My approach to teaching

I think of knitting as a way of making a textile, and aim to help people understand how the technique works and its potential in designing and creating structure, texture, colour and pattern. I teach good knitting technique for economy of effort and for efficiency, beginning each course with exercises for understanding the structure of knitting, thinking of it as a sculptural technique rather than only to create flat pieces.

Students are encouraged to find the simplest and most effective way of achieving an idea. I believe in learning through doing, so people will have confidence to go away and experiment, and develop their own ideas. 


Februarty 13, talk for West Surrey Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Farnham Maltings

February 17 'Unravel', festival of knitting, Farnham Maltings, talk

March 2-5: short course at West Dean College, near Chichester

June 15: short workshop as part of Surrey Artists Open Studios 'designing with colour, inspiration from the garden'

workshops titles, for one or more days: (contact me for details)

1 Designing with colour, texture and pattern: includes working from source material, exploring slip-stitches for mixing colour, fairisle and intarsia knitting

2 Experimenting with 3-D knitting

knitting shapes without seams can lead to ideas for hats, bags, cushions, sculpture or clothing

3 Designing for a garment

includes stitches for shaping, knitting without seams

4 Finishings and Edgings.

Different ways of joining: picking up stitches, grafting, sewing, and decorative edgings

5 Diagonal knitting

Bias knitting, modular, entrelac, working diagonally affects the drape of the knitting and gives new in design possibilities.

Talks and Lectures

1] Stitch-led design

Shaping fabric with different stitches and by knitting in different directions can be a creative approach to desiging.

2] Traditions in knitting

A look at traditional knitting techniques from different areas: the methods of construction, colour and pattern, with emphasis on garments in museums in Norway

3] New directions in handknitting  

A look at handknitting from traditions to the future, covering different techniques, how the character of knitted stitches can be used in designing, different materials, and knitting without seams.

some students' work