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



Knitting Machine – The Basics

6 places available/ Minimum of 4 for workshop to proceed

Next Workshop dates:

Sat February 10th 2018
Sat February 24th 2018

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

1 Day Workshop: Mastering Punchcards

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

1 Day workshop
Dates: March 3rd 2018
10am – 4.30pm

Skill Level: Intermediates (those who have already attended the beginners workshop or have used a knitting machine before)
£75 per person (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 one day knit workshop.

During the 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 you will have the confidence and 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.


Two days /Beginners double bed Knitting machine workshop

Maximum of two places on this workshop

Available workshop dates:
24th - 25th March 2018

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
£190 each (homemade lunch, detailed notes, materials and equipment included)
Skill level: Intermediate
Lunch included

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. With a maximum of only two people on the course more 1:1 time can be spent with each individual.

During the two days we will cover a range of techniques using the ribber attachment, where by the end of the weekend you will leave confident to continue exploring these in your own time. Each technique will be demonstrated fully and then knitted by yourself so that you you leave with a range of samples documenting each. We will start at the very beginning looking at ribs, circular knitting, pleats, racking, pointelle, cable and a range of tuck fabrics.

We will also look at in depth what the machine is doing as you knit with detailed knit diagrams. This will ensure that by the end of the weekend you understand what the machine is doing with each technique and fundamentally you are in control of the machine.

All materials are provided during this course. I recommend bringing a camera and notebook to write your own personal notes.

ribber workshop

Make your own Scarf Workshop

6 places available/ Minimum of 4 people for workshop to proceed

Dates Available:

Sat August 25th - Sunday August 26th 2018
Sat November 17th -Sunday November 18th 2018

2 Day workshop
10am – 4.30pm
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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