Workshops Are Back

It’s been too long since I sat around a table and turned a bunch of want to be crocheters into fully fledged hookers! But, finally it looks like workshops will be running again this autumn. First up is a two day Crochet Weekender at Lakes and Fells in Renwick, near Penrith. This is a whole weekend of indulgent crochet, designed for beginners, this weekend is also suitable for anyone who wants to refresh their crochet skills and gain some confidence reading patterns and learning new stitches. The venue hosts are the lovely Liam and Lucy and their dog Rhubarb. They’ll keep us well fed and refreshed with tea, coffee and home made goodies throughout the weekend. I can promise you it’s going to be lots of fun. You can find full booking details on the Lakes and Fells website. Please note that accommodation is not included in the booking fee.

Then, in October I’m heading over to Keswick to teach a Sunday morning workshop at the Maker’s Mill, an amazing venue and craft space. I’ll show you how to make your own T shirt yarn and you’ll learn how to make a simple crochet basket of any size and using any yarn. This is aimed at beginners, but if you want to refresh your skills or just have a fun day out with other crocheters you’ll be very welcome.

More dates are coming soon and hopefully lots of bookings for 2022. It’s been a bumpy and unpredictable year, but rest assured all the venues I work with have done their best to provide a welcoming work space and have refund / rebook policies in place if Pandemic guidance changes. Believe me, after a year of shielding I’m as keen as anyone to get back to workshops, but I understand the need to keep everyone safe and feeling comfortable with their surroundings. 

Everything you need is provided on the day and I’ll have books, wool, hooks and crochet kits for sale too. I’m really looking forward to welcoming back some familiar faces and meeting new crocheters, so pop pver to the relevant venue for full prices and booking details.

Workshops are Back

Well, it’s been quite a year – and it isn’t over yet – but I have started to make plans for 2021 and I’m very pleased that Learn to Crochet Workshops are back! All the workshops listed here will run in Cumbria, in a beautiful venue close to the M6 (transport can also be arranged from Penrith and Carlisle railway stations if necessary). In addition to day long workshops, next year I’ll also be running a two day “Crochet Weekender”, a chance to really immerse yourself in learning a new skill free from all the distractions of home. I may even save you all some of my hedgerow gin so we can toast the end of day one in style!

I have listed all these workshops as beginners, and the content has been designed for the complete novice. But, if you’re self taught or struggle with following a written pattern or feel you’re in need of a refresh then you’ll be very welcome to join us. Everything you need is included in the price, just bring a smile and a positive attitude. Our hosts Lucy and Liam will make sure we’re well fed and supply endless tea and coffee. They also have a gorgeous self catering house attached to the workshop venue, so you can stay on site if necessary.

Of course, there are bound to be some limitations to how workshops run at the moment, and I wanted to reassure everyone that as a “Post shielder” myself I’m well aware of the need for caution and careful planning. Classes will be smaller than usual to allow plenty of physical space between participants, which of course means extra opportunities for one to one support.  Depending on the weather, we may run parts of the sessions outdoors (in beautiful Cumbrian sunshine – we do get some occasionally) and we’ll make sure all Government guidelines are met.  I always complete a risk assessment for each class, and this will now include reference to Government guidelines on Covid – 19.

Times are changing, and the way I run my classes is bound to alter too, there will still be lots of laughter, encouragement and of course, cake for anyone who is willing to indulge!

You can find details of all the classes under the learn to Crochet Tab or click here for details. All classes can be booked directly with Lakes and Fells, but if you have any questions or special requests, then do get in touch with me. I have spent the last couple fo months reviewing all my course content. There will still be some “old favourites” like the flower corsages and storgae baskets that have always been so popular and there will be lots of new patterns and projects for you all to enjoy.

If you have a birthday coming up – or dare I mention the “C” word? These workshops would make an ideal gift (hint to my family – they run sewing classes too).

Now that I’m back at my desk and slowly getting back into my design work I’ll be back here regularly with patterns to share, a few helpful hints and tips and a special series of projects for those of you looking for gift knitting and crochet inspiration (there it is again – there’s no getting away form the fact that Christmas planning is almost upon us).

THanks so much for all your kind messages and for the likes and comments on my Instagram page. I am grateful to all of you and  the supportive community of crafters.

Happy Making

Tracey x

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