This course offers intensive instruction on domestic knitting machines.
It’ll introduce you to thinking creatively about using a machine at home or at work, and how to exploit the equipment to produce a range of samples.
The course will focus on producing work with a contemporary perspective.
It’s ideal for people just starting out or in a need of a refresher.
You might be returning to machine knitting after a break, or a student/graduate looking to add machine knitting to your CV and portfolio.
Anyone who is interested in textiles and crafts and considering investing in a domestic machine will be very welcome.
During this course you will:
- learn the basics of machine knitting, and experiment with yarns
- be introduced to more advanced stitches to explore texture, colour and weight
- receive personal attention to ensure your skills are developing
- access our stores so that you can work with yarns that might be new to you.
What will you gain?
By the end of the two days, you will have created a number of samples for fashion or home projects, and have the inspiration to continue knitting for pleasure or professional development.
Entry requirement: No experience is required.
Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Bonington building at the City Campus, our dedicated art and design hub.
You will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the knitwear studio and yarn store, using our domestic machines.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Here's what our previous attendees have said:
‘I wanted to learn the basics as I've never used a knitting machine before. I've learnt different techniques I hadn't expected to cover and I feel that I could attempt some projects on my own now too. Thank you to Jane, she is very friendly and patient - I didn't feel daft asking about the basics!' LC
‘I'm interested in possibly getting a knitting machine and have learnt what the machines are capable of - I most enjoyed the practical applications of the project. Good course, well instructed and enjoyable. Thank you!' ML
‘I chose this course as I wanted a refresher in the basics and learn better ways of doing things. I enjoyed all of it and would do it again if I had the time. Perfect course for beginners and those needing a refresher' AU
‘I've had a knitting machine for over 30 years but have never got to grips with the complexity of it. I now understand how to cast on, cast off, do a mock hem, stripes and punch card knitting.' AH
‘I got to know the machine knitting basics and found out which machine I'd like to buy. I have now got the skills to get started' MH
Tutor profile: Dr Jane Taylor has been teaching knitwear design for 17 years, initially at UWE in Bristol and more recently at NTU.
She moved up to Nottingham in 2010 to embark on an MA course at NTU, impressed by the universities’ extensive knitwear resource - and never left, going on to do a PhD.
Jane has developed her knitting skills to be able to programme and run computerised, industrial machinery; however, she relishes the opportunity to get back to working with her hands on domestic machines.
Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your place on the course is confirmed.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Two days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 8
2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.