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. 


January 21: giving a talk for East Sussex guild of weavers, spinners, dyers

February 11:  Knitting and Crochet guild  in London

February 17 'Unravel', festival of knitting, Farnham Maltings, workshop 1.30-4.30

March 12-15: West Dean College, near Chichester

March 25: workshop with Notts guild of weavers, spinners, dyers

May 13:  giving a talk for Birmingham guild of weavers, spinners, dyers

June 9: short workshop as part of Surrey Artists Open Studios 'designing with colour, inspiration from the garden'

September 1-3: West Dean College, near Chichester

October 28: visit to Kent guild of weavers, spinners, dyers


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