Knitting Classes, Workshops & Personal Tuition
Come and join my friendly group of knitters who meet in my studio most weeks. I have daytime classes on either a Wednesday and Friday and an evening class on alternate Thursdays.
Bring your current project to work on or, if you want to try something new, I have plenty of patterns and materials and ideas you can choose from. KnitClass provides a supportive and sociable opportunity to enjoy your hobby and get some help to improve your knitting skills.
There is no need to book and no obligation to attend regularly - just come when you want to. You will be very welcome whether you are an experienced knitter, a complete beginner or somewhere in between.
COST: £5 per 2 hour session including light refreshments.
WEDNESDAYS: 10am to 12
THURSDAYS: 7.30 to 9.30pm
FRIDAYS: 10am to 12
FANCY MAKING A WEEKEND OF IT?
If you fancy coming to one of these workshops but live at a bit of a distance, why not check out some of the local B+B options around Felton and take the opportunity to explore our beautiful county?
Just a few doors down from the Gallery where Fine Fettle Fibres is located is the lovely home of local textile artist, Helen, who has 2 rooms to let. To see more information about her rooms click here
For a touch of luxury why not check out The Northumberland Arms, a very short walk across the river from the Gallery in West Thirston (a separate village but physically connected to Felton by our ancient and picturesque stone bridge - if you didn't know you, wouldn't guess you were actually in a different borough once you crossed the river!). To see their website click here
Or if you prefer self-catering, have a look at Riverside Cottage alongside the lovely River Coquet in West Thirston and just at the end of the bridge that connects Felton and West Thirston. Click here for more information.
WORKSHOPS - SUMMER/AUTUMN 2017
Alnmouth Wool Festival Saturday 9 September 10 – 4
Fine Fettle Fibres will be at Alnmouth Wool Festival for the first time this year! Sheep Tales, of which Fine Fettle Fibres is proud to be a part) will be taking over Hindmarsh Hall in the beautiful seaside village of Alnmouth on September 9th from 10 am till 4 pm. As usual there will be lots of woolly goodies for sale and craft demonstrations upstairs. The Sheep Tales shepherding heritage exhibition and refreshments will be available downstairs throughout the day. This is always a very popular event, we hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you. Entry is free.
The Studio will be closed on this day.
Blacker KAL (knit-a-long!) 14 September – 14 December
Fine Fettle Fibres is really chuffed to be one of only five UK stockists of the wonderful Blacker Yarns, created by The Natural Fibre Company, a specialist wool mill at Launceston on the Cornwall-Devon border that uses British wool to produce high quality knitting yarns in a sustainable way.
Blacker have been producing their own knitting patterns since 2008 but have decided that the time is right to refresh some of their existing pattern collection and introduce some new ones. On 31 August they will be launching a collection of twelve garment and accessories patterns – 8 refreshed ones and 4 new ones – that use a variety of Blacker yarns
To celebrate this event, Blacker are running a KAL (that's a Knit-a-long) and Fine Fettle Fibres will be joining in the fun! I'm really hoping that this will appeal to some of you too.
This is how the KAL will work:
- The new pattern collection will be launched on 31 August and the patterns will be available to download for free from the Blacker website www.blackeryarns.co.uk
- We will have 2 weeks to have a think about which pattern from the new collection we would like to knit and which Blacker yarn we would like to use.
- We then dig out Blacker yarns from our stash or get new supplies of Blacker yarn in.
- We cast-on on 14 September (or as soon after as we can), aiming to finish our project by 14 December.
- To make it more fun, we share the experience in one or more of the following ways:
- adding comments and pictures to the Blacker Yarn Ravelry group thread or (if social media isn't your thing!)
- join 'Team Fine Fettle Fibres'! I can help with choice of pattern and yarn and you can share your progress by:
- popping along to KnitClass
- or, if the KnitClass times don't suit just call into the Studio some other time when I'm open.
- For those of you who live too far away to come to the Studio, I am happy to help via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To encourage you to join the fun, I'm offering 10% off all Blacker yarns stocked by Fine Fettle Fibres between 31 August and 14 September. To claim your discount online use code BLACKERKAL at checkout. The code will only work for Blacker products! You can easily identify them by clicking on the word 'Blacker' on the list at the top of the yarn page. If there a yarn you particularly want to use that you don't find in the shop, please let me know by email and I will see if I can get hold of it for you so that you don't miss out on your discount!
And there will be PRIZES! Anyone who comes to the Studio wearing their finished object, or sends me a photo of the finished object being worn, no later than midnight on 14 December, will receive a voucher for 15% off any purchase of Blacker yarn at Fine Fettle Fibres and 1 lucky person, chosen at random (using random.org's random number generator) from those who have finished their projects, will receive a copy of Sue Blacker's book Pure Wool.
All of these great patterns could be knitted in a whole variety of yarns, and you can, of course, download them and enjoy knitting them in any wool, but to be eligible for the prizes your project needs to be knitted in a Blacker yarn. And it is really gorgeous, so why wouldn't you want to!
St Abb's Wool Festival Saturday 4 November 10 – 4
I'm also going to be at St Abb's again for this great little wool festival, held twice yearly at Eyemouth Community Centre. This is a great opportunity to stock up on original gifts and get inspiration for your own crafting activities.
TUTORING & TEACHING
I believe that knitting can be fun and relaxing and my workshops and creative days are informal in style with lots of laughter and conversation. My teaching style is based on encouragement. I firmly believe that everyone can be creative in some way and I enjoy helping people discover this.
Please get in touch with me if you would like to discuss any of these workshops or creative days.
I am happy to run fun creative days for groups based on a simple project such as a Christmas decoration or a flower brooch. The creative activity can be combined with a buffet lunch at the Gallery to make a enjoyable and relaxing day out. Prices will depend on the size of the group and on what your package includes.
I am happy to run workshops on request on topics such as:
• Stranded colour work
• Finishing techniques
• Cable knitting
• Lace knitting
Prices start at £30 per person, including materials and light refreshments, for a 3 hour workshop for a minimum of 3 participants.
I can offer 1:1 or 1:2 tuition. Prices start at £17.50 per person per hour.
To book personal tuition, a bespoke workshop or a creative day, please contact me by email or phone. Once we have discussed and agreed your requirements, I will email you a booking form to complete and return and an invoice for payment. As with my other workshops, payment is in advance.
On receipt of the completed booking form and payment, I will email confirmation of booking. We will agree in advance what materials will be included in the price and whether you need to bring anything with you.
My studio is on the first floor, up a flight of stairs, and at the present, there is no lift. If you have mobility issues and would like personal tuition, or if your group includes members unable to manage the stairs, please ring me to discuss the option of using space downstairs in the Gallery.
A trip to my studio can be combined with a visit to The Running Fox, officially the Coolest Cafe in Northumberland! But early booking on 01670 787090 is advised to avoid disappointment.