Workshops

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Polite Warning: taking these workshops can lead to addiction to fabulous yarns and a relaxed, calm mind. Learning to knit or crochet may make you feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of your skills.

Purl &Jane workshops are Full Day Monday Workshops 10.30am-4pm and cost £60 (£65 for the sock workshop)! The Monday workshops include pattern and yarn, refreshments and lunch in the cost.
The workshops will take place in the Purl &Jane Studio and include a delicious lunch at a local independent cafe.  And after the workshop you are welcome to browse Purl &Jane’s colourful shelves and receive a 10% discount on anything you buy on the day of the workshop.

Places are limited and bookable in advance. Full payment is required at the time of booking.
To book on the workshop please phone the Purl &Jane studio on 01756 228247 or pop along to the studio to book your place.
For all those that attend the workshops you receive a 10% discount on anything you buy at Purl &Jane on the day of your class only.

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SUNDAY MORNING FREE LEARN TO KNIT WORKSHOPS

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LEARN TO KNIT

Dates: SUNDAY 5TH JANAURY & SUNDAY 12TH JANAURY 2020 10.30AM – 1PM
This workshop is over 2 Sunday mornings.
Skills needed: No skills required.
Cost: FREE! I just ask that you buy needles and yarn on the day of the workshop for your first project – there will be a choice of projects with prices starting at £10 for yarn and needles. Places are limited and booked in advance.

Due to the love and joy created in the very first free class I held this year for learn to knit I decided to offer another free workshop because I love sharing the joy! Come along for free all that is required from you to attend the class is that you purchase your yarn and needles from me  and also a willingness to learn something amazing! I’m here to help and guide. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have tried before this class is perfect for you!

Skills learnt: Simple basics of knit, depending on your skill this can be just knit or knit and purl.

Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing!

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THE FULL DAY MONDAY WORKSHOPS:

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LEARN TO CROCHET 

Dates: MONDAY 20TH JANUARY 2020 10.30am – 4pm
Cost:  £60
Skills needed: Nothing, just a willingness to learn something new and exciting!

This workshop shows you the basics of crochet – yet with these simple techniques you can go on to crochet anything and everything! The techniques covered are simple, yet so difficult to get right by yourself. I help you easily and calmly master these techniques within this full day workshop.

Skills learnt: How to hold the hook and yarn, slip stitch, double crochet, treble crochet.

Materials included in cost: Yarn, pattern, refreshments & a delicious lunch.

Materials to bring: Just your hands as everything is provided!

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FINISHING TECHNIQUES

Date: MONDAY 27TH JANUARY 2020 10.30AM – 4PM

Cost: £60
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

When this popular workshop runs on a Sunday morning, we squeeze a lot into the time! Having a full day Monday workshop means I can show you more and we can steadily learn the techniques so you can confidently use them on all those finished pieces that are hiding in that bag or in that corner!

I love sewing my knitted items together! I treat my knitted pieces as knitting and sew together as such, rather than treat them like cloth and then get disappointed with uneven edges. When you treat a hand knit as a hand knit, the picking up of stitches and sewing together is the most fun! I share these techniques in this class so sewing up becomes a joy.

Skills learnt: This full day class covers reading a pattern, the importance of tension, decreasing and increasing, how to pick up stitches, live stitches and reading your knitting, use different sewing up techniques for stocking stitch, garter stitch and moss stitch, join a cast off edge to a side seam; graft (live) stitches using (a) knitting needles and (b) a wool/tapestry needle; cast off buttonholes; wrap a stitch when shaping shawl collars; and the importance of tension, substituting yarns and different plys of yarns.

Materials included in cost: Yarn, pattern, refreshments & a delicious lunch.

Materials to bring: 3.75mm and 4mm needles, scissors, darning needle and pen and paper if you wanted to make notes.

Please note: There is a bit of easy homework to complete before this class. This will be given at time of booking.

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COLOURWORK

Dates: MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2020 10.30AM – 4PM

Cost: £60
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

This workshop covers striping, slip stitch technique (my favourite type of colourwork because it is so simple yet so effective), intarsia and the basic techniques used in fairisle. Everything you need to make colourwork fun! The full day workshop means we can play with and learn more techniques.

Skills learnt: Striping, slip stitch or mosaic colourwork, Intarsia and basic fairisle.

Materials included in cost: Yarn, pattern, refreshments & a delicious lunch.

Materials to bring: 4mm and 5mm knitting needles. Scissors.

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ADVANCED BEGINNERS TECHNIQUES

Dates: MONDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 10.30am – 4pm
Skills needed: 
to be able to knit a stitch.

Cost: £60

This workshop is for those beginners who can knit, whether that is one stitch or 100 stitches! You may have knitted a scarf or garter stitch squares and now you would like to learn some more skills.

We will learn to cast on, purl, stitch patterns, increase and decrease stitches, reading patterns and simple fixing of mistakes. The classes are small so I can make sure everyone has individual attention and we can finesse any techniques.

Skills learnt: All the above as well as individual skills to take each knitter into the next stages of the joy of knitting.

Materials included in cost: Yarn, pattern, refreshments & a delicious lunch.

Materials to bring: Knitting Needles, size will be told when class is booked.

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SOCK WORKSHOP

Date: MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2020 10.30am – 4pm
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.
Cost:  £65

This workshop is usually over two Sunday mornings so we can steadily learn using dpns and then the technical bits! This full day Monday workshop will give you all the techniques you need to complete a sock and create a new addiction all in one fun session. The pattern we’ll work on in this workshop is a child’s sock that can be given to a child or can be used to make a Christmas stocking decoration.

Skills learnt: Working in a round on double pointed needles, turning the heel, shaping the instep and grafting the toe together – everything you need to make a pair of small socks.

Materials included in cost: Double pointed needles, sock pattern and yarn – which has all you need to make a gorgeous pair of small socks. Refreshments & a delicious lunch.

Materials to bring: Nothing, just you and the willingness to learn something amazing.

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FIXING MISTAKES

Dates: MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 10.30AM – 4PM
Skills needed:
cast on, knit, purl, cast off.
Cost: £60

This is a workshop for knitters who want to learn how to fix their mistakes. As knitters, we all make mistakes. This might just be purling a stitch we should be knitting, or knitting longer than the pattern says, or working one extra row in the wrong place. A good knitter makes mistakes and a good knitter is always taking back! There will be lots of techniques covered in this workshop including various ways to pick up dropped stitches, working with “live” stitches, ripping out, cutting knitting and grafting pieces together.

Skills learnt: All the above as well as individual skills to take each knitter into the next stages of the joy of knitting.

Materials included in cost: Yarn, pattern, refreshments & a delicious lunch.

Materials to bring: There is a bit of easy homework to complete before this class. This will be given at time of booking.

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MORE ADVANCED STITCHES: CABLE & LACE

Dates: MONDAY 2ND MARCH 2020 10.30AM – 4PM
Skills needed: cast on, knit, purl, cast off.
Cost: £60

This workshop is for knitters who know how to knit and purl but are looking to learn more stitch techniques. We will be covering cable and lace starting with all cables and lace and even working cable without a cable needle! We will cover all types of cable, from twisted stitches to cables that involve purl as well as knit.

Skills learnt: cable, twisted stitches and lace work.

Materials included in cost: Yarn, pattern, refreshments & a delicious lunch.

Materials to bring: Knitting Needles, size will be told when class is booked.

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 *Personal 1:1 Workshops

If you would like to have a personal 1:1 workshop with me, what we cover in these workshops is entirely up to you. I will teach you any aspect of knitting that you want. Just ask.

A 1:1 session costs £40 for an hour or £60 for two hours for up to two people. We’ll arrange it together at a time and a date that is convenient for both of us (an evening or a Sunday morning when other workshops are not on).

* What can you expect from a Purl &Jane workshop?

I’ve been teaching workshops for nearly 20 years all over the world – from Canada to the USA to local yarn stores all over the UK to the flagship John Lewis store on Oxford Street, London.

Over the years, I have learnt that the most effective format is to limit numbers because I want everyone to take some new skills away from the class. Everyone has their own unique learning style so with small classes and a gentle and calm teaching style, everyone learns something and has a base to start from.

It is from chatting to knitters all around the world that has helped me learn to design patterns that knitters want to knit. And now I can share the joy of these simple to knit patterns by giving everyone the guidance and support they need with all aspects of the knitting journey from your first few stitches to learning to love sewing up your garments.

There are classes on Sunday mornings from 10.30am-1pm, a relaxing way to begin your Sunday, and then in the afternoon you can continue what you’ve learnt while it’s fresh in your memory in your favourite armchair.

Once learnt, the techniques are simple and what you do with these techniques is then up to you! The list of things to knit is infinite!

*Who are Purl&Jane workshops for?

Knitting and crochet is for everyone.

Everyone can knit. However some people believe they should be able to knit like an experienced knitter as soon as they pick up the needles, this isn’t true, everyone has to start with one stitch.

Every pattern I design is simple and achievable for everyone, it’s just about taking your time, knitting a few stitches here and there and some gentle coaching in the right direction.

And, no matter how long you’ve been knitting, there’s always something to learn.

This can seem scary to a beginner or to the first time knitter who tries knitting something and it doesn’t turn out as they expected. I can help with this. Sometimes it is a teeny tiny change that doesn’t seem obvious until we’ve talked it through. I talk it through with you to get the best solution for you.

There isn’t a end to knitting but there is a beginning…and I love helping people start on their journey and guiding them as they grow.

* How can Purl &Jane support you after the workshop?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! The only way to learn is to do it wrong at least once!

There is no need to struggle alone – after the class you can pop back to the studio to ask any question or get help with a tricky technique you’ve forgotten. Sometimes it can take a few minutes to show something, that might take longer if you look in a book. Videos and books – especially My YouTube videos which complement my workshops (find the videos by clicking here!)– can be a helpful aide memoire to techniques that have been shown to you in a relaxing class with someone on hand to help you through…even if it’s just to say, yep, that’s right!!

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