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A history of knitting from the Tudor period onwards A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be...

A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be learning to ‘knit in the round’ and to use a knitting sheath, and trying out a number of different techniques. Pictures, samples and items from the Knitting and Crochet Guild Collection illustrate the wealth of resources. This is a course that we hope will inspire you to have the confidence to raid the past in your future knitting projects. Some previous knitting experience would be helpful on this course.

 

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Dorset button You will make two different types of beaded Dorset button, which you can turn into a keyring, a brooch or a wall hanging. You will learn about the history of Dorset buttons from...

You will make two different types of beaded Dorset button, which you can turn into a keyring, a brooch or a wall hanging. You will learn about the history of Dorset buttons from their beginnings in the 1600s, the growth of button making in the 1700s, it’s death in the Industrial Revolution and the various people and organisations who’ve kept them alive, and the contemporary buttons of today.

 

 

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Flax to linen The course Learn the process of how our ancestors changed the flax plant into linen fabric. For millennia this basic but vital plant clothed us and became our second skin; come...

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Learn the process of how our ancestors changed the flax plant into linen fabric. For millennia this basic but vital plant clothed us and became our second skin; come and be a traditional ‘scutcher’ or ‘breaker’ for the day and change this course fibre into a piece of linen string. Learn how to spin flax, perform a simple weave and care for your linens but most importantly, what to do with your left over ‘tow’!

 

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Introduction to crochet Join a short relaxed session to learn some basic crochet stitches.

Join a short relaxed session to learn some basic crochet stitches.

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Natural dyes An interactive day using plants from the museum site to dye locally sourced wool. Including a walk around some of the museum’s historic gardens to find out about how to grow,...

An interactive day using plants from the museum site to dye locally sourced wool. Including a walk around some of the museum’s historic gardens to find out about how to grow, gather and dye using plants.

 

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Learn to braid Braiding has long adorned clothing and other belongings. This is a chance to be shown some simple braiding techniques and to try them out in a small group.

Braiding has long adorned clothing and other belongings. This is a chance to be shown some simple braiding techniques and to try them out in a small group.

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Hanging pocket - English quilting An opportunity to learn how to do traditional quilting and create a useful hanging pocket. In the 18th century every woman would have worn a pair of these under...

An opportunity to learn how to do traditional quilting and create a useful hanging pocket. In the 18th century every woman would have worn a pair of these under her skirts.

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Stumpwork: Butterflies Make a stunning three-dimensional butterfly, using wire-work techniques together with organza fabrics and metallic threads to create delicately patterned wings. Learn to...

Make a stunning three-dimensional butterfly, using wire-work techniques together with organza fabrics and metallic threads to create delicately patterned wings. Learn to combine traditional stumpwork techniques with modern use of materials and methods.

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