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4 February 2017

* MORNING CLASS * Learn to knit a 'Top Down' cardigan or jumper

Date: 4 February 2017 10:00 to 13:00

Learn the basics of how to  make a raglan cardigan or sweater (Level 1) using circular needles, knitted from the 'Top Down'. Jillian Bulgan has designed a great adaptable pattern, create a sweater or cardigan the length you want it, short or long sleeved, fitted and adjusted to your size. This is an introductory class aimed at confident beginners and improvers, using chunky wool to progress quickly with enough instruction to complete at home or at our fortnightly Thursday evening 'Craft Club'.

On completion of this workshop, participants will confidently be able to: 

- Make simple and stylish cardigans or sweaters on circular needles
- Understand the importance of tension squares and sizing
- Create ribbing for elastication and detailing
- Experience 3d knitting
- Increase and Decrease to create shaping
- Make button holes or insert a zip
- Follow a simple pattern from start to finish and understand how to adapt for a range of styles

10am - 1pm

PRICE: £40

YOU WILL REQUIRE: Approx 400g yarn (see measurements below) and 80cm circular needles (bring your own or items are available to purchase in our shop) For the first top down we recommend using chunky yarn (using 10 / 12mm needles) so you progress quickly!

Small 35" chest = approx 450m of yarn (200g)
Medium 38" chest = approx 525m of yarn (250g)
Large 41" chest = approx 675m of yarn (300g)
1 X Large = approx 825m of yarn (400g)
2 X Large = approx 975m of yarn (500g)

10% discount on yarns & notions purchased at Fabrications for your knitting class.



* AFTERNOON CLASS * Beginners KNITTING (part 1 & 2)

Date: 4 February 2017

Beginners Knitting Part 1 & 2 have been specifically developed to meet the needs of those wishing to take the first step into the world of knitting. These classes will not only introduce the participants to the fundamentals of knitting but also offer practical advice on yarns, needles and pattern reading. The class is taught by Barley Massey who will watch over your learning, offer feedback/observations and answer your questions as they arise!

If you are already have basic knitting skills but wish to progress some aspects of your knitting you may want to join part 2. Sessions can be booked individually or as a mini course of 2 sessions (a discount is offered when you block book)

Beginners Knitting Part 1: Saturday 28th January
On completion of this workshop, participants should confidently be able to:

- Understand the relationship between wool and needle sizes.
- Make a Slip knot, use ‘thumb’ and ‘knitting on’ methods of casting on.
- Complete a plain stitch.
- Introduce a new ball of wool or new colour.
- Cast off and sew in loose ends.

Beginners Knitting Part 2: Saturday 4th January

On completion of this class, participants should confidently be able to:

- Complete a purl stitch.
- Understand how to combine plain & purl stitch to create new stitches, eg: stocking stitch, ribbing and moss stitch.
- Create shaping through increasing and decreasing stitches.

TIME: 2 - 4.30pm

PRICE: £30 / £25 conc individual session or £50 / £45 when you block book part 1 & 2 ( includes a starter pack and refreshments)



Suggested follow on workshop:

- Learn to knit socks on 2 needles

- Learn to knit a 'Top Down' cardigan or sweater

Sew your own 'Sculpural Bucket Coat' with Tree from Stitchless TV

Date: 4 February 2018 11:00 to 04 February 2016 17:00



Fabrications is very happy to welcome back Tree from Stitchless TV for one of her one of a kind  classes. Tree has a brilliant YouTube chanel teaching how to make all of kinds of stylish items that any level of sewer can make. Her philosophy is to take high end catwalk looks and show us in easy, no fuss steps how we can make our own versions in our front rooms!

Tree has recently branched out into creating patterns from her designs and tutorials - hot off the press is her brilliant 'Sculptural Bucket Coat'. During the class, Tree will guide you through cutting the pattern, piecing together on the machine and the finishing touches.. Here is her video tutorial for a sneak preview, but there is nothing better than spending time with Tree live and direct, and being able to ask lots of questions and get feedback on your sewing.


All levels of sewer are welcome but being able to thread up a machine / have used a machine before is advisable.



On completion of this class participants will confidently be able to:

- Work with a paper pattern, layout & cut out your cloth pieces.

- Assemble fabric panels on the machine

- The coat is not lined and we will be using an overlooker to finish the inside seams.

- Apply a bias binding to embelish and finish a raw edge (more experienced sewers)

- Create your own stylish unlined scultural coat

TIME: 11am - 5pm

COST: £90 (includes your own paper pattern worth £15)

YOU WILL NEED: Bring your choice of fabric for making your bucket coat - you can pretty much use anything for this design (except stretch fabric or anything too fragile/that frays easily) or choose from our selection of suitable fabrics.
150cm: 2m 65cm
115cm: 4m

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Barley Massey
Fabrications creator and recently described by the Evening Standard as "London's Eco Queen' 

Katherine May
Contemporary quilt maker and teacher. Katherine has worked with Liberty, The V&A, Fashion & Textiles Museum and Fabrications!

Sue Russell
has dedicated her life to practising, promoting and sharing skills in low impact living and keeping traditional textile skills alive.

Rosie Martin
Inspiring and encouraging a new generation of stitchers to make their own clothes through her book 'DIY Couture', workshops and events.

Ayda Anlagan
brilliant teacher and creator of design company 'Monstify' - anatomical crochet parts to animate everyday objects!

Stephanie Bescoby
Milliner, teacher, clever upcycler and baristar. There are no limits to Steph's talents!

Laura Lees
Time out recently described learning machine embroidery from laura is like learning piano from Chopin!


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