Workshops with Fiona Ellis

We are delighted to welcome renowned knitwear designer, Fiona Ellis to Nottingham Yarn Expo. Fiona will be returning to her home city from Toronto, Canada. Scroll down for more info on Fiona's fabulous workshops!

 

Fiona Ellis learned to knit from her Grandmother at a very early age. She went on to study Fashion at DeMontfort University (Leicester, UK) where she specialised in knitwear design. She has been designing professionally since graduating in 1993. Her original designs have been sold to major fashion houses in New York, London and Paris for mass-market production and have been widely published through premier knitting magazines and in yarn pattern booklets for many yarn companies. She is the author of the books Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits and is also an instructor at Blueprint (formally Craftsy).

You can find out what Fiona is currently doing on her website also see all of her extensive design portfolio on Ravelry.

 


Morphing Cables Workshop

MORPHING CABLES
Intermediate
Fiona is famous for her morphing cables….cables that change and become other patterns. In this workshop she will show you the basic principles of how to get started designing your own cables. Even if you are not an advanced cable knitter, give it a try. Simple patterns can morph and create unique ideas. If you love cables but find working vertical patterns too repetitive and want to heighten the challenge, this workshop is a must!
Materials: ball of light coloured medium weight yarn, yarn appropriate needles, cable
needle, squared paper.

Workshops are 3 hours long

Sunday 17th November, 9am start.

Please note a ticket is also required for the marketplace.

£45.00

  • Available

Laddered Openwork Workshop

Laddered Openwork Workshop

Intermediate and beyond. You have the following knitting skills mastered: casting on, knit, purl, left and right slanting increases and decreases, yarnovers and are able to "read your knitting" (you can look at a stitch and tell if it is knitted or purled.)

It's hard to describe Fiona's latest knitting technique, except to say that it's fascinating. Using dropped stitches, Fiona creates a new space in knitted fabric for openwork designs. In this workshop, Fiona will teach you how to plan and create "safe" spaces to ladder down stitches, influence the direction of your laddered spaces, meander and work around other stitch patterns and details in your knitting and add embroidery to create stunning openwork designs. You will come away with the burning desire (and know-how) to add this technique to your current projects. Fiona will also show you some of her latest designs showcasing laddered openwork designs such as Adelina and Spadina.

Workshops are 3 hours long

Sunday 17th November 1pm start.

Please note a ticket is also required for the marketplace.

£45.00

  • Available

Dive Into Design

A single image can be a great springboard for generating many design ideas. In this workshop, Fiona will supply images and show you how to dive headlong into your interpretations. Part one will allow you to work on your own samples and share ideas with fellow participants. Part two will give you time to refine the ideas begun in part one or work on new ideas. WARNING: This workshop may change the way you see the world!
Materials: part balls (a few yards each) in medium weight yarns, bring as many colours
as you can and are willing to share, pair of yarn appropriate needles, squared paper, coloured pencils (optional).

Workshops are 3 hours long.

Saturday 16th November, 9am start.

Please note a ticket is also required for the marketplace.

£45.00

  • Available