Day Workshops With Mary Jane Mucklestone

These workshops are now sold out!

Due to popular demand (and mild harassment :)) I'm thrilled to announce that we will be holding two more full day workshops with Mary Jane Mucklestone! We are incredibly lucky to have Mary Jane teaching at this year's retreat, and didn't want to let her fly back to the US without offering more of you the opportunity to take one of her fantastic workshops.

The workshops are being held September 15th and 16th in Chippendale in Sydney and we'd love for you to come.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday August 14th at 6pm.

About Mary Jane

For those of you who aren't familiar with Mary Jane's work - Mary Jane is an internationally renowned colourwork knitting teacher who travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and to learn more about the history of the craft. She's also a total delight who specialises in lively, fun and informative classes.

Mary Jane feels lucky to be invited to teach all over the world, and is eager to share knitting knowledge with her students. She aims to give students the courage to try something new! Mary Jane's inventive hand knitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her website


The Workshops!

We are running two separate full-day workshops in a beautiful space in Chippendale Sydney. Mary Jane will be teaching and I (Felicia) will be making the tea and serving the cake.


Two Colour Knitting - 15/9/18

In a relaxed setting, Mary Jane introduces you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting.

When: Saturday 15th September
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Chippendale, Sydney
Cost: $225
Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Description: In this technique class we will learn the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, reading charts, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends, and finishing techniques.This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique.We will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat.

Technique Requirements: Experience working in the round.

Supplies to bring: 2 or more colors of worsted weight yarn - make sure the colors have high contrast, 50-100 yards each. 16” circular needles in US 6 (4mm) and US7 (4.5mm), one set of dpn in US 7 if making a hat.Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle. Paper and pencil for notes.

Homework: On smaller needle cast on 84 stitches. Join for working in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. K1, p1 rib for 1 inch.

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Fresh Fair Isle - 16/9/18

Liven up your Fair Isle knitting! Spend the day with Mary Jane, author of 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitters Directory, exploring fresh new colorways.

When: Sunday 16th September
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Chippendale, Sydney
Cost: $225
Level: Intermediate

Description: This course will introduce the basics of color theory and how to use its principles to guide your color choices. We will learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting and move beyond, developing our own personal color schemes. We’ll analyze how different color combinations can completely change how a motif looks. Knitting a simple stranded wristlet or fingerless glove will quickly illustrate new concepts.

Technique requirements: Experience working in the round with stranded colorwork.

Supplies to bring: Between 3 and 8 colors (or more, more colors = more fun!) of fingering weight wool yarn (Shetland Wool preferred), 25-100 yds of each color; US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle; scissors; stitch markers. Graph paper and colored pencils, if desired.

Homework: With any color fingering-weight yarn you like, CO 48 sts. Place marker, join to work in the round without twisting.Work k1, p1 rib for 1" (2.5 cm).

Please note:

  1. Both classes include coffee, tea, light snacks and a delicious afternoon tea. You are welcome to either bring your own lunch or purchase it from a nearby cafe.
  2. Cancellation: In the unlikely event that minimum numbers aren't met we may need to cancel the event. Because of this we recommend that you have travel insurance if you are travelling from interstate.