After last year's Pop-Up Marketplace and when we were getting into the planning for the Yarnporium one of the first things we knew we wanted to add with a two-day show were workshops. As fun as all the yarn-fumes and shopping are, sometimes it's nice to be inspired in another way. Learning a new skill is a great way to stretch that creative muscle!
Our venue space at King's College on the Strand was hugely attractive from this perspective as not only does it have the large marketplace space we were looking for, but being a university it also has smaller classrooms that are perfect learning in an intimate, group setting.
The workshops we've selected to be part of this first ever Yarnporium are a similarly intimate group. Each workshop is limited in size to facilitate the best learning experience possible, which is ideal as we've got some super classes that we've selected just for you. Here are a selection of the classes on offer at the Yarnporium:
Brioche Next Steps - Want to take your brioche skills to the next level? Join Renée Callahan of East London Knit to learn two colour cast-on and cast-off and other advanced techniques for this hugely popular stitch that shows no signs of slowing down!
Crochet for Knitters - Come learn from The Crochet Project's Joanne Scrace how to be mutli-craftual! Joanne will teach you how to wield a crochet hook like a pro and show you how versatile adding crochet to your knitting skills can be.
Fibre and Yarn 101 - Another woolly-focused class in honour of Wovember! Julia Billings of Woollenflower is hugely passionate about all things wool. She'll help you to navigate through this overwhelming subject to learn how to choose the best wool and yarn for your own projects.
Yarn and Colour Choice for Stranded Knitting - Designer Juju Vail loves swatching for colourwork projects with the result that she'll have lots to share with you on all she's learned! Then stranded knitting goes high-tech as you'll learn about apps you can use to explore your own colour combinations and design ideas!
Phew! So many great classes to learn from and be inspired by. And that's not all! Karie Westermann will also be teaching a brand new class for us on Knitting the Landscape and knitting and crochet designer (and professional photographer) Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project will show you how to take your project photographs from good to great! (Both of those classes are almost full, so be quick!).