Always wanted to learn to crochet, but never managed to get started? Spend the day learning how to wield a hook with Kat in her cozy studio. Using the Crochet Project's new Learn to Crochet book, you will learn the basics while enjoying Gartur stitch Farm's cozy studio and homecooked food.
This full day, hands on course will cover:
- The basic principles of fermentation and working with bacterias and wild yeasts
- How to make kimchi and sauerkraut from scratch
- Learn to lacto-ferment other veg, such as kosher pickles, carrots and beans.
- An intro to fermented drinks such as water kefir, ginger beer and kombucha
- An intro to sourdough bread
Always wanted to knit socks, but not known where to start?
Nothing quite compares to handknit socks. Whether for yourself or as a gift, socks are a fantastic canvas to play with colour and design and, being extremely portable projects, you can always have one on the go in addition to whatever else you are working on at the minute.
This full day course will cover the basics of socks knitting, from choosing great sock wool, magic loop knitting, to selecting your knitting technique (top down or bottom up) to unravelling the mysteries of turning a sock heel.
Tunisian crochet seems like such a different beast to "normal" crochet, people are often intimidated. However, we always maintain that if you can crochet, you can Tunisian crochet.
This day long workshop attempts to demystify Tunisian. We will cover the basics of Tunisian crochet hooks, working flat and in the round, working with Tunisian fabric and cover some of the basic stitches.
You will get a choice of one of Kat's Tunisian crochet shawl designs to work on during the day.
The first of our guest tutors will be the amazing seamstress and owner of All That Is Braw, Eilidh Weir.
You will learn to mend both knit and woven clothes using a variety of hand sewing, patching and darning techniques. Taking inspiration from the Japanese art form of Sashiko, using simple stitches to mend, reinforce and strengthen fabric in a beautiful, decorative way. Making the repair become a feature and treasured part of the garment's history. Taking the time to care for and extend the life of clothing helps to fight against the flow of fast fashion and show respect for garment industry workers.
Before the mid-1800s the only colour available to dyers were those found in the natural world. If you know where to look a world of colour is available on your doorstep.
This one-day course will be led in conjunction with local ranger, Callum McNeill-Richie. The morning will focus on identifying and collecting whole dyestuffs in forests around the studio. After a homecooked lunch, we will then look at processing the dye materials, preparing materials for dying and completing a sample project.