Friday, 11 February 2011

Exciting! A Weaving Workshop and More Crochet Courses for You!

Exciting! A Weaving Workshop and More Crochet Courses for You!

Many of you have mentioned that you would be interested in learning more about weaving, so we are pleased to announce this fantastic workshop for beginners:

Woven Tapestry as an Art Medium with Chrissie Morgan
Saturday, 19th March, 10:30am - 4:30pm, £54.99 per person
Explore this ancient, calming, versatile craft with an experienced weaver and contemporary artist.
Working on a simple frame loom with a rainbow of wool/yarns/wire/videotape, learn Gobelin and Eccentric techniques to create images in cloth from figurative through to abstract. The possibilities are endless! From art statements to wall hangings, bags and vessels, the only limits are your imagination.

The history and tradition of Tapestry is explored within a context of contemporary art making, with books and samples on hand. All materials will be provided and are included in the cost.

Due to the popularity of our last beginner's crochet course we are pleased to announce we will be running the course again, twice!  You can choose between a one day course on Saturday, 12th March from 11:00am – 5:00pm (with breaks and practice time) or two lessons over 2 weeks on Saturday, 26th March and Saturday, 2nd April from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Learn to Crochet
12th March, 11:00am – 5:00pm or 26th March & 2nd April 11:00am – 1:00pm
£54.99 per person

First Things First: an introduction to the basic stitches, terminology and how to tell when it's going horribly wrong. At the end of the class you will have started a sampler with several stitch types. You will have learned how to make a foundation chain, double and treble crochet (and maybe more) and spot common problems.

How to read a pattern, when you're tired of making rectangles, this is your next step. You will learn how patterns are structured, how to test your gauge, how to read charts and how to join pieces together.

Each student will receive a kit at the start of the course containing two balls of King Cole Merino Blend Double Knit, a crochet hook and a 10% voucher which can be used against purchases in the shop or towards the next course. Students will also receive a Purl City Yarns tote to keep everything together. The price for the entire course and materials is £54.99.

We also have a few places left on the following courses:

5th March, 11:00am -  4:00pm
Steeking with Debbie Tomkies, £64.99
Does the thought of cutting through your knitting prevent you from steeking?  Debbie Tomkies is teaching a steeking workshop where students will learn all about steeking, including the benefits and limitation, matching the right yarn and project, where to place a steek, making the cut, finishing, and more!  Students are also welcome to bring their own projects to practice on or for advice.

20th March, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Wheel spinning - ‘Art’ yarns, £49.99
This class is designed for confident spinners, who want to have a go at creating unusual ‘art’ yarns. This will include techniques such as plying a coil yarn, creating boucle yarn, and adding beads.

30th April, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dyeing for beginners – An introduction to hand-dyeing with Debbie Tomkies, £64.99
Have you ever wondered how those lovely, hand-dyed yarns are made? Would you like to be able to create your own, unique yarns, bursting with vibrant colour? Come along to our friendly, fun, one-day introductory course and see for yourself how easy it is!

Debbie Tomkies will be our tutor for the day. First she will be showing you how to produce solid shades and you will begin by making shade cards, having a go at colour-blending and making your first hand-dyed skeins. In the afternoon Debbie will be teaching you a range of exciting techniques including yarn painting, semi-solid dyeing, rainbow dyeing and you will be able to choose from a range of lovely yarns to dye and take away with you. Debbie will also be including some of her own patterns so you can make something special to show off your lovely yarns!

All materials are provided and you will go home with a lovely range of colour samples, rainbow-dyed yarns, comprehensive handouts and lots of ideas for adding colour to your textile adventures!

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as for those who simply want to brush up on their skills or just have a fun day out playing with colour! So, whether you're a knitter, spinner, crocheter, felter or textile artist, you're sure to have a great time.

We do have limits to the amount of students per class. This varies due to the type of course. Bookings can be made either by visiting the shop, via our webstore (click on the classes and workshops option in the department tab) or by telephoning 0161 425 3864. We regret we cannot reserve places without payment.

Cancellation policy - We operate a 21 day cancellation policy. If you cancel a course or workshop 21 days before the start of the course, we will refund the course payment. Any cancellations made after the 21 days or less from the course start date is non-refundable.