In this private, one on one experience you'll learn to machine knit with Bristol textile designer, Ria Burns. It's the opportunity to have a completely personalised experience with Ria, and whether you're a beginner or someone with machine experience looking to learn more, anyone is welcome.
Working on your own Brother knitting machine, Ria will take you through the techniques and textures that you can use. Once you've got to grips with your machine there will be a library of swatches you can learn and a choice of things to make during your four hour experience.
Ria will provide all the yarn you need and a knitting machine too, but she's also happy to help you get to grips with your own machine if you'd like to bring it.
We will adhere to the 1m+ guidelines, masks are required and hand sanitiser is available. All equipment will be cleaned and we will work on separate machines.
All yarn and a Brother knitting machine will be provided on the day, but bring your own machine to learn on if you'd like to.
For Ria, it all started with a love of yarn and an interest in sustainable fashion. She specialised in fashion knitwear for her BA in Fashion Design, but it was at Bath Spa where her eponymous brand of botanically dyed, British wool knitwear was researched and developed. Her knitwear is made with an exclusive lambswool yarn spun from fleece from Fernhill Farm, just 15 miles away from her house in Bristol. She uses homegrown plant dyes to add pops of colour to her work and loves sharing textile printmaking methods with anyone wanting to learn more about natural dyes. All Ria’s knitwear is designed, dyed and made in Bristol, using hand powered knitting machines and utilising energy and water efficient dyeing methods.View more experiences by Ria Burns Knitwear
Your host will be Ria, textile designer and the founder of Ria Burns Knitwear. She’ll take you through her processes of creating uniquely different yarn and knitwear. Ria always aims to champion the natural hues and qualities of British wool. She creates one-off designs adding vibrant flashes of colour through natural hand dyeing, and is the perfect person to learn more about sustainable crafting from.
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