Whitchurch Silk Mill

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Knitting in 3D Workshop, Saturday 28th April, 10am to 4pm

 Would you like to develop new knitting skills. At our workshop with Alison Ellen you can find out how any shape, flat or 3D, can be knitted. It is an ideal creative, flexible technique for building shapes, using straightforward techniques such as increasing, decreasing, short row shaping, and picking up stitches to knit in different directions.

This workshop can be attended with basic knitting skills, and after working on simple exercises, ideas can be developed for hats, bags, garments or sculptural shapes. Please bring a variety of yarns and knitting needles, including double-ended needles, and a crochet hook, but these will also be available to borrow.

Workshop: £45 book online or by phone (01265 892065)



An introduction to ply-Split Braiding– Julie Hedges

Using prepared 4-ply cotton cords, you will learn some of the basic methods of ply-split braiding that have been used traditionally to make camel girths and animal harnesses. Through making samples of several different designs you can see how these
techniques can be developed into usable items by reference to Julie’s

collection of samples and finished pieces. There will be a discussion on the choice of yarn for ply- splitting and a demonstration of the all-important cord making process.

Cost £45 – Gripfid is available on loan or to purchase for £12. Workshop: £45 book online or by phone (01265 892065)

Soft Engineering Talks


Saturday 27 April, from 1.30pm to 4pm

The artists whose work form part of the soft engineering exhibition will be hosting a series of talks – lots to get your creative juices flowing!


  • Alison Ellen – Knitting, Stitch-led Design
  • Julie Hedges – Ply-Split Braiding
  • Ann Richards – Weaving Textiles that Shape Themselves
  • Deirdre Wood – Straight and Curved


The individual artists talk about their work, followed by general questions and discussion. Julie gives a demonstration of cord making and ply-splitting techniques and Ann shows how a woven textile ‘pleats itself ’ during the process of wet finishing.

Cost £12, book online or call (01256) 892065

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