Northern Textile History, Folklore and Genealogy – Research Oddmentsan
Workshops and Talks
I’m currently Writer/Crafter in Residence at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. Over the summer, I’ll be offering workshops at the museum for textile arts folk of all levels of experience, with a permaculture/historical slant!
Here are the 2016 workshops/Luddite days, we have scheduled for the Spring. Please join us (email penelopehemingwayATgmail.com, to book your place).
I’m a qualified teacher and workshop enabler, so anyone who attends workshops gets the benefit of a trained workshop enabler, as well as 30 plus years’ experience in textiles! I aim to make my workshops fun and friendly; give value for money, and will always be contactable for support with your projects, long after the day of the workshop.
If you are interested in a one-to-one workshop in any aspect of hand-spinning, natural dyeing, or traditional Yorkshire knitting, contact me on the email address above, and I will see what I can do to help!
NB: Prices quoted are for the workshop. Attendees will need to pay Museum Admission, as well. If attending a workshop, let staff know when you arrive, and you can have the concessionary admission rate of £5.50!
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Suitable for: absolute beginners (Grown ups) Learn To Knit, whether an absolute beginner or someone who was taught years ago and needs a refresher! Needles and yarn provided. Take your creation home with you!
Suitable for: anyone who can cast on, knit, purl, cast off.
No ‘homework’ required for the workshop but you need to come armed with your favourite type of needles.
You need to bring, either:
5.5 mm dpns or circular needle for The General Carleton Hat
2.25 mm dpns or circular needle for ‘Mary’ gloves
Yorkshire Traditional Knitting. Learn Yorkshire Dales-style 2 colour knitting researched during compilation of the new edition of ‘The Old Hand-Knitters of the Dales’. Pattern and yarn supplied. During the class, you can either cast on “The General Carleton Cap” (Published in ’10 Best Patterns From Piecework’s Historical Collection’, Interweave Press) or a Dales glove (‘The “Mary” glove’) based on an original glove in a collection at the Dales Countryside Museum.
SPINNING FOR BEGINNERS WORKSHOP
PM: 1: 30 PM – 4:30PM
Suitable for: absolute beginners & refreshers.
Plus Concessionary Admission at £5.50
Learn how to spin wool with a hand-spindle. Wool will be provided. We can loan you a spindle for the afternoon, and send you away with loads of info and links to places to buy a spindle of your own. You can try different weights and styles during the class, and see what suits you – avoid expensive mistakes!
AM: 10AM – 1 PM
Suitable for: people who can already spin a bit – either on the spindle or a treadle wheel, or both!
You don’t have to be an advanced spinner – just a spinner. This is a VERY rare chance to learn how to spin, old Yorkshire style, on a Great Wheel from one of the few remaining Great Wheel spinners in the UK!Places limited. For the duration of the class, you will be using one of our Great Wheels. Wool is supplied and you can take away whatever you spin during the class.
Luddites! See us doing Luddite wool industry things in the Weaver’s Cottage! I’ll be there with ‘Old Enoch’ and friends! We will have a display of Regency era Yorkshire knitting and knitting paraphernalia.
WILD DYEING: NATURAL DYEING THE 1815 WAY. ALL DAY WORKSHOP
10AM – 1 PM and 1:30 PM – 4: 30 PM
Suitable For: Anyone
PRICE: £50 for whole day
Plus Concessionary Admission at £5.50
We will use recipes from an 1815 Leeds dye-works, to dye wool using natural dyes. Wool and dyestuffs provided.
We will be there in our Luddite guise and workshopping. Details to follow.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve your place. No deposit required, pay on the day but book now to reserve a place! Some workshops will have limited numbers, so it’s first come, first served! Really looking forward to meeting you.