Mavis Clark is running a series of traditional knitting workshops to help knitters grow their skills and she would love to help you sort out your knitting tangles.
Mavis is a member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild and has 27 years experience as a tutor. Mavis specialises in cobweb Shetland Lace and Fair Isle knitting. She also designs and knits Ganseys, traditional fisherman's sweaters.
Mavis will support you with your own knitting projects at her monthly one day workshops and you are free to attend one or several of the workshops. You will be required to bring your own materials and tools. Workshops will be held on the last Saturday of the month (except May & December) at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler and cost £20 per person. Numbers are limited so advanced booking is essential. To book visit our WORKSHOP page or contact Mavis Clark on 01668 281884.
Next workshop on Saturday 31st March 10 am – 3.30 pm
Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place. Wooler NE71 6BL
We are really chuffed as there's a brilliant article about Sheep Tales in this month's The Knitter magazine.
Several of our Sheep Tales woolly artisans and makers are also featured in the article including Mavis Clark traditional knitter specialising in cobweb Shetland lace, Ganseys & Fair Isle knitting, Jennie Howes of Skybluepink Designs, Jon Booker or Natural Born Dyers and Alice Elsworth of Whistlebare. You can find out more about them and all of our 21 member artisans on our Makers page.
The Knitter is described as being "the premier magazine for confident knitters who are looking for beautiful, original patterns from the world’s best designers. Each issue of this collectable magazine has more than 12 gorgeous, inspiring patterns which are aimed at expert knitters and those looking to stretch and improve their skills. The designs are supplemented by informative, in-depth articles from experts around the globe and advice on new yarns and products that are available to enhance their knitting hobby. Every month, The Knitter also delivers expert, in-depth Masterclass features which are aimed at learning new techniques and help readers to become more confident, proficient knitters. With its focus on high-quality designs and best-in-class photography, The Knitter is a hugely respected magazine within the knitting community and a must-read for all confident and creative knitters." (http://www.theyarnloop.com/the-knitter)
We're very excited as one of our talented Sheep Tales makers has been featured in this months edition of British Fibre Art magazine. Sue's often very witty needle felted work is just amazing! www.britishfibreartmagazine.org.uk
Sue describes herself as ‘a lifelong compulsive crafter and has always dabbled in creative activities. She has what she calls ‘itchy fingers’ syndrome and likes to try all sorts of crafts. She first started needle felting in 2014 and she’s been hooked ever since. Sue saw some examples of needle felting on the internet and after watching a few tutorials, sent off for a starter kit and that was it, she was a woman obsessed!
Needle felting is a technique where special (and very sharp) barbed needle are repeatedly stabbed through wool fibres and the barbs on the sides of the needle gradually tangle and felt the woolly fibres together to form felt. The technique can be used to create 2D and 3D objects. Sue says “It’s a little like welding, embroidery and clay sculpture combined.”
After finishing her starter kit, Sue decided the best way to learn was to create a variety of felted pictures and sculptures, working her way through the alphabet for inspiration. However, Sue has a cracking sense of humour and she loves a pun so she didn’t just make cute animals, she also tackled dinosaurs, fruit, musical instruments and a Volkswagen beetle. Since then she has made over 200 pieces, including old master portrait figures, scenes and food..
Sue has also recently started to compile and sell downloadable needle felting instructions/tutorials for various items - contact Sue for details..
Sue's details and a gallery of Sue’s work can be seen on on her Sheep Tales maker page.