|Jane's cushion design|
|Single bedroom at La Verderie|
During this workshop we will focus on learning new knitting and crochet techniques whilst producing a design which can be used as a hanging or cushion cover for example. Students can choose to focus on either crochet or knitting or combine the two crafts.
We will have a basic techniques workshop which will set you up to design your own crochet or knitted piece including the techniques you wish to focus on. The local towns of Saintes,
Cognac and d’Angely have some wonderful churches,
shops and places of interest which will provide us with lovely examples of
surface pattern which you may wish to use as your design inspiration for your
own crochet or knitted piece which will be worked on over the rest of the
holiday. St Jean
As the group is small – participants can pretty much decide how they wish to use their time and can decide which techniques they wish to focus on (if any!). I will be on hand to help with each aspect of their design and will try to bring relevant books and equipment where possible. Some yarn will be provided for the projects, however if guests have any particular yarns, beads or embellishments that they would like to use in a design please bring it along.
Saturday – arrival and introductions for residential guests
Sunday – All day workshop on Basic knitting and crochet – tips and techniques - a reminder of basic stitches – how to keep edges straight – how to place beads and work out motifs and colour design
Monday – Day out – looking for design inspiration
Tuesday – Full day Workshop – looking at design inspiration – design own central motif if crochet or texture/colour design if knitting
Wednesday – morning outing to
d’Angely market – afternoon workshop St Jean
Thursday – morning workshop – optional afternoon outing
Friday – morning workshop – optional afternoon outing
Saturday – return transfers to chosen airport or station for the residential guests.
This programme is a basic guide as to how the week will be planned, but can easily be adapted to each students requirements. Participants will need to bring along a small equipment kit which should contain a pair of scissors, a sewing needle and a range of crochet hooks and knitting needles. A pad and pencil and a digital camera is also a handy tool to have at the ready!