We have a huge list of workshops and talks for you to choose from. Full details are listed below, including materials and homework required (if applicable). Please note that student numbers for workshops are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Norah Gaughan's workshops:  If you wish to register for a workshop with Norah, we would be very grateful if you would register with ONE only, in order to give as many members as possible the opportunity to learn from her.  Norah is also giving a talk on Saturday afternoon.  No bookings are required for that.

Please browse the list to help you decide your preferred workshops for registration.  No pre-booking is required for attending any of the three talks. 

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Saturday a.m.


9.00–10.30

(A1) Make Your Own Buttons – the Dorset way (Tutor – Pat McGregor. Students: 16)

A handmade button, originating in the English county of Dorset. Make a Dorset Crosswheel button to match your knitting or as a feature or brooch.

Skills required: None.
Materials required: 4ply yarn. Scissors and tapestry needle.  Button blanks to be provided to students.
Homework required: None.


9.30 – 12.30

(A2) Knitting 2-sided Cables (Tutor - Norah Gaughan. Students: 20) SOLD OUT

Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side.

Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

Skills required:  Basic cable knitting
Materials required:  Yarn, any weight.  Appropriate needles for yarn weight. Cable needle.
Homework required: None.


(A3) Introduction to Lace Knitting (Tutor – Nikki Suttor. Students: 20)   

Basic lace knitting skills for those who haven’t tried it before.

Skills required: Cast on and off, knit and purl.
Materials required: 4ply yarn in a light to medium colourway. 4-5mm needles.
Homework required: None.


(A4) Tunisian Crochet for Beginners (Tutor – Sara Aylett.  Students: 15)

An introduction to the basic techniques – starting off, forward and return pass, simple stitch, knit stitch, purl stitch.

Skills required: Basic crochet skills – double crochet, treble crochet, chaining and working into chains.
Materials required: 8ply yarn in 3 colours. 5mm Tunisian hook. (Hooks will be available for purchase from the Wool Inn at the Retail Marketplace at Camp on Saturday if you need to buy one).
Homework required:  None. 


(A5) Stranded Intarsia (Tutor – Merrin Marks. Students: 15)

This is created by stranding the background colour across the back of the individual blocks of colour, using fewer separate balls of yarn. Stranding is useful when colour blocks are only a few stitches wide and when using lace as a background prevents distortion of the fragile lace stitches around the block. The yarn management for the colour blocks is different to basic intarsia colour change techniques.

Skills required: A prior knowledge of basic stranding and intarsia techniques will be beneficial.
Materials: Small quantities of 4 ply or 8 ply yarn in three contrasting colours and 3.25mm (4ply) or 4mm (8ply) needles (straights or circulars - sample will be knitted flat). 
Homework required: Cast on 48sts in darkest (or your choice for background) colour. Knit 6 rows K1, P1 rib.  Pattern Row 1: Knit. Row 2: K2, P44, K2. Keep stitches on needle or place on stitch holder and transfer to needle on the day.


(A6) Knitting the Continental way (Tutor – Krista Thompson.  Students: 15) SOLD OUT 

Learn to knit with your yarn in your left hand – it’s fast, and makes colourwork a lot easier if you know how to knit with yarn in both hands

Skills required:  Basic knitting skills – cast on and off, knit and purl.
Materials required:  8 ply yarn and 4mm needles.
Homework required: None.

 

11.00-12.30

TALK: Mary-Helen Ward - The Guild’s Certificates of Achievement (and how to achieve them). 

In this session you can learn more about the exciting new plans for the NSW Knitters' Guild Certificates in knitting and crochet. The certificates will be broken down into small modules based on different skills, enabling members to build their knowledge at their own pace. The structure of the modules will be discussed, and we hope that there will be lots of questions and suggestions about their content.  We recognise the depth of knitting skills and knowledge in the Guild, so many members are involved in both planning and writing these certificates, and in assessing the work sent in.
 

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Saturday p.m.


2.00-3.30

(B1) Broomstick Crochet (Tutor – Jane Downey.  Students: 20)

Learn how to create broomstick crochet and make an easy cuff or headband.

Skills required: Must be able to crochet.
Materials required:  Smooth, single-colour yarn, either 4, 5 or 8ply, with the appropriate hook.  A large, straight knitting needle (12-15mm or larger) or a similarsized crochet hook (with straight handle) to be used as the “broomstick”.  One will be provided for those who don’t have one.
Homework: None.


2.30-5.30

(B2) Learn to Use a Drop Spindle (Tutor – Lara Nettle.  Students: 15) SOLD OUT   

Spin your own yarn, without investing in a wheel.

Skills required:  None. 
Materials required: 60cm waste yarn – fingering, sport, DK or worsted – any colour. (Mohair or other non-superwash or silky yarn). Notebook and pen. Spindles and fibre will be provided by the Tutor, and available for purchase afterwards if wished. 
Homework: None.


(B3) Shadow Knitting (Tutor – Clare Hacker. Students: 20)

Also referred to as Illusion Knitting, this is a technique where the use of 2 colours and a combination of garter stitch and stocking stitch creates an item which reveals an image when the item is viewed at an angle. 

Skills required:  Basic chart-reading skills, though written instructions will be provided.
Materials required: 2 contrasting balls of 8ply yarn, a dark and a light. 3.25mm needles.  
Homework required: None.


(B4)Photographing Your Creations (Tutor – Wendy McDougall.  Students: 15) SOLD OUT

Learn from this professional photographer how to show off your knitting to its best advantage in your photo album or social media page.

Skills required: None.
Materials required: Digital camera or other digital device with built-in camera (tablet, smart phone).The finished creations you’d like to photograph.
Homework: None.


(B5) Intermediate Lace Knitting Skills (Tutor – Jenny Howatson.  Students: 20)

Take your lace-knitting skills to the next step.  Learn about nups, the use of lifelines and get other useful tips and hints.

Skills required: Basic lace-knitting skills.
Materials required: 4ply yarn. 3.75mm needles.
Homework: None.


(B6) Amigurumi Crochet (Tutor – Ting Huang.  Students: 15) SOLD OUT

Learn how to crochet cute, small, stuffed animals and other characters.

Skills required: Basic crochet skills (making chains, double crochet, treble crochet).

Materials required: Small quantities (at least 10g) of 4 ply yarn in three or four solid colours; 2mm and/or 2.5mm crochet hook.
Homework: None.

 

4.00-5.30

TALK: Norah Gaughan – Designing with Geometric Shapes

Explore the design possibilities of sweaters made with rectangles, triangles, circles, or half circles. From finding inspiration to testing an idea with fleece to taking your idea to the next level, Norah takes you through her design process and shares her current obsession with making innovative (yet wearable) garments where fit isn't a big issue.

 

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Sunday a.m.

(C1) Best Buttonhole Methods (Tutor – Clare Hacker.  Students: 15) 

Learn 3 different knitted buttonhole methods to create the professional touch to your finished work.

Skills required:  Cast on, cast off, knit and purl.
Materials required:  8 ply yarn, any colour.  4mm needles.
Homework:  None.


9.30-12.30

(C2) Make It Your Own – Cabled Hat (Tutor – Norah Gaughan.  Students: 20) SOLD OUT

Design a cabled hat without the hard work part. Choose from a variety of different cable charts designed for the class, and learn how to complete your hat by following prewritten design templates for a beanie, slouchy hat or beret. All three styles can be knit seamlessly in the round or flat, then seamed.

Skills required: Experience reading charts is helpful but not essential. The variety of charts will include a range of difficulty so intermediate or advanced knitters can forge ahead and take on a more challenging chart while beginners can keep it simple.

Materials required: Approximately 200 metres of worsted weight (10ply) yarn - gauge 20 sts/10cm.  Needles to get gauge plus a set 2 sizes smaller, either straight, 2 circulars or double points. Two circulars are recommended so you can learn the method of seamless knitting using 2 circular needles at once. Cable needle or double-point needle to use as a cable needle.
Homework: Test your yarn to make sure it makes an attractive, firm fabric at 20 sts /10cm. Bring your blocked swatch to class.


(C3) Create a Crocheted Mandala (Tutor – Jane Downey.  Students: 15)

Relax by learning to crochet a colourful mandala.  You will learn how to start with an adjustable/magic loop, change colours almost invisibly and work over your ends as you go. Other skills like front and back post crochet, and surface crochet may be covered if time allows.

Skills required:  Must be able to crochet.  This is not a beginner class.
Materials required:  3-5 colours of smooth, single-colour yarn, all the same weight and if possible all the same or similar yarn composition. Matching crochet hook.
Homework required:


(C4) Knitting with Beads (and a Crochet Hook) (Tutor – Nikki Suttor.  Students: 15)

Use a crochet hook to work beads into your knitting.

Skills required:  Cast on and off, knit and purl.
Materials required: Approx. 35g/120m of 4ply yarn in a light to medium colourway (not black), 6/0 beads, 1mm crochet hook and a yarn needle.  
Homework required: Cast on 48 stitches and knit a few rows in a waste 4ply yarn.


(C5) Knitting Modular Socks (Tutor – Evol King. Students: 15)

Use your left-over sock yarn to make beautifully colourful socks in small modules. The socks are knitted flat.

Skills required:  Basic knitting skills. No previous sock knitting skills required.
Materials required: Scraps of 4ply yarn. 2.5-3.0mm needles (straight or circular for knitting flat). ;
Homework required:  None.


(C6) Casting-on Techniques …. And how they affect your knitting. (Tutor – Lara Nettle.  Students: 20)

There are so many cast on techniques available to us, but does it make a difference to our knitting?

Skills required: Basic knitting skills.
Materials required: 8ply yarn in small amounts, preferably in a few colours. Circular needles in a suitable size for yarn – 4mm x 80cm.  Tape measure/gauge measure, notebook and pen.  Small blocking mat and pins, if available (for blocking swatches).

Homework required: None.


11.00-12.30

TALK:  Kris Howard – Knit One, Compute One.

Think you don't know anything about computer programming? THINK AGAIN! If you can follow a knitting pattern, you already understand quite a bit about how computers execute instructions. Kris will give you a gentle introduction into some basic programming concepts and how they relate to the familiar world of sticks and string. Even if you've never written a line of code before, she'll show you how to get started and some of the amazing knitting-related projects you can create with it. She'll finish with a live demonstration of how you can create e-textiles by sewing conductive thread into your garments and uploading a simple program. (No computer is required for this talk)

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