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Classes

If you follow us on Instagram, you’d already know that we’ve just announced the next suite of classes for the second half of the year, which begin in July and take us up to November with a Christmas decorations class.

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What will you make today?

We are pleased to have our regular teachers Karen Prior and Sue Grandfield back. Jules is coming in for a one-night-only class, and Melissa Piesse is on board for a special Sunday workshop on tapestry weaving.

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Karen is our resident teacher, and runs many of our classes.
With forty years’ experience, she will be able to help with all aspects of knitting and crochet. 

There is so much wisdom to be gleaned in the three-hour Wednesday classes, which cover the spectrum of skill level from basic beginners’ crochet (12 August) to reading knitting patterns and schematics (22 July) plus finishing tips that will ensure a neat and professional knit (15 July).

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Karen’s finishing class on 28 October takes you beyond weaving in ends
to grafting, blocking techniques, seaming methods and much, much more.

Colour lovers cannot afford to miss Sue’s masterclass on slip stitches and mosaic knitting to create texture, woven effects and geometric shapes (29 July).

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Sue has created designs for international yarn houses including
Wollmeise, Black Trillium and Beautiful Silks. You can find her patterns here.

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Sue’s Pick and Mix Hat is knit in the round, and shows the infinite possibilities of colourwork. 

There are classes on modular knitting (26 August), getting the most out of Ravelry (14 October), and one on help for the unfinished objects in your life (9 September). Come along and let Karen encourage you over the hump!

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The Beekeeper’s Quilt: an example of modular knitting (not covered in the class).

Jules will run a session on knitting for speed and comfort, looking at different styles – English, Continental, Portuguese and Lever, explaining the pros and cons of each (2 September).

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Jules will be back from the UK and will run a class for us.

Besides these regular Wednesday-night classes, we also have Sunday yarn workshops, which run for longer and include more involved class projects.

If you are reasonably new to knitting, for instance, and always wondered at the finer points of knitting in the round, let Karen take you through the best way to join in the round, making jogless stripes and more (2 August).

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Amy is making the Hermaness hat in Cascade 220 as part of the Fringe Association #fringehatalong,
a perfect illustration of why the skills of knitting in the round and reading charts are invaluable. 

If you love the finished look of crochet but have always been a bit flummoxed by the language and terminology, conquer it once and for all in this workshop on 9 August, and take home a pair of fingerless mitts you’ll make on the day.

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Our Blossom kit: a simple, modular crochet project.
Make one yourself after one of Karen’s crochet classes.

We’re very pleased to have Melissa Piesse on board on 23 August for a one-day tapestry-weaving workshop (kit and all materials included in class fee of $150). You’ll learn how to warp a loom, weave shapes and lines, and explore colour, pattern and techniques.

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Melissa specialises in teaching textiles, weaving, embroidery and more.

More details on the classes can be found here. You can book by calling or emailing us.


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Upcoming classes: Shetland lace, next-step crochet and two new ones!

It’s been three months since we reinstated classes at Sunspun and we’re thrilled with how well they’ve been going! And, with a little bit of trial and error and lots of us pestering customers, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of the kinds of classes that our Sunspun community is interested in signing up for. For example, we’ve realised that we don’t need to run as many beginners knitting classes as we’d originally scheduled because most of you already know how to knit- you want more advanced classes to build on your skills and project-based classes that introduce you to nifty tricks and new techniques. Whereas crochet… well, that’s different! There’s lots of interest out there and not nearly as many beginners crochet classes available in Melbourne, which means that most of our beginner and next-step crochet classes have run with all spots filled.

So, we’ll be introducing new classes regularly and listening to what it is that you are keen to learn… do give us your ideas for your dream classes as we too are are always keen to learn new things. Any excuse to put together a new class!

So, what’s coming up this month? We have one place left in our 2-week class on Shetland lace that’s running over the next two Wednesdays (August 6th and 13th) in which Jules will introduce you to the history, materials, tips and tricks of this wonderful knitting tradition. The class focuses on the Shetlanders’ unique and seamless construction methods which are incorporated into a pair of sweet fingerless mitts that participants will make over the two weeks.

On August 20th, in Next-step Crochet (only one place left in this one too!), Raynor will be teaching how to combine the basic crochet stitches with additional stitches to form crocheted flower motifs, as well as increasing and decreasing, reading complex patterns and a handy technique for working in the round… basically everything you need to move beyond the Granny square!

And, rounding off the end of the month on August 27th, we have two places left in Knitting Tips and Tricks; this one is just what it sounds like- a whole bunch of techniques that will take the new knitter to a much more confident place and give even the seasoned knitter some new tricks.

And we’re very excited to announce two new classes for our October schedule: Stranded Colourwork and Steeking. Stranded colourwork (on October 1st) incorporates Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Icelandic and other knitting traditions that create patterns with two (or more) colours, carrying both colours as you work to make beautiful and warm knitwear. In this class, you’ll learn the techniques needed to knit stranded colour patterns, while making a warm and quick-knit colourwork hat. We’ll cover various ways to hold two yarns at once, carrying the unused yarn neatly at the back, working in the round, colour dominance and more. We’ll also take a brief look into the traditions of colourwork knitting and discuss the basics of colour theory and working with colour charts.

The following week, our Steeking class, while a stand-alone class, pairs beautifully with Stranded Colourwork- in it, we’ll explore how to safely cut your knitting so that you can turn a jumper into a cardigan, resize a garment up or down, add armholes and more. This traditional technique is intrinsic to Fair Isle, Scandinavian and other colourwork knitting traditions and is also useful when knitting cables or other patterns that are more easily worked in the round, for knitting with self-striping yarns and for those who prefer knit to purl… We’ll look at the various types of steeks, as well as the yarn and stitch patterns commonly used when steeking. Participants will work and cut two different kinds of steeks on their swatches and will learn how to secure the steek once cut and to add a knitted band to the steeked edge.

You can find the schedule and details for all our classes by clicking the Classes tab at the top of the page. Please call or email if you have any questions regarding any of our classes or to book your place.