Archive | June, 2013

Reading Knitting Patterns Workshop

17 Jun

Monday 15th Julyh  2013    



with Kate Sinclair

7.00-9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham


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This is a single workshop, of 2 ½ hours long, on how to read a knitting pattern and how to understand knitting terminology and abbreviations. Kate, who will be your tutor, will bring along a few tools to show you how these can help when knitting from a pattern and will get you in a position to take your work away to complete with confidence.

During this workshop you will learn the thumb method cast on, how to prepare a pattern for your knitting and starting a new project. You should be able to do a knit stitch and cast off and preferably how to pearl (although this can be touched on if needed). This workshop is suitable for those with limited knitting experience and more advanced knitters.

You will need to bring along an easy to knit pattern that you’d like to try (plus wool and needles) and Kate will teach you how to read it and how to work out the trickier parts.

Prior to the workshop you will be able to have a chat with Kate about the project you’d like to do. This is ideal if you are unsure of what wool or size needles are appropriate to the pattern you have chosen. She recommends that it you are unsure that it would be best to start with a simple garter stitch/stocking stitch pattern, either a child size, or doll clothes size or poncho for your first project as it can seem daunting to start with a full adult jumper at the start!

Here are some patterns from the internet that I found that might inspire you on your project? Try searching for ‘Free Easy Knitting Patterns’ online. Alternatively you can visit some of the wool stockists in Horsham, The Littlest Craft Shop, The Cloth Store or C&H Fabrics?


These photos of dolls cardigan and baby’s coat have come from Craftsy. This is a great site where you can download cheap, or sometimes free, patterns.



Suitable for: Those with basic knowledge of knitting.

Places:  limited to 6 places

Cost: £10

You will need to bring:  Details are on the Booking Form.


Email us on if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.



What is next……?

6 Jun

We haven’t done any kind of update for a long time so I thought I’d do a quick round up of what is happening at our next evening on 17th June.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR SEWING MACHINE workshop with the lovely Victoria from Cuddle Monsters is fully booked, no doubt due to the popularity of The Great British Sewing Bee? This is the second one we have run so do let us know if you are interested in another workshop and we can see if we can persuade Victoria to run it again!

PAVERPOL CANVAS OR VASE – we have a few spaces on this workshop, info is here so do get in touch if you’d like to have a go. Irma has had a wonderful article written about her art with lots of pictures of her beautiful sculptures in this months AAH magazine which is out now. Do take a look, the link to read it online is here page 61 onwards.

irma vase


KNITTED FLOWERS – this is a new workshop that we have just added due to demand so get in touch quickly if you’d like one of the remaining spaces. Karen has developed this one-off workshop especially for beginners or those who feel a bit rusty. Info is here.


LAMPSHADE MAKING – we ran this last September and it was popular so this is our 2013 class! We can take some extra people onto this workshop so get in touch if you want to book a space. However the deadline for booking is Monday 10th June as we have to order the kits.

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We then only have two more evenings (8th and 15th July) before we have a break until 16th September. We are busy putting together all the new workshops for Autumn and Winter which will be up on here at the end of July.

All places must be pre-booked so if you would like a booking form for any of the workshops above then email us at . We also have the Craft Cafe running alongside all the workshops, this is the only part where you can just turn up, no need to prebook. If you are not sure what this entails then more information is here.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

Knitted Flowers: Beginners Knitting Workshop

4 Jun

Monday 17th June 2013           


with Karen Staines

7.15-9.30pm (2 ¼  hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham



Liven up a bag, hat or jumper with a simple knitted flower. These colourful flowers are a cheerful addition to any wardrobe and can either be stitched or pinned on.

During this workshop you’ll learn how to knit two layers of petals, sew them together and add a decorative button and brooch pin if you wish.


pink and red flower

purple flower


Included in the cost of this workshop are all the materials you’ll need and, of course, tea and cake. Yum. If you already own a pair of 3.75 or 4mm needles please bring them along. If you need a loan of some let us know when booking.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with limited knitting experience.


Suitable for: Beginners

Places:  limited to 6 places

Cost: £12

You will need to bring:  nothing as all materials will be provided.


Email us on if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.