Classes

Play with Colour: Introduction to Hand Dyeing with Lisa Harland

Have you ever wanted to dye your own squish? We are so excited to announce that we our hosting a workshop with one of our very own hometown dyers! Lisa of For the Love of Yarn is hosting an exclusive GSOY workshop in her wonderful studio space just a hop skip and a jump away from our venue.​

To get in the mood for a weekend squishing all the things at GSOY, come have some creative fun on Thursday evening and learn to dye with an award winning indie dyer!

 

Lisa will cover dye theory, colour matching and various techniques, and then you'll get hands on and dye 5 different minis plus a full 100g skein to take home, a total of 200g. 

 

​*Choose to dye more yarn on the night of you wish at an additional fee 

 

Please note: This class takes place at Lisa's studio in the East End of Glasgow

Sock Knitting Workshop with Samira Hill

Learn to knit brilliant socks from the toe up in this 3 hour class, and say goodbye to toe-grafting and left over yarns! When knitting your socks from the toe up, you get to finish the socks when the yarn runs out. No prior sock knitting experience needed, but experience in knitting in the round is recommended. Learn to make socks on 4 needles, on circular needles using the Magic Loop technique, and for those who already have some experience in sock knitting, learn to knit 2 socks at the same time on a single circular needle! 

In this workshop, participants will learn:

 

• Invisible cast on for the toe

• Sock kniting techniques (gusset and toe shaping, heel turning...)

• Stretchy Cast off for the cuff

 

Samira Hill

 

Samira is a knitting and crochet designer, teacher, pattern writer and technical editor based in the Scottish Borders. She is also one of the organisers of Tangled Galashiels.  Samira’s classes are suitable for all abilities and we are excited to present two brilliant workshops from her this year.

How to use Colour Theory in Your Craft with Carmen Jorissen

Colour is a big part of any craft, whether that is knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or any other craft you might be practicing. Whether you want to know more about creating great colour combinations, learning which colours suit your wardrobe best, or learning how to re-create a colour, this is the class for you!

 

In this talk Carmen Jorissen walks you through the colourwheel using blended roving. We all know painting artists start their studies with the colourwheel, but why do we as fibre artists often overlook this step? Learning how to blend the entire colourwheel from the primary colours in wool roving allows you to open up your eyes to colour. Learn to distinguish cool colours from warm colours. Learn about complementing colours, and which colours make up that perfect shade of brown.

 

After this class, participants will find it easier to pair colours for their upcoming projects, and for example to find replacement yarns in case you have run out of the original yarn. If you have ever been told you ‘cannot wear colour XYZ because it’s too warm/cool for you’, this class is especially helpful in finding an alternative for your favourite colour.

There will be roving kits available at this talk for any students wishing to blend their own colourwheels at home.

 

Carmen Jorissen
 

Carmen Jorissen is a Dutch knitwear designer now living in Inverness, Scotland. After studying Mandarin Chinese for 5 years, she discovered her true passion lies in developing creative knitting patterns and to share her love for this craft with others. Carmen is known for her in depth knitting tutorial videos, especially regarding sock knitting and stranded colourwork.

Find her on Instagram as @newleafdesigns.nl and on Youtube as New Leaf Podcast.

Colour Contrast Masterclass - Design your own colourwork motif with Carmen Jorisson

What makes a ‘good’ colour combination for stranded colourwork knits? When do you need more contrast, and when can you get away with a subtle contrast?
 

In this Masterclass we are delving deep into colour theory and different kinds of colour contrast. Carmen Jorissen brings lots of examples of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ colour combinations so participants can see what kind of effect you can create by using different colours.

Some colourwork motifs need less contrast, while others need as much contrast as they can get. After this class, participants can more easily create their own colourwork colour palettes that they will love to knit and wear.

After learning some colour theory participants put their newly gained knowledge to the test by creating their own colourwork charts that they can later knit at home. Please note: there is no knitting instruction involved during this class.

This class is a lot of fun for knitters who want to develop their designing skills, and also for knitters who want to be able to customize existing colourwork patterns.

 

Materials: Participants are asked to bring a small mirror, preferably square or rectangular but round works as well. Some mirrors are provided during the class but not enough for each participant.

 

Carmen Jorissen

Carmen Jorissen is a Dutch knitwear designer now living in Inverness, Scotland. After studying Mandarin Chinese for 5 years, she discovered her true passion lies in developing creative knitting patterns and to share her love for this craft with others. Carmen is known for her in depth knitting tutorial videos, especially regarding sock knitting and stranded colourwork.

Find her on Instagram as @newleafdesigns.nl and on Youtube as New Leaf Podcast.

Introduction to Two Colour Brioche Knitting with Samira Hill

In this 2 hour class Samira will cover how Brioche works, how to cast on, cast off, and work reversible Simple Brioche in 2 colours. This is a fantastic introduction to the world of Brioche knitting.
 

Samira Hill

Samira is a knitting and crochet designer, teacher, pattern writer and technical editor based in the Scottish Borders. She is also one of the organisers of Tangled Galashiels.  Samira’s classes are suitable for all abilities and we are excited to present two brilliant workshops from her this year.

Visible Mending with Eilidh Weir

Dive into the world of darning with Eilidh Weir. Covering traditional woven darning, swiss, honeycomb darning for your knits and other textiles. We will discuss the advantages to each technique and you will be armed with skills to mend more than you thought possible, keeping our clothes and fabrics working for us for longer while still looking beautiful.

 

Eilidh Weir
 

Eilidh Weir is a multidisciplinary artist and mending enthusiast. She has a strong DIY ethic, always collecting materials and learning techniques of making. Everything that passes through their home is fair game for repairing, you’ll struggle to find a sock that hasn't been patched or darned.

Eilidh runs a variety of workshops and is committed to sharing practical skills that resist consumerist culture and strives to reduce waste across all aspects of life and work. 

 

Punch Needling with Rachel Lawson

Join us for a workshop to learn mindful craft Punch Needle which is a traditional craft for rug making. Working with linen fabric and 100% British Wool small business owner, Rachel of The Modern Crafter will teach you this mindful craft during our 3 hour workshop.

Rachel is author of Punch Needle, 15 Contemporary Projects and her sister, Siobhan is the designer of their punch needle and embroidery kits, having studied at Galashields Fashion & Textiles university.

The duo are regular attendees at various wool and craft events across the UK and are passionate about Punch Needle and enjoy teaching others their knowledge of this wonderful craft.

The 3 hour workshop includes all tools and materials to keep afterwards and a selection of different Trivet designs.

Talks and Workshops

Spindle Spinning with Alex Effinger

Learn how to spin yarn using a drop spindle. A drop spindle is used for spinning or twisting fibres like sheep wool, flax, hemp, cotton etc into yarn. It's a great introduction to the world of spinning and is often a first step to a spinning wheel.

 

With the option to buy the kit following the class you can go home and make gorgeous yarns from fibre with confidence.

Glasgow Women's Library Talk with Becky Male

Lives On and Off the Needle: A Look Inside Glasgow Women's Library's Collection

Glasgow Women’s Library is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s history and lives. Part of that history is the Knitting Collection: hundreds of patterns that were donated by ordinary knitters. Mostly 20th century, they offer unexpected insights into the lives of the women who knit them, trends over the decades and the sometimes radical works they created. With patterns covering everything from swimsuits to handwritten patterns, war knitting to feminist jumpers, this is a chance to explore knitting not just as a form of textile creation but a way women create themselves

Ethical Sheep Farming for Yarn with Graeme Bethune

n this talk Graeme will speak about his experiences in ethically farming sheep for wool production, and how making wool as a main crop radically alters how you can and should farm.

 

Graeme will talk about the fundamental principles of ethical sheep farming, including his own journey to a sustainable and ethical farm.  He will also look to the future of sustainable farming, with his new and innovative ways of working to keep a healthy and happy flock. 

 

Following the talk Graeme will do a Q&A and have a collection of his columns available to buy on the day.  

Charmaine Wombwell of Yarn Tings Presents...

Charmaine Wombwell is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans theatre, music, paint and natural fibres- mainly wool and silk. The dominant threads throughout her work are colour and movement. Charmaine’s work is generally autobiographical with an embodied approach.

 

Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023, we are proud to have Charmaine at Glasgow School of Yarn. 

 

Charmaine will be telling the story of her journey through motherhood, knitting, and her work in theatre and how those worlds have become inextricably entwined.

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