NEW – Workshops at Ash Farm

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Learn to Knit Continental – Cowl
with
Aleks Byrd

Whether you are brand-new to hand knitting, a bit rusty, or looking to expand your skills and increase your speed by learning the continental knitting technique, this course is an ideal opportunity to learn the basics of continental knitting in a relaxed and supportive environment. You will learn the two fundamental stitches, knit and purl, and practise these by exploring different stitch patterns and colour changing, to knit a stitch sampler cowl that you will be proud to wear.

You will be provided with 3 mini skeins of John Arbon Knit By Numbers DK yarn, needles and a project bag.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

Aleks Byrd is a knitwear designer and illustrator with a love of colour and pattern. Drawing inspiration from her Estonian heritage and love of Nordic style, Aleks has united her passions for knitting and illustration to create her first knitting book, “Color and Knit Mittens.” She has also published patterns online.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £140 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Friday                March 8th
Friday                March 15th
Friday                May 3rd

10 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

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Stranded Colourwork Knitting – Wrist warmers
with
Aleks Byrd

Explore the possibilities of creative colourful pattern design by learning stranded colourwork knitting. During this workshop you will learn different methods to knit with two colours to create a unique pair of wrist warmers. Gain confidence in making colour choices and working with two or more colours and variegated yarns to create interesting colour combinations and beautiful designs, skills that can then be applied to other knitting projects.

You are encouraged to bring items such as photos or other objects to inspire your colour choices, as well as any 4ply/fingering weight yarn from your stash that you may wish to use.

You will be provided with a selection of mini skeins to use collectively as a group, needles and a project bag.

To get the most from this workshop you should already be familiar with how to knit, purl and knit in the round.

Aleks Byrd is a knitwear designer and illustrator with a love of colour and pattern. Drawing inspiration from her Estonian heritage and love of Nordic style, Aleks has united her passions for knitting and illustration to create her first knitting book, “Color and Knit Mittens.” She has also published patterns online.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £140 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Saturday            March 9th
Saturday            March 16th
Saturday            May 4th

10 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

 

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Willow weaving
with
Sarah Hatton

Sarah Hatton is an experienced basket maker and willow grower based in the South Wales Valleys town of Caerphilly. She is committed to making quality willow baskets using materials grown in the UK, which she sells through her company, Hatton Willow. Sarah has also taken part in a number of larger commissions and runs a sister business called, Lily Willow Coffins.

Zarzo Basket

During this workshop, you will learn the willow weaving and basket making skills needed to produce a Zarzo basket, a rectangular Spanish basket developed from a round platter. The Zarzo basket can be used as a handbag that is sure to be a source of interest and admiration.

All essential tools and materials will be provided on the day.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £95 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Saturday           February 16th

8 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

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Flowers and bird feeders
with
Sarah Hatton

Develop your weaving skills through learning different techniques of willow weaving and basket making to create these decorative flowers and bird feeders in this varied and interesting workshop. You will be taught the technique of a basket base and shaping to produce your own willow flower. You will also make a circular fat ball bird feeder, a corn dolly bird feeder which can be filled with lard and seeds, and a beautiful cylindrical bird feeder for fat balls.

All essential tools and materials will be provided on the day.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £95 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Saturday           May 4th

8 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

Round Basket Course
with
Sarah Hatton

An ideal beginner’s introduction to weaving. This workshop will offer instruction in different techniques of willow weaving and basket making including weaving the base, staking up the basket, weaving up the sides and turning down the border to complete this beautiful project for you to take home.

All essential tools and materials will be provided on the day.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £95 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Saturday           August 3rd

8 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

Christmas Crafts Course
with
Sarah Hatton

Make a unique set of Christmas decorations to brighten up your holiday celebrations this year, and give yourself the gift of learning and developing new weaving skills. In this workshop you will make a Christmas tree, a Christmas star and a lovely wreath decorated with pine cones, holly, cinnamon and ribbon.

All essential tools and materials will be provided on the day.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £95 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Saturday           October 26th

8 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

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Beginners Spinning Course
with
Rachael Hughes

During this one-day workshop you will learn the principles behind making yarn and try some spindle spinning, before exploring how those same rubrics apply to spinning at the wheel. Learning about the “whys” behind the “hows” will help you to embark upon a successful and enjoyable journey into spinning. You will be able to evaluate your successes and your “surprises” and develop into a spinner who has ownership of your own processes and outcomes.

Our small group setting allows for one-to-one guidance as well as camaraderie and support from your fellow learners.  This workshop encourages a relaxed and pragmatic approach to making stuff out of fluff. Bring a spirit of curiosity and enthusiasm to learn and leave with a burgeoning new skill set, a spindle and some fibre to continue your spinning journey. 

All essential tools and materials will be provided on the day.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

Rachael Hughes has been working with yarns and threads for over thirty years. Her love of creating beautiful knitted textiles lead down the rabbit hole of spinning her own yarns. She loves to explore new ways of creating just the right yarn for each project, but also enjoys spinning just to create lovely yarns for their own sake. Rachael is an experienced teacher and communicator across a range of disciplines and loves to facilitate the joy of learning new things.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £95 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:
Friday               February 22nd
Sunday             March 24th
Monday            April 8th
Friday               May 31st
Sunday             June 30th

3 places available/ Minimum of 1 for workshop to proceed

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Free Machine Stitching
with
Alison Moger

Create a unique piece of textile art using free motion machine embroidery, applique and hand embellishment. You will be taught free-stitching techniques on the sewing machine and will then be offered guidance and support to work through your own design process to produce a personal stitch piece, ready to be framed.

You will need to bring a sewing machine with you that is able to drop the feed dogs, along with a quilting foot attachment. Alison will supply a 12x12 inch square of medium weight calico as your base fabric, along with sewing threads and needles, but you are encouraged to bring along any fabric samples of sentimental value or interest that you may wish to incorporate into your work. A sketchbook may be useful in order to explore ideas on paper before starting the stitched piece. You may bring a sewing hoop for machine stitching if this is your preferred method. A selection of fabrics will also be available to purchase on the day.

Materials will be provided on the day; however, you will need to bring an appropriate sewing machine. Please see above for details.

Some prior experience with hand and machine sewing would be of benefit in enabling you to get the most from this workshop.

Alison Moger is a practicing artist working with stitch, mixed media and print as a method of story-telling through the visual process. She is an avid collector of textiles and domestic objects with a previous life and her work has recycling and an environmental ethos at its heart.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £140 (homemade lunch provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Saturday            April 6th 
Saturday            June 8th
Saturday            August 10th
Saturday            October 12th

6 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

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Sculpture Workshop – Moongazing Hare
with
Gill Oakley

Hand build and sculpt your own unique hare with Gill Oakley of Stone Hens Ceramics.

During this one-day course you will be shown how to use a variety of hand building techniques to create your own three-dimensional hare from stoneware clay. At the end of the day you can choose whether to take the hare home or leave it with Gill to take back to her studio to be glazed and fired to produce a matt finished, durable piece – a fantastic and completely unique addition to your house or garden.

All materials will be provided on the day, but an apron or shirt that you don’t mind getting dirty is recommended. Gill’s finishing process, which is offered at no additional charge, will take up to one month. The finished hares may be collected from Gill’s studio in Cardiff, the Ash Farm Studio, or delivered at additional cost.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

Gill Oakley has spent a lifetime playing with clay since becoming hooked in her teens. Using found objects, home-made stamps and tools to create surface texture, she has developed ranges of buttons, brooches, tea-light holders, vases and seasonal decorations which have been sold at Liberty and Foss Fine Art in London, Y Galeri, Llantrisant Gallery and Design by Glass. Gill also exhibits at Wonderwool, Craft in the Bay Christmas Show, and Made by Hand, Wales, and has been featured in British Fibre Art Magazine, House and Garden, and Simply Knitting among other publications.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £142 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Wednesday       January 9th
Wednesday       February 6th
Wednesday       April 3rd 

Wednesday       June 5th 

6 places available/ Minimum of 3 for workshop to proceed

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Enamelled Jewellery Workshop
with
Kathryn Willis

If you love colour and jewellery, why not try the art of enamelling?

This colour-filled day is suitable both for beginners and students with prior experience. On this one-day course you will be introduced to the essential equipment and techniques of vitreous enamelling.  You will also be advised about health and safety considerations to ensure that you have the knowledge and confidence to create your own beautiful and unique jewellery safely.

Experiment with sifting enamel, stencils, scraffito, and other techniques under Kathryn’s expert guidance, to create samples and at least one finished enamelled piece of jewellery to take home on the day.

All essential tools and materials will be provided on the day.

No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

Kathryn Willis is an experienced teacher who designs and makes contemporary enamelled jewellery and panels.

A love of colour and pattern lead her to work with vitreous enamel which she was introduced to whilst on her jewellery degree at Middlesex University. She draws inspiration from the Welsh landscape and textile heritage as well as recurrent themes of growth, repetition and nature to create her unique pieces.

Kathryn’s work is exhibited widely and she is a Member of the Makers Guild in Wales, The British Society of Enamellers and The Guild of Enamellers.

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost - £145 (homemade lunch, equipment and materials are provided)

Next Workshop dates:

Sunday             April 7th   
Saturday           July 13th

8 places available/ Minimum of 5 for workshop to proceed

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