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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!

Finishing Techniques 1 (FULLY BOOKED)
with Janice Anderson
Sunday 31st March, 10am - 4pm, £40 


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.  It's all about starting your project right and sewing it up well.

Techniques covered:

  • 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!
  • many more tips & techniques!
Skill level: Although this workshop is suitable for all levels you must be conīŦdent with knit and purl, simple shaping and following a basic pattern.


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!

Colour & Steek
with Janice Anderson
Sunday 5th May,  10am - 4pm, £55



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 2 short circular needles  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: Experience of working in the round would be an advantage.


Needle Felting (FULLY BOOKED)
with Aileen Clarke
Sunday 26th May,  10am - 12.30pm, £35 (£60)

{photo credits - Aileen Clarke}

This season's something a little bit different!  Aileen Clarke will show you how to needle felt and embellish a small picture - you choose from a range of designs!  All materials are provided including felting needles and foam mat and there will be an opportunity to buy more kits too. We're doing this workshop twice today.  Book both sessions for £60!

Techniques: needle felting, basic embroidery and lots of tips and tricks

Skill level: beginner... this is a flexible workshop with an experienced needle felter - check out Aileen's work on etsy!

Requirements: all materials are provided.

Needle Felting (FULLY BOOKED)
with Aileen Clarke
Sunday 26th May,  1:30pm - 4pm, £35 (£60)

{photo credits - Aileen Clarke}

This season's something a little bit different!  Aileen Clarke will show you how to needle felt and embellish a small picture - you choose from a range of designs!  All materials are provided including felting needles and foam mat and there will be an opportunity to buy more kits too. We're doing this workshop twice today.  Book both sessions for £60!

Techniques: needle felting, basic embroidery and lots of tips and tricks

Skill level: beginner... this is a flexible workshop with an experienced needle felter - check out Aileen's work on etsy!

Requirements: all materials are provided.

Intarsia (FULLY BOOKED)
with Janice Anderson
Sunday 2nd June,  10am - 12.30pm, £40

{photo credit - Janice Anderson}

Intarsia is a colour work technique which involves knitting blocks of colour, without carrying yarn at the back of the work: only one strand of yarn in one colour is used at a time. As a consequence, a separate ball of yarn (or some yarn wound onto a little bobbin) is needed for each block of colour. The key to a neat piece of knitting in intarsia is to avoid holes where the colour changes occur. In order to achieve this, the two colours need to be positioned in such a way that the yarn for the new colour “traps” the old one. 

In this short workshop you will learn the basics of the intarsia technique while beginning to knit a cushion with sheep motif. Please bring with you 6mm needles (Or 6.5mm if you are a tight knitter)  Yarn will be provided! 



Helix
with Janice Anderson
Sunday 2nd June,  1:30pm - 4pm, £40


{Photo Credit - Janice Anderson}

If you have you ever tried knitting one row stripes 'in the round' you will be aware of that annoying step or jog where one colour ends and the next begins. You knitting ends up looking untidy and no jog correcting technique will work successfully on one row stripes. Helix or Helical knitting gets rid of this problem completely! 

While working on an adult beanie hat this short workshop will learn you simple helical knitting using 3 colours of yarn. You will also learn how to apply the same technique and produce multiple & varied row stripes. Please bring with you a 3.5mm x 40cm circular needle. Yarn will be provided!



Finishing Techniques 2 (FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday 7th July,  10am- 4pm, £45

Moving on from Finishing Techniques 1, this workshop gives you lots more techniques to take the knitting to another level
Techniques Covered: Lots! Tubular Cast-On  and off, ribbing choices, decreases and increases, short row shoulder shaping, 3 needle cast off, picking up stitches along a selvedge and i-cord bind off!
Materials: please bring - 
3 x 4 mm needles, straight or circular.
2 x 3.25 mm needles, straight or circular.
4 mm crochet hook.
100g of DK in light shade, no textures or speckles.


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


{photo credit - Jenny Rose Photography}

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.


{photo credit - Aileen Clarke}

Aileen Clarke lives in rural Fife and is an Artist/Maker working from her cottage studio.  She went to Art College in the 1990's to study design then went into floristry for many years.  She has since built up a flourishing business 

1 comment:

  1. Loved the Finishing Techniques workshop. Many thanks. It was fun to chat with other knitters and to learn new skills. I am feeling very inspired and keen to get knitting something for me.

    Would recommend to anyone and only sorry I can't make the Bottom Up socks class.

    Susan

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