Friday

A1: Introduction to Twined Knitting

  • One skein light coloured worsted weight yarn (Ashford Tekapo 8 ply Double Knitting is suitable), must be wound as a centre pull ball.
    3-4 metres of a contrast colour in worsted weight for the braids.
  • One set 4.0 or 4.5mm, 20 cm long (or shorter) double pointed needles, preferably a five needle set.
  • Stitch markers
  • Sticky notes or magnetic board to keep one’s place on the chart.

A2: Knitting Lace with Understanding

  • One or two pairs of knitting needles, 3.25mm to 4.5mm range.
  • One ball smooth, light coloured yarn in 6-8 ply weight, wool, wool-blend or cotton. Dark or fuzzy yarns are not suitable. Use up your oddments!
  • Stitch holder.
  • Pencil, eraser, short ruler or set square, highlighters, plain paper.
  • Notebook or similar for taking your own notes.

A3: Tapestry Weaving Medieval Faces

  • A tapestry frame large enough to take a weaving approximately 22 x 18cm in size. The frame must be at least three times higher than the width.
  • An F clamp to attach frame to table.
  • Tapestry bobbins.
  • Clippers or scissors.
  • Marking pen – sharpie or blue marker pen.
  • Weft yarns. I would prefer these to be fine yarns, mainly wool in a range of the following colours – blues, reds, oranges, white, pale yellows, gold, creams, rose colours, browns and black and maybe a little green.

A4: Fibre Preparation

  • Please bring a selection of fibres from your stash, as many in the primary colours as you can (red yellow and blue)- you will need enough to make at least one mixed fibre/colour batt (80gm) plus a selection of blending board rolags and hackled roving (about another 100 grams).
  • You are welcome to bring any effect fibres you have such as silks, sari silks.
  • If you have fibre you are willing to share we can ‘pool’ the stash and all pick from the collection to maximise the choices!

A5: Felt Ya Boots


Felting wool and template material will be supplied

Materials:

  • Surface decorative materials such as silk, wool yarn (not superwash), locks, etc. Some materials and prefelts will be available.

Tools:

  • 1 metre of ballet tulle (available from Spotlight or fabric stores), prewashed. Please do not substitute any other netting as this may create problems during the workshop.
  • A plastic milk bottle with several holes pierced in the lid, or a professional watering bottle (not a spray bottle).
  • Hardening tools such as felting board, plastic meat trays, wooden hardening tools. Some tools will be available, but please bring your favourite.
  • A rectangular plastic tub; I use a square laundry tub about 35cm deep, 45cm wide and 75cm long.
  • Old towels for mop-up
  • Vivid marker
  • Large sharp scissors
  • I recommend wearing a plastic apron

A6: Twined Baskets

All materials provided, including use of tools, for the materials fee.

A7: Christmas Decorations Gone Wild

  • Pencil, paper, scissors.
  • Sticking plasters for emergencies!
  • A few extra dollars in case you break needles.

A8: Socks - Toe-up Times Two

  • Sock yarn in 2 colours for sample sock.
  • Two 2.25mm circular needles , least 60cm long. It is helpful to have two different looking needles. If you don’t have two that look different, a dab of nail polish on the tips of one will help you to distinguish them from one another.
  • (Note: if you wish to start knitting a pair of socks straight after the class, you will need 100g sock yarn, split into 2 equal balls. When splitting the yarn, take care to wind both balls consistently so you start each sock with the same “end” of the yarn).

A9: Latvian Wristers

  • 30grms each of 4 colours of solid-coloured, smooth-textured sport weight yarn (Ashford MacKenzie 4 ply is suitable). Space dyed yarns, heathered yarns and fuzzy yarns will obscure the patterns and are not recommended.
  • One set of 3.5mm short DPNs. If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with 2 circulars, please bring the appropriate needles.
  • Tapestry needles and stitch markers.
  • Post-it sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the text or chart.

A10: What can you spin on a spindle?

  • A reel or two of sewing thread in dark colours.
  • A ball of crochet thread or perle cotton.
  • A medium sized top-whorl drop spindle, with a notch.
  • Spindles of various sizes will also be available in class to try with different fibres.
  • For your materials fee, you will receive a pack of variously prepared fibres.

 

Saturday

B1: Gansey Techniques

  • Three oz plain-textured, solid coloured worsted weight yarn (Ashford Tekapo 8 ply Double Knitting is suitable)
  • One set of four 3.75mm, 18cm long (shorter is OK) DPNs.
  • One set of four or five 4.5mm, 18cm long (shorter is OK) DPNs.
  • If you prefer using magic loop or 2 circulars rather than DPNs, bring the appropriate needle/s.
  • Stitch markers, waste yarn, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart.
  • Optional: 4.5mm, 30cm circular needle.

B2: The SAORI Weaving Adventure

  • A loom warped up, ready to go. Approx. 150 threads. Black or dark threads preferable. Any simple loom is ok eg a rigid heddle or, a 2 or 4 shaft. A cotton or Tencel warp (rather than wool) is preferable, 2 to 3 meters long.
  • Some threads for weft, any combinations of cotton, wool, alpaca, novelty yarns, lace, beads, anything from your stash. Choose your own colours or pick some of mine. It is about creating and texture.
  • The ability to push beyond boundaries.
  • The ability to relax and have fun and enjoy the atmosphere.

I will bring a new Saori loom (SX60) for demo purposes which can be used by a class participant. Whatever your mind dreams up, just try it. Remember no rules, no mistakes! By the end of the day you will have some knowledge of Saori weaving techniques which will enable you to continue weaving the warp and complete your own unique piece of cloth for a muffler, scarf, bag or wall hanging.

B3: Felt to Dye For

  • Marbles, Rubber bands and string that can be used for dye and/or texture resist
  • Flat found objects that can be used as for dye resist eg flat washers, wire mesh, flat shapes, wooden blocks, etc. Visit the hardware store or dollar stores for inexpensive and interesting shaped items. Pairs of things work best then the resist can be placed on both sides.
  • Small clamps and medium/large foldback clips (from Stationery stores) to secure resists in the dye pot.

B4 : Grow Your Own Colour

  • Apron or old clothes.
  • Rubber or disposable gloves.
  • All materials are included in the materials fee.

B5: Beginner Art Yarns

  • Spinning wheel, lazy kate and 3 bobbins. If you have a choice of wheels, the bigger the orifice the better, but you will be able to make mini art yarns if you have a wheel with a smaller orifice. If you happen to have a wheel with Irish tension, this is better than Scotch tension for Art Yarns. If you are travelling and can’t bring a wheel, let us know and we will have a wheel and lazy kate available for you, for use during the class. Please bring 3 bobbins with you. The wheels will probably be Ashford Traditionals.
  • Please bring your own stash fibers, a selection of commercial roving or top, uncarded locks, effect threads etc.
  • Try to bring about 50-100grams of locks such as mohair, suri alpaca, gotland, or romney, (any ‘longwool’ should be fine).
  • Also bring a suitable core-thread: strong and not too thick, a commercial wool yarn will be fine
  • Drum carders & blending boards will be available for shared use in the workshop. If you live locally & are able to bring a carder and/or blending board, please do so.

B6: Needlefelted Monsters, Knights or Maidens

  • Pencil, paper, scissors.
  • Sticking plasters for emergencies!
  • A few extra dollars in case you break needles.

B7: Jointed Mini Bear with Flair

  • Pencil, paper, scissors.
  • Sticking plasters for emergencies!
  • A few extra dollars in case you break needles.

 

Sunday

C1: Unravelling Ravelry

  • Bring a device with internet connectivity, and if you have it, internet connection.
  • Pen & paper for notes.
  • There may be a charge for printed notes as there are a lot of notes. These notes can be emailed to you instead.

C2: Advanced Art Yarn

  • Spinning wheel, lazy kate and 3 bobbins. If you have a choice of wheels, the bigger the orifice the better, but you will be able to make mini art yarns if you have a wheel with a smaller orifice. If you happen to have a wheel with Irish tension, this is better than Scotch tension for Art Yarns. If you are travelling and can’t bring a wheel, let us know and we will have a wheel and lazy kate available for you, for use during the class. Please bring 3 bobbins with you. The wheels will probably be Ashford Traditionals.
  • Please bring your own stash fibres, a selection of commercial roving or top, uncarded locks, effect threads etc.
  • Try to include about 50grams of locks such as mohair, suri alpaca, gotland, or romney, (any ‘longwool’ should be fine).
  • If you have any silk hankies please bring one or two!
  • Also bring a suitable core-thread: strong and not too thick, a commercial wool yarn will be fine.
  • I will provide autowrapping threads but if you have any fine thread or sparkle thread please bring that along too.
  • Drum carders & blending boards will be available for shared use in the workshop. If you live locally & are able to bring a carder and/or blending board, please do so.

C3: A Sense for Creating

  • 3B1 school notepad or similar
  • Pencil, pen, rubber.
  • Ruler, cutting board, cutting knife.
  • Different sized needles and a variety of threads.
  • Some sheets of A4 paper, white or coloured.
  • Come with an idea that has inspired you. An idea you would like to develop creatively.
  • Bring materials you feel may work in your vision. For example – spun wool, a woven piece, a piece of felt, beads, certain threads, silks, paper, metal. You decide. Obviously in one morning there is not time to make, but time to brainstorm, and question the possibilities.

C4: Weave a Waikawa Flax Basket

All materials provided, including use of tools, for the materials fee.