Two Handed Stranded Colourwork Knitting Techniques

One-Day Workshop with Karie Westermann, Knitwear Designer & Consultant

For Advanced Beginners  and Experienced Knitters

Sunday, 12th October 2014 – 10.30am – 4.30pm – Lunch included – Course Fee £53/£55, materials are not included, but there will be 10% discount on the day for purchases for the class

colourworkpromoPlaces are still available, reserve your  online at: www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibresLast opportunity to book!

What is two handed knitting?

There are many good reasons for wanting to use the Continental style of knitting: it is fast, it is efficient, and it is brilliant for colourwork!

This class focuses on knitting colourwork using both hands and two different knitting techniques at the same time!

You will learn how to knit and purl Continental style and we will also take a look at yarn dominance and colour theory. (Please note this is not a learn-to-knit workshop but rather a workshop for English/throwing-style knitters who are looking to expand their arsenal of techniques and also for those who already knit continental to practice using the English method.)

About the teacher: Born in Denmark and currently residing in Scotland, Karie Westermann is a creative and multi-talented knitwear designer, knitting and crochet tutor, and translator. Karie has an impressive portfolio of collaborators including Rowan Yarns, Old Maiden Aunt Yarns, the Island Wool Company and the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. She is thrilled to be sharing her passion for Nordic knitting traditions and modern aesthetics with local knitters.

Learn to create quick and last minute crochet projects.

Learn to Crochet a Motif Scarf in One Day with Carol Meldrum

crochet_flower_scarf_1Spaces are still available, you can book online at: www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres.

Suitable for complete beginners and refreshers

Sunday, 5th October 2014, 10.30am – 4.30pm – light lunch and wool included.  Cost – £53 / £55 pounds

Inspired by flowers of all shapes and sizes, learn how to create a variety of motifs and granny squares and how to join them together to create the perfect scarf or wrap.

On the day, you will learn how to do the basic crochet stitches, how to read from a crochet pattern, work in the round, change colour and how to join the shapes together. You will be totally amazed how quickly you will have a finished masterpiece!

About your tutor: Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, and workshop tutor and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles.  She is also the creative force behind the fashion accessories label Beatknit.

Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, she has worked within the textile industry as a designer for many High Street fashion outlets as well as internationally renowned hand label Rowan.

Professional Finishing Techniques for Your Handknits

prof_fin_tech_1 Be Inspired Fibres will be hosting a  workshop with Carol Meldrum, Designer, Author and Tutor

on Sunday, 28th September 2014, 10.30am – 4.30pm – a light lunch is included.  Course Fee – £55 /£53

Plenty spaces are still available and can be booked online.

Course Details:

Often with hand knitted or crocheted garments it can be the finishing off that can let you down. In this workshop, you will learn how to achieve that professional look to your knitted garments. On the day we will work through tried and tested increasing and decreasing methods, picking up stitches and creating button holes and button bands.

We will also look at the various mattress stitch methods and where and when to use them to get the best results and how and when to block. On the day you will be asked to bring a selection of pre knitted swatches with you to sew together.

About your tutor:

Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, workshop tutor and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles. She is also the creative force behind the fashion accessories label beatknit. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, she has worked within the textile industry as a designer for many High Street fashion outlets as well as internationally renowned hand knit label Rowan.

Carol is a successful workshop tutor with a full calendar throughout the year travelling UK wide teaching all aspects of knit & crochet on an informal basis to both groups and individuals.

Classes Schedule for Autumn 2014

Be Inspired Fibres is delighted to announce that its autumn knitting, crochet and finishing classes are now available to view and book online at www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Coming up for September …

Learn to knit Two-at-a-Time Toe Up Socks with Becky Mead
– 2 x 2hrs on Sunday 14th and 21st September 2014 – 2.30 – 4.30pm

Professional Finishing Techniques with Carol Meldrum (suitable for beginners to experienced)
– One Day Workshop – 28th September 2014 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Learn to Knit Top Down Seamless Sweater – 4 x 2hrs on 8th, 15th, 22th, 29th September – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
– NOW CANCELLED.

Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl – Destination Yarn Shopping in Edinburgh

Just a reminder that on Saturday 21st June 2014, Be Inspired Fibres Yarn Shop will be part of Edinburgh’s very first yarn crawl, organised by Jess at Ginger Twist Studios.

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This is a great chance to meet other yarn fanatics, crocheters and knitters on a tour of Edinburgh’s participating independent yarn shops.

If you are interested in joining a group with a guide, send your name and contact number and preferred start time either morning or afternoon by emailing: indieburghyarncrawl@gmail.com

You can also check out Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl’s Ravelry Group for more information.

There will be an opportunity to enter the raffle at each stop and after the tour, you can recover at the after-party @ The Safari Lounge located at 21 Cadzow Place, EH7 5SN (from 2pm – 7pm), where the raffle will be held at the end of the day.

As it is also coming up to Be Inspired Fibres’s One Year Anniversary, there will be a special 5% discount on all purchases on the day and a free small sachet of Soak Wash for purchases over £20.00.(while stock last)..

As the school summer holidays are upon us already, the shop will be closed for a week from Friday 27th June and re-opening on Tuesday, 8th July, as I will be on vacation down in Cornwall with the family.

See you next Saturday in Marchmont, near the Meadows!

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum in Marchmont – Sunday 22nd June

As knitting was always more accessible to me in the past, I never really managed to get into crochet, but having recently completed my first few crochet projects, which are not granny square blankets, but actual items and accessories I can wear, I am now totally hooked!

My first crochet project - "Emma Lace Scarf" by Simona Merchant-Dest

My first crochet project – “Emma Lace Scarf” by Simona Merchant-Dest

I can now see the benefits of being able to crochet, as you only need to learn 4 basic stitches, and the possibilities are endless. It is great for last minute gifts, embellishments for garments, jewellery making, toys, home accessories and also for finishing off projects. I also find it is great for using up odds and ends of wool and also single skeins of yarns that I have been collecting over the years. The great thing about crochet is that once you learn the basics, you can really see results quickly and you start building up confidence fast.

So I am really delighted to be able to fit in Carol Meldrum’s Learn to Crochet workshop here in Marchmont, Edinburgh on Sunday, 22nd June, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Carol is a very experienced tutor and designer based in Scotland, but travels widely around the country and the world teaching. The course is aimed at complete beginners or people who would like to refresh their basic skills.

The workshop price £50 / £55 includes a light sandwich lunch and wool, but you will need to purchase or bring along a 3.75mm or 4.00mm hook. For further information and online booking please visit:http://bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum

Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting in the Round

2 x 2 hour sessions on Sundays 19th January and 26th January 2014 – £36 / £ 40
Taught by Jo Kelly, Director of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival
2.30 – 4.30pm

There are only 2 places left and still enough time to book…

Introduction to Fair Isle in the Round

Introduction to Fair Isle in the Round

This course is aimed at beyond beginners and will provide an introduction to stranded colour knitting and knitting in the round at the same time. You will get started on a pair of fingerless mittens designed by Jo and practice colour work techniques, which are used in Fair Isle and Nordic knitting.

Session One: – casting on for knitting in the round using circular needles, practice the magic loop technique – making perfect ribbing – reading a pattern and a colour chart – working with two colours

Session Two: – more advanced colour work techniques (weaving in long floats) – working a thumb gore – finishing and blocking – if time permits – an introduction to designing own patterns.

Bookings and payments can be made online at www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres or you may call the shop on 0131 629 2059 or email beinspiredfibres@gmail.com to reserve a place and pay in person by credit card, cheque or cash.

Materials are not included in the tuition fee, but there will be a 10% discount on all purchases for the classes.

LEARN TO KNIT using Modern Techniques

Be Inspired Fibres has now been opened for a month, and I want to thank all the lovely well wishers from both local Marchmont residents and visitors from afar, who have managed to find me and supported the shop. It is very quiet at the moment around Marchmont, since most families and students have gone away for the summer, but I have kept myself busy researching and planning classes and workshops for the autumn.

Tawny Owl

It is great to see that the yarn shop has re-awakened some people’s intentions to start knitting again. The shop aims to inspire people to be creative whether they have been mesmerized by the wonderful colours of the Crazy Zauberballs or seduced by the luxurious silky cashmere.

For those new knitters who prefer to learn in an informal, interactive and more social setting, rather than from youtube videos, Be Inspired Fibres will be hosting a series of designer-led knitting classes and workshops scheduled for September and October at the shop. You will also find a list of classes on another page, which I will update on a regular bases.

Barley hat

Oats Cowl

We start the season with Emily Wessel’s 3 x Monday evenings course – Learning to Knit using Modern Techniques based on the soon-to-be released patterns by Tin Can Knits.

You will also get to choose whether you want to knit a beautiful hat or a cowl using some Malabrigo worsted weight yarn.

Emily Wessel will guide students through a project from start to finish, knitting in the round and seamless, using circular needles and the magic loop technique or double pointed needles. When you have mastered these essential skills, they will be extremely useful for follow-on projects such as mittens, gloves, sweaters, fairisle and socks.

Immediate feedback from a teacher will help students gain confidence quickly and will help them spot and correct mistakes early. This course is highly recommended for either complete beginners, refreshers or improvers, who need some support to get them started. This class is scheduled for Monday evenings between 6.30 and 8.30 – Sept 2nd, 9th and 16th.

Introduction into Lace Knitting

As Emily will be away in October, we will try to fit in An Intro into Lace Knitting before she leaves. This course is a 2 week x 2hrs on Monday evenings, 23rd and 30th September, so if you are a confident beginner or improver, you may be interested in learning about basic lace knitting techniques, chart reading, life lines and blocking. If you book both Emily’s classes at the same time, you will get a 10% discount on the total amount.

PLEASE VIEW SCHEDULE & BOOK ONLINE http://www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Please email me at beinspiredfibres@gmail.com or call me on 0131 629 2059 to register.

New yarn shop opening in Marchmont, Edinburgh

    Believe and Achieve

A modern yarn shop concept quickly became a reality about 8 weeks ago, when I stumbled upon an office/shop unit, belonging to Albany Lettings in the Marchmont area of Edinburgh, near my kids’ school.

30 Marchmont Road

I have been searching for a studio to rent in the area for months, but things just didn’t work out. I never gave up hope of finding the right space in the right location and which was within my budget. I’d put out feeders and asked around, monitored gumtree at least 20 times a day!

So I was extremely lucky that 30 Marchmont Road appeared and fitted my criteria perfectly and I was ever so grateful and relieved that the landlord agreed to lease the unit to me after it was refurbished.

Front windows

I have to say that the shop looks amazing, it is bright and open with high lofty ceilings and big windows which are perfect for capturing the wonderful colours of the yarns.

Ground Floor
Setting up a shop, requires a certain amount of determination and hard graft, there are always going to be set backs and obstacles, but you just have to continue to believe in your business plan and goals. There is also a lot of luck involved, but if you do your research and continue to be positive, you are more likely to take advantage of those little opportunities that come your way.

Soft opening Saturday, June 22th 2013. 10am – 5pm.

Provisional opening times

Sunday – 2.00pm – 5pm
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10am – 5pm
Wednesday – 10am – 5pm
Thursday – 10am – 5pm
Friday – 10am – 5pm
Saturday – 10 – 6pm

Address:
Be Inspired Fibres
30 Marchmont Road
Edinburgh
EH9 1HZ

Checkout the latest brands I am stocking at: Be Inspired Fibres’ Online Shop