Workshops – old

I currently teach a variety of knitting and spinning workshops.

I am able to offer bespoke workshops for a small group, or on a 1:1 basis. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a bespoke workshop.

I also teach at The Makers’ Cabin in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Details of the workshops on offer can be found below.

Hand Spinning on a Drop Spindle.

This 2 hour workshop is designed for the absolute beginner who is curious about how yarn is produced from animal fleece and wants an introduction to hand spinning with a drop spindle. You will learn about fleece, and how to prepare it for spinning, before you get to try spinning for yourself using colourful fibre and a drop spindle that you can take home with you (to practice some more). No previous experience is necessary and you don’t need to bring anything with you except your enthusiasm!
On Saturday 14th July I will be teaching fleece preparation (11 am – 1 pm) and hand spinning (2 – 4 pm) at Forge Farm Flowers, Forge Farm, Tonwell (near Ware), Hertfordshire. Full details can be found on the Forge Farm Flowers’ Facebook page event.

Beginners Knitting and Next Steps in Knitting

Beginners Knitting workshop with GardeningWitch DesignsIn the 2-hour “Beginners Knitting” workshop, I will teach you how to start knitting. No previous knitting experience necessary! You will learn how to cast on, how to master the knit and purl stitches, and how to cast off. You will also learn how to read a knitting pattern, including what all those cryptic abbreviations mean.
You will receive patterns for 2 simple spa cloths which will let you practice the techniques learned. Yarn and needles will be provided.

If you already know the basics of knitting, but want to learn more, then the “Next Steps in Knitting” workshop is for you. In this 2-hour workshop, I will help you progress to the next stage by teaching you about different types of increases and decreases and how to work some simple lace patterns.

You must already be able to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

You will receive patterns for 2 spa cloths which will let you practice the techniques learned. Yarn and needles will be provided.The following dates are available for this workshop at The Maker’s Cabin:

Beginners Knitting: Tuesday 25th September, 10 am – 12 noon

Next Steps in Knitting: Tuesday 2nd October, 10 am – 12 noon

For more details, and to book a place, please head over to the booking area on The Makers’ Cabin website.

Introduction to Magic Loop Knitting

Magic Loop Knitting workshop with GardeningWitch DesignsIn this 2 hour workshop, the aim is to teach how to knit a small circumference tube using the ‘magic loop’ technique. You will take home the pattern for a pair of simple wrist warmers which are designed to let you practice the ‘magic loop’ technique. You must be able to cast on, cast off, and have basic knitting skills to get the most from this workshop.

I ran this workshop in early June at The Maker’s Cabin in Letchworth. Here are some comments from the workshop attendees:

“Fun and enjoyable and a new skill”, “Interesting tips to use on new projects”

Keep an eye out on The Makers’ Cabin website for future dates for this workshop.

Introduction to Sock Knitting

Sock knitting workshop with GardeningWitch DesignsThis 2 hour workshop aims to teach the anatomy of a sock and show how a knitted sock is constructed. You will apply this knowledge to knit a mini sock as a decoration, for which a pattern will be provided.

Please note: this is not a beginner’s workshop – you should be able to knit in the round to get the most from this workshop.