Due to current situation, the group is suspended. New dates will appear when restrictions are lifted.
Knitting or Crochet Workshops are arranged to suit your ability and availability, where you can learn basic knitting or crochet techniques at your own pace. Find out how to knit or crochet blankets, scarves, shawls, purses, iphone covers, flowers, etc.
Learn different stitches and how to follow patterns in both knitting and crochet. Complete beginners to the more experienced knitter/crocheter welcome.
Join us for one workshop or as many as you wish. Workshops are for any two hour session between 10.30 and 4pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Can join monthly crafters group to practice your new skills.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Wool and needles/crochet hook provided for 1st workshop.
Take home your first item for free.
Crochet hook and needles used may also be bought.
Proceeds from workshops are for Leeds Central Faith and Light, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities, their families and friends.
Booking required by e-mail, phone or text.
Ann Norman at Leeds Central Faith and Light
Just Grand Vintage Tearooms Grand Arcade, Leeds West Yorkshire LS1 6PG
I had a great first class with Ann on Saturday. I had never knitted before and she was very patient with me and went through various techniques.
Don't be afraid to book on if you have no experience as Ann is a great teacher.
Good morning Louise,
Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review. I'm pleased you found your session helpful. As I said on Saturday, you were very quick at picking up the process. I hope you get lots of pleasure from your new hobby.
I’ve never crocheted before, thankfully Ann was very informative. Ann started the course by providing me with the first fact sheet on wool sizing /crochet terms and crochet hook conversion chart, Ann explained this conversion chart. Very informative ...
Next, how to crochet . Ann taught commencement of all crochet work, holding yarn and hook .
Anne explained in detail and started me on slip stitch. Over the 2 hours I learned several stitches and how to make a granny square.
Ann even provided me with all the factsheets to take home, clearly printed out and colour coded for ease of use. Amazing experience, well worth making the effort to learnt to crochet .
All was provided even the hook. Factsheets and 2 patterns were for me to take away , in an easy to follow format.
It felt like going back in time sitting in the lovely cosy environment of The Grand Vintage Tea Rooms .
Thank you Ann
I had a lovely experience learning how to crochet.
Thank you Pamela for your kind and extensive review of your experience in learning to crochet. I hope you enjoy your new hobby.
Ann was really friendly, enthusiastic about what she does and had the patience of a saint. I really enjoyed my first session with her and feel more confident about my first crochet project making a flower. Thank you :)
Thank you Alex for your kind words. You tried really hard to follow my instructions and were very successful with your little project - keep up the good work and I hope you make lots of flowers.
I decided to learn crochet a few weeks ago and after looking at books and watching you tube I knew only very basic crochet and not sure if I was doing it correctly. I booked on a 2 hour course with Ann and now I'm well on my way. The vintage tea rooms are an amazing place to learn, Anne was great and I'll certainly be back again .. thankyou
Thank you for your review. I hope your skills improve and you enjoy your new hobby. I look forward to meeting with you for more
I have been knitting for years, but never dared to tackle anything in more than one colour (apart from basic stripes). A two hour session with Ann in the charming surroundings at the tea rooms has given me the confidence to tackle fair isle knitting at last! She's a friendly, calm, and kind teacher - I can thoroughly recommend her one-to-one sessions! Great value!
Thank you Polly Ann for your kind words. I am glad you found your workshop helpful and worthwhile in getting you started on your Fair Isle adventure. Enjoy.
Enjoyed the workshop with Ann yesterday. She was an excellent teacher and went through all I needed to learn to get me knitting again. Such a lovely relaxed couple of hours and I am very excited to get going. I went straight to Kirkgate market to get some wool. Thanks Ann, I'm enjoying practising.
Thank you Karen for your lovely review - you were very easy to teach, as your previous experience with knitting, albeit many years ago, showed. I hope you are able to continue to enjoy your knitting as much as you did your workshop.
Thank you Ann, my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our session on Wednesday. You definitely do have a lot of patience and you needed it too.
I would highly recommend Ann, who is very knowledgeable and answered all our questions, a good laugh too.
Thank you Mary, for your kind review - I'm glad you think I have lots of patience. I hope you and your friend have been able to continue with your crochet.
I had a wonderful morning with Ann learning to crochet. A lovely peaceful morning drinking tea and crafting. Ann made the course fun, interesting and easy to pick up. Looking forward to booking the next course
Apologies for the delay in reviewing the course.
Thank you Rachel for taking the time to review your workshop. I am glad you enjoyed your morning and hope you have been able to continue with your crocheting.
I had a lovely one-to-one session with Ann this morning! I haven't knitted for about 40 years and she made me feel so relaxed and excited to get going with my knitting projects. I (re) learnt how to cast on and off, knit a row, purl a row, knit/purl and increase and decrease. I'll keep this review short as glancing above everything has been said. Just great and I'm booking in with Ann for a crochet session VERY soon!
Thank you Melissa for your kind review. I am pleased you have been able to pick up your knitting skills again and make use of them. I look forward to seeing you for your crochet workshop.
Had a beginners course earlier month and it was great! Ann made crocheting much easier for me to understand and the session was really relaxing and informal, a great way to learn! The Vintage Tea Room was the perfect location and I learnt a lot! I just need to practise before I book another session with Ann. I would strongly recommend this workshop to people at all levels of crocheting as Ann is a very patient teacher and finds the individual way to teach!
Thank you, Sin, for your kind review. I'm glad you found the session useful and hope you have been able to make use of your newfound crochet skills.
Had a two hour beginners crochet session with Ann this morning. I have tried to crochet before without much success but thanks to Ann’s patience, enthusiasm, knowledge and guidance I now feel able build on this new skill and with practice take on a project.
Ann spotted my mistakes, gently put me right, explaining where and how I had gone wrong. I was also given information and patterns to bring home.
It was two hours well spent in the company of a lovely lady. Highly recommend. Thank you Ann.
Thank you Janice for your kind review - I'm glad you enjoyed your workshop. You picked up the principles of crochet quickly and were a pleasure to teach. I hope you continue to enjoy your new found skill.
Really lovely session with an extremely patient teacher. Really enjoyed it. Booked in for a next session and looking forward to it! Thank you Ann!
Thank you Rashi for posting a review of your knitting workshop and congratulations on being the 50th person to post a review!!! I am constantly amazed by the kind comments people post in their reviews and how much they enjoy their workshops, as you have done. I hope you are able to continue your knitting journey and look forward to seeing you at Just Grand Crafters group session in December.
Really enjoyed my crochet lesson with Ann. Refreshed my memory on what I already knew ( although that wasn’t a lot) and gave me an appetite to learn more. Just need to practice the basics and then I may return for more advanced stitches!! Lovely surroundings.
Thank you Shirley for your kind review. I'm glad you found the session useful for reviving your interest in crochet and reviewing your skills. Good luck with it.
Ann was very patient with me, i loved learning, i'm feeling much more confident looking forward to my next lesson. Thank you Ann yiu are a very good teacher. I think i'm going to enjoy my new hobby very much.
Thank you, Louise. You worked really hard to understand the principles of crochet and I am pleased that you enjoyed your session.
Keep up the good work. Kind regards, Ann
Had a two hour knitting lesson with Ann on Friday. In the short time she managed to get me knitting. A friend tried to teach me in the past without success, but Ann was patient and explained things clearly. The tea room where we met was a lovely environment to relax and learn, with the bonus of supplying great cake.
Thank you Anita for your kind review. It was a pleasure to be able to teach you to knit. Hope you manage to make your cowl and I hope to see you at Just Grand Crafters sometime.
Ann is a very patient teacher. I spent two hours being taught how to crochet. The time went by so quickly. I wanted to learn a new skill which I achieved.
The setting was lovely in the Vintage tea rooms in the Grand Arcade. I enjoyed a tasty slice of lemon and blueberry cake.
Thank you Ann for a wonderful time, once I’ve mastered the basics I’ll book for another workshop.
Thank you, Stella, for taking the time to write your kind review. It was a pleasure teaching you and I'm glad you found the session worthwhile and feel you have gone some way to mastering your new found skill.
I had a great time learning crochet with my friend Linda. I wasn't expecting to be able to do so much after just two hours. I made another granny square when I got home, which is now well on the way to being a blanket, something I've wanted to do for a very long time. Ann is a great teacher and the notes we received mean I can try other things and have something to refer back to. Thank you Ann for passing on such a great skill.
Thank you, Jo for your review. I'm glad you and your friend enjoyed your workshop and found it useful and helpful in providing you with a new skill. Hope you manage to complete your blanket. Do send me a picture - I love seeing the work people craft after their session.
My friend Joan and I spent a lovely 2 hours in Ann`s company learning to crochet. As everyone has said she was unbelievably patient with us complete novices! Joan and I were amazed to find we both had a granny square to take home with us and a new skill! Our session was on 31st August and we are both slightly obsessed _ I am currently trying to master holly leaves for Christmas _ there are so many free patterns on the intranet! Best £15 spent in a while- thanks again Ann
Thank you, Linda, for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you and Joan found the workshop useful and were pleased with the results of your hard work. It does get addictive!! Hope your holly leaves work out.
I met Ann yesterday for a beginner's crochet lesson. She is a really good teacher and very patient. It took me a while to get my head around it but by the end I was impressed with how far I'd come. I finished off my granny square at home using the really useful information sheets she gave me. I highly recommend the workshop and plan to see Ann again for more lessons once I have mastered granny squares.
Thank you Vicky for your kind words and I'm glad you were able to finish your granny square when you got home. I could see that it was frustrating for you not to be able to get the hang of things at first, but you've obviously managed it now. Keep up the good work.
Just to say thank you for yesterday. It was a great class. I would definitely recommend it and will travel to Leeds to see you again. Thank you! :)
Thank you Jo for your kind words. I'm glad you found the workshop helpful and hope you are putting your newfound skills to good use.
My daughter and I attended the crochet workshop delivered by Ann. We both haqd an excellent time and learnt so much. Ann was absolutely lovely and very patient with both of us. Very relaxed and informal. The time passed so quickly, and we both left feeling we had learnt the basics of o new skill. Ann gave us excellent advice, and tips, she also provided us with information on good websites. Excellent! Value for money, I would highly recommend. Thank you so much for a lovely afternoon, we both enjoyed it so much.
Thank you, Maggie, for your lovely review. I am glad you both enjoyed yourselves and feel you are able to carry on with what you learnt on the day.
I met Anna today and she is lovely , she gave me confidence and in 2 hours I was able to learn the methods of knitting. I was so pleased to have attended because she is lovely and helps even if im struggling :)
Thank you, Kawther for your review. I enjoyed working with you and hope you manage to eventually knit those jumpers for your fiancée. Keep up the good work.
This is an amazing workshop – well worth the money, and for such a good cause!
Although I’ve been knitting for number of years, I’ve always wanted to learn to crochet. I’ve used numerous YouTube videos but just never been able to pick it up. Ann is fantastic. By the end of the session I could crochet (although I will admit, I still struggled with holding the yarn correctly, but that was simply because I could not wrap my head around it – no fault of Ann’s at all!).
Ann took me through the basic stitches, and even provided written instructions to take home – amazing. She also gave me some really useful info about reading American patterns which I’ve always been confused by in the past.
By the end, Ann had me crocheting a basic granny square – thanks Ann! I went home, had a practice and can even hold the yarn correctly now! ha
I cannot say enough good things about this workshop – lovely, patient teacher, great venue, and I came away with skills I’d not been able to grasp for years. If you are thinking of learning to crochet or knit, you can’t go wrong with a lesson with Ann :)
Thank you, Donna, for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the workshop and found it useful. Good to hear you have found a way to hold your wool to your satisfaction. Keep up the good work with the granny squares. I will send you details of the Just Grand Crafters group.
What a lovely afternoon I had when I met with Ann for a crochet lesson at the weekend. Cake, cuppas and crocheting in a lovely tea room - what could be better.
Ann is absolutely brilliant; she taught me a selection of stitches, how to follow a pattern and also gave me a selection of help sheets. I also learned how to crochet a granny square, which is what I really wanted to do. Ann explained the logic of the pattern which really helped me understand what to do if (when) I go wrong.
Thank you so much Ann for your time and your patience and the help sheets you had for me.
I am practicing away doing the granny squares and the ones I've done will all go into the blanket I want to make.
Thank you Sue, for your kind words. I am glad you found the session useful and are now able to, hopefully, fulfil your dream of crocheting your own blanket and other items.
Ann is a lovely and kind lady - giving her time to a good cause while at the same time teaching others new skills.
Being new to crochet, Ann took me through (very patiently) many of the stitches that I would require to complete a range of projects and provided me with written instructions for future use. The information Ann gave was very informative - in particular pointing out where American patterns use the same terminology to mean different things! Ann then helped me start on my larger project - without her I would not have been able to complete it. I've definitely got the bug and am two blankets in within 3 months.
I'll definitely be back for further 1-1 tuition as I explore different knitting and crochet projects, and would highly recommend Ann to others.
Thank you for your review and kind words. I am glad you enjoyed your workshop and that you are continuing with your crocheting. Your blanket looks fabulous. Thank you for sending me a picture of your work. Well done.
I would really highly recommend this course. Anne explains, demonstrates and then helps you to have a go yourself, and by the end of two hours I could crochet! I am absolutely delighted, and am already very happily making a blanket. I am planning to take a friend soon for her birthday, and will hopefully get some more pointers myself then too!
The cafe is a lovely location, and the coffee and cake just add to the great experience.
My friend & I attended a 2 hour workshop with Ann to learn how to crochet. Ann was brilliant, so patient & a really good teacher. She tailored the workshop to our individual abilities and at the end I felt confident to crochet the basic stitches & start to follow a pattern. I’ve tried to crochet before & not succeeded but this time I felt much more confident and really understood what to do. The written instructions that Ann gave us to take away are clear& a good reminder of what we learned. We had a great time, Ann is so easy to get on with & the Just Grand tearooms serves delicious food& drinks. Such a relaxed setting& a perfect way to spend a couple of hours on a Friday.
I really enjoyed my crochet session with Ann, she was very easy to get along with and helped me to advance my crochet techniques by going through a pattern with me that I am interested in attempting! The venue is a nice relaxed atmosphere too.
Ann is a lovely kind lady, and extremely patient! Went through all sorts of crochet stitches and all done in such a lovely venue where you can enjoy amazing delicious cakes and treats at the same time! Well worth the money, a bargain considering I received 1 to 1 tuition for 2 hours! Thanks Ann!
Absolutely fantastic Class. The tea room was the perfect location, such a nice vibe.
Ann is a wonderful teacher, very patient and caring, shes so kind.
Such amazing value for money, I couldn't ask for a better experience.
In 2hours we had tea, scones and I learned to crochet from scratch one 2 one with Ann. I was an absolute beginner, Ann's technique was very easy to pick up. I went home the same day and made a phone case that looks so good.
I would recommend this course to everyone, value for money by far, you won't find a cheaper course. And to Top it all off she does it for a wonderful charity so its all for a good cause.
Looking forward to my knitting class on Thursday :)
Ann is a lovely patient lady and she certainly needed to be with me as a student. It was my first attempt at crochet and I was slow to pick it up, but Ann stuck with me and even managed to find a few positives worthy of praise. The setting was lovely too in the tea rooms, worth another visit just for the curly surly brownie! Thank you Ann, I'll be back in touch for my next lesson soon.
Ann is a friendly, welcoming, informative teacher who was not only great at the job in hand so to speak, crochet, but was great company also. The 2 hours provide a great starting base/practice time for the skills that Ann teaches you and the surroundings of the tea room are fantastic - staff were friendly and the loose tea I chose was fantastic. This course is excellent value for money and would recommend to anyone starting to learn crochet. Thank you very much.
Ann kindly arrived early when we rang to say we had ordered food earlier than expected. The venue is special - we sat in the old arcade at a table belonging a vintage tea shop.
Ann has a lovely relaxed style of teaching which encouraged and gave confidence to my daughter who was very happy with her own progress. She soon learnt to recognise and often correct her own mistakes which is a very important and positive step as it enables the pupil to continue to develop skills when practicing alone.
I am looking forward to some crocheted presents.
Had a great few hrs learning knitting with Ann. The grand tearoom was so relaxing and a welcome step back in time. Can't wait to do the crochet class. Would highly recommend.
Thank you Ann and see you soon
I learnt to crochet as a child but had not done any for over 40 years. I was keen to try again and my son gave me the voucher and details of the course as a birthday present. What a brilliant present! Ann soon taught me a variety of stitches and with a bit of help I soon had a growing practice piece. I then progressed to a granny square which I am really pleased with. Ann taught me how to follow a pattern so that I can try new projects at home and she provided instruction sheets and some patterns to try. Ann was a friendly patient teacher and I look forward to meeting up again next month for another session.
What a lovely way to spend an afternoon!! My (grown up) son & I attended a workshop with Ann this afternoon & had such a great time. The Vintage Tea rooms is a great venue with gorgeous teas & cakes. Ann is a really patient teacher -we were both total beginners -but came away with a real sense of achievement having mastered the basics & being ready to practise lots & then have the option to go back & have another session with Ann. Wonderful to think that the money goes to charity too.
Ann was a pleasure to meet, a very good teacher who made it very easy to learn. The setting was so comfortable as the lessons take place in The Grand Vintage Tea Rooms in The Grand Arcade just up from the Grand Theatre. I thought the lesson was a very reasonable price and even better you feel good because Ann donates her takings to Charity. It was a relaxed morning chatting and knitting and I would recommend anybody to do it even if it just to have a change.
A friend and I had a 2hr session with Ann not long ago, and we went into it thinking we were going to be utter failures! Ann told us she hadn't had a failure (yet!) , and was very patient with us as she taught us how to do single, double, and treble crochets, and read crochet patterns.
I have since practiced and used these skills to make little crochet projects and learn new stitches. It's a lovely bonus that the money for the session contributes to charity.
I had a 2 hour session as a complete beginner with Ann last week, and she was great! So patient and I came away feeling totally inspired :-) I've just bought loads of supplies and have started my first project (a scarf!) Many thanks Ann, and I would recommend you to anyone :-)
I've just had a two hour session with Ann and it was fantastic. Ann herself is absolutely lovely and so patient. It's been a while since I've knitted and even then it was very basic. She answered all of my questions and even demonstrated crochet which I've never seen before. The vintage tea rooms are perfect for these one to one sessions too!
I spent two hours today learning to crochet. What a pleasure! Ann was so friendly and patient and an excellent teacher. The Just Grand vintage tea room is a lovely environment in which to learn. Thank you.
I had not attempted to crochet since I was a small child so I approached my 2 hour lesson with Ann with some trepidation. I needn't have worried - Ann is a great teacher, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient. I very much enjoyed the lesson and left having completed a square and nearly completed a phone cover which I was able to finish at home. The Just Grand tea rooms are grand too and a lovely venue for the lessons.5
My husband arranged the lesson as a surprise for me as my childhood crochet skills were rusty to say the least. Ann is so patient and explained everything in such a practical way. I wanted to make a granny square blanket as we had these as children made by my Nana. Ann started me off with some brilliant printed instructions and practical help. I have now started a new square at home and am looking forward to it growing into a blanket. I also looked up a pattern for a Christmas star which I can now follow thanks to Ann. I think my family will all be receiving crocheted gifts this year.
Thank you so much Ann, it was lovely to meet you and I hope to have a more advanced lesson once I have more fully mastered the basics.
This was exactly what I needed! I had a one-to-one session with Ann and feel much more confident as a result. She worked at my pace, answered all my questions and I am now keen to start my first item. A lovely location too, so an afternoon well spent and £15 going to a good cause.
Met Ann on a Saturday morning in the vintage tea rooms. She was absolutely lovely and very patient with us. I have now been knitting at home and i love it. I will be going back soon for a crochet lesson.
Ann has started a crochet obsession for me!
I was a complete beginner (and fairly useless to be honest) but Ann was extremely patient and a great teacher. There is no way I could have picked up the basics from a video tutorial, I needed personal guidance.
I really enjoyed the class and the vintage tea room in the Grand Arcade is the perfect setting.
Ann kindly gave some patterns and instructions to take away after the class.
I will be practising and booking another class with Ann in the future to improve my skills.
Thankyou Ann for helping me build the skills to begin a crochet granny square blanket, I would definitely recommend you to anyone looking to learn how to crochet and build the confidence to continue independently. The vintage tea rooms are also lovely and an ideal location for this workshop. Thankyou xx
My daughter and I had a lovely afternoon learning to crochet for the first time.
My ten year old picked up the basic techniques really quickly and although we didn't finish the toy hammock we started at the session -we managed to continue and finish it off at home (thanks to the written notes provided by Ann).
It was a great starting point and gave us the encouragement to continue with further developing our crochet skills.
Thank you Ann !
I decided to try crochet after seeing a number of people doing it at work and making some really great items. I have a few books and also used the internet but I felt I needed a person. I found Ann online and met Saturday morning and had a great time. I started with revising a lot of the basics and found it really useful to have someone there just to check what I was doing and point out problems that I was repeating. I got a nice set of lesson notes as well as having a great laugh, a good chat and some nice coffee and cake.
The Vintage Tearooms were lovely for a visit any time, nice cakes and coffee and a lovely atmosphere. It does get busy though so either try book a table or enjoy sitting in the arcade with blankets and hot water bottles if it is chilly.
Ann is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher, and the stitches taught by my mum, 40 years ago, slowly came flooding back. I throughly enjoyed it and it was amazing how relaxed and transfixed by knitting I became in such a short period of time. We spend far too much time in front of PCs, phones, iPads ....so this is a great way to spend your time. The vintage tearoooms are just worth a visit for food and drink at any time. And the Grand Arcade with its different shops is also worth a visit. I imagine
I'll be madly knitting small Christmas gifts for friends to practise, but will be back for further informal 1-1 tuition, as its really worth the money and it supports a good cause. Knitting is a dying art, so if you feel so inclined, pick it up again or try it for the first time,
My daughter and I had a two hour session with Ann as absolute beginners to crochet. The course was great, Ann offers individual sessions arranged for a mutually convenient time, in our case a Sunday afternoon. We met in a lovely vintage tea shop with really friendly staff who were interested in what we were doing and provided delicious home baking. Ann is very patient and provides written instructions to back up the session. We both really enjoyed the session and plan to arrange a follow up later in the year. Ann does the sessions to fundraise for a charity which supports people with learning difficulties and their families, which makes it all even more worthwhile. We would thoroughly recommend.