upcoming classes

Coming back to Glasgow last week, I was thrilled to see the autumn colours around the city- they make the city look so beautiful and it’s lovely to contemplate a quiet winter here… I have a series of new classes in knitting and natural dyeing if you’re interested in learning new skills over the quiet months.

At Glasgow’s Queen of Purls:

On November 7, I’ll be teaching the essential skills for finishing your knits, such as seaming (including easy shoulder seams using short-rows and three-needle cast-off), easing the various pieces to fit, grafting, weaving in ends, blocking, sewing on buttons and more.

And on November 14, we’re exploring how to get your garments to fit your body- swatching, successful yarn selection and choosing styles that flatter your body shape, taking accurate measurements (and how to use these numbers) and tricks to adjust pattern elements and shaping to suit your body.

At Dundee’s Fluph:

On Saturday October 23, I’m running tow classes: in the morning, we’re holding an upskilling class for new-ish knitters, covering  accurate swatching,choosing/ substituting yarn, picking up dropped stitches and recognizing and fixing other mistakes, choosing the right increases and decreases, picking up stitches neatly for a button band, joining a new ball and weaving in rounds. And in the afternoon, we’re exploring how to get your garments to fit your body- swatching, successful yarn selection and choosing styles that flatter your body shape, taking accurate measurements (and how to use these numbers) and tricks to adjust pattern elements and shaping to suit your body.

And on Saturday November 21, in the morning at finishing- seaming (including easy shoulder seams using short-rows and three-needle cast-off), easing the various pieces to fit, grafting, weaving in ends, blocking, sewing on buttons and more and the afternoon will be an introduction to lace, covering the basic structure of lace and the various increases and decreases used to create it, as well as reading charts, keeping track of where you are in your pattern, fixing mistakes and other specialized techniques. And, in the afternoon,

At Edinburgh’s Ginger Twist:

On Sunday October 25, the morning class will be the first session of of a two-session class on seamless knitting! Over the two sessions, in which we will look at the various methods of seamless construction, as well as essential techniques, such as knitting in the round and the magic loop technique and how to alter existing patterns into seamless ones and to formulate their own seamless garments. And in the afternoon, we’re exploring how to get your garments to fit your body- swatching, successful yarn selection and choosing styles that flatter your body shape, taking accurate measurements (and how to use these numbers) and tricks to adjust pattern elements and shaping to suit your body.

On Sunday November 22, we have the second of the two classes on seamless knits in the morning and in the afternoon, we’re explore how to darn holes both large and small, using a variety of knitted and woven techniques such as grafting, simple and advanced swiss darning and scotch weaving, as well as also explore ways to fix or replace worn areas, such as elbows, necks or cuffs.

At the Glasgow Botanic Gardens:

And lastly, I’m really excited to be running a class of my own in natural dyeing! It’ll take place at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens on Sunday November 15 from 10-4 and we’ll be covering the steps involved in preparing and working with a natural dyebath and how to use mordants and modifiers before and after dyeing to achieve a wide range of colours from the same pot. We will cover the key aspects of natural dyeing with yarn and fabric; fibre preparation and mordanting, sourcing dyestuffs, preparing the dyebath and safe dyeing practice. We’ll also discuss over-dyeing to create complex colours, keeping records of dye experiments and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials. You can read more and book for this class through my shop- just click the link to the right and select the workshop.

Perhaps I’ll see you there somewhere!

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