Taught to knit at the age of four by a very patient grandma I have been a passionate knitter ever since. I have been spinning, weaving and dyeing since the mid 1970s and also felt and embroider. Early retirement from teaching secondary school English gave me the opportunity to devote myself to woolcraft fulltime. I was a co-manager of Wool Yarns and Fibres in the Arts Centre in Christchurch. I have held the Society positions of Canterbury Area Delegate, and National Education Convenor.
This three-hour class aims to teach knitters how to give their handcrafted garments a professional finish. Participants learn different methods of casting on and off, grafting, perfect buttonholes, clever picking up techniques etc. A full set of notes is included.
A three-hour class. Learn how to knit garments with no sewing up – ideal for handspun and hand dyed yarns. Participants practise on a hat. A full set of notes is included.
Classes tailored to individual/group requirements.
- Growing good wool for handcraft use
- Selection and preparation of wool for handcraft use
- ‘Adventures with Wool’ (on farm workshop)
- Dyeing and use of colour
- Knitting and knitting without a pattern
- Diagonal weaving
- Basic weaving
- Needle felting
- Wet felting
- Rug hooking
- Patchwork knitting. Interlocking squares to build up a shape (3 hours)
- Embellishments. Use up those pretty scraps in interesting ways. (3 hours)
- Edgings with a Difference (3 hours)
- Covering wheel care, Fleece selection, Fleece preparation, worsted and woollen spinning, washing and a brief outline of how to use handspun yarns. 10/12 hours
- Using a hackle: Preparing fibres for semi worsted spinning, blending fibres and colours. 3 hours.
Laurel is a knit designer and fibre artist. She is a featured artist in Anne Packers book STITCH. Also featured in House and Garden Jan 2004 as well as many other magazine and newspaper articles. Laurel runs a home-based business and is on the HB arts Trail. Laurel’s main passion is machine knitting but is continually learning new craft techniques and applying them to her knitting. She has a passion for colour and loves to create one off designs.
Laurel takes knitting and craft beyond the norm creating pieces for interior design including wall hangings and whimsical chairs and beaded jewelry as well as fashion pieces. Laurel is a national judge for machine knitters and an international and national tutor. She has taught at retreats in Texas, San Diego, and Los Angeles as well as throughout Australia and New Zealand. Laurel loves to enter competitions to provide that impetus to create something extra special and has had considerable success over the years.
- Design – from inspiration to completion.
- Working without patterns.
- Machine Knit – all levels
- Fabric Beads – creative ideas and jewellery making
- Beading Techniques – crochet, knit and more.
- Make your own jewellery and embellishing ideas
- Originally Yours – adding a creative touch and thinking outside the square
- Creative Fabrics – some different ways of making your own fabric
- Knitting in all Directions — Knitting doesn’t have to start at the bottom and proceed straight up to the top.
- Dimensional Knitting — Adding 3D features to the knitting eg bobbles, flaps and snakes
- Beginning Entrelac Knitting
- Exploring Entrelac Knitting — Follow on from the beginners class
- Patchwork Knitting (aka Domino Knitting) Introducing the basics of patchwork or modular knitting. Mitred squares, joining as you go.
- Tips and Tricks for Knitters – various techniques and tips. Can incorporate student requests for ‘how do I..?’
- Mosaic Knitting – fair isle effect using one colour at a time.
- Getting Edgy – easy edges/borders/trims
- Finishing your knits – seams etc
- Short rows – uses and techniques
- Introduction to Lace Knitting – includes reading charts
- Introduction to Double Knitting – single colour hollow tubes and two colour reversible knits
- Introduction to Tunisian Crochet
- Introductory lace knitting
- Lace chart reading
- Knitting in the round
- Socks two at a time, toe up
- Continental knitting
- Choosing the right cast on and bind off
- Textured stitches and Brioche Knitting
- Two Colour Brioche
- Brioche in the round (two colour or one)
- Drop Spindle spinning
- Chain plying on the fly on a drop spindle
- Continuous Strand Weaving
- Finishing techniques, blocking
- Social media for crafters
- Basic colour theory
- Knit Companion
- Cell phone photography for crafters