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Second Step Lace Knitting Workshop - 14th February 2015

Our Introduction to Lace Knitting workshops were very popular so we thought we should offer you the opportunity to take your skills to the next stage.

Our Second Step Lace Knitting workshop will be held on Saturday 14th February.

Fee:        $20 for members (non-members are very welcome for a fee of $25)
Details:    10.00am – 4.00pm  Saturday 14th February 2015

Sydney Mechanics School of Art,
280 Pitt Street, Sydney (a short walk from Town Hall Station).

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Our Second Step Lace Knitting workshop

It’s a Knitter’s World

The Silver Anniversary Exhibition of the Newcastle Group of the Knitters’ Guild NSW Inc 

will be held on 

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2014 

at the


Scots Kirk Hall

 Murray St, Hamilton 

9.30am to 4.00pm

Free entry

Proceeds from our raffle of a beautiful 

hand knitted rug 

will go to 

 Motor Neurone Disease Research

Refreshments available

Disabled access

Knitted goods for sale

For further information contact 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Or Krista on 0249828519

A Second Introduction to Lace Knitting (6 hours)

This workshop is now booked out.

 Learn the basics of knitting lace, including reading a chart, provisional cast on, yarn over, different methods of decreasing, knitting on a border and blocking to bring out the best in your lace knitting. Participants should have ample time to complete the class sampler during this workshop

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Saturday 31st January 2015.  10.00-4.00pm

Members:  $17

Non-Members: $20

Refreshments provided.  Students to provide own lunch.  (There are many cafes within the vicinity of the venue).


Handweavers and Spinners Guild.  Workshops

Knitters' Guild members can attend at the members' rate.

Revive Vintage Knits: WS3

Explore patterns, fashion, design and colour.

Understand old pattern terminology. Convert written patterns into charts. Analyse vintage yarn. View a vast range of vintage patterns and explore options for making them fit today's figure and fashion.

Tutor: Barbara has a dressmaking and teaching background plus a vast collection of pattern books.

When: Wednesday, July 23

Design a Shadow Knit: WS5

This workshop is for knitters who know how to knit shadow weave patterns and who want to move onto designing their own. We will chart shadow knitting patterns using graph paper. This will be either converting a knitting or cross stitch chart for shadow knitting or charting a pattern from a simple picture, or something like a leaf.

Tutor: Iris Horoch who is fascinated by shadow weave. She is an enthusiastic, skilled teacher.

When: Sunday, July 27

Materials fee: $5

Skill level: Must know how to shadow knit


Contact the Guild Rooms on Thursdays 12.00pm-4.00pm, leave a message on 02 9745 1603 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full payment by cheque (make cheques payable to Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc), credit card or cash (in person) will confirm your place in the workshop(s) of your choice. Include the workshop form.

Cut off date for bookings: July 10, except for A Weaving Experience when the cut off date will be: June 19

Cost: Members $70 per day, non members $85 per day unless otherwise stated.

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Where: Guild rooms upstairs at the back of the hall behind St Paul's church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood or in the small hall at the foot of the stairs to the Guild rooms, both air-conditioned.

The Newcastle Group will be holding their 25th Anniversary Exhibition "It's a Knitters World" from 9.30am to 4.00pm on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2014 at the Scots Kirk Hall, Murray Street, Hamilton, Entry is free.

The proceeds from the raffle of a hand-knitted rug will go to Motor Neurone Disease Research. For further info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



An Introduction to Lace Knitting (6 hours)

We have now closed registrations for this workshop as we have received bookings for the maximum number of places available - 20.  

The workshop was first promoted to members in the October Convenors' letter, issued to all Group and Sub-Committee Convenors, on 2nd October.  Registrations opened online on 5th October and within 48 hours bookings for more than half of the available places had been received.  We have had unprecedented interest in this workshop and are thrilled that it has proved so popular with the members. We therefore intend to hold another one as soon as possible.

If you would like to go onto the waiting list, in case of any cancellations received for 8th November, or if you would like to be informed of the additional workshop we will organise, and receive priority booking, please contact the Guild Secretary on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 The big favourite at the Easter Show stand was the bag made from Plarn or plastic yarn recycled from shopping bags. Workshop Coordinator, Helen, shows off the before and after components of her Plarn bag.

A pattern for a similar bag is here and the process of making plarn is here.