workshops

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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!


Learn to Crochet (FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday 19th March,  10am -4pm, £45


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!


Finishing Techniques (FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday 2nd April, 10am - 4pm, £35 



This workshop is aimed at knitters who would like to give their knitting a professional finish. If you hate sewing up, or are always disappointed with the look or fit of your finished projects, this workshop is for you.

Techniques to be covered: Garment fit and adjusting your tension, blocking, invisible seaming using mattress stitch, shaping techniques, picking up stitches for bands and collars, buttonholes, three needle bind off and many more tips and techniques.

Class requirements: You will need approx 100gms of DK weight yarn in any colour (best to avoid dark colours such as black or navy and novelty yarns), 2 sets of 4mm knitting needles, scissors, sewing up needle (for knitting) and a tape measure. This workshop requires the participants to complete a very small amount of homework in advance. You can collect your homework sheet when you book!

Skill level: Although this workshop is suitable for all levels you must be confident with knit and purl, simple shaping and following a basic pattern.


Thrilling Thrums!(FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday 30th April,  10am -4pm, £45




Techniques covered: Make a cute tea cosy and learn how to thrum! Thrums! are pieces of roving that are knitted into your project every so often.  It makes the item warm and cushy and provides an interesting texture on the outside too.  For our workshop you'll make a tea cosy.  Learn how to prep your thrums!, work with them and make up your cosy with some decorative finishing techniques.

Get one to one help in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and pick up lots of tips from our experienced tutor Janice Anderson.

Class requirements: We'll provide your main yarn and needles and roving.  Janice will provide class notes and expert tuition!

Skill level: This is a next steps course.  If you can knit and purl then this class is for you!


Brilliant Brioche (FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday 21st May, 10am to 4pm, £45


Using Janice Anderson's Meredith pattern learn how to work Brioche stitches and make a cowl.

Techniques to be covered: brioche knit stitch,  travelling stitches, cables, brioche purl and two colour brioche.   Great for those new to Brioche and those with some experience as you can make it as easy or as tricky as you want!  The sampler style format allows you to gain confidence.   Pattern is written and charted,

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

Skill level:  Intermediate

Colour & Steek
Sunday 11th June,  10am - 4pm, £45



A steek is a bridge of stitches placed within the knitting at an opening point. Such as the front opening of a cardigan. It allows the knitter to keep working in the round without interruption. When the knitting is complete, the steek is then cut and reinforced, thus creating the required opening.  This workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning how to work a simple steek and improve their stranded knitting technique while working in the round. 

Techniques covered: during the class we will work on a mug cosy using your chosen method of circular knitting. You will learn how to carry one colour of yarn in each hand, how to follow a Fair Isle chart and how to complete a simple steek using only your knitting needles, wool needle and scissors. Other methods of steeking will be demonstrated.

Class requirements:  All materials are included in the workshop fee.  Just bring scissors.

Skill level: Must be able to work in the round and follow a simple pattern.



Crocheted Shawl, 3 Ways(FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday 18th June,  10am - 12.30pm, £35


Take your next steps in crochet with an intermediate class - includes reading a pattern! In this class, we will discuss shawl-shaping and make a start on an easy shawl. Choose from one of three pattern starts and make a beautiful, wearable accessory using one ball (100g) of sock yarn.

Techniques covered: Reading a crochet pattern, increasing and decreasing, plus tips and techniques for future projects.

Class Requirements: You will receive a ball of sock yarn as part of the workshop price.  Please bring a 4mm crochet hook and a pair of scissors.

Skill level: Be able to work simple crochet stitches (chain, double crochet, treble). 


Beginners Tunisian Crochet(FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday 18th June,  1.30pm - 4pm, £35



Tunisian Crochet is also known as afghan stitch and is worked on a special elongated crochet hook. This introductory session will let you try out Tunisian crochet and make a useful cosy for your favourite coffee cafetiére. 
Techniques covered: Reading a Tunisian crochet pattern, using a Tunisian hook and working three basic stitches. 
Class Requirements: All materials provided. You may wish to measure your favourite coffee cafetiére prior to the workshop (or better still, bring it along, so that you can customise it!) 
Skill level: you must be able to work simple crochet stitches (chain, double crochet, treble). 



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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.
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