Workshops

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I teach knitting machine workshops in my studio based in a converted barn surrounded by our fifteen alpacas that live on our smallholding. Situated very near Kilgetty and Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, classes are kept to small groups to ensure maximum tuition and enjoyment.

I am able to tailor classes to your own specific aims whether you have never knitted before or want to develop your skills further in a particular area. I work on domestic standard gauge knitting machines and an Industrial 7 gauge Stoll Knitting machine.

The majority of my knitting machine lessons are taught on standard gauge knitting machines with detailed notes and images given with every lesson. Techniques from how to cast on/cast off, creating pin tucks, knit/weave, buttonholes, fair-isle, scallop edges, lace, cables and so much more. Private one to one tuition can be taught on the Industrial knitting machine as well as the standard gauge knit machines, and if this is something you are interested in please do get in touch.

This a beautiful part of Pembrokeshire with plenty of activities should you wish to extend your stay to make it a holiday. Being a tourist area there is ample accommodation in the area including camping, bed and breakfast, caravan sites and hotels.
Public transport is very good to the area with trains and buses operating daily (mega bus and national express) and is easily accessed by road.

If you are unsure or would like to get in touch to learn more about the workshops please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my very best help you.

Sian x

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Knitting Machine – The Basics

6 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

Next Workshop dates:

Saturday July 1st 2017

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
£75 (homemade lunch, detailed notes, equipment and materials are provided)
Skill level: Beginners

This course is great for beginners wanting to learn the basics of how to use a knitting machine or for those wanting to refresh their skills. We will cover all the essential skills needed to be able to knit with confidence on your own machine.

The workshop will cover how to cast on and cast off, knitting stripes, increasing and decreasing, hems, pin tucks and lace holes. You will leave with a range of samples documenting the skills covered as well as detailed printed notes. During the day I will go over how to maintain knitting machines, where to purchase machines and most importantly the common mistakes that can occur whilst knitting and how to avoid them.

The course is run at your own pace and I like to keep the classes small to ensure each individual receives the tuition they need. I can cater to varying levels of experience and want to make sure that by the end of the day you have learnt the essentials of the knitting machine and leave feeling confident and positive.

You may wish to bring a camera and notebook to write your own personal notes.

Workshop Testimonial

'I had a one to one workshop with Sian at the beginning of April. The set up is extremely professional. Sian was clear in all her explanations and allowed me plenty of opportunity to try out the techniques she had explained with useful tips for problem shooting. We covered casting on /off, a wide range of basic techniques, specifically linked to some projects I had said I was considering starting. At all times I felt that I was able to ask any question that occurred to me and receive helpful advice. Towards the end of the workshop we recapped all the basics again. Finally we pinned out the knit work we had produced and section by section labelled the key stages involved to help me remember when I got home. I was also given a printed handout with basic information regarding techniques we had learnt with extra information I might get around to one day ! A great day. Thank you Sian.' Katharine Mackie

 

'What a fantastic day we had at the beginners' workshop at Ash Farm last Saturday. Everything is so much clearer now! Thank you Sian for your clear instructions , careful demonstrations and hands on help. I am really looking forward to the punch card workshop in February! Onwards and upwards!!'

Linda Harrison

Thank you Sian for a very enjoyable and informative day on the beginners knitting course that she ran last Saturday. Sian is so knowledgeable, patient and easy going and made learning very enjoyable. The new workshop is a great facility; its lovely bright and contemporary. I would thoroughly recommend Sian's courses and also her fab textiles. The only bad news is that I think I now have the knitting machine bug as I want to buy a new machine! Thanks again Sian. Big hugs to you and the alpacas. Hope to see you again soon.

Mo Moroz

 

 

Having acquired a knitting machine, I needed guidance on how to get started and produce some knitted pieces. A mentor was required in preference to learning from a DVD, so I attended Sian's workshop for beginners. Her expertise and knowledge on working with knitting machines enabled me to understand, amongst other things, those most important basics, casting on and casting off.   Sian's clear instructions and guidance have given me the confidence to get knitting.

Jeannie Bell

 

It was such a treat to be taught in your lovely workshop yesterday. We learnt so much and having a comprehensive set of notes to bring home was great. Thank you Sian.

Amy Shawyer

 

Many thanks for the most enjoyable day, last Sat: Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day.Your work is wonderful. 

 

Glesni Williams

 

 Had a fantastic day today with Sian O'Doherty 's knitting course for beginners. Had so much fun and learnt so much. Thank you Sian, looking forward to my next class!

 

Hannah Jenkins

2 Day Workshop: Mastering Punchcards and make your own scarf

Six places available on the workshop/minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

2 Day workshop
Dates: Sat July 22nd - Sunday 23rd 2017
10am – 4.30pm
Skill Level: Intermediates (those who have already attended the beginners workshop or have used a knitting machine before)
£160 for the two days (lunch, equipment, detailed notes and all materials are included in this price )

Learn the basics of how to use punchcards on your knitting machine- learning how to control, manipulate and design your own on this two day knit workshop.

During the first day you will master the punchcard mechanism exploring all of the above through a range of knitted samples using provided pre-punched designs. We will also cover in depth how you can design and develop your own patterns on your own machine.

From the samples created on your first day you will have the confidence and skill to design your own fair isle scarf with my support throughout. During the day you will learn how to calculate tension swatches, joining techniques, and finishing processes.

By the end of the course you will leave with a scarf to be proud of and the knowledge to continue knitting and exploring fair isle on your own.

All materials are provided. You may wish to bring a camera and notebook to write your own personal notes.

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Make your own Scarf Workshop

6 places available/ Minimum of 3 people for workshop to proceed

Dates Available:

Sat August 19th -Sunday August 20th 2017

2 Day workshop
10am – 4.30pm
£160
Skill Level: Beginners/Intermediates

Learn the basics of how to use a knitting machine and make your own personally designed scarf ready for winter.

During the first day we will cover the basic skills of using a knitting machine, covering how to cast on and cast off, knit stripes, edge and joining techniques.

On the second day you will have learnt all the essential skills to create your own personal scarf with my guidance and support. I will provide you with scarf examples and patterns that you can choose from and tailor to your own personal taste.

By the end of this course you will leave with a scarf to be proud and the knowledge to continue knitting on your own.

You may wish to bring a camera and notebook to write your own personal notes.

Workshop Testimonial

I have spent 2 sessions with Sian in her wonderful workshop, learning beginners knitting machine skills. These were confidently delivered mixing knowledge and practical work at an appropriate pace . 
Clear written notes were provided and Individual support was given throughout. 
A most enjoyable experience despite my initial apprehension. 
I look forward to further sessions with Sian to increase my skills and knowledge.

— Jakki Wadman

 

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Knitting Machine Workshop- The Next Step

4 places available/ Minimum of 2 for workshop to proceed

Workshop dates available:
1st April 2017

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4.30 pm
£75 (homemade lunch, detailed notes, equipment and materials are provided)
Skill level: Intermediates

This course is great for those who have either attended the workshop ‘Knitting Machine- The Basics’ or those who already have a good knowledge of using a knitting machine and are keen to learn more.

For this course you can decide which area you would like to focus on to ensure that you gain the knowledge you need to develop your knitting further. The topics that could be covered are listed below.

- Mastering the punch card mechanism- how to control and manipulate
- Cables- basic to complex cables
- Holding Cam – how it can be used for pockets, textures and necklines
- Using the ribbing machine
- Pointelle- basic shapes, holes, repeat patterns, ladders, and hooking up

The course is run at your own pace and I like to keep the classes small to ensure each individual receives the tuition they need. I can cater to varying levels of experience and want to make sure that you gain the knowledge and skills that you need to develop your knitted work further. If there is something that I have not listed that you would like to learn please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

All materials are provided during this course.

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