2017 Creativity Festival Workshop Details.

I am totally amazed and grateful to all the tutors that will be offering workshops at our first Creativity Festival.  Below is further information on each tutor and the workshop they will offer at the retreat.  There is such a selection of workshops from so many talented people, so make yourself a cup of tea and settle down for an inspiring read.



1)  Katie Robbins @ceramicmagpie

Katie takes inspiration from the natural world: the crest of a wave, the radiance of a shell, rugged stones or sea foam all are hinted in her designs.  She designs and creates beautiful, tactile  porcelain vessels, vases and planters. These objects are designed to to be functional everyday objects as well as heirlooms of the future. For further information please visit her website at www.ktrobbinsceramics.com


Join Katie for a relaxing workshop with air-drying clay. Taking inspiration from nature to create a series of textured feathers or leaves that can be used in a mobile, dream catcher or to make a unique garland. She will share tips on how to make a beautifully organic shape.  Once dried, these can be painted in shades of your choosing.

 Photo credit @gillgutherie

Photo credit @gillgutherie

2)  Marisa Boselli @mariwish

Marisa is an experienced and skilled crocheter. She teaches regular workshops on various elements of crochet and is very passionate about her craft. Marisa's passion for crochet began when , as children, they were dressed from head to toe in crochet. 9 years ago Marisa taught herself how to crochet and now she lives and breathes crochet, seldom leaving the house without yarn and a hook.

Marisa has begun writing her own patterns.


Marissa will introduce you to the basics of tapestry crochet. She will also introduce you to the elements of design. You will have the opportunity to practice these skills in the class and complete your own washcloth or dishcloth. These skills can be used to design a number of other items later on.


3)  Donna Smith @donnasmithdesigns

Donna is a talented knitwear designer from the Shetlands. She uses many traditional patterns and techniques in her work. See more on her website at www.donnasmithdesigns.co.uk


Donna will introduce you to the method of steeking. This is a skill required in a number of knitwear projects. You will be given a sample knit which you will practice on.


1)  Janice Issitt @janiceissitt_life_style

Janice is a blogger, photographer and knitter. Janice is a life long crafter and enjoys redecorating her home using her DIY skills. Janice has recently opened an online shop selling things she sources on her travels. See more on her website at www.janiceissittlifestyle.com


Janice will show you how to create magical dream catchers using different resources. Once you have the skills, the possibilities are endless.

 Photo by Janice Issitt

Photo by Janice Issitt


2)  Kristina Stacey @writtenincloth

Kristina is a natural dyer with a life long love of textiles. Being forced to give up knitting and yarn dyeing a couple of years ago due to a wrist injury, she found her creative outlet in woven textiles and natural dyeing. She loves to explore with botanical dyes in a variety of ways, from eco printing to dyeing wooden beads for jewellery making.  She uses her hand dyed textiles and beads to create bags and jewellery.You can see her work at www.writtenincloth.com


The indigo dyeing workshop with Kristina will be a wonderful introduction to using this magical plant dye. Indigo has been used for thousands of years and unlike most other dyes, it is light and wash fast without a mordant.

During the workshop you will learn to set up an organic indigo vat with henna, pickling lime and date syrup. you will explore a couple of stitched and folded shibori techniques. Each participant will dye a cotton tote bag, a bandana scarf as well as cotton fabric samples to take home with them.

 Photo by Kristina Stacey

Photo by Kristina Stacey

3)  Renee Callahan @eastlondonknit

Renee lives in East London and is a full time knitter and knitwear designer. After studying fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins, she set up a knitwear studio and now spends as much time as she can working on hand-knit designs and spreading the knitterly love with classes and workshops.


The art of 3D knitting:

Learn to knit in 3D! Short row shaping is a great technique with unlimited applications such as accommodating a fuller bust in sweaters, garment shaping including yarn-over, German and Japanese.

(Please bring 4mm needles with you for this class and 8 removable stitch markers)

4)  Aoibhe Ni @aoibheni

Aoibhe pioneers a new form of crochet that combines elements of Tunisian crochet and knitting to create light, airy lace designs that are gathering  a large following. She has been published many times in magazines, teaches regularly in yarn shops in Dublin and abroad and is currently writing her fourth book of Tunisian lace patterns entitled Legendary Shawls TWO.


Introduction to Tunisian Lace

This course introduces you to the basics of Tunisian Lace technique. Participants will be shown how to work Tunisian Simple Stitch, before progressing through all they need to know to make Aoibhe's pattern, Pax. A sampler will be practiced in the workshop, but you will receive a copy of the full pattern to work at your leisure.

This class is 4 hours long, with a 30 minute break. All you need to know before hand is how to make a UK double crochet stitch.


2)  Melody @bmandarines


This class is suitable for advanced beginners that already know the basics like cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

The class will be taught through a little swatch that each participant will knit.  The swatch is a mini version of the shawl. It will be used to teach participants all the techniques that they need to know to make the full version. 

The following techniques will also be taught: provisional cast on with a crochet hook, reading a chart, knitting simple lace, picking up stitches from a provisional cast on, making a gauge swatch and the importance of blocking.

3)  Olga @olgaprinku

Olga lives in North Yorkshire. She has a degree in graphic design and started crafting when she was expecting her son.  She enjoys creating with foraged flowers and foliage, especially wreath making and weaving dried flowers in tulle.


Try your hand at floral embroidery on tulle using foraged dry flowers and foliage. You will be using a 6" embroidery hoop supplied by us and your choice of tulle. You will learn how to weave the flowers to create a beautiful piece of art.  

4)  Samantha @prettylittleknotsco

Samantha learned how to knot over 10 years ago while living and volunteering in Equador. Last year she set up Pretty Little Knots co making plant hangers and wall hangers.


The workshop will be taught using 6mm cotton cord strung on a choice of copper pipe or driftwood. A variety of macrame knots will be introduced. The finished piece will be beautiful and decorative, the skills learned can be used to make further creations when you choose.


1)  Sarah @sarahnotes

Sarah is a mixed media artist greatly inspired by nature, arts and crafts, and ephemera. Her background is in graphic design and product development. Her products have been sold at Liberty and The Conran Shop, and she has collaborated with Muji on several projects over the years.  After the birth of her son she decided to pursue a more artistic path which led to the creation of her  mixed media mobiles, kits and workshops.


When attending Sarah's workshop you will be presented with a kit that she curates specially, combining a mix of natural materials gathered from nature (e.g leaves, shell etc) along with art and craft supplies. The materials included have symbolic and therapeutic qualities that enhance the decorative nature of the mobiles. The mobiles are quite delicate , involving handwork similar to that used to make jewellery, with knotting and threading elements and the use of a fine needle.  The main aim of the workshop will be to explore your creativity by making a mobile that combines materials and techniques in an unexpected way. Sarah guides you through the process at a relaxed pace, with lots of time and attention for any help needed.


2)  Donna @donnasmithdesigns

(More about Donna above)


Join Donna for a workshop on knitting Colourwork. In this workshop you will look at the knitting methods used in the islands. You will learn how to knit colour work in the round and  how to knit with two colours at one time.


1)  Aoibhe @aoibheni

(See above for more information about Aoibhe)


Learn how to make Selkie Swirls

Selkie is Aoibhe Ni's latest pattern.

It's stunning rolling wave design is the topic of this workshop.  Learn all the techniques you need to set up and make these eye-catching swirls. Students will be using a specially designed tutorial of the Selkie pattern, but will be given a copy of the full pattern too, to work on at their leisure.

Aoibhe selkie.jpg



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