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© 2016 by Diana Wilderspin-Jones.

Workshops

There is a wide variety of workshops to select from using both sewing and knitting techniques. 

With each workshop, I provide a handout that gives a guide to the skills covered in the workshop. I have had much positive feedback regarding the usefulness and clarity of the handouts I provide.

As I want people to be able to continue the skills learnt during the workshop following the session, I see it as essential to provide some clear information.

I have eight sewing machines available, so if not everyone has their own machine, or are not able to bring theirs, this can help provide enough to work on.

Clamshells

I have been in love with Clamshells for 35 year, making my first project with them to celebrate my wedding, this was a King Size Duvet cover. 

There are a number of ways to piece Clamshells, 'Molly's Method' does not require using papers in forming the shapes and is a hand technique. 

My workshops cover how to piece Clamshells by hand, or on a sewing machine, or both, depending on the time available. I have a number of projects for groups to work on. These include coasters, table mats, cafe pot cosy and cushion covers.

The templates are provided by me and can be purchased for participants as part of the workshop, or bought separately following the workshop. 

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Silk ribbon is a lovely textile to work with and can create many beautiful flowers. My workshops are an introduction to the techniques involved in this art. Each workshop focuses on a different flower shape and a greetings card is made by the end of the workshop.

Free Motion Machine Embroidery

My workshops for free motion machine embroidery are designed as an introduction to the technique.  The projects worked on give you confidence in using the sewing machine to draw. At the end of the workshop, you have a small item made whilst practicing. 

The workshops are Fabulouse Flowers, Snowflakes and Rose Bud mini picture.

Machine Sewing Workshops

If you are not very familiar with using a sewing machine, here are workshops to help build your confidence.

Four Skills in One Bag - in this workshop you will learn how to applique, apply elastic, make and use bias binding and free motion machine embroider. All these skills are used to make this very useful bag to keep your store of plastic bags in.

Flying Knickers Bunting - this is a sassy variation on the bunting theme. Make pretty pairs of mini knickers, decorate them with buttons, ribbons and bows. Then hang them up as bunting.

Zipped Bag - overcome your fear of zips by making this useful little bag. Make them for yourself or to give as gifts, either way they are attractive and useful.

Machine a Coil Pot - be prepared to be amazed that you can make these fabulous little pots on your sewing machine. They are quite addictive to make and mesmerising to watch them grow as you stitch.

Chenille -  you will learn how to layer fabrics to get a wonderful variety of effects from this lovely way of adding texture to fabric. Initially you will make some samples to experiment with the technique. Then you will make a cushion cover as in the picture, or to your own design.

Smocking

Canadian Smocking is most well known for 1950's cushion covers, now back on trend in the vintage look.

In this workshop you will learn how to work Canadian Smocking. I will provide information about how to work a larger project and you will have a piece of satin to work with following the workshop.

Knitting Workshops

I love learning new knitting techniques and extending my skills. I see knitting complex patterns as part of my anti-dementia device!

Magic Loop Two at a Time - in this workshop you will not only learn how to knit in the round using one magic loop, but also how to set up two magic loops. So no more 'second sock syndrome'. 

Using this technique you can knit a pair of sleeves, a pair of socks or a pair of mittens and the joy is they both grow at the same rate.

Entrelac - knitting entrelac gives a beautiful texture to knitting. In this workshop you will learn each of the techniques needed to work this fascinating knitted effect.

Fairisle and Intarsia - clarify the difference between the two techniques and learn how to knit them both. In this workshop you will knit a small sample of your own, as you learn the techniques involved in Fairisle and Intarsia.

Cable and Bobbles - another way to add texture to knitting is to make cables and bobbles. In this wokshop you will make a small sample using both skills.

Two Colour Brioche Stitch - another technique giving a lovely deep texture to knitting. It provided a wondeful deep ridged rib that looks good on both sides.

Double Knitting - knits a double thickness of fabric at one time, with both sides having a right side look. When knitted in two colours, the colours can be swapped over to give a pattern on both sides of the knitting.

Christmas Decorations - you can knit little tree decorations, in this workshop you will learn how. Knit either mini jumpers (with their own mini hanger) or families of snowmen. Have fun with them and put them on your tree, or give as gifts.

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