These are the tutors for classes related to yarn crafts this year. Further details will follow. The price per class will be announced soon. More tutors will be added soon.
North Child is where I design knitwear influenced by my childhood, by the Northern Lands in which I live – and by my love for pure, unique, enduring wool. I also design and make natural, wool-stuffed Waldorf dolls, often with knitted bodies.
I am fascinated by wool in all its manifestations; I love its many textures, its strength and delicacy, warmth and breathability, its highly-evolved waterproof, flame-resistant and anti-microbial properties – and its age-old links to people and cultures no longer with us. I grew up being knitted for, and photographs from my ‘70s childhood often include Aran bobble-hats and grey school cardigans; memories are still strong of nearly grazing my nose on the inside of polo-necks, and of the warm, sheepy smell of bundled-up woollen layers on Bonfire Night. Whenever I design for children, I know that their sensory memories of the garment will long outlast its physical lifespan.
As well as designing knits and dollmaking, I work part-time as an Art teacher in local Primary schools, and I tutor adult textile-craft workshops. Apart from spending my twenties in Brighton, I have always lived in the countryside: as a child, in rural Worcestershire, and for the last 20 years, on the West Highland coast of Scotland.
Sarah will be presenting classes entitled :
Learn how to make a 30cm traditional Waldorf doll with knitted body (12 spaces available)
Knitting in the Round: Magic Loop Fingerless Mittens (15 spaces available).
Nathan will be presenting a class entitled:
Demystifying Double Knitting
Maddie Harvey is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Edinburgh. A former primary school teacher, Maddie has published designs in Knit Now magazine and is a knitting teacher with Knitting For All. She has a real passion and love for shawls: knitting
Maddie will be presenting a class entitled:
A Beginner’s Shawl Class
Having been taught by his Granny Mac at the age of 10 as a way to amuse himself over a 6 month period of convalescence,
John Glen (Beardy Chiel) has now been knitting, crocheting, sewing and embroidering for a period of 46 years.
These skills served him well in his student days as he began to produce commissioned knitwear for the scottish knitwear industry as well as working as a demonstration knitter in Glasgow.
The last 20 years have seen John teach graphics, design, technology and various craft skills in secondary education in the Scottish Highlands.
A keen amateur dramatist, John’s creative skills are much in demand by the local theatre costume departments; but he still finds time to design and produce his own work as well as regularly podcasting on his YouTube channel, Beardychiel’s Knitting Banter, and providing website and social media support to Perth Festival of Yarn.
John will be leading a ‘Design Your Own Top-Down Shawl’ class at Perth Festival of Yarn this year.
Janet Renouf-Miller has taught spinning, weaving, crochet, knitting and all things woolly and yarny to many people over the years. As well as teaching courses, she holds knitting and spinning retreats in Scotland and the North of England. She regularly gives workshops at spinning and weaving Guilds at Higham Hall College in Cumbria and many other places. She has taught at the summer school of the Association of Weavers and is an approved speaker for the Association.
Janet has written two books, ‘How to Spin Just About Anything’ and ‘Knit 1 Bike 1’, based on a woolly, ten week cycle journey round Scotland, knitting and crocheting what she saw. Knit 1 Bike 1 was featured on Radio Scotland and TV Border and she spoke at the Wigtown Book Festival in 2016. The work she produced en route now forms an exhibition which is currently touring Scotland.
Janet will be leading 4 classes in total; 2 on Saturday 9 September and 2 on Sunday 10 September. These classes are:
Ridged Heddle Weaving For Beginners
Learn To Spin: Beginner’s Wheel Spinning
Advanced Spinning With Exotic Fibres