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Winchester Colour Factory Workshop

Kiri Cottage Winchester Copper Bowl 2

I’m away for a couple of days in Winchester for a wee holiday, and of course I found a craft workshop to go to!

It was about making a copper bowl, at The Colour Factory in Winchester. 

On The Wheel

Kiri Cottage On The Wheel Fern

Today I spun some of my own hand-dyed wool. This was dyed using Kraftcolour Landscape dye in both Teal and Fern. 

Dorset Button Workshop

Kiri Cottage Dorset Buttons 5

This afternoon I took part in a Dorset Button workshop at the Craft Room, Newtownards, with Karen, Sharon, Sarah and Ethna.

Nalbinding – Viking Knitting

Kiri Cottage Nalbinding 5

Here is a brand new Nalbinding workshop at Kiri Cottage Crafts. This is a form of early Scandinavian knitting, often associated with the vikings. This is Oslo stitch, one of many Nalbinding stitches.

Art Batts

Kiri Cottage Two Art Batts 2

I’ve been working on two art batts today, created on my Brother Drum Carder.

I’m looking forward to spinning these later today.

These are a mixture of wool, bamboo, tencel, recycled sari silk and trilobal for a bit of sparkle. Pretty!

Soda Bread at Cockle Row Cottages

Kiri Cottage Crafts Cockle Row Cottages Soda Bread 1

This was a visit to Cockle Row Cottages this afternoon for another soda bread making demo.

I shared the cottage with Santa and one of his elves. There were also two visiting alpacas and a lovely group of flautists playing Christmas songs.

The soda bread was very popular with visitors and I hope to be back again very soon.

Merry Christmas to all at Cockle Row Cottages!

Exciting News!

Kiri Cottage Make Along 2

I have been working very hard putting together a programme for the next couple of weeks. These are workshops, both old and brand new, being run from my premises at Kiri Cottage.

Make Along Week 1

Kiri Cottage Make Along Week 1

I decided to make something for myself for a change, and came across a ‘Make Along’ from the Danish wool sales company Hobbii:

https://hobbii.co.uk/noshadesofgrey-make-along-for-knitters

Interestingly, they don’t let you see the final garment, but release parts of the pattern every week over a six week period.  There is both a knitted and a crochet option, and you can buy a kit from them, or buy your own wool and access the pattern for free.

Bonnets and Lace, 28 May – Experience AND 2023

Kiri Cottage Spinning

I am participating in the Ards and North Down Borough Council “Experience AND 2023 Programme of Unique Immerse Experiences, Guided Walks, and Tours” this year. The first workshop I am running is “Bonnets and Lace” on 28 May 2023. This can be booked through this link:

https://www.visitardsandnorthdown.com/whats-on/bonnets-and-lace-28-may-experience-and-2023-p822631