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Creative Collection: Knitting
Textile skills workshop inspired by our collection
Be inspired by amazing knitting in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and create your own knitted piece with friendly guidance and lots of tips and encouragement from expert designer-maker Jane Ellison.
Using the beautiful historic collection as inspiration, Jane will chat through how she designed the pattern you will use in the workshop. You will learn simple lace and cables, working samplers like the ones in the collection archives. Learning these simple stitches will introduce you to a whole new world of knitting patterns and techniques.
Jane Ellison is a hand-knit designer with a passion and talent for creating beautiful things. Jane is the proud owner of the Purl & Jane Knitting Emporium in Skipton and is a keen supporter of fair trade principles. She has produced more than 70 pattern books, for her own brand Purl&Jane as well as for many international brands. We are very excited that Jane is also one of five leading designers we commissioned to create patterns inspired by our collection which are available to buy on Ravelry now, with pattern sales supporting the collection.
Jane’s teaching style is calm and gentle and encourages everyone to learn at their own pace. Everyone taking part will receive a Purl&Jane cotton kit bag and some deliciously soft yarn.
About this workshop
Group size: a maximum of 14 attendees
Skills needed: You will need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.
Skills learnt: You will learn simple laces and simple cables to make into an accessory. You will also learn how you can combine the basic stitches of knit and purl in different ways to create more stitch patterns, with endless possibilities!
Materials included in cost: Two hanks of deliciously soft yarn in a Purl&Jane cotton kit bag.
You can buy additional yarn from Jane on the day, if you want to extend your project.
Materials to bring: 4mm and 5mm needles.
You can buy knitting needles form Jane on the day if you don't have them.
Venue: the wonderful setting of the historic Library at Gawthorpe Hall.
Parking: Free parking in the main visitors car park, approximatley 150 yards from the Hall. There is also a mobility drop-off point closer to the Hall.
Meeting Point: The 'Gawthorpe Textiles Collection Event' sign at the side entrance of Gawthorpe Hall (Please do not use the main entrance to the Hall).
From the car park follow the signs for the Hall and then the sign for 'Toilets Cafe Offices' into the courtyard. Walk through the courtyard and along the paved path following the sign for 'Hall, LCC Office'. The side entrance is at the end of this path and the event signboard will be here on the day.
Access: Gawthorpe Hall is a Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan country house. Due to the historic nature of the building there is no wheelchair access. There is one flight of internal stairs to the Library. If you have mobility concerns please contact us.
Please note: Bring some warm clothing with you, it can be chilly in the Library all year round.
The toilets for visitors are in the courtyard, approximately 25 yards from the Hall.
If you need to contact us about an event, please send an email to email@example.com or telephone 01282 773963.Please note: all staff at the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection work part-time. Wednesdays and Thursdays are our usual days in the office.
A refund is available if you cancel your booking up to 3 weeks before the day of the event and will incur a £5 administration charge. Refunds are not available less than 3 weeks before an event. To obtain a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Refund requests will be processed as quickly as possible, but may take up to 2 weeks.
We reserve the right to cancel this event due to low booking numbers and will notify you of this by email at the latest 1 week before the event. We also reserve the right to cancel this event due to any unforseen circumstances beyond our control and will notify you of this by email as soon as is reasonably possible. In either circumstance, we will refund your payment in full, including the booking fee.
When & Where
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is an independent charity based at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire. Originally called the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collections, the charity was created after the death of our founder, Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886- 1967) to care for the collection of textiles she had amassed and to make it accessible through learning programmes and curated collection displays in the Hall itself.
We work in partnership with Lancashire County Council and the National Trust, who together manage the Hall and its grounds.