4.5 hour class
If you are a Beader, a Knitter, an Embroiderer, a Weaver or just plain nutty for everything textile, here is a class for you. With over 10 years of teaching these specialist wire techniques Teri will give you tips and tricks that you won’t find in any books.
When most experienced knitters try knitting with wire for the first time, they give up in frustration, dissatisfied with the results. What they really need to learn is wire's unique behaviours, which wire to use and where to get it.
This class is the perfect introduction to knitting with wire - but it is ESSENTIAL you already know how to knit (I am happy to remind you if you are a bit rusty!).
Join me at Cockpit Arts, Holborn for a day of fun making a Knitted Wire Cuff..
During the class we will cover the following:
- selecting the correct wire
- how to cast on and work stitches in plain knit and purl stitches
- how to position and knit beads into individual stitches
- the 3-dimensional design possibilities that are possible with wire
- how to cast off and attach a secure clasp to finish off your piece professionally
Working with soft silver-plated wire we will cast-on and knit short rows in knit and purl stitches. We then begin adding semi-precious beads along the way - finally casting-off and finishing off your knitted cuff with a secure clasp.
Any time left over at the end of the class will allow for a bonus tubular beaded necklace design or quickie earrings.
This project is ideally suited for using Fine Silver - a high carat silver which is softer than Sterling Silver and easier on the hands. If you would like to try using Fine Silver I can order you a reel for an extra £35 - please message me after you have made your booking.
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Teri Howes Jewellery
Teri established her studio at the renowned Cockpit Arts Studios, London in 2006. Trained originally as a Graphic Designer she retrained as a jeweller at Kensington & Chelsea College where she drew on her childhood love of all things textile, kindled by the treasures of her mothers sewing room.
Her signature crochet and knitting techniques use precious metal wire less than a millimetre thick. Fluid lines and sinuous curves emerge, adorned with stitches of silver and gold. Rich textures reflect pinpoints of light. Capturing tiny diamonds in individual stitches, she transforms strong, hard metal into unexpectedly soft, sensuous forms that inspire wonder and beg to be touched.
Her jewellery redefines the art of crochet for the 21st Century and is entirely handmade with a conscious rejection of mechanised jewellery production. Making by hand is her quiet, gentle rebellion against today's world of instant everything.
She says of her work: "Working with antique crochet hooks, found or donated, I feel connected to previous generations of crocheters. Having run my own crochet jewellery classes for the past ten years and through my annual courses at West Dean College, I have taught over 400 people to crochet, breathing new life into this historic pastime".
Nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury, Cockpit Arts is one of London's best kept secrets. Tucked just behind Gray's Inn Rd, this much loved, warehouse building is host to around 75 extraordinary makers, each selected by a rigorous application process.
From her studio Teri runs a series of one-day workshops teaching the specialist wire techniques she has mastered in her eighteen years as a jeweller. Classes include 3 different levels of Wire Crochet techniques as well as French Knitting and Viking Weave.
Each project has been designed to produce a completed piece of jewellery in a day.
If you have any questions, please contact me using the ‘contact host’ button on the website page.
All your materials are provided, including knitting needles, a reel of silver-plated wire, your choice of pretty semi-precious stone chip beads, a silver-plated clasp and a step-by-step project book to keep. With small class sizes individual instruction is possible, so no-one is left struggling on their own. Take home whatever you have left to carry on making at home. Information is given on materials, suppliers and suggested reading. If you wear glasses for close-up work you will need to bring them. All tools will be provided. Classes run from 10.30-4.30pm. We break for lunch at 1pm for an hour - you are welcome to bring your own lunch or pop out to the nearby shops and cafés. Free tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day.
You do need to know how to knit for this class. I am happy to remind you about casting on and off if you are a bit rusty. There is no upper age limit for this class, however you will need good hand skills and patience. This class is not suitable for children under 14. Cockpit Arts is wheelchair accessible.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.