Tuesday October 9th

Hook a Swaledale sheep with hand-spun yarn: Class in the Nutmeg Room with Anne Hewitt

Ann says: I live in Swaledale, a diverse and quite intimate landscape that informs and inspires much of what I now do. I spin yarns and weave but my fun time is spent working hooked rugs, mainly using my hand-spun yarns. I usually work on hessian/burlap . . . without a frame. Recently I completed a two year course in Textile Design with Weave at Bradford Art College as a mature student and have also had the pleasure to being Artist in Residence in association with our local museum. In addition my work has been exhibited.

In this workshop, students will begin to work a head portrait of our iconic Swaledale sheep, using hand-spun yarns in natural wool colours. This project will involve working in shading and shaping to create a convincing depiction of a chosen image. Fine hooks are used in this work. These, along with frames and hoops, are available upon request as a pre-class order.
The kit includes the pattern (11” x 9”), a photo of the design and a selection of hand-spun yarns to complete the sheep (but not the background).  A choice of background yarns will be available to purchase direct from the tutor on the day or the work can be completed as the student wishes. The kit and materials (excluding the background yarns) costs £17.00.


View of The Swale at head of page by Lesley Close