shetland Hap Shawl
with Karie Westermann
Sunday 3rd June,  1:30- 4:30pm, £35 (SOLD OUT)

**Half day workshop**

Shetland lace sounds daunting, but in this workshop Kari will teach you how apply this technique to make a hap shawl.  Together you will explore the different techniques you use in a hap shawl: 
picking up stitches, reading & understanding a lace chart, and how to knit an applied edge.
We'll talk different lace traditions and how best to 'hack' a lace shawl. You will also get a chance to look at some stunning samples while we crack the code!

Skill level: Intermediate. No prior lace experience necessary, but you should be able to knit, purl, do yarn overs and knit two together.

Materials: PLEASE BRING 50g of 4ply yarn (at least 50% wool). • 4mm circular or straight needles (if circular, then at least 24” /60cm long) • 5 stitch markers.

Terms & Conditions
  • Workshop fees are to be paid in full at registration.
  • In the event you cannot attend, you may send a friend OR if there is a waiting list for the course, The Woolly Brew will try to find someone else to fill your place. If we do, you will receive a full refund.
  • Refunds will not be given for cancellations made less than one month before the workshop date.
  • If a workshop is cancelled by us due to bad weather or illness etc you will have the option of transferring to a workshop on another date (if available) or receive a full refund.

Your Tutors

Janice Anderson graduated with a BA(Hons) from Grays School of Art, in Design and Craft with a specialisation in hand knitting. She went on to be a freelance knitwear designer and Arts & Craft tutor. She has been a Rowan Design Consultant in John Lewis as well as teaching Rowan workshops in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle, and Northern Ireland. Her design work has featured in Rowan publications including The Organic Cotton Kids Collection, Summer Baby and as exclusives on the Rowan website. She has just opened Baa! her own yarn shop/workshop space in Stonehaven!  Check it out here.

Karie Westermann is a knitwear designer and tutor working across the UK and Europe. Her client list includes Rowan Yarns, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Oslo Strikkefestival, Malabrigo, Blacker Yarns and Eden Cottage. Karie also regularly appears in knitting magazines and podcasts. She is an experienced and sought-after tutor with more than 15 years' experience teaching at all levels.  Her first print book - This Thing of Paper - was published in 2017.