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Introduction to Spinning May 9th

Get to the roots of it all with this Introduction to spinning!  Spinning gives you a lot of freedom in your work, because you can design and make your own yarns.  Collect fibres from animals and plants and understanding their nature, gives your textile practice a deeper connection withe the earth.

The class begins with a quick look at different types of fibre, which we then card (brush) ready for spinning.  The spinning starts by twisting the fibres in our fingers, and then we apply the help of the the Earth’s gravitational pull  by adding the Drop Spindle.

Drop Spindles are easily dropped at first,  which means embarrassing clatters and snapped or over twisted threads, made by most people in the class.  With an hour or so of practice, as if by magic,  spinning starts to work, and the thread piles up.

All spinners will see a demonstration of how the spinning wheel works, and some spinners might be ready to have a go.

Spindles and fibres are provided.

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Macrame! 2nd May

macramemacrame-bottleMacrame is a textile made from a combination of knots.  It is hands on, and uses no needles, so it can be good for those of you that find knitting and crochet difficult.  Knots can range from the most simple to highly complex, and you can make anything from braids, jewelry, fringes and pot holders.

Macrame is quite easy to learn, but  loosing yourself in the repetition and combination of patterns is the aim.  We will start by working off a bench, making thin braids, in a jute string.  You can move on to using other materials and working around objects.

This event is longer than our usual classes because we expect you to drift off, chat or meditate.  Materials will be provided but you might also want to bring something to work on.  Perhaps you have a scarf that needs an edge or a vase that you could decorate.

Tea and coffee and materials and worksheets provided.

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Beginner’s Crochet 18th April

This two hour class introduces you to crochet.

beginners-crochetWe will start with chains and learn to hold the yarn and hook well. Then we will move onto single, double, and treble stitches, and lace patterns.

The more dextrous student will move onto working in circles and 3d forms.  All students will leave understanding the potential of crochet, it’s structured patterns and the potential of free-form crocheted drawing.
The hook and yarns are provided and you will take them home with you afterwards.

We can also help direct you to the right yarn for your first project. Students often move onto the Granny Square class after this introduction.

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Beginner’s Knitting – 15th April

This is a two hour class introducing you to knitting.

beginners-knitting2beginners-knittingThere are two basic  stitches in knitting, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Everything else in knitting is made from a combination of these techniques.

We will start with Casting on, learning to hold the needles comfortably, creating rows of knit, then the combined knit and purl.

Most students leave with a deep understanding of what knit and purl stitches are and how to fix them when they go wrong.  Dextrous students often leave with the ability to rib, and knit with two colours.

A cup of tea and a small group ensures a relaxed learning experience.
Yarn and needles are provided and you can take them home with you afterwards.

We can also discuss your ideas and direct you to the right yarn for your first project.

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Beginner’s Knitting – 11th April

beginners-knitting2beginners-knittingThis is a two hour class introducing you to knitting.

There are two basic  stitches in knitting, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Everything else in knitting is made from a combination of these techniques.

We will start with Casting on, learning to hold the needles comfortably, creating rows of knit, then the combined knit and purl.

Most students leave with a deep understanding of what knit and purl stitches are and how to fix them when they go wrong.  Dextrous students often leave with the ability to rib, and knit with two colours.

A cup of tea and a small group ensures a relaxed learning experience.
Yarn and needles are provided and you can take them home with you afterwards.

We can also discuss your ideas and direct you to the right yarn for your first project.

beginners-crochet

Beginner’s Crochet 8th April

beginners-crochetThis two hour class introduces you to crochet.

We will start with chains and learn to hold the yarn and hook well. Then we will move onto single, double, and treble stitches, and lace patterns.

The more dextrous student will move onto working in circles and 3d forms.  All students will leave understanding the potential of crochet, it’s structured patterns and the potential of free-form crocheted drawing.
The hook and yarns are provided and you will take them home with you afterwards.

We can also help direct you to the right yarn for your first project. Students often move onto the Granny Square class after this introduction.

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Beginner’s Knit. 1st April

beginners-knitting2This is a two hour class introducing you to knitting.

beginners-knittingThere are two basic  stitches in knitting, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Everything else in knitting is made from a combination of these techniques.

We will start with Casting on, learning to hold the needles comfortably, creating rows of knit, then the combined knit and purl.

Most students leave with a deep understanding of what knit and purl stitches are and how to fix them when they go wrong.  Dextrous students often leave with the ability to rib, and knit with two colours.

A cup of tea and a small group ensures a relaxed learning experience.
Yarn and needles are provided and you can take them home with you afterwards.

We can also discuss your ideas and direct you to the right yarn for your first project.

Beginner’s Crochet. 4th March. 6.30pm-8.30pm.

This two hour class introduces you to crochet.

We will start with chains and learn to hold the yarn and hook well. Then we will move onto single, double, and treble stitches, and lace patterns.

The more dextrous student will move onto working in circles and 3d forms.  All students will leave understanding the potential of crochet, it’s structured patterns and the potential of free-form crocheted drawing.
The hook and yarns are provided and you will take them home with you afterwards.

We can also help direct you to the right yarn for your first project. Students often move onto the Granny Square class after this introduction.

Angharad Thomas Displays her Sanqujar Gloves.

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on Friday 13th March 2015, 6-9pm

The Gloves are a museological study and not for sale, but the original patterns and yarns are.
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Angharad’s works are displayed to inspire the knitting of such wonders, which we still need in this chilly spring weather.
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Gloves like this, are known in the trade as Sanqujar Gloves, originating in the small town of Sanqujar in Dumfriesshire.
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Angharad is now the world’s leading experts on these gloves, which are possible for us to knit, but are likely to take us all summer to produce!
Come and get started but more importantly, come for a drink and a chat, we’d love to see you.

Smoking in the Desert.

 

 

 

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Lucy Bradley lives in the deserts of Dubai and comes for a knitting lesson at Prick Your Finger once a year.  I never know what she’s going to do next, and she no longer needs a pattern.  AR is set up for some serious thinking looking over them dunes.  We can only speculate as to why AR needs this pipe.

Beginner’s Crochet

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6.30-8.30pm £35, all materials included  – class gets us almost up to being able to make a granny square!

 

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Introduction to Spinning. 28th Feb.

Get to the roots of it all with this Introduction to spinning!  Spinning gives you a lot of freedom in your work, because you can design and make your own yarns.  Collect fibres from animals and plants and understanding their nature, gives your textile practice a deeper connection withe the earth.

The class begins with a quick look at different types of fibre, which we then card (brush) ready for spinning.  The spinning starts by twisting the fibres in our fingers, and then we apply the help of the the Earth’s gravitational pull  by adding the Drop Spindle.

Drop Spindles are easily dropped at first,  which means embarrassing clatters and snapped or over twisted threads, made by most people in the class.  With an hour or so of practice, as if by magic,  spinning starts to work, and the thread piles up.

All spinners will see a demonstration of how the spinning wheel works, and some spinners might be ready to have a go.

Price of class includes Drop Spindle and Fibres.

Macrame! Sat 21st.

Macrame is a textile made from a combination of knots.  It is hands on, and uses no needles, so it can be good for those of you that find knitting and crochet difficult.  Knots can range from the most simple to highly complex, and you can make anything from braids, jewelry, fringes and pot holders.

Macrame is quite easy to learn, but  loosing yourself in the repetition and combination of patterns is the aim.  We will start by working off a bench, making thin braids, in a jute string.  You can move on to using other materials and working around objects.

This event is longer than our usual classes because we expect you to drift off, chat or meditate.  Materials will be provided but you might also want to bring something to work on.  Perhaps you have a scarf that needs an edge or a vase that you could decorate.

Tea and coffee and materials and worksheets provided.

Beginner’s Knit 14th 1-3pm.

This is a two hour class introducing you to knitting.

There are two basic  stitches in knitting, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Everything else in knitting is made from a combination of these techniques.

We will start with Casting on, learning to hold the needles comfortably, creating rows of knit, then the combined knit and purl.

Most students leave with a deep understanding of what knit and purl stitches are and how to fix them when they go wrong.  Dextrous students often leave with the ability to rib, and knit with two colours.

A cup of tea and a small group ensures a relaxed learning experience.
Yarn and needles are provided and you can take them home with you afterwards.

We can also discuss your ideas and direct you to the right yarn for your first project.

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