Category Archives: workshops

This blog has moved…

I’m pleased to say that I’ve just re-launched the Keep & Share website, at www.keepandshare.co.uk.

The new site has its own blog, so I’m going to post my news there, rather than on this WordPress blog, from now on. If you’ve subscribed to this blog, you won’t receive any notifications of new posts any more (as they’ll be on the new blog).

You might want to subscribe via RSS to the new blog feed to keep up to date.

I’ve put all my old posts on the new blog too.

Find it here: http://www.keepandshare.co.uk/blog

Workshops: crocheting, stitch-hacking, granny squares

I thought I would share the fun from a few recent workshops. First up was a crochet lesson in a tent, which formed part of the hen party celebrations for Lisa, organised by her sister Claire. None of the group had crocheted before, but in the two hour lesson they managed to produce enough pieces to create a stunning – and certainly unique – cushion cover panel!

I had a fun afternoon puzzling the rectangular and not-so-rectangular pieces together.

Each person tagged their piece with their name, so Lisa could remember everyone who contributed.

Next up was my Stitch-Hacking workshop at Prick Your Finger, held to coincide with the start of my exhibition in the shop (more on the exhibition, and what stitch-hacking is, here).

It was a lovely cosy afternoon and everyone got the hang of the technique pretty quickly. Here’s a picture of Rachael Matthews stitch-hacking a plain pink jumper she picked up when we were in Shetland last year.

And here’s a birds-eye view of some more of the action (including Tomofholland wearing his amazing red knit-frock which he’d just completed – read about it here). Good work everybody! I would love to see pictures of any ‘hacks’ you do in future!

And finally, I wanted to share an email I received after running a Hand Knitting and Crochet Workshop here in the Keep & Share studio a couple of weeks ago. I had a little group who worked really hard all day, going from absolute beginners to competent crocheters! The email is from Amanda, who particularly wanted to learn so she could make a granny square blanket:

“I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say a really big thank you for a most excellent Crochet workshop on Saturday. I have attached my first granny square attempt that I completed on Sunday evening. Although not perfect I am so pleased that it actually looks like what I set out to accomplish and two others actually can tell what it is. I am now planning on putting the quilt to one side and trying to do a single square blanket – hopefully in time for Christmas Eve (will let you know how I get on!)”

Here’s Amanda’s granny square – good luck with the blanket!

crocheted granny square

You find out more about my workshops here. My next Hand Knitting and Crochet Workshop runs alongside a Stitch Hacking Workshop on 17 March 2012.

 

 

 

h.Art open studios

I’ve thrown the doors of the studio open this week as part of h.Art – the open studios art week in Herefordshire.

I’m showing the current Keep & Share range of knitwear, kits and yarn along with information about workshops and samples of some of the more conceptual knitting projects I’ve been doing in the past year. I’m joined in the studio for the open studios event by Marissa Harmon, who (apart from helping me with Keep & Share knitting and workshops) creates her own range of lovely vintage inspired knits.

We’ll be open every day from 11am to 5pm until Sunday 18th September – for more information check out our page on the h.Art website. Give us a ring on 01432 851162 if you need directions – hope to see you there!

Lots of visitors have commented on the lovely view from the studio, so here it is for you all to enjoy…

Keep & Share Knitting Workshops

I recently sorted out the dates for my next round of knitting workshops, from October 2011 to May 2012. I’ve listed them below, or you’ll find full details on my Creative Breaks page here. I run a range of workshops, for both complete beginners and more experienced knitters, in hand knitting, machine knitting and there are also more unconventional workshops, like Calculate Your Own Patterns (ideal for those who want to knit ‘off-piste’!) and Stitch-Hacking.

The workshops are always great fun with a nice relaxed atmosphere and a friendly bunch of people. The maximum group size for any workshop is 8 participants (with myself and my assistant teaching), though often the group is smaller, with just me teaching. All equipment and materials are provided (we use chunky Knitmaster 155 machines for the machine knitting workshops, which work in a similar way to all Knitmaster/Silver Reed and Brother single bed machines) – or you’re welcome to bring your own. At the workshops I also provide advice on buying knitting machines and sourcing yarn – essential at the moment while machine knitting is an underground activity!

All the courses take place at Keep & Share HQ, my studio at Lugwardine Court, Hereford, HR1 4AE. I’ve got a list of lovely local B&Bs – so if you’re thinking Hereford is a bit far, why not treat it as a weekend break? There’s plenty to do for partners/family etc if you want to bring them along.

All Saturday sessions run from 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday sessions from 10am to 1pm, followed by a pub lunch. Workshop fees (listed below) include all materials, equipment, lunches and refreshments. A 50% deposit is due on booking, with the balance paid 2 weeks before the course.

KNIT YOUR OWN GLADYS CARDI 2 days £170 

5-6 November 2011 | 14-15 April 2012

Join us to knit our award-winning style, the Gladys Cardi, in a single weekend. We’ll guide you through the making process, including basic machine knitting, using a punchcard and seamless joining techniques. We’ll show you how to hand finish the piece, and before you know it, your very own cardi will be ready to wear. Suitable for both absolute beginners and those with more experience. More info and booking for this course here

HAND KNITTING & CROCHET WORKSHOP 1 day £60

15 October 2011 | 17 March 2012

Our hand knitting and crochet workshop welcomes knitters of all abilities to pick up new skills in relaxed and supportive surroundings. Amy will work with you on whatever techniques you are interested in – from knit and crochet for absolute beginners to lace and cables, multicolour knitting and garment finishing. She can also help you trouble-shoot individual knitting problems! More info and booking for this course here

CALCULATE YOUR OWN PATTERNS 2 days £150

28-29 January 2012 | 12-13 May 2012

At this workshop, designer Amy – who has produced scores of original patterns – will introduce you to her pattern design techniques. She will cover the selection of stitches and structures, taking accurate stitch counts and generating shapes for garments as well as calculating rectangles, angles and curves. You will gain the confidence to start designing your own pieces, freeing you to work more creatively. Suitable for both hand and machine knitters. More info and booking for this course here

MACHINE KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS 2 days £150

1-2 October 2011 | 18-19 February 2012

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or looking to refresh your skills, this course will give you a good grounding in the basics of machine knitting. Amy will teach you how to cast on, cast off, increase and decrease, and create textures, patterns and edgings using simple manual techniques. You will be confident in the basics and have a range of samples to take away. More info and booking for this course here

ADVANCED MACHINE KNITTING: SEAMLESS 2 days £150

1-2 October 2011

One of the key properties of the knitted structure is the ability to create seamless three-dimensional shapes. Working on the knitting machine, pieces can be joined seamlessly during the knitting process. We’ll introduce you to these principles – signature techniques of Keep & Share – and guide you in producing sculptural and seamless samples with many potential applications. More info and booking for this course here

ADVANCED MACHINE KNITTING: PUNCHCARDS 2 days £150

18-19 February 2012

Build on your basic machine knitting skills to get to grips with the punchcard function of machine knitting, allowing you to create a wealth of different structured fabrics including tuck, slip and fairisle. Amy has loads of tricks up her sleeve for creating both basic and more advanced fabrics using this versatile method of programming – you’ll leave the workshop full of ideas! More info and booking for this course here

STITCH HACKING 1 day £60

17 March 2012

Stitch hacking – a new textile technique recently developed by Amy – involves the laddering and reconfiguration of stitches within existing knitted fabrics. This versatile technique allows you to retrospectively create integral knit/purl designs on plain stocking stitch fabric, and many other unconventional effects. Learn the skill, and you’ll never look at a plain jumper in the same way again! More info and booking for this course here