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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.
  • On these courses all the materials are included so you don't have to worry if you've not got the 'right' yarn or hook or needles.
  • 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!

Finishing One
Sunday 20th August, 10am -4pm, £40
Sunday 29th October,  10am -4pm, £40 FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 3rd December,  10am -4pm, £40 FULLY BOOKED

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 buttonband, 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

Learn to Crochet
Sunday 3rd September,  10am -4pm, £50

This workshop is aimed at beginners or for those who have not picked up a crochet hook for many years.

Techniques to be covered: holding the hook and yarn, basic stitches, changing colour, understanding terminology, working in the round. You will make a colourful washcloth and crochet hook case

Class requirements: Please bring scissors. The cost of the workshop includes yarn, a crochet hook and a wool needle.

Skill level: Beginners!

You can see what happens  at a Learn to Crochet workshop here!

Crystal Crochet
Sunday 1st October,  10am -12:30pm, £40

{photo credit Dorothy Wood}

Make two pieces of beautiful crocheted jewellery using Swarovski crystals.  This workshop is led by Dorothy Wood, a Swarovski registered instructor.  Check out Dorothy's website here.

Techniques to be covered: chain. double crochet and adding beads to crochet.

Class requirements: The cost of the workshop includes all the materials to make a bracelet and a pair of earrings.

Skill level: You need to be able to do basic chain and double crochet!

Sunday 1st October,  1:30pm -4pm, £35

{photo credit Dorothy Wood}

Learn how to make your knots decorative and make a beautiful wall hanging.  This workshop is led by Dorothy Wood, check out her website here.

Techniques to be covered: learn how to make a square knot, half hitch knot and lark’s head knot

Class requirements: The cost of the workshop includes all the materials.

Skill level: Beginners

Brilliant Beginners Brioche
Sunday 19th November,  10am -4pm, £55 FULLY BOOKED

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:  Beginners

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

All the non crochet workshops will be led by Janice Anderson. Janice 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. In 2010 she began working as an assistant/workshop tutor in Wool for Ewe, Aberdeen. She is currently working independently as a knitting/crochet tutor/designer and she’s having a ball! Check out her website here.

The crochet workshops will be led by Dorothy Petrie. As a former primary and nursery teacher, Dorothy found that relaxation came through craft. Although not quite sure who actually taught her to knit (probably her Mum or even her Grannie), Dorothy has no such doubts about her crochet tutor – her bedridden Great Grannie! On hearing that the home economics teacher at primary school had refused to teach Dorothy to crochet, her Great Granny set about teaching her the basics and over a period of time this was extended into following patterns, Tunisian crochet and even some hairpin lace. Retired now from teaching, Dorothy has more time to devote to her knitting and crochet projects and is keen to pass on what knowledge she has gained over more than 40 years as an enthusiastic amateur.

Bead and macramé workshops will be led by Dorothy Wood.  Dorothy trained in dress and design in Edinburgh before studying embroidery at Goldsmith’s Art College in London, so it is no wonder that a love of textiles shows through in many of Dorothy’s craft and beading designs. With more than 25 books under her belt, on all sorts of crafts, she has a wealth of knowledge and skills to draw on. Dorothy has been specialising in beading and jewellery since 2003, and became the UK’s first Authorised Instructor for Swarovski crystals in 2014. She launched her crochet jewellery range last year and also teaches beading and jewellery workshops, incorporating Swarovski Crystals using techniques such as crochet, macramé and kumihimo.  You can see Dorothy’s work in many of the leading craft and beading magazines.  Check out her website here.