We have another programme of Woolly Workshops this autumn featuring a wide range of woolly crafts, many suitable for beginners.  As always, we've chosen expert, friendly tutors and kept the prices as affordable as possible.

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.  For a map and more information click here.

Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving

Tutor: Kay Walker

In this workshop you will learn how to use a pin loom to weave a square approximately 4” square.

All materials will be provided.

Suitable for: Everyone

1.30pm – 4pm

Monday 7th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £28

Intarsia knitting

Tutor: Anniken Allis

Intarsia knitting is a technique that allows you to knit pictures or abstract designs. Two or more colours are used in each row and the colours are never stranded across the back of the work, as they are in Fair Isle knitting (or stranded knitting).

You will learn how to knit with two or more colours per row, how to manage several colours without getting in a tangle, how to read intarsia charts.

Suitable for knitters who have Confident basic knitting skills: knit, purl, cast on and cast off.

Materials needed: please bring dk yarn (two or more colours – you will need small amounts of each colour), 4mm knitting needles (straight or circulars) and knitting notions.

10am-12.30pm

Tuesday 8th October

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £23

Two Colour Pin Loom Weaving

Tutor: Kay Walker

This is an ideal follow on workshop from Kay’s introduction to pin loom weaving. You will learn how to weave on a pin loom using two colours to make patterns in the weave.

All materials will be provided.

Suitable for people who have the basics of pin loom weaving.

Tuesday 10th October

1.30-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £28

Christmas Wreath Ideas


Wednesday 9th October

10am- 12.30pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £5

Introduction to Spinning using hand spindles

Tutor: Eileen McTague

Come and join Eileen to learn about preparing fleece and fibre, try some carding and learn to make your own yarn using a top whorl drop spindle. This is a fun, low-cost and portable way to spin.

Scoured wool fibre will be provided. Spare tools will be available for you to use, but if you have your own carders or top whorl spindle please feel free to bring them along.

Suitable for all.

Please bring hand carders and top whorl drop spindle if you have them and a pair of large knitting needles (eg 10-12mm). Spare ones will be available for use.

Wednesday 9th October

1.30-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £17

Two colour brioche knitting basics

Tutor: Anniken Allis

Brioche knitting is very popular. In this workshop you will learn two colour brioche starting with a basic brioche rib and syncopated brioche, reading brioche patterns and how to fix basic mistakes.

Suitable for: confident basic knitting skills: knit, purl, cast on and cast off

Materials needed: double knitting yarn (two colours), 4mm circular needles (60 or 80cm long) and knitting notions.

Thursday 10th October

10am-12.30pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £23

Needle felt a bird bauble

Tutor: Kay Walker.

Using sheep’s wool and a barbed needle you will learn the skills of needlefelting whilst making a Christmas tree bauble in the shape of a fat bird.

All materials will be provided.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced needle felters.

Thursday 10th October

1.30-4.00pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £28

How to knit a Fair Isle cushion cover

Tutor: Anniken Allis

Learn how to knit the ‘Diamonds are forever’ stranded cushion: learn how to knit in the round holding one colour in each hand, how to strand the yarn and achieve perfect tension, how to sew up the cushion using mattress stitch, one row button holes and how to assemble the bag.

This class is suitable for knitters new to stranded colour work or knitters who already know how to knit stranded colour work but want to improve their skills.

Please bring 100g each of two colours dk yarn (more colours can be used), 3.75mm 80cm long circular needles (you may wish to bring 4mm and 3.5mm needles as well, in case you need a different needle size to achieve correct tension), stitch marker, 20x20cm cushion pad (not necessary to bring to the class, 4 buttons (2cm wide) and blunt sewing needle.

Friday 11th October

10am-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £28

Wild weaving

Tutor: Lisa Brooks

Join Lisa on this fun workshop where we will be exploring basic weaving techniques using wool, fabric and other, more unusual textiles with a variety of simple looms to choose from.  You will be able to weave a no sew bag using just scrap fabrics, make a wall hanging on a square or a round loom or try out peg looms to practise making a small mat/rug. .  Join us for half a day to learn some new techniques and get some inspiration or for a full day to get in a bit more practise and complete your piece.  Whether you can come for the whole day or just half we promise to send you away feeling inspired about texture, colour and materials and as always the emphasis will be on interesting, enjoyable making!

Saturday 12th October

10am-12.30pm and 13.30-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: Half day £17 or full day£34

 

Tablet weaving 

Tutor: Lynda Moss

NB. This workshop will run as 2 half days or a full day. Choose which combination suits you.

Tablet weaving is an ancient method of weaving which produces strong, durable bands suitable for belts, straps etc.

In the morning session you will learn how to make the tablets and shuttle needed for tablet weaving and in the afternoon you will learn how to set up your cards and weave a band using 3 colours.

Suitable for those new to tablet weaving and those with some experience.

  • For the morning please bring: 2xthick A4 cards (the back of an A4 notepad is ideal), a single hole punch if you have one, scissors, pencil, ruler

  • For the afternoon please bring: 3x50g balls of different coloured cotton 4ply or DK

NB If you choose to attend the afternoon session only you will need to bring your own tablets and a shuttle.

Monday 14th October

10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: Half day £17 or full day £34

Beginners’ Tunisian Crochet

Tutor: Diane Stewart

Tunisian crochet is a form of crochet that uses a long hook to gather up and 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 people who have basic crochet skills

Please bring: 2 contrasting colours of DK or aran weight yarn, one of which can be colour changing, or both plain, to your preference

Tunisian crochet hook:- 4.5mm for DK or 5mm for aran.

Tunisian Hooks will be available to borrow at the workshop.

Tuesday 15th October

10am-12.30pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £17

Tunisian Mosaic crochet

Tutor: Diane Stewart

Tunisian Mosaic creates colourful and geometric patterns using Tunisian simple stitch combined with Tunisian mosaic stitch, which is a simple stitch to learn.

There are no charts to follow, only written instruction and these are included in the workshop.

Please bring:

2 contrasting colours of DK or aran weight yarn, one of which can be colour changing, or both plain, to your preference

Tunisian crochet hook:- 4.5mm for DK or 5mm for aran.

Tunisian Hooks will be available to borrow at the workshop.

Suitable for: people who know basic Tunisian Crochet techniques.

Tuesday 15th October

1.30-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £17

Amigurumi Crochet Jellyfish

Tutor: Diane Stewart

Many people would love to crochet animals, but have difficulty with the techniques and following a pattern.

In this workshop we will be making a simple jellyfish, where you will learn the techniques of shaping that are applicable to all sorts of different animals.

These include: magic ring, working in a circle, how to make a round head by increasing and decreasing in the round, invisible decrease, how to make curly tentacles.

Suitable for anyone with basic crochet skills

Materials – Please bring light coloured cotton DK yarn and 3.5mm or 4mm hook

Crochet hooks will be available to borrow at the workshop.

Wednesday 16th October

10am-12.30pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £17

Crochet Squares for blankets or cushions

Tutor: Diane Stewart

This workshop will give you the skills to make and join 2 different squares and create a border in order to make a blanket or a cushion.

You will learn how to: 

Make a simple treble square and a raised flower square.

Crochet squares together.

Add a shell border and join 2 different squares and create a border in order to make a blanket or a cushion.

Suitable for anyone with basic crochet skills.

Please bring 2 contrasting colours of DK or aran yarn and 4mm hook (for DK) or 4.5mm hook (for aran)

Crochet hooks will be available to borrow at the workshop.

Wednesday 16th October

1.30-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £17

Improvers Brioche Knitting

Tutor: Anniken Allis

Two colour brioche knitting uses increases and decreases to create complex looking lines and patterns and can be challenging. In this class you’ll learn how to work increases and decreases and will be given a pattern for a pair of handwarmers to take home.

Please bring dk yarn (two colours), 4mm circular needles (60 or 80cm long) and knitting notions.

Suitable for those with confident basic knitting skills: knit, purl, cast on and cast off plus basic two colour brioche skills.

Thursday 17th October

10am-12.30pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £23

Macrame Christmas Decorations

Tutor:Lyndsey Harvey

Using three different macramé knots, create three pretty macramé Christmas decorations, a mini Christmas tree, snowflake and wreath. All materials will be provided and the workshop is perfect for beginners.

All materials are provided.

Thursday 17th October

1.30-4pm

Liskerrett Community Centre

Cost: £22