Next show: 7th - 8th April 2018, The Grammar School at Leeds

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Workshops and Free Demonstrations 2017

This page shows the workshops and free demonstrations that took place at our show on 8th April 2017.



3d Needle Felting

In this workshop, Kayleigh from The York Makery guides you through how to sculpt with wool roving and felting needles, to create an adorable 3D fox.

No prior experience is required. However, due to the use of sharp needles, we suggest a minimum age of 14 years.

Kayleigh runs workshops, classes and parties at The York Makery on everything from knitting and crochet to felting and metal stamping!

COST: The workshop costs £18. For this you get a felting mat, a felting needle, and the merino wool roving used for the fox, as well as a York Makery tote bag to take it all home.

BOOKING:
This workshop took place on 8th April, but might be back next year!

TIME: The workshop lasts between 1½ and 2 hours and begins at 10:30am.




Crochet with sheep locks to create an Art Scarf

Learn how to use long curly sheep locks with a simple crochet chain stitch to create a beautiful Art Scarf. During the workshop, you'll make a start on your Art Scarf which you can take home to complete.

The workshop is run by Natasha of Sheep On Mars who created this special crochet technique to make use of the lovely hand-dyed sheep locks she produces from rare British breeds. Everyone is welcome - no crochet experience is required.

COST: The tuition is free but you'll need to buy a kit for £18 which includes everything you need to make an Art Scarf.

BOOKING:
This workshop took place on 8th April, but might be back next year!

TIME: The workshop lasts 45 mins and begins at 12:30pm.




Colourful Spring Wreath

Create your own everlasting, colourful Spring Wreath, for hanging or as a table decoration. The techniques you will master are Rug Hooking, Proddy and Wool Quilling. These are traditional skills used in a contemporary style. With your new found skills you can go on to create rugs, cushions, jewellery, etc.

No prior skills are required. Minimum age: 10-years-old.

The workshop is run by Lynda Kinnard of Rebellious Rags, who is an experienced textile teacher, designer and maker.

COST: The workshop is FREE. All materials are provided, and tools are available. If you want to carry on later, then tools can be purchased from Rebellious Rags.

BOOKING:
This workshop took place on 8th April, but might be back next year!

TIME: The workshop lasts 2 hours and begins at 1.30pm.




Felt Bowl (using wet felting)

In this workshop, you'll create an attractive and completely unique felt bowl using a resist and the wet felting method in a colour of your choice. The workshop requires no previous knowledge of felt making so is suitable for both the new and more experienced maker.

The workshop is run by Charlotte of Bobbinaround who produces decorative textile products and also teaches.

COST: The workshop costs £22.50 which includes all the materials and resources for the workshop.

BOOKING:
This workshop took place on 8th April, but might be back next year!

TIME: The workshop lasts 1 hour and begins at 10:30am.




Drop spindling for beginners

Try your hand at spinning using a drop spindle, an ancient tool for converting fibre into yarn. You'll be introduced to fibre handling and shown how to start spinning using the park and draft method. Plenty of supported practise time will follow so you can get to grips with your new hobby. At the end of the class you can take your spindle and fibre home to carry on spinning!

No prior experience is required. Minimum age is 13.

The workshop is run by Fiona from A Little Bit Sheepish, who knits, spins, designs, felts and teaches fibre arts.

COST: The class is £23, which includes a kit with a drop spindle, 100g of Bluefaced Leicester fibre and spinning instructions, all boxed up and ready to go.

BOOKING:
This workshop took place on 8th April, but might be back next year!

TIME: The workshop lasts 1½ hours and begins at 1.30pm.




Needle Felting a Landscape

In this workshop, you'll learn how to create a beautiful landscape using needle felting. The workshop requires no previous knowledge of needle felting. However, due to the use of sharp needles, we suggest a minimum age of 14 years.

The workshop is run by Silvia of Little Gem Felts who produces decorative felted products, designs kits and runs workshops.

COST: The workshop is just £6. This covers the tuition and the materials needed to make the landscape.

BOOKING:
This workshop took place on 8th April, but might be back next year!

TIME: The workshop lasts 1 hour and begins at 12:30pm.




Arm knitting an Infinity Scarf

Come along and join us for our Infinity Scarf Workshop. The workshop lasts for 1 hour, during which time you'll be provided with the yarn you require to complete your Infinity Scarf. You'll learn "arm knitting" - no prior knitting knowledge is required - no needles - only your arms! You'll walk away wearing your Scarf.

We'll be running the workshop twice - once in the morning and once in the afternoon - so visit The Wool Shop stand to book your place - but please BOOK EARLY as these workshops sell out very quickly!

COST: The workshop is just £5. This covers the tuition and the yarn needed to make the scarf.

BOOKING:
This workshop took place on 8th April, but might be back next year!

TIME: Each workshop lasts 1 hour and runs at 11.30am and again at 3.30pm.






 

Free Demonstrations



Needle Felting

During the day, Val Hughes will be demonstrating the felting technique of needle felting also known as dry felting. Using natural wool and a specialist needle, Val will show you how to create a unique and pretty brooch.

To find Val, please head to her stand at the far end of the main hall.




Lucet Cord-making

All day, Ziggy from The Lucet Co will be demonstrating his unique style of cord-making using his own design of lucet. He'll be showing you his modern take on this ancient craft which is far quicker and more versatile than old-style lucets. Not only will you be enthralled by his enthusiasm, but you're guaranteed to be uplifted by his friendliness, his chattiness and his positive take on life!

Ziggy can be found at The Lucet Co stand on the left-hand side of the main hall.




Hooking, Proddy and Quilling

As well as running a free workshop on making a Spring Wreath, Lynda from Rebellious Rags will be demonstrating several techniques on her stall, including rug hooking, proddy and wool quilling.

Lynda can be found at the Rebellious Rags stand in the front part of the main hall.




Hand Spinner & Blending Board

All day, Hans and Gerrie from Low Lands Legacy (in Holland) will be demonstrating the Bogway hand spinner and the blending board at their stall.

Hans and Gerrie can be found at the Low Lands Legacy stand which is close to the main entrance to the show.




Patchwork Weaving

During the day, Sarah and Jane from Weave Knit It will be demonstrating patchwork weaving. This is a simple quick technique which allows you to warp and weft at the same time. You'll see how to form a range of shapes all of which can be easily linked together to form large pieces.

To find Weave Knit It, please head to their stand at the front part of the main hall.




Spinning and Weaving

During the show, some of the lovely members of the Bradford Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be on their stand demonstrating spinning and weaving.

The guild's stand can be found close to the show's main entrance.




Machine Knitting

Want to know more about machine knitting? Then pop along to see The Guild of Machine Knitters who'll be demonstrating throughout the day. They'll probably let you have a go as well, and will show you some of the amazing things that can be made with a knitting machine.

The guild's stand can be found close to the show's main entrance.





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