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Carrie the thoroughly modern maker textile craft workshops within the MidlandsThoroughly Modern Maker run workshops throughout the year at various Northamptonshire venues, for dates and times visit the Maker Workshop page...
...But, why not hold your own craft workshop on a day and time convenient to you, either at a local venue or your home. A learn to knit class turns into a fun gathering for you and your friends over tea and cake, mind you I'm not adverse to a glass bubbly or a g&t (I'm sure we can drink those from a tea cup too!). Contact me at for more information and a little chit chat.
My teaching style is very informal, relaxed, honest and fun. I don't believe that making and crafting should be a chore, you won't find anything taxing or boring in my workshops. We can spend a whole day making several things and trying a variety of crafts or we can take the afternoon to felt a flower brooch for example, the choice is yours and I can tailor a craft class to suit your requirements.

Here are some examples of the textile workshops I can run, if you have any specific requests however don't hesitate to get in touch;
Learn to knit with simple instructions and learn to crochet granny squaresLearn to Knit
I'll teach you from the very beginning, from how to hold your needles, to casting on and learning your knit and purl.  We'll make a few samples and go on knit an ipod/phone cover, headband or cowl, the only warning is, it's addictive and could change your life (seriously!).
Learn to Crochet
Again I can teach you to crochet from the moment you first pick up a hook. We will work through all the basic stitches before crocheting a granny square that you can add to with more squares and designs or felt into a coaster, we'll also have a go at making some amigurumi cuteness (circular crochet). 
As a relatively advanced knitter (still sooo much I want to learn though I don't think I'll ever be done!) I'm also very happy to tailor a knitting or crochet session to suit your level of knitting.  Perhaps you want to learn how to knit socks or aran stitches, lace and blocking, well get in touch because I can teach you those techniques and more.
Learn to basics of sewing and how to stitch with your sewing machineWe'll cover three different methods of felting, wet felting, machine felting and needle felting to make an item of your choice, a felt flower brooch, a small toy, set of coasters or small storage pot. Felting is so versatile, really fun, perfect to do with kids but great for the adults too as you need 0% craft ability (it's fab for the bingo wings too!).
Make a basic drawstring bag, learn how to use a sewing machine, basic stitches, hemming, construction and applique. Perfect for those wanting to tap into the sewing bee craze with no idea where to start, great for kids and adults alike.
Craft and textile workshops include making a noticeboard, felting, sewing, knitting and crochet.Kitsch Noticeboard
You may have seen them in the shops, a cute 'quilted' noticeboard with criss-crossed ribbon to hold all your crafty inspirations or all those important family to-do's and take-out menus. Choose your own fabric and I'll supply the rest, it's such a simple make, you'll love it.
Craft Party
Are you or a friend expecting a baby and would love to be able to knit something special? Perhaps you're trying to think of something fun and different to do for a girls get together, a hen party or baby shower? What about learning how to knit or crochet during a private tutoring session at home?  

Learn to knit from the basics and make a baby blanket during a knitting for baby class with Thoroughly Modern MakerLocation: We can make arrangements for the class at your home or venue or I can arrange this on your behalf.
Prices: For a 3½ hour session, £30 initial fee for one person then £8 per additional person. Max group size of 10. 
Materials: Materials are usually only a small extra fee, it depends on what you want to make.
Refreshments: Dependant on the length of the class or party and your requirements.

Please get in touch in order that I can provide you with exact prices for materials, longer sessions and refreshments that can be provided, e-mail me at for details.
Kids Crafts
Most of my workshops are great for kids too and I run regular workshops and craft courses for children at the Leicestershire Craft Centre. My good friends at Gemstar Parties are the perfect answer to fantastic craft parties designed with children in mind.