2018 Creativity Festival Workshop Details.

Anna Maltz: See her Instagram here 


3-hour class


Marlisle (combining marl and colourwork, aka fairisle) is an unusual technique for creating decorative texture and colour shifts with a particular focus on seamless knitting in the round. Marlisle allows patches of stranded colourwork to be scattered around a project without the use of intarsia while avoiding unworkably long floats. It can be used to combine different weights of yarn, throw new light on your stash, overcome frustrations like jogging stripes and can even be used to adapt existing patterns. It’s a fun way to change how you look at knitting.


As an entry point into understanding this novel approach, you’ll cast on a Kraai Mitt, from Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting, under Anna’s expert guidance. A speedy, engrossing little project inspired by old fashioned leather driving gloves with arrows on the fronts that echo birds in flight or road markings. Knitted in the round, it uses increases and decreases to create travelling stitches that mean there’s an interesting shaped chart to follow.


Suitable for a range of skill levels, but perhaps most exciting for knitters who have experimented with stranded colourwork and intarsia and understand the limitations of these existing techniques.


Minimum skill level: Intermediate/advanced beginner

Class Size: Maximum 12

Existing knowledge required: Must have experience of colourwork and be confident knitting in the round. 

Skills covered:

  • an insight into the possibilities of Marlisle
  • following a Marlisle stitch pattern from a chart
  • transitioning between colours for Marlisle
  • long-tail cast-on
  • travelling sts
  • a variety of increases and decreases
  • neat buttonhole construction

Students to bring: (students must know their gauge and needle size for their chosen yarn before class):

- copy of Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting by Anna Maltz

- 4ply/fingering yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. At least 50gr of each.

Go for 100% wool, ideally not super wash treated – you want something a little ‘sticky’.

- 3.25mm DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge – aka it’s not a good time to try magic-loop for the first time!) or whatever needle size needed to achieve the correct gauge). Students can bring a range of sizes from 2.5mm to 4.5mm, as they may wish to adjust during class, while we are together.

- pencil (at least 2 colours), scissors, ruler or tape measure


Homework: Work out which needle size works for you to get:

22 stitches x 40 rows = 10cm x 10cm/4”x 4” over garter stitch using both yarns held together after blocking.

This should be a fairly DENSE garter stitch using your chosen two 4ply yarns held together


Corrugated Ribbing

Take the next step in stranded colour work. Corrugated ribbing, as seen on the edges (cuffs, collars and bottoms) of many traditional Shetland garments, involves changing between knit and purl stitches. It is a beautiful way to add coloured vertical stripes to the existing vertical stripes of your ribbing.

The addition of a second colour to ribbing removes the reversibility of a standard rib (due to the floats) which can, counterintuitively for a rib, easily cause the edges to roll. This leaves the knitter with plenty to consider! This class will add to (or begin) your knowledge of corrugated ribbing and help you avoid the pitfalls of it, allowing you to add this visually striking technique to your knitting arsenal with confidence.

Anna is a huge fan of this approach to ribbing and you will find it in an ever-growing number of her patterns, such as the Sólja Sweater, Signal Hat and Visser Sweater.


Minimum skill level: Intermediate

 Existing knowledge required: Suitable for knitters who have experience knitting stranded colourwork in the round.

 Skills covered:

  • casting on and off for corrugated rib
  • avoiding the pitfalls of corrugated rib with tension and needle size
  • approaches to changing between colours
  • choosing colours
  •  swatching in the round


Students to bring:

- DK/worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. At least 50gr of each.

- 5mm (US8) DPNs or circular needles long enough for magic loop (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge – aka it’s not a good time to try magic-loop for the first time!).

It is also useful to have the following needles sizes, to apply the advice given in class.

- 4mm (US6)

- 4.5mm (US7)

- 5.5mm (US9)

- 6mm (US10)

Students may choose to substitute the DK/light worsted for 4ply/fingering weight yarn, in which case they should bring a range of corresponding needle sizes based on the weight of the yarn they bring.


Julie Reilly: See her Instagram here 

Making clay textured plates and pinched bud-vase making


Learn some basic pottery techniques while making small slab-built plates printed with various textures, using lace or foraged foliage and flowers to create impressions.  Time permitting we’ll also crack on with making some little bud vases using pinch pot techniques.  All work will be fired and you’ll have the option of picking from my glazes which I’ll apply back in my studio before they are posted out to participants

(Please note there will be a small charge for posting items to participants)


What to bring: Please bring an apron, clay work is dirty but will easily wash out.  If you happen to have a favourite lace, textured fabric or plant that you’d like to make textures with please feel free to bring some along, I’ll also have a basket of materials and foliage you can pick from too.


Sophie Simpson: See her Instagram here 



Sophie Simpson is the designer and author behind needlework brand What Delilah Did. Based in a small village in rural Norfolk, she creates patterns, kits, books and handmade goods from her home studio.

With a focus on making by hand with needle and thread - from cross stitch and sewing to knitting and doll making - Sophie takes inspiration from traditional crafts, history and the countryside surrounding her home.

When not working, Sophie can be found exploring the countryside on foot, wandering around old houses, or curled up under a blanket watching a period drama.


Class description

Hand - stitched peg dolls – In this class Sophie will show you how to elevate the humble peg doll into an exquisite miniature work of art using a variety of simple c raft techniques.

You will learn basic embroidery stitches and simple hand - sewing techniques to make a sampler - style skirt for your doll, picking up useful hints and tips along the way. You will then finish off her outfit with a cosy woollen jumper and a charming hairstyle. Working with a selection of colourful yarns and threads in natural fibres, you will leave the class with your own unique doll to take home; a characterful showcase of your favourite colours and personal style.


Skill level: Beginner; no experience necessary

Class size: Maximum of 12 participants

Class length: Approximately 3 hours


Aoibhe Ní: See her Instagram here 

Wire Crochet

Take your crochet to the next level in this unique and exciting wire crochet workshop!


You'll learn all the tricks you need to turn your regular crochet skills into this beautiful work of wearable art.

Aoibhe Ni is an Irish crochet designer and will guide you first through the basics of Tunisian crochet, then will show you how to use your brand new skills to make delicate and dazzling metallic jewellery.


Advance Preparation / Materials students need to bring:

All students should arrive for class with a small piece of double crochet fabric pre-made in double knit yarn.

Several rows x 15 stitches across will be more than enough.

All other materials will be provided.


Class level: Intermediate

Knowledge needed: A working knowledge of basic crochet stitches is required for this class.


Handcream Bars

Give your hands a holiday with this exciting workshop.


Learn to make luxurious hand-cream bars from a selection of gorgeous, skin-loving, moisturising ingredients. Learn to blend fragrances, then add petals, tint and shimmer to make your hand-cream bars totally unique. You'll come away with your bars in pretty little metal pots to gift to friends... or keep all for yourself!

You'll love this relaxed, creative workshop, and your hands will definitely thank you!

Materials: All materials and equipment are supplied.

You will have the opportunity to make at least three hand cream bars, but are welcome to keep making more till the supplies run out.


Marisa Boselli Alcock: See her Instagram here 

Crochet Baskets

Marisa will teach you how to make a basket  in raffia and wool. Materials will be provided but you could bring your own 4mm crochet hook if you wish. Knowledge of Crochet is desirable. 


Helen Reed: See her Instagram here 

How to Hand-dye yarn

Come and Join Helen Reed of The wool Kitchen.


I have been hand-dying for nearly 4 years from my home in East London. I first discovered hand-dyed yarns on Ravelry 6nd was instantly drawn to all the bright colourful yarns! Having knitted for years this made me want to experiment with colours and see how I could manipul6te yarn, to fill it with as much colour as possible while still maintaining a workable yarn that still looked as good in a skein as it does when knit up! The Wool Kitchen was born and I have never looked back, being a self-taught dyer has been truly exciting every day I learn new things about colour and knitting and being able to share the experience though knitting is something that I hold a lot of passion for. I truly believe you should enjoy every stitch!


On this Fun, with colour and yarn workshop we will look at colour theory, working different yarn bases, how acid dyes work and how hand-dyed yarns knit up! You will then be given time to explore your dream sock blank and skein though different application techniques. And then make it happen!!! See your ideas come to life and get to take it home...
This workshop is based on having fun with colour and gives you the opportunity to have a go at exploring colourful yarn that is fun to knit, crochet or weave!



Clothing old including shoes or bring own pinni.
Gloves will be provided and are advised to wear them. Not doing so is at your own risk of skin/ nail staining.
You will dye 100g merino/ nylon sock blank and 100g BFL and Bamboo skein. 


Lucy Rowan: See her Instagram here 

Needle Punching

Needle punching is one of the new exciting crafts that keeps popping up on Instagram and its addictive! Once you have tried it you will see why.


Punch needle is a type of embroidery using a hollow needle, you use this needle to punch through the fabric to create loops. It creates an effect similar to a hooked rug which can create an interesting design and texture.

Lucy will teach you how to use the punch needle, how to transfer your chosen design on to the fabric. There will be a selection of designs for your inspiration or feel free to draw your own. The class will cover how to combine different yarns so you can create different effects and textures. Please feel free to bring your own yarn to experiment with. All other materials will be supplied.

Once you are finished your piece you can take it home and either turn it into a wall hanging or make it into a cushion cover, rug, lampshade, bag and many other items.


Janette Budge: See her Instagram here 

Fair Isle Bags

Join Janette Budge a knitter from the Shetland Islands in using traditional Fair Isle yoke techniques to begin making a small gift bag.


 An opportunity to  practice blending colours, try a knitting belt and knit with 2 colours.  You will learn the techniques of the traditional "star and tree" yoke pattern in circular knitting style.  Giving you the skills needed for knitting a yoke jumper or cardigan.

Knitting level:  Intermediate/Advanced beginner (can knit, purl work in the round on either circulars or DPNs)

Homework:  Before the class using 3 DPNs or circular needle size 3 – 3.5mm, cast on 88 stitches using 2 ply jumper weight or 4ply wool and knit 8 rows circular (do not cast off).  The other colours for the pattern will be supplied in the class and will be Shetland wool.


Renée Callahan: See her Instagram here 

Making the Cut: Steek your knitting


I am an expat Seattleite relocated to East London and knitting full-time. After studying fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins, I set up a knitwear studio, and now spend as much time as I can working on hand-knit designs and spreading the knitterly love with classes and workshops. I blog about my knitting life at www.eastlondonknit.co.uk and am on Instagram and Ravelry as EastLondonKnit. 

Skills covered: 

  • How to prepare your fabric
  • Cutting your steek 
  • How to finish the raw edges 

Homework: Students to come with pre-prepared 3-colour stranded swatches. Patterns will be sent out to those booked on this workshop prior to the festival. 


Samantha Birch: See her Instagram here 

Macrame Wall Hanging


The growing popularity of Macrame is still massively on the rise. The art of knotting string into a multitude of delightful Knots and combining them to create intricate wall hangings and plant hangers that adorn your walls and seem to work with all manner of interior styles.

In my Macrame wall hanging workshop I will teach you 3 of the basic Knots that make up most patterns and you will create your own wall hanging to take away with you. This will be made from 6mm cotton cord strung on your choice of copper pipe or driftwood.


Skill level: Beginners / Intermediate

Materials included: Cotton rope, Driftwood, Copper pipe 

Skills covered:

  • Knots including; square, spiral and half hitch 
  • How to fray ends
  • How to measure and cut rope
  • Tips on tension 
  • Information on buying your own rope to continue Macrame


Kate Harvey: See her Instagram here 

Beginner's Jewellery Making Class

Learn jewellery making techniques to make necklaces, earrings and bracelets.


We will learn simple techniques to make unique jewellery pieces using gemstone beads and freshwater pearls with silver wire. You will design and make your own jewellery set and leave with tools and resources so you can continue at home if wished.


Skills Covered

  • Basic beading
  • Wire wrapping gemstones
  • Make your own earwires
  • Make your own head pins
  • Hammering and shaping heavier wire
  • Using punches and stamps such as initials
  • Resources for sourcing material

There will be time to experiment then make a few pieces to wear such as a beaded necklace, hammered hoop  earrings and a bracelet.

This class is for any level and there is lots of scope for design and creativity!


Gabrielle Treanor: See her Instagram here 


In my session, we'll look at the importance of doing activities that you enjoy and how taking care of yourself benefits everyone around you as well as yourself. You’ll think about the reasons behind coming to the festival, set some intentions for how you want to feel and be as well as what you want to do. We’ll look at how you feel when you make time to do what you love and when you don’t, how it impacts your mood and how you respond and relate to those around you. And we’ll think about how you can continue to take time to do what lights you up after you leave the Festival when you’re back at home. All you need for this session is a pen and paper.


Katie Robbins: See her Instagram here 

Pinch Pots & Accompanying Spoons


Enjoy the meditative nature of creating a beautiful and handmade 3D form that you can keep and treasure in the future. The workshop will consist of making a porcelain pinch pot and accompanying spoon. We will use porcelain paper-clay as it is easier to model with. I will bring along stamps and coloured slip for those who would like to give their pots extra character.

If the participants want to keep their work, after the workshop I will take away the newly made vessels and fire them in my kiln and post them on (there will be a £5 charge for this to be paid on the day in cash).

Materials: Participants don't need to bring anything but if they have an apron that might be helpful.

The Timetable: 

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