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 ‘70s 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 and have recently been Canterbury Area delegate and National Education convenor.
This 3 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 3 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.
- 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.
Shona Schofield is passionate about fibres and textiles. She enjoys many fibre related arts, dyeing, spinning and feltmaking. One reason for her business, Felt and Fibre which was started in 1999. Her biggest love is designing, producing and wearing her unique handmade felt creations. Attending many other tutors, from NZ and overseas, since she first joined Creative Fibre in 1991, Shona has developed techniques to create unique textiles.
Shona has exhibited her felt designs in fashion parades, shops and galleries in New Zealand and Australia. Winning many awards including twice winning the National Creative Fibre Fashion Parade Supreme Award. Shona feels she is always learning and loves to inspire others in the workshops tutors.
All aspects of feltmaking:
- Beginners to Advanced
- 3D, Bags, Hats
- Surface Design
- Nuno felt
- Designer garments
- Silk papermaking