Workshops in Scotland 2015



Spinning, knitting and dyeing Workshops

Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016

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Materials and equipment for use in the workshops are included except where noted otherwise. Additional materials may be available to purchase.

 

To book, e-mail Deborah.gray7@btinternet.com or call 07776092903

29th Sept
Lerwick
Shetland
Colours of Shetland: Blending fibres for spinning or felt 3hrs £40
Inspired by the Shetland landscape we will create our own collections of subtle shades of blended wool fibre ready to spin
30th Sept Lerwick
Shetland
Knitting Socks: two-at-a-time and toe-up 3 hrs £30 + materials*
Knit perfectly matching socks that fit and never experience second-sock syndrome again – customisable - Fair Isle optional
2nd Oct
Lerwick
Shetland
Drop spindle spinning for beginners  3 hours £40
 learn to spin the easy way before venturing onto a wheel. We will use Jamieson & Smith’s combed Shetland wool tops
17 Oct
Oban
Drop spindle spinning for beginners  3 hours £40
 learn to spin the easy way before venturing onto a wheel. We will use carded wool fleece and combed wool tops
25th Oct
Auchterarder
(am) Fleece sorting and Fibre Preparation 3 hours £40
The essential basics for preparing fibres for spinning
(pm) Drop spindle spinning for beginners  3 hours £40
 learn to spin the easy way before venturing onto a wheel. We will use carded wool fleece and combed wool tops
Save £10 if you book both - a great day for beginners!
1 Nov
Auchterarder
10 a.m. Solar Dyeing;  3 hours £35
An eco-friendly way to use natural dyes on fibre, yarn or fabric 
1 Nov
Auchterarder
2pm Gossamer Felt Scarf; 3 hours £30
Create a scarf so soft and light it is hard to believe it is felt!
8 Nov
Oban
Knitting Socks: two-at-a-time and toe-up 3 hrs £30 + materials*
Knit perfectly matching socks that fit and never experience second-sock syndrome again – customisable -Fair Isle optional
15 Nov
Auchterarder
Purposeful spinning  6 hours, £70 not suitable for beginners
Learn to design and spin the yarn you need for any project
21 & 22 Nov
Tuscany
Beginners’ spinning weekend on an idyllic Cashmere Goat Farm in Chianti, Italy.
6 Dec
Oban
Fair Isle knitting 3 hours: £20 plus materials*
 Learn some new tricks for easier and better results with this traditional technique. Selection of kits may be available.
13 Dec
Auchterarder
Folded book Origami  3 hours £30
Upcycle an unwanted hardback book by folding a design or a word into the pages to make an unusual decorative piece
17 Jan 2016
Auchterarder
Spinning Art Yarns   6 hours, £75 not suitable for beginners
Combine colour, texture and technique to create unique yarns
24 Jan
Oban
Spinning with a spinning wheel  6 hours £75
A good follow-on workshop from the Drop Spindle Spinning class, also suitable for beginners and improvers
31 Jan
Auchterarder
Spinning Silk   3 hours, £45 not suitable for beginners
Immerse yourself in luxury! Learn to prepare and spin different forms of pure silk, and create luxurious blends with other fibres
7 Feb
Oban
Playing with Colour   3 hours, £40
Different techniques for blending fibres for spinning/felt
21 Feb
Oban
Folded book Origami  3 hours £30
Upcycle an unwanted hardback book by folding a design or a word into the pages to make an unusual decorative piece
28 Feb
Auchterarder
Playing with Colour   3 hours, £40
Different techniques for blending fibres for spinning/felt
6 March
Oban
Spinning Silk   3 hours, £45 not suitable for beginners
Immerse yourself in luxury! Learn to prepare and spin different forms of pure silk, and create luxurious blends with other fibres
20 March
Oban
Spinning multi-coloured fibres (braids and batts) 6 hours £55
Get the results you want from delicious multi-coloured fibres
Price does not include materials – available to purchase*
27 March
Auchterarder
Spinning multi-coloured fibres (braids and batts) 6 hours £55
Get the results you want from delicious multi-coloured fibres
Price does not include materials – available to purchase*

 

 

Places must be booked in advance – please e-mail deborah.gray7@btinternet.com

 

A  deposit of one third of the workshop fee will be requested to secure your booking. This can be paid in person or by PayPal. The deposit is non-refundable if you cancel, but would be refunded in full in the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled by me.

The balance is payable in cash on the day of the workshop.

 

*Where materials are not included in the price of the workshop (indicated by *)

they will be available to purchase, or you may bring your own. Please ask for details of what to bring.

 

For knitting workshops you are expected to provide your own knitting needles – please ask for details of sizes etc.

 

Auchterarder workshops will be held at either 206 or 204 High Street – the venue will be confirmed shortly before the workshop.

Oban workshops will be held at 22A Alexandra Place, The Esplanade, Oban.

Both venues are fully accessible.

 

Individual tuition can also be arranged – please contact me for details.

 

Workshops in Scotland 2015 
look out for updates on this page - I may have a special guest tutor for a mystery workshop later this year......

Workshops will take place as indicated either at 206 High Street, Auchterarder, PH3 1AF (the premises of GRM Podiatry) or in my new workspace at 22A Alexandra Place, The Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5PU (next to the old Oban Times building).
scroll down to the bottom of the page for Oban knitting group dates

Materials and equipment for use in workshops are included unless indicated otherwise, as are tea /coffee and cake/biscuits.

For all-day workshops we will have a break at lunch time, you can bring a packed lunch or eat in one of several cafes nearby.

I only teach small groups so that everyone has a good experience – some workshops fill up quickly so please reserve your place by e-mailing deborah.gray7@btinternet.com.

For advance bookings I will ask you for a deposit of one-third of the fee (via PayPal) to secure your place, the balance is payable on the day.

If you book less than a month before the workshop I will ask for payment in full (via PayPal) on booking.

All deposits or fees will be refunded in full if I have to cancel the workshop, but will not be refunded if you cancel.

 
15 February 10 – 1 Fleece and Fibre Preparation  £42.50  Auchterarder

Good preparation is the key to spinning good yarns. This workshop is the ideal first step for beginner spinners, but those with some spinning experience will also find it gives a better understanding of the raw material, and helps make their spinning easier and more satisfying.

  • Choosing and sorting fleece, when and how to wash it.
  • Carding and combing – what’s the difference and which method to use for which yarn types
  • A word on using pre-prepared fibres

Materials and use of equipment included – please bring a washable apron and a shoe-box or (similar) with a lid

 

15 February 2 – 5 Drop spindle spinning   £42.50  Auchterarder

A drop-spindle is an inexpensive and portable tool which allows us to slow the spinning process right down and separate the different actions needed to turn fibre into yarn. It is also very versatile and will allow you to spin a wide range of different yarns. If you want to learn to spin using a wheel, a spindle is a great first step, you will find that the skills you learn with a spindle transfer easily to the wheel and make your first attempts with a spinning wheel much easier.

  • Spinning singles yarn
  • Plying with a spindle (why and when as well as how)
  • Skeining and finishing your handspun yarn

Materials and use of equipment included – please bring a washable apron and a shoe-box or (similar) with a lid

 

Beginners’ Offer – book both of the above workshops and save £10

 

22 March 10 – 5 Spinning with a Spinning Wheel  £75  Auchterarder

Suitable for beginners or improvers – transfer your drop-spindle spinning skills to the wheel, or learn to get the best from your spinning wheel.

  • Parts of the spinning wheel
  • Choosing and looking after a wheel
  • Spinning singles yarns
  • Plying with a spinning wheel (why and when as well as how)
  • Spinning the right kind of yarn for your project – thickness and twist
  • Skeining and finishing your handspun yarn

Materials and use of equipment included – please bring a washable apron and a shoe-box or (similar) with a lid. Please let me know if you prefer to bring your own spinning wheel.

 
26 April 10 – 1 Solar Dyeing  £42.50  Auchterarder

Learn how to dye fibres, yarn or fabric using natural dyes and solar energy. This process is gentler on the pigments, so you get colours that would be destroyed in more traditional dyeing methods. It is also kinder to the fibres, so they stay softer, and it doesn’t add to your fuel bills. This method is also ideal for experimenting at home as you don’t need lots of special equipment.

The class fee includes materials to create one solar dye jar to take home and watch the colours develop. You will probably have time to set up a second jar, for a small extra cost.

Materials and equipment for use in the workshop included.

Please bring an apron and a strong bag to carry your jar(s) home.

 

26 April 2 – 5  Spinning Multicoloured Fibres   £42.50  Auchterarder

Not suitable for absolute beginners

Hand-painted and dyed fibres are beautiful and very tempting, but sometimes the results can be a bit disappointing once you have spun them. In this workshop we will cover several techniques to manage the colours and get the results you want, whether that is subtle or distinct, graduated or variegated.

Materials and equipment for use in the workshop provided. Please let me know if you prefer to bring your own spinning wheel.

 

17th May 10 – 5 Playing with colour £80  Auchterarder

This workshop is about mixing fibres of different colours and is suitable for spinners, felt makers and other fibre artists.

We will use images from nature as our inspiration and explore three different techniques:

  • Blending novel shades from primary colours
  • Mixing colour and texture for exciting effects and art yarns
  • Creating a smooth gradient of colour e.g. from black to white through many greys

 
You can choose whether to spin your mixed fibres during the workshop (spindles and wheels will be available) or to take them home to work with. I will encourage you to spin at least a small sample before blending a larger batch, so we can understand how the appearance of colour changes when the fibre is spun.

Materials, equipment for use in the workshop and images for inspiration all included – but do bring your own images if you prefer.

Please bring a washable apron and two or three shoe boxes (or similar) with lids.

 

21st June 10 – 5 Spinning for texture / Art Yarns  £80  Auchterarder

Not suitable for beginners

In this workshop we will explore different ways of bringing texture into our yarns

  • Using different textured fibres
  • Textured spinning techniques
  • Fancy plying techniques

Materials and use of equipment included – please bring a washable apron and a shoe-box or (similar) with a lid. Please let me know if you prefer to bring your own spinning wheel.

5th July 10am - 1pm Drop Spindle Spinning for beginners  £42  Oban
A drop-spindle is an inexpensive and portable tool which allows us to slow the spinning process right down and separate the different actions needed to turn fibre into yarn. It is also very versatile and will allow you to spin a wide range of different yarns. If you want to learn to spin using a wheel, a spindle is a great first step, you will find that the skills you learn with a spindle transfer easily to the wheel and make your first attempts with a spinning wheel much easier.

  • Spinning singles yarn
  • Plying with a spindle (why and when as well as how)
  • Skeining and finishing your handspun yarn

Materials and use of equipment included – please bring a washable apron  
 
2nd August 10am - 1pm Folded Book Origami £30 Oban
Use an unwanted hardback book to create an unusual decorative piece. We will learn how to fold the pages to create a word or design (it doesn't have to be a woolly word!). Choose from Read, Love, spin, knit, wool and other words, or a design of stars. Names or other words (maximum 6 letters) may be possible but only by prior arrangement.
 
6th September 10am - 5pm Spinning with a spinning wheel £75 Oban
Beginners can learn to use a spinning wheel and more experienced spinners can improve or learn new techniques, learning to get the best from your spinning wheel. Let me know in advance if there are any particular topics you would like me to cover. I have three different types of wheel which you can try, or bring your own if you already have a wheel.

8th November 10 - 1 Knitting socks two at a time and toe-up  £30 Oban
Ever had second-sock syndrome? Knit them both at the same time and you never will again. one circular needle and two balls of yarn. Sounds complicated but once you have got it set up properly it really isn't.
Ever run out of yarn, or patience, before you have finished the sock? If you knit them toe-up then once you have completed the heel you can stop as soon as you want, short or long, any length of leg you want or the yarn allows.
Combine the two techniques and you will never have lonely or unfinished socks again. Instead you will feel as if your socks are finished much quicker, and they will always fit and match perfectly.
Please bring 100g of sock yarn and a long (100cm) circular needle of the size you need to get the correct tension (usually between 2.5 and 3 mm). I will supply a pattern.

Oban knitting group once a month on Saturday morning 10am - 1pm
Very informal - just drop in anytime between 10 and 1, bring your knitting and have a cuppa and a blether.
Usually the first Saturday of the month except August (on the 8th instead because the Lorn Show is on the 1st) and October (no knitting group)
Dates: 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July, 8th August, 5th September, 7th November, 5th December

 
 
 

 

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