1) MADEptford, where I'll be hosting 2 arm knitting workshops on the 31st March, but check it out for lots lots more! 2) Please Knit Now, at the National Army Museum, on the 27th April
The Company of Crafters
The Company of Crafters is a local evening started to give you some dedicated craft time, with the company of other creative individuals and a tasty beverage in a lovely environment.
If you've bought a kit and aren't sure how to get started, had a stubborn knit you've been procrastinating, or just want a bit of company whilst you make - this is for you.
Each evening will have a theme and some specific projects and kits for purchase that will be closely guided through - but this really is your time. It's free to attend and you can bring anything you like to work on (provided it won't take up the whole space!). If you are in need of a project, see below for some fab ideas - everything is available to buy now and can be brought to you in the venue on the day.
Our first location is Deptford does Art (@DeptforddoesArt) - it' s lovely cafe/bar/gallery space on Deptford High Street which has a fab selection of cocktails and lots of space for crafting. RSVP on Eventbrite (click the pictures below to link through) to avoid disappointment.
These have a ticket price, which will include all the materials to make whatever is on the agenda and open to all crafty advancements!
You'll see lots of charity workshops popping up! I'm running the London Marathon for the 999 Club in Deptford in 2019 and aiming to raise £1k. The price won't vary for you between charity and non-charity workshops, but for the charity ones, the profits will be donated to the charity - and where possible the location fee will have been negotiated down to maximise this too!
Want a private workshop for an event? Get in touch on the contact page!
Arm Knit a Blanket
We'll be knitting with Woolly Mahoosive's giant acrylic Mahoosive yarn - so big you use your arms as needles!
Your 2kgs of yarn will be enough for a blanket roughly 75 x 125cm with an option to knit wider or thinner for different dimension and more balls available on the day (for additional cost) if you want to go extreme!
There's lots of colours to choose from - and you can reserve your favourite in advance to reduce disappointment.
Originally, the native Americans made dreamcatchers as a protective charm to hang over the cots of babies and catch all the bad spirits that came their way, like a spiders web. The sacred hoops were hung to soothe the sleepers beneath, letting good dreams through (passed down through the feathers) and holding back bad, which would be burned up by the morning sun the next day.
Although they have been largely commercialised in recent decades and have been misappropriated in some places - they are still beautiful. Great for gifts, wall hangings and an interesting weaving technique, this workshop will teach you the basics of weaving and decorating dreamcatchers and give you some time to reflect on the coming year, with the aim of creating gorgeous pieces with a respect for their initial intentions in mind.
You'll be given a 8" embroidery hoop, a large choice of yarns, beads and feathers with which to complete the dreamcatcher and hands on support and guidance to help you master the basics of the weaving technique.