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:

Sat February 10th 2018
Sat February 24th 2018
Sat May 26th 2018
Sat June 23rd 2018
Weds July 11th 2018
Sat July 14th 2018
Sat August 18th 2018
Sat October 20th 2018

1 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
£95 (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

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'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

Two Day Workshop: Mastering Punchcards

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

1 Day workshop
Available Dates:
October 27th-28th 2018

10am – 4.30pm

2 Day Workshop: Mastering Punchcards and make your own scarf

£250.00

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.

'I attended the punchcard workshop, I have learned so much in a day. Sian is a wonderful teacher, with loads of experience and knowledge. I look forward to do more workshops with her this year. Thank you so much for such an amazing day. '

Luci Suardi

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Two days /Beginners double bed Knitting machine workshop

Minimum of three participants for workshop to proceed

Available workshop dates:
March 24th and 25th 2018
5th and 6th July 2018
September 29th and 30th 2018
October 6th and 7th 2018
December 15th and 16th 2018

Two Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
£250 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 three 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.

Customer Testimonial

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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
£250
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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Learn Double Jacquard in Two days

Minimum of 3 participants for workshop to proceed

Next Workshop:
Sat April 7th- Sunday 8th 2018

2 Day Workshop
10 am – 4:30 pm
£250 (homemade lunch, detailed printed notes, all equipment and materials are provided)
Skill level: Advanced/ Experience and knowledge of using the ribber and punchcards

The technique ‘Jacquard’ generally refers to a patterned multicoloured fabric which has no floats on the reverse side, and is created by knitting on both the main and ribber bed. Large floats are often seen on the reverse of single bed punchcard patterns which can limit the end function of the fabric with floats catching and snagging easily. This technique allows you to design patterns with no restrictions in relation to floats creating a stable and functional fabric.

Over the two days we will look at in detail how to design your own Jacquard fabrics as well as being able to read and understand the punchcards so that essentially you are in control of the machine and not the other way around! We will look at the correct way of using the machine exploring a range of techniques that are possible for the reverse. These will include stripes, birdseye, ladder back and tuck. We will also look at how to combine welts with Jacquard as well as shaping and colour changing within a design.

By the end of the course you will leave with a range of samples that document your journey and exploration of the technique confident to continue knitting in your own time.

Classes are small to allow for techniques to be covered fully.

All materials are provided during this course as well as a homemade lunch.

Workshop Testimonial

 

'Recently attended one of Sian's beginners knitting course and was so pleased I went! Having only recently learnt some basic hand knitting, I thought I would struggle to understand the knitting machine and process, but Sian was a fantastic teacher and it didn't take long to pick up. Really enjoyed Sian's teaching approach, which was very friendly and patient. Loved the beautiful studio and the yummy soup :) Thank you Sian!!!'

'Absolutely loved the workshop today - I learnt so much more than I even expected and am now so excited to put my learning into practice. Sian was fabulous and patient with such a friendly approachable style of teaching. Oh and all in a beautiful setting with a fabulous home cooked lunch thrown in. I came home and booked straight away for the next workshop ... blinkin' wonderful DIOLCH YN FAWR'

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One day workshop: Cables for beginners

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

1 Day workshop

Available dates:

Saturday June 16th 2018

Weds July 25th 2018

Saturday October 13th 2018

10am – 4.30pm

Skill Level: Beginners/ knitters who have not cabled before

£95 (lunch, equipment, detailed notes and all materials are included in this price )

Learn how to create interest and texture with machine knitted cables.

During the day you will learn the technique of creating cables on a knitting machine starting at the very beginning with simple 2 and 3 cable variations leading to more complicated plaits and double cable designs.

The workshop will focus on how you can adapt the technique to create different cable appearances as well as how it might be combined with other knit techniques to create unusual and unexpected results. We will also discuss in detail how you can develop your own cable patterns

From the samples created on your first day and the detailed notes provided you will have the confidence and knowledge to continue developing the technique on your own.

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

Workshop Testimonial

''Come back from my 3rd workshop, another great day learning about cables. Will be back for more...'' Sue Ullrich 
 
''Yet another amazing workshop, thank you for a great day. xx'' Luciana Suardi 

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