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IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS AGAIN SOON!!

 Hopefully by the end of May we will be able to travel and meet indoors, won't that be wonderful?! I've really missed teaching face-to-face and meeting people.

If you would like to book a one-to-one class from June onwards, please contact me.
I will be planning some in-person small group workshops for July and August - watch this space.
In the meantime, I'm still offering on-line tuition for individual and groups - see the section below.
Keep scrolling down to get an idea of workshop topics I can offer.

 

LEARN A NEW SKILL IN LOCKDOWN

or brush up and improve your textile techniques

Don't let covid stop you expanding your creativity! Although you can't come to my studio, and I can't come to your group at the moment, I'm happy to deliver a tailored session for you over the Zoom platform. Available for individuals or groups in the comfort of your own home(s). If there's a topic or technique you'd like to cover, contact me and we can arrange a time for your individually-designed session.

 

UPCOMING ON LINE WORKSHOPS

One-to-one tuition via Zoom is also available

 

SOLAR DYEING WITH PLANTS

24th April 2021  2pm (British Summer time)  £35

Solar dyeing allows you to colour fibre, yarn or fabric with natural plant dyes, without needing lots of specialist equipment. The energy used is sunlight, and it is more gentle on the fibres and pigments (and on your energy bills) than other dyeing methods.
There will be an optional show-and-tell session on 30th April for final questions.
No previous experience needed.
A full materials and equipment list will be sent before the workshop.
A recording of the workshop will be available to registered participants only.

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DROP SPINDLE SPINNING FOR BEGINNERS

Sunday 9th May 2pm    £35

A drop spindle is a great start to your spinning journey. It is a simple and inexpensive tool, and it allows us to slow the spinning process right down and learn one step at a time.
Drop spindles are very versatile and you can create a wide range of unique handspun yarns. The skills you will learn in this workshop are also directly transferrable to spinning with a spinning wheel. and will make your first attempts with a wheel much easier.
There will be an optional show-and-tell session on 12th May for final questions.
No previous experience needed.
A full materials and equipment list will be sent before the workshop.
A recording of the workshop will be available to registered participants only.
An optional kit (spindle and prepared wool fibre) is available for £18 including postage (UK only).

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WHAT I OFFER

Workshops for groups and one - to- one tuition at beginner and improver levels,  in spinning, natural dyeing, knitting and stitching

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ONE TO ONE TUITION

If you can come to Oban we can arrange one to one tuition on most of the topics I offer in my group workshops. Alternatively, I can help you troubleshoot any problems you are having with your spinning, knitting, dyeing or stitching. Drop me an email : deborah.gray7@btinternet.com

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WORKSHOPS FOR GROUPS

I'm happy to travel to teach at fibre festivals and local groups. Contact me by email: deborah.gray7@btinternet.com

 

WORKSHOP TOPICS

These are some of the workshop topics I can offer, for small groups. Most are also available for one-to-one tuition.
If you would like tuition on a different aspect of spinning, natural dyeing, knitting or stitching please contact me to discuss.

 
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DROP SPINDLE SPINNING

Suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
A drop spindle is the easiest way to learn to spin. It is a simple, portable and inexpensive tool and the skills you will learn at this workshop are transferable to spinning with a spinning wheel, so it is a great place to start your spinning journey.
I provide all the equipment and materials you will need, and you can take home the yarn that you have spun.

 
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FLEECE PREPARATION FOR HAND SPINNING

Suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
From raw fleece to fibre that is ready to spin. We will cover choosing and storing fleece, when and how to wash it as well as preparation for woollen and worsted type yarns. 
I can supply all the equipment and materials you will need, and you get to take home your prepared fibre.

 
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SPINNING WHEEL

Suitable for beginners or improvers. 3 hours.
Learn the skills you need to spin lovely yarns on a spinning wheel. I'll help you decide which kind of wheel is suited to you, or show you how to adjust the wheel you already have, for enjoyable consistent spinning. I can supply all the equipment and materials, or you can bring your own if you prefer.

 

PURPOSEFUL SPINNING

Not suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
Learn how to plan and spin the right kind of yarn for any project. This workshop is a mix of theory and practical which will help ensure you get the results you want. Bring the equipment and fibre you want to use - ask me if you aren't sure  what you will need.

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SOLAR DYEING

Suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
Imagine you could dye fibre or yarn with plants, and get beautiful results without needing a lot of special equipment! Without needing a dye studio, and without using loads of energy! I will show you a method which uses solar energy - you just need a little patience as it takes time to develop. It is also gentler on the fibres  and the pigments and sometimes gives colours that other methods don't.
If possible we will collect some dyeplants locally, before I show you how to set up your two solar dye jars (I'll provide some dye plants in case we can't forage). You will take your jars home to watch the colours develop over the next few weeks. I will provide some of the materials and tell you what you need to bring when you book.

 
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BLENDING THE COLOURS OF NATURE

Suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
Using images of nature for inspiration, I will teach you how to blend a range of subtle or vibrant hues from primary coloured (plus natural black and white) wool fibre. This workshop makes us think more deeply about  the colours that surround us, and how well they go together. I will supply all equipment and materials needed, and you can take your blended fibres home to spin or felt them.

 
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KNTTED SECRETS, ILLUSIONS AND CODE

Not suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
Three techniques in one workshop for those who like to add a little intrigue to their knitting. Something hidden or disguised that only you will know about, until you choose to tell. We can have fun discussing how we might use these techniques.
I will supply materials and instructions for swatches in all three techniques, although you will probably only have time to try one or two during the workshop. I will tell you which needles and notions you need to bring when you book.

 

MAGIC LOOP KNITTING

Not suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
I will show you how to knit small diameters in the round using a long circular needle. For circles or tubes (hats, socks, gloves, sleeves etc.), this is the versatile and efficient technique for you if you don't like managing four or five slippery double-pointed needles.
I will tell you what you need to bring when you book.

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KNITTING SOCKS TWO AT A TIME AND TOE UP

Not suitable for beginners. 3 hours,
No more second sock syndrome! No fiddly double pointed needles! I will teach you how to knit both socks at the same time on one circular needle, so they match exactly. And it really does feel quicker. Working from the toe up means you can try them on as you knit and adjust for perfect fit, and you can make them as long (or short) as you like. 
I will tell you what you need to bring when you book.

 
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DESIGN AND KNIT COLOURWORK BUNTING OR BAUBLES

Not suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
Knit unique colourful bunting with motifs or words that you have designed. Knitting single flags with intarsia lettering or motifs and two-at-a-time stranded colourwork bunting flags with a knotted steek will both be covered.
An example of my two-at-a-time stranded colourwork flags can be found in the section I contributed to the wonderful KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook (by Felicity Ford)- a great source of inspiration.
There will be an optional show-and-tell session following on-line workshops,  for final questions.
You need to have basic knitting skills to enjoy this workshop.
A full materials and equipment list will be sent before the workshop.
A recording of the workshop will be available to registered participants only.
I will tell you what you need to bring when you book this workshop.

 
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KNIT A MOEBIUS COWL

Not suitable for beginners. 3 hours.
The top edge is also the bottom edge and the inside is also the outside; you start knitting in the middle and work outwards, and the top and bottom go in  different directions even though you never turn the knitting. How is any of that possible? I will help you get your head around this seemingly impossible shape and teach you the tricky beginning. After that it is actually fairly straightforward so we can talk about, and maybe try out some design variations. You will make a good start on a cowl or longer infinity scarf, which you can finish knitting at home. 
I will tell you what you need to bring when you book.