2019 Tutors

This year, we’re thrilled to announce our 2019 tutors, a group of world-class instructors teaching a wide variety of courses. 

André de Castro

André de Castro is a knitwear designer, researcher and instructor with degrees in design and fashion illustration who is based in Porto, Portugal.

André’s initial training was as a classical violinist, however, 8 years ago he decided to embrace the passion he has for the textile arts and dedicated himself entirely to knitting. From that moment on he has travelled around Europe to learn and develop in depth the most diverse aspects relating to his profession from the very best international experts on the individual styles.

Introduction to Portuguese Knitting class

7 September, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue (TBC)
£60

Portuguese knitting remains the dominant style of knitting in many countries today, including Egypt, Peru, Brazil, Bulgaria, Greece and of course Portugal after where it was named.

In this class students will learn through simple samples of stitches the basics of the Portuguese knitting style including:

  • The historical framework of the style
  • How to hold the yarn, needles, placements of hands and the correct tension when knitting
  • How to use the Portuguese knitting style in order to minimize movements and consequently reduce the risk of injuries typical of other styles of knitting
  • How to use the Portuguese knitting style in order to knit in a more efficient, quick and simple way.

Lace by Music Class

8 September, 10am – 1pm
Venue (TBC)
£60

Lace by Music is a type of lace border and edging knitting practiced by women in the most remote villages of Portugal. André continues to develop his research and personal collection of samples across the country in this inspiring field.

These lace patterns are mostly constructed using purl stitches and for that purpose a special “code” has been created to pass those designs from generation to generation. This “code” is the so-called “music” of the lace and is composed of a series of symbols created by women who at that time did not know how to read or write.

In this class students will learn:

  • The historical approach to Lace by Music
  • An explanation of the symbols and how to interpret them

Create Music by Lace samples

Françoise Danoy (ArohaKnits)

Françoise Danoy is a bi-racial, multi-cultural, takatāpui crafter of colour who works to empower knitters – whom she calls Fibre Muses – by exploring the intersection of making with identity, so they can think deeply about why they create to make a transformational impact with their craft.

Françoise’s designs draw influence from her Māori heritage, where she transform the myths, legends, and other stories into stitches and connect them to the story of why we make. Through this recreation, her work aims to remember the past and strengthen the future for the Māori culture and people, while enriching the present knitting community and be a representative for the third-space generation.

Françoise’s classes are sponsored by DyeNinja.

Exploring Māori Traditions Through Stranded Colourwork

7 September, 10am – 1pm
8 September 2019, 10am – 1pm
Venue (TBC)
£70

In this class students will:

  •   Learn about the different taaniko motifs, their meaning and significance.
  •   Cast on a simple colourwork hat project that features one such motif. 

Materials
2 x 50g skeins of DK weigh in two separate colours (one skein of each ), a 4.5mm (US 7) circular needle or DPNs, a locking stitch marker, pen or pencil and paper.

Skills

Students should be comfortable with colourwork techniques prior to attending this class.

Painting With Yarn

8 September, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue (TBC)
£70.00

Have you ever looked at your mountain-high stash of yarn and pondered all of the possibilities of creation that you could draw from it? Do you find yourself wanting to dive more deeply into expressing your colourful, eccentric and unique self through the magic of yarn? 

In this class students will: 

  •   Dive deep into the psyche of the Dreamer Fibre Muse and manifest her magic of self-expression through exploring the inter-play of colour, fiber, and texture, to inspire and delight her sensibilities and open your yarn world up to new methods and ways of self-expression.
  •  Create a simple stocking stitch “canvas” on which to experiment and play with different types of “paint brushes” to produce beautiful paintings and inspire your inner Dreamer Fibre Muse and give her new creative wings.

Materials
An assortment of fingering/4ply or DK weight yarns, approximate size needles for swatching (3.5mm – 4mm / 4-6 US, circulars are recommended) , pen or pencil and paper.

Skills

Students should be comfortable alternating between knit and purl stitches prior to attending this class.

Beverley Dott

Beverley Dott is the two-time winner of the annual Jamieson & Smith KAL competition – as voted for the public – with her own fantastically colourful fairisle designs.

Fairisle and Steeking 

Saturday 7 September: 10am – 1pm
Venue (TBC)
£60

During this class you will learn to read a fairisle chart, chose colours, knit with 2 colours, catch floats, splice yarns, the maths (including centering patterns), knit a swatch and steeking.

Level: Participants should be comfortable at knitting in the round using their preferred method.

Materials: Shetland Wool will be provided by the tutor. 2.75mm needles and 3.25mm needles (either DPNs or long circulars for Magic Loop), scissors and stitch markers

Julie Dubreux (Julie Knits in Paris)

Julie Dubreux (Julie Knits In Paris) is a French knitwear designer and instructor.  Her enthusiastic love for the knitting community translates into colourful collaborations with indie dyers all around the world.  Julie’s designs have been published in Pom Pom Quarterly, yarnpeople and Knit Now Magazine.  

Brioche:  Can We Fix It?  Yes We Can!

7 September, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue (TBC)
£60

Brioche knitting has exploded in popularity these last few years with increasingly complex designs brightening our social media feeds, but the worry of how to resolve those inevitable mistakes needn’t put you off this style of knitting any longer.  Students should have a basic understanding of two-colour brioche prior to this class.

In this class students will:

  •   Brush up your brioche skill
  •   Learn to ‘read’ your brioche stitches
  •   Fix common brioche mistakes without fear
  •   Build up your brioche confidence and put an end to your unraveling one stitch at a time days

Materials

4mm or 4.5mm circular needles (US 6 or 7), crochet hook, locking stitch markers, 2 contrasting colours of smooth DK yarn.

My Dream Sweater

8 September, 10am – 1pm
Venue (TBC)
£60

Have you ever looked in awe (or horror) at sweater designs and wondered where to begin in designing your own or making alternations?  Create your own sweater to fit your own unique body shape and suit your personal fashion style.

In this class students will learn:

  •   Top down raglan sweater construction and proportions
  •   How to shape a sweater that fits perfectly and makes you feel a million dollars

Materials

DK weight yarn, 4mm and 4.5mm circular needles (US 6 and 7), stitch markers, measuring tape.

Steve Malcolm (Mr. Hugzzz)

Steve Malcolm is a Jamaican born, Vancouver-based knitter, with over 20 years experience in the art of knitting and a passion for cables. 

After falling hard for a $500 cream machine knit sweater in the window of a high end menswear store in Toronto’s financial district, Steve was inspired to pick up the needles and teach himself to knit as he couldn’t get the jumper out of his head and didn’t have the disposable cash to buy it at that time.  His first project was, you’ve guessed it, a sweater.

Steve has worked in local yarn shows honing his skills and knowledge of fibres, developed his signature Barrington Braid cable, has been interviewed by Kristy Glass Knits twice, and his own television show “It Takes Ball To Knit” will relaunch later this year.

Steve’s classes are sponsored by Albanach Artisan Fibres

An Introduction to Cables
8 September, 10am – 1pm
Venue (TBC)
£70.00

Prepare to be initiated into the magical, weaving world of cables! Despite their mystifying appearance cables are fairly easy to make, and once you understand the fundamentals you’ll be able to cable with confidence!

In this class students will learn:

  •  The basic fundamentals of cables and braids
  •   How to knit cables with, and without, a cable needle
  •   How to read cable charts
  •  The difference between cables, travelling cables, and braids
  •  How to correct cables in your knitting without ribbing back the entire garment

Materials
Aran weight, chunky weight, or worsted weight yarn in a light colour, appropriate needles for the yarn of your choice, 1 double pointed needle in a similar size to the ones you have from above, stitch markers, pen and paper for additional notes.

Mastering Cables
8 September, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue (TBC)
£70.00

Delve deeper into the magical, weaving world of cables! This class is suitable for those who have an intermediate understanding of the technique including how to cable without a cable needle, although a quick refresher in the basic fundamentals of cables and braids will be given.

In this class students will learn:

  •   How to create cable motifs and cap cables
  • To create bi-colour cables
  •  To explore more complex cables
  •   How to create your own cable patterns

Materials
Aran weight, chunky weight, or worsted weight yarn in a light colour, appropriate needles for the yarn of your choice, 1 double pointed needle in a similar size to the ones you have from above, stitch markers, pen and paper for additional notes.

Lindsay Roberts (The Border Tart)

Lindsay studied Textile Design in the Scottish Borders and began her creative journey as a handloom weaver, progressing to hand spinning yarn to incorporate into her own home furnishings.  Following a funded residency in India, Lindsay returned home ready to independently explore indigo dyeing, block printing and simple Kantha embroidery.  

Better known as The Border Tart, Lindsay produces her own range of natural yarns, fibres and threads dyed with her signature indigo and runs slow stitching workshops and retreats.  

Slow Stitchin’ Blues
8 September, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue (TBC)

£65 (includes all materials)

Boro is the age old Japanese art of mending textiles and is literally translated as “rags” or “scraps of cloth”. Lindsay Roberts (The Border Tart) will lead an introduction to contemporary Boro hand stitching on natural fabrics during which students will create a sampler sized piece which can serve as a framed work, table mat or feature panel in a larger item.

In this class students will learn:

  •   Fabric choices and placement
  •  Stitching styles, layouts and alternative colour selections from the traditional indigo hues

Materials

All materials will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own needles, embroidery threads, scissors and fabric scraps should they wish to.

Jeanette Sloan

As a child Jeanette was always drawing, stitching or doing something creative and her Mum taught her to hand knit at the age of 7.  Her fascination with yarn, texture and colour led her to study for a degree in textile design where Jeanette specialised in hand and machine knitting, learning to crochet, bead and embroider along the academic journey. She will also be presenting our keynote lecture in 2019!

Dive Into Dipped Stitches

8 September, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue (TBC)
£60

If you’ve mastered knit and purl and fancy adding something a little different to your knitting you’ll love exploring this technique.  Using simple knit and purl you’ll be introduced to dipped stitches that can be used to create exciting surface textures and dense, squishy fabrics.

In this class students will:

  •  Learn to read dipped stitch charts
  •   Create swatches with dipped stitches
  •   Learn to create your own dipped stitches

Materials

One pair of 4.00 mm needles single points or circulars (whichever you prefer for working in rows), 2 x 50g balls of solid colour DK weight wool or wool mix yarns in contrasting colours, small amounts of solid colour fingering weight wool or wool mix yarn for contrast – part balls will do fine, small scissors, notebook and pen.

Note:The bounciness of wool or wool mix fibres works particularly well with this technique but bring along your preferred fibre in either weight.

Karie Westermann

Karie Westermann is one of the UK’s most sought-after workshop tutors and regularly teaches internationally. Currently living in Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow, with inspirational nature on her doorstep, she is originally from Scandinavia which informs a lot of her work.

Karie’s classes are sponsored by Albanach Artisan Fibres

Introduction to Estonian Lace
7 September 2019
10am – 1pm
Venue (TBC)
£60

A new class by Karie Westermann for 2019.  Students of this class will learn:

  •   Nupps (Estonian beads or bubbles), star stitches and flower stitches
  •   How to read Estonian-style knitting charts
  •  To create a simple scarf pattern especially written by Karie for this class

Materials

Light fingering / 3ply or fingering / 4ply yarn in at least 50% natural fibres, 4mm needles (circular or straight), pen and paper.

Faroese Shawls
7 September 2019
2.30pm – 5:30pm
Venue TBC
£60

Traditionally a piece of clothing from the Faroe Islands, Faroese shawls are big, warm everyday items that sit well on shoulders rather than dainty special occasion objects.

In this class students will learn to:

  •   Understand the construction and shaping of Faroese shawls
  •   Learn the unique charting and pattern writing systems for Faroese shawls
  •   Create a miniture sample shawl in preparation to tackling a full-sized project

Materials

100g of woolly double-knitting yarn, 2 pairs of 5mm needles (straight and circular), tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers.