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 own work combines her twin loves of storytelling and craft. She is a big believer in textiles being more than just something that keeps us warm.
Her portfolio of esteemed clients and collaborations keeps changing and expanding but includes Rowan Yarns, Eden Cottage Yarns, Malabrigo, Blacker Yarns, Susan Crawford Vintage, In The Loop, Kettle Yarn Co, Knit Now Magazine and LoveKnitting.
Knitting the Landscape – £60
Psychogeography is about seeing your local environment in a new light: bike lanes, paths worn by human feet, and old forgotten rivers. It is about wandering about your home town and looking closer at things you pass every day. This class will be an exploration of how to express your memories and thoughts of a specific place using knitting as a medium.
Knitwear designer Karie Westermann will talk about her own experiences designing knitwear inspired by specific landscapes – from shawls mimicking submerged beaches to hats taking visual cues from her Glasgow cityscape. Then, together, you will begin to explore your own landscapes on the needles. What is the fabric of your own place? How can you translate the way you navigate the City into a wearable piece of knitwear? Karie will guide you in thinking about textures, stitch patterns and colours – and make you look at familiar streets in a new way.
Level: Beginner & up.
Materials: Bring yarn that you associate with the place you want to explore. Scraps are great — bring a selection! Bring appropriate needles. Pen & paper.
Lace Traditions – £60
From Iceland to the very heart of Russia, Northern Europe has some very distinct lace traditions. Together with shawl designer Karie Westermann, you will spend the workshop looking closer at these traditions and how they influence each other. You will look at the traditions found in Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Estonia and Orenburg (Russia) before knitting a sample shawl – you will have a choice between working a traditional Shetland hap shawl or a Faroese shawl.
Materials: 50 g of 4ply yarn (at least 50% natural fibres), 4mm needles (straight or circulars – if circs, 24″ cable recommended), stitch markers, pen and paper.
Get Published – £60
If you harbour a desire to see your name in print and maybe even on the cover of your favourite knitting magazine this workshop is for you.
Karie Westermann will take you through how to answer magazines’ call for submissions. This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn to work with mood boards, figure out how to format eye-catching submissions, and gain insight into what commissioning editors look for. We will also talk about how to find your audience and how to tailor your ideas to different magazines.
Homework: Students will be given a PDF approximately 4 weeks before the class & will need to bring one basic design idea & a related swatch to the class. The swatch should be at least 4″ x 4″ /10cm x 10cm and blocked. The type of yarn used does not matter.
Materials: A blocked swatch (see homework), Pen and paper
Eli is perhaps better known as the podcaster and London-based Norwegian knitwear designer, Skeindeer. Her personal design work is heavily influenced by traditional Nordic knitting styles and patterns.
Adapt Your Garments To Fit – £60
In this class, Eli will guide you through traditional yoke constructions and contemporary techniques to help you modernise garments to best suit your body shape and aesthestics. Techniques that will be explored in this class include – provisional cast-on methods, left and right leaning increases and decreases, german short rows, grafting, getting and adjusting gauge.
Materials: Your preferred yarn and needles, including double pointed and circular needles, pen, paper, scissors
Homework: Please bring a selection of swatches still on their needles
Janice Anderson studied textiles in Aberdeen at the institute formerly known as Gray’s School of Art, from there she went on to work as a freelance knitwear designer. While her family was growing she worked in many aspects of Arts and Crafts, as a tutor to children and adults and as an independent designer. She was a Rowan Design Consultant in John Lewis, Aberdeen and during her time there, encouraged by Marie Wallin, she first began designing toys. Her client list includes Rowan, Patons, Designer Yarns and Herdy.
In February of this year Janice opened Baa! her own yarn shop and workshop venue situated in her home town of Stonehaven where she continues to teach.
Brioche Basics – £60
Learn how to knit a pair of wrist warmers in 2 colour brioche (flat) and become confident in basic brioche stitches such as increasing and decreasing.
Materials: 4mm long circular needle. Tutor will provide the yarn
Bev 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 – £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
John has been knitting for 47 years and designing his own knitwear since he was 15. Taught by his grandmother his skills in knitting and crochet have served him well both for the family and professionally over the years. He has retired from a full career teaching design and graphics and is now a well known podcaster as Beardychiel’s Knitting Banter as well as a designer of shawl and sock patterns. John is teaching at Perth for the second time as well as being a regular lecturer/tutor to his local SWI branches.
Design your own Shawl – £60
John will take his class on a theory-focused journey through the shawl design process paying close attention to selecting the best shape for your design, choosing the right design elements – such as lacework or textured stitches, colour selection depending on the overall effect you want to achieve, creating your own charts, swatching design panels and making a start on your shawl. All participants will be given a range of hand-outs and outline shaping patterns which will help support them in their future design work.
Level: Suitable for knitters who know the basics but want to develop into designing their own shawl patterns either for personal use or profit.
Materials: Needles and compatible weight of yarn to swatch and or start your design
Dale is a multifaceted award winning media creator with experience creating video content for local brands around Edinburgh, from pizzarias to up-and-coming artists.
This class will kickstart you into creating an online following through video and social media, taking you from how to set up accounts, through to comprehensive filming, editing and publishing techniques, all targeted at making great content and growing your audience.
Starting off the session I’ll show you the importance of social media and how each platform can be used to it’s fullest, how they can work together and how to make content specific to each audience. Next we’ll be looking at filming techniques that work whether you’re shooting on a DSLR or a phone, additionally demonstrating the importance of planning, good audio and how to get them easily. Finally you’ll learn what to do with your footage, editing, publishing and community building.
Level: Beginners and more experienced creators
Materials: Your own camera and/or phone. (Please make sure these are well charged before the class)
Anna lives in Sweden and she has been a knitter for as long as she can remember. After learning how to knit socks, she became immersed in their particular art and construction, and is now a respected sock designer herself. Anna has previously taught at the prestigious Syfestivalen Stockholm in her home country of Sweden. Her occupation as a quality engineer influences the way she teaches and writes her patterns: clear instructions that are easy to understand. Classes will be taught in English.
Knitting Socks to Fit – £60
Learn how gauge affects your sock, try different heels, explore different constructions and stitch patterns as well as a range of helpful tips and tricks.
Level : From adventurous beginner to advanced knitters who are familiar with casting-on, knitting, purling, increasing and decreasing on a small circumference, and magic loop.
Materials: 2.0-2.25mm circular needle length 80-100 cm, 100g durable fingering weight yarn suitable for socks, Measuring tape, Optional: set of 2.0-2.25 mm double pointed needles or 2.0-2.25 mm circular needle length 23 cm