We're running a packed programme of woolly workshops aimed at experienced crafters, complete beginners and those in between.  We really hope you'll be able to come and enjoy them.

To book, visit or telephone the Liskeard Tourist Information Centre in Forresters Hall in Pike Street, PL14 3JE (with the museum) 01579 349148

You can pay by cash or card.

To download the leaflet with information on all the workshops click here

All the workshops will be held at the Liskerrett Centre this year.  For a map and more information click here.

Hairpin Crochet circles and flowers

Tutor: Diane Stewart

Hairpin lace is a beautiful variation on crochet in which an ordinary crochet hook is used with a hairpin loom to create lacy, open work designs.

In this workshop you will learn to make strips of lace which you will them make into beautiful circles and flower shapes.

The looms and crochet hooks will be available for you to use on the day and there will also be looms for sale.

Suitable for: Anyone with basic crochet skills.

Materials needed: DK yarn, not dark colours.


10.00-12.30

Monday 7th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £14

Learn to crochet

Tutor: Sioux Legg

Description: Learn the basics of crochet, simple stitches and how to combine them. An ideal introduction to my Crochet Flowers workshop, why not combine the two?

Suitable for: Beginners

Materials needed: Crochet hook, DK yarn in light colours. I will have some hooks you can borrow on the day.

Wednesday 9th October

10.00-12.30

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £12

Crochet flowers

Tutor: Sioux Legg

Description: Use basic crochet stitches, chain, double crochet, treble crochet to make beautiful flowers. Ideal for bunting, wreaths, bouquets, etc. An ideal follow on from my Learn to Crochet workshop. Why not combine the two?

Suitable for: Beginners

Materials needed: Crochet hook, DK yarn in light colours. I will have some hooks you can borrow on the day.

Wednesday 9th October

1.30-4.00pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £12

Wet felted landcapes

Tutor: Jean Fenton

Description: Using traditional wet felting techniques you will make a landscape picture or a scene of your choice. There will be many textural materials available on the day to make your picture unique and interesting, and you will be taught various extra techniques including pre felts and fibre blending.
During the day you may be able to make more than one picture (depending on your personal choice and speed of work) – usually most students make two pictures

Suitable for: Everyone

Materials needed: All materials provided and included in the course fee but participants might like to bring a waterproof apron and rubber gloves if they are worried about getting their hands wet.
It would be a good idea to bring their own hand towel to dry their hands throughout the day. I will provide towels for the table surfaces.
A plastic bag to take their work home with them as their pieces will still be wet.
If people wish to they can also bring some pictures to inspire them or to help them make their design.

Thursday 10th October

10.00-4.00pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £25 (includes materials)

Tunisian Crochet Beginners

Tutor: Diane Stewart

Description: Tunisian Crochet is a form of crochet that uses a long hook to gather up then work off stitches, making a compact fabric, suitable for bags, cushions, hand warmers and many other projects.

You will learn the basic techniques and stitches of Tunisian Crochet and how to use different colours to make great effects in your projects.

The workshop will include instruction sheets for the basic stitches and techniques.

Suitable for: beginners in Tunisian Crochet

Materials needed: Tunisian crochet hooks (these will also be available to borrow). 2 colours of DK yarn to practice, not dark colours.

Workshop 10.00-12.30

Friday 11th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £13

Tunisian Crochet Improvers

Tutor: Diane Stewart

Description: You will learn more Tunisian stitches and techniques including Tunisian trebles and wave stitch, Tunisian surface stitches to make a cable effect, textured Tunisisn stitches.

Suitable for: Anyone with basic Tunisian Crochet skills.

Materials needed: Tunisian crochet hooks (these will also be available to borrow). 2 colours of DK yarn to practice, not dark colours.

Workshop 1.30-4.00

Friday 11th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £13

Moving into the round

Tutor: Vicki Rowan

Description: Ever wanted to knit in the round and been totally intimidated by the process?
This workshop breaks it down into easy stages and provides a relaxed atmosphere to learn in. Discover that dpns and circulars are not scary and open up your creative possibilities for making loads of new and different items.

Suitable for: Knitters who can cast on and off, knit and purl.

Materials needed: Any double-pointed needles you particularly like but I will bring lots on the day.

Monday 14th October

10.00-12.30

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £12

Sock knitting techniques


Tutor: Vicky Rowan

Description: Freaked out but the idea of knitting socks but fancy giving it a go? Then this is for you. Break down the genius of sock knitting into manageable stages and demystify the whole process. Leave with all the info needed to create hand-knitted socks and endless possibilities

Suitable for: Knitters who can cast on and off, knit and purl.

Materials needed: Any Double-pointed needles you particularly like but I will bring lots on the day.

Monday 14th October

1.30-4.00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £12

Beaded Lace Knitting

Tutor: Anniken Allis

Description:
Beads add glamour and elegance to any knitting but works particularly well with lace knitting. In this class you will learn different ways of adding beads to your knitting and how to choose which method to use for your project. You'll also learn how to read lace charts and work common lace stitches.
In the afternoon you will get to choose from a selection of beaded shawl/accessory patterns to work on.

Materials needed: Small amount of 4ply yarn and 4mm needles for practice in the morning.

For the afternoon project: 400m/100gr or 600m/150gr sock or 4ply yarn and 4mm circular needles (80cm long) or 800m/100gr lace weight yarn and 3.5mm circular needles (80cm long). You will also need beads depending on project chosen and a 0.75mm crochet hook. Pattern will be provided.

In the afternoon participants will get to choose from a selection of patterns to cast on. They will need to bring yarn and needles as above.

Suitable for: confident novice and intermediate knitters.

10am – 4pm

Tuesday 5th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £35

Eco crochet

Tutor: Nikki Little

Description: Let Nikki show you some ideas for making reusable everyday items. Learn simple patterns for making dishcloths, flannels, make up remover pads, soap bags etc. using 100% natural material – cotton. Ideal as gifts.


Suitable for: Beginners

Materials needed: TBA

Wednesday 16th October

10.00-12.30

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £13

Crochet poppies and other flowers

Learn how to crochet a range of flowers, including poppies (to mark the centenary of the end of WW1). Beginners will be able to learn the basic stitches and then move on to simple flowers.

Materials: all provided

Suitable for: everyone

9.30 - 12 noon

Wednesday 24 October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £12

Sock in a day

Tutor: Victoria Rowan

A very basic workshop to show how you can create a tiny sock using double pointed needles. No experience needed of in the round knitting although casting on and off and stocking stitch knowledge is needed. Once all the principles are covered you can make as many full-sizedsocks as you like!

Materials: all provided.

Suitable for: basic knitters.

9.30am – 3.30pm

Thursday 25 October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £28

Free machine embroidery - tension techniques

Tutor: Molly Tufnell

This workshop is intended to give you a grounding in the exciting and varied textures you can produce with your sewing machine by exploring tension techniques. We will look briefly at how to produce whip and feather stitch using the top tension but the main focus of the day will be on working with bobbin tension and learning the possibilities of Cable Stitch. The emphasis will be on experimentation using your own range of threads and these might also include smooth yarns more usually associated with hand embroidery to include: ribbons, stranded cotton, stranded crewel wool, fine knitting wool, perle threads, silk and so on. The day is for you to produce your own interesting range of samples.

Note: We will be altering the bobbin tension on vertical loading machines (some people prefer to buy a spare bobbin case to play with but this is not necessary as there is a simple trick that you will learn to reset your bobbin case back to normal) and bypassing the tension mechanism on horizontal loading machines.

Materials: Sewing machine in excellent order where the feed dogs can be lowered or covered and where you can control top tension and set stitch length and width to 0/calico/any pre-dyed fabric/machine embroidery threads/threads as described in publicity/usual sewing kit/8” wooden embroidery hoop/a proper screw drivers/your sewing machine instruction booklet

Suitable for: people already confident with simple free machine embroidery.

9.30am – 3.30pm

Friday 26 October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £28

Never Felt Wetter

Tutor: Sue Field

An introduction to wet felting using homegrown fleece in neutral colours,using the rocks on Bodmin Moor as inspiration. Make felt balls, dreads and pieces of flat felt big enough for a hat or a bag.

Materials: all provided.

Suitable for: Suitable for beginners or those wishing to have wet soapy fun.

9.30am – 312 noon

Saturday 27 October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £16

Learn to knit and crochet

If you’re a complete beginner and would like to have a go or need help with a project come along for a friendly session of help and advice.

Materials: all provided, or bring a project you need help with.

Suitable for: everyone.

1 – 3.30pm

Saturday 27 October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £5

Spinning a yarn to Australia and back - a slow solo cycle ride

Saturday 27 October, 7pm in the Liskerrett Hall

Come and see and hear the fascinating story of spinner and knitter Terri Bate's adventures cycling to Australia and back..

£5 admission – proceeds to the Woodcraft Folk.