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Colourwork Weekend – Fresh Fair Isle Workshop With MJ Mucklestone


Colourwork Weekend – Fresh Fair Isle Workshop With MJ Mucklestone

Mary Jane’s signature Fair Isle knitting class.

A great way to get to grips with many of  the techniques covered in MJ’s book Grand Shetland Adventure Knits

Liven up your Fair Isle knitting; spend the day exploring color and pattern!

This course introduces the basics of color theory and how to use its principles to guide your color choices. Learn about the use of color over the years in traditional Fair Isle knitting and move beyond, developing your own color schemes. Analyze how different color combinations can completely change a motif’s appearance.

Learn what makes traditional Fair Isle knitting different from other world traditions, and how traditional methods make the work efficient. Explore variations of holding the yarn, understand the concept of “yarn dominance”, and feel confident choosing and adapting pattern motifs. Knitting a simple stranded wristlet or fingerless glove will illustrate these new concepts. A full day allows students to knit a substantial piece, learning as much from their classmate’s work as from their own.

SKILL LEVEL: intermediate knitter ; students  should be comfortable to knit and purl in  the round with two colours at a time (easy  colourwork), reading from charts, cast-on, bind  -off 

LENGTH : 6 hours taught in two 3 hour sessions 

There is strictly no admittance from 10 minutes after the start time

MATERIALS NEEDED: Full requirements and suggested options to follow (not included in the workshop fee)

Don’t forget to grab your copy of Grand Shetland AdventuresKnits for MJ to sign.

HOMEWORK: To follow

The class will run from 10am-5pm with a one hour lunch break at 1pm

There are some great local eateries to try including

  • Dutch Coffee Lab
  • Milledges Distillation Cafe
  • The Port Admiral Hotel (All GF option)

Tea and Coffee will be provided .

All class attendees with receive a 10% discount on all in-store purchases* on the day. This is also extended to any class materials purchased in store in advance.

*excludes gift vouchers

About the Designer 

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a knitwear designer, teacher, and author of six knitting books specializing in stranded colorwork. Her volumes, 200 Fair Isle Motifs and 150 Scandinavian Motifs, sit on thousands of knitter’s bookshelves worldwide. Endlessly inspired by traditional knitting, she likes to apply vintage ideas to modern knitwear.

Her latest book, Grand Shetland Adventure Knits, co-authored with her friend, designer Gudrun Johnston, takes the knitter on a trip to Shetland. Shot on location in stunning scenery, it includes patterns for the knits to wear or knit while visiting Shetland or wherever your adventures take you!
Mary Jane loves to teach and is thrilled to have the opportunity to visit Australia. She specializes in lively informative classes where history, craft, fashion, and location meet. With lots of personal attention, she aims to give students the courage to try something new.

Refunds and Attendance

You are able to cancel or change dates up to 10 days prior to the workshop or class to receive a full refund. This ensures your spot can be made available for another interested student. Less than 10 days prior to the workshop or class we will be unable to reschedule or refund the cost. You may however transfer your booking to a friend. We ask that in all cases you contact Yarn Trader if you will not be attending.

If for any reason Yarn Trader must cancel a workshop or class for any other reason a full refund will be given or by agreement your booking may be transferred to another class.

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May 31 2024


10:00 am - 5:00 pm



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