"...how to block, sew up neatly, make buttonholes, sew in zippers and linings, plus give you shortcuts and tips..."
The most difficult part of knitting a garment is generally agreed to be the finishing. The finishing techniques class will teach you to block, sew up neatly, how to make buttonholes, sew in zippers and linings, plus give you shortcuts and tips.
future dates tbc
A one day workshop with a short break for lunch (£75*)
After a short introduction you will learn:
- What blocking is and when to use it
- How to sew in ends
- The different ways of sewing up: backstitch, mattress stitch or by crochet
- Adjusting and easing in sleeves
- Picking up stitches
- Replacing a rib with a picot hem
- Shortcuts such as: weaving in ends, sewing up in parts and knitting sleeves simultaneously
- Do short row shaping
- 3 needle cast off
- Make and space out buttonholes
- Sew in zippers, elastic waistbands and add lining
- Lightly felt your wool garment
- Shape and sew up using a sewing machine
Please bring anything you would like help with, such as projects that need blocking, seaming or other types of finishing.
Taught by Juju Vail.
"Like many knitters, I’ve always loved making things. As a child I couldn’t find anyone to teach me to knit or crochet so I worked it out from instruction books.
My first completed project was a crocheted Italian flag for a geography project, when I was nine. I’ve never looked back.
After studying fashion and knitwear design in Montreal, I began a business designing and making hand knits that sold across Canada and the United States.
In 1990, I came to the UK and did an MA in textile design at St. Martins. Since graduating, I have taught and written books on many textile practices.
Most recently I have been working with beads and published a book called Creative Beading.
I chronicle my creative passions daily on my blog, jujulovespolkadots. Currently, I am fascinated by altering new and vintage ready-made clothing and planning a book on that subject.
I am passionate about combining felted, knitted, and crocheted wool with glass beads. The results show a vibrancy of colour and contrast of textures like no other craft." *All materials supplied. Classes are held in the shop. Maximum of 7 students per class. 100% deposit is required at registration.
Full refund of payment for a class will be given for cancellations only if the spot can be filled by another student. Please be considerate. We reserve the right to cancel a class in unusual circumstances. We try to avoid this wherever possible, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. In this situation, of course, a full refund will be given. We're sorry but loop can not be financially responsible for extreme weather conditions or any other situations that are out if its control.