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 then 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

Introduction to hand spinning

Tutor: Eileen McTague

Description: Come and join me to learn the ancient craft of spindle spinning. We will practice carding and blending the clean raw fleece before spinning it into your own yarn using a top whorl spindle, which is affordable, portable and fun.

Wool fibre will be provided. Spare tools are available for you to use, but if you have your own carders or hand spindle please bring them along.


Suitable for: beginners

Materials needed: Wool fibre will be provided. Spare tools are available for you to use, but if you have your own carders or hand spindle please bring them along.

1.30-4.00

Monday 7th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £12

Top Down Fair Isle Yoke Knitting

Tutor: Anniken Allis

Description: Circular yoke sweaters are perfect for a variety of stitch patterns. In this class we'll particularly look at using fair isle patterns on the yoke. The class will be based on working a sweater from the top down in the round.

In this class you will learn how a circular yoke is constructed and in particular how to include a fair isle pattern. You will learn how to work the circular shaping and how to adapt it to suit your fair isle pattern. You will also learn how to calculate the numbers for your own sweater and tips on choosing fair isle patterns to work on the yoke.

You do not need to know how to knit with two colours at the same time as this will also be taught.

Suitable for: Intermediate knitters who can cast on, knit, purl, cast off.

Materials needed: Small amounts of DK yarn in two colours & 4mm circular needles (80cm long) OR small amounts of 4ply yarn in two colours & 3.5mm circular needles (80cm long)

10am – 4pm

Tuesday 8th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £35

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: £14

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 Tunisian 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: £14

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 double-pointed needles 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 by 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 work 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 15th 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

Needle Felting for Beginners

Tutor: Kay Walker

Description: Aimed at beginners, Kay will teach you the basics of using types of wool and tools and their applications. Anything you make you will take home, usually two items perhaps more.

Suitable for: Everyone

Materials needed: All provided. Kay will also have kits/supply bags to purchase.  Please don’t wear best clothes – you may get fluffy.

Wednesday 16th October

1.30-4.00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £14

3D Needle Felted Pictures

Tutor: Kay Walker

Description: Aimed at all abilities , Kay will teach you the basics of using types of wool and tools and their applications to make 3D pictures.

Suitable for: Everyone

Materials needed: All provided. Kay will also have kits/supply bags to purchase.
Please don’t wear best clothes – you may get fluffy.

Thursday 17th October

1.30-4.00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £14

Introduction to Brioche Knitting

Tutor: Julie Cowan

Description: An introduction to this super ‘squishy’ fabric using the Brioche knit and purl techniques. Ideal for both garments and accessories. This workshop is an ideal introduction to Julie’s second workshop of the day for Brioche Improvers.

Materials needed: Small amount of dk yarn and 4mm needles.

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

Friday 18th October

 10.00 – 12.30

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £14

Advanced Brioche Knitting

Tutor: Julie Cowan

Description: In this workshop Julie will move on from basic Brioche stitches to more advanced stitches and effects. An ideal follow on from the Introduction to Brioche Knitting workshop.

Materials needed: Small amount of dk yarn and 4mm needles.

Suitable for: Knitters who can already do Brioche knit and purl and would like to learn more advanced techniques.

 Friday 18th October

1.30-4.00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £16

Natural Dyeing

Tutor: Caroline Bawn

Description: Learn to dye with natural colours from nature onto yarn in a friendly relaxed class. Morning session teaches the basics, and the afternoon session teaches more advanced dye effects. You will dye 1 skein of luxury yarn in each session to take home and use in a project. Perfect to make something really special!
There will be the chance to buy more yarn to “play” with dyes and achieve a range of colours and effects. DIY dye kits will also be available.

Suitable for: Anyone from beginners to experienced dyers

Materials needed: All materials provided. Please wear old clothes and notify the tutor of any breathing conditions or skin allergies.

 Saturday 19th October

10.00-4.00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £45 (including £10 materials)

Nuno Felting

Tutor: Molly Tufnell

Description: This is a fun workshop where you will be introduced to the technique of Nuno Felting.  You will make a pure silk nuno felted scarf to take home.

Nuno Felt is a fabric and is usually made using Silk chiffon and Marino tops. It is produced by driving the fibre through the material so that they become one and this creates a gorgeous new cloth. During this workshop we shall be using this technique to Nuno Felt parts of the base silk chiffon fabric in a pattern of your own design. This will produce a beautiful undulating cloth with ripples and folds. It is a technique often used to make scarves and flowing shoulder wraps because by using it well, you create a stable but ethereal structure.  For more information about me take a look at my blog, go to: mollytufnell.co.uk

Suitable for: Everyone

Materials needed: Silk chiffon scarves, natural or dyed and Marino tops and Oliva soap will be provided.
You will need to bring:
2 old bath towels
Roll of bubble wrap about 1 mtr long
Old synthetic window netting
About a half mtr. length of plastic pipe or an old cut down broom handle to roll your project around
A plastic bag or container to take your project home in as it will be wet
Something to put your wet towels in to take home

Monday 21st October

10.00-4.00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £34 (including £7.50 materials cost)

Machine Embroidered Christmas Decorations

Tutor: Molly Tufnell

Description: This is a fun workshop where you can make some beautiful Free Machined decorations for your Christmas Tree and you don’t need to have tried it before. Although those pictured are round and square, you might decide on a shape of your own….the choice is yours! For more information about me take a look at my blog, go to: mollytufnell.co.uk

Suitable for: Everyone

Materials needed: 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

Embelishments for your decoration such as: bits and pieces of sparkly fabric, any shiny bits and pieces like sequins, Xmas table sprinkles and so on.

Machine embroidery threads in Xmas colours, rayons and some metallics to try (they are easier to use than you think when you know how!)

Your usual sewing kit
8” wooden embroidery hoop with inner hoop bound with bias binding
A proper screw driver
Your sewing machine instruction booklet
Spare machine needles

Calico to practice on and white synthetic chiffon scarf fabric will be provided.

Thursday 24th October

10.00-4.00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £26

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.

1.30 – 4pm

Saturday 26 October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £5