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Join knit designer Nicki Merrall at The Refectory Table to learn how to achieve a professional fully-fashioned knit finish and embellishment techniques, through creating a floral themed sampler with knitted flowers and leaves.


The day covers fully-fashioned shaping; blocking; appliqué with knit; embroidery on knit and adapting basic patterns.


Nicki will support you as you design a small artwork, knit the petals and leaves, block them, appliqué them to a knitted background and embellish them with embroidery. These skills are simple, anyone who can knit, purl and rib will be able to take part and enjoy the creative process.


You will learn how to confidently work mirrored increases and decreases as used to achieve a professional finish in fully-fashioned knitwear.  


The skills gained from this workshop can be used again and again when knitting any garment or accessory that requires shaping, to create a larger knitted artwork or to embellish existing knitted garments, accessories or home ware.

Flora - A creative knitting workshop

with knit designer Nicki Merrall

Saturday 24 June 2017  

About the Tutor - Nicki Merrall


Nicki Merrall is a knit designer based in Leicestershire. She designs and writes patterns for garments and accessories, usually using British wools. Nicki self-publishes some patterns and others are commissioned by magazines.


Her main inspirations are art, traditional textiles, botany and architecture, plus the use of colour by the knitwear designers: Missoni, Kaffe Fasset and Alice Starmore.

Venue & What’s Included

The workshop includes:

  • Designer's 'show and tell’ using Nicki's own designs, swatches and knitting books.

  • Creating a 15x 15cm artwork using fully-fashioned shaping; blocking; appliqué with knit; embroidery on knit.

  • Advice on developing your swatches into finished items.

  • All materials, tools, a worksheet explaining techniques.


You’ll be well looked after with refreshments all day, a home cooked two-course lunch (we cater to all dietary needs) and home baked cake before the final session, and leave with a goodie bag full of treats.


This workshop is for a maximum of 8 people and suitable for anyone who can knit who can knit, purl and rib.


It runs 10am - 4.00pm at a friendly and spacious house with a beautiful garden (that opens to the public for the National Gardens Scheme) in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Full details and directions will be sent to you upon booking.


All Tickets  £70, instalments available.

Prefer not to pay online? Just email us to reserve a place and we’ll sort out payment by BACs or cheque. Get in touch if you have any questions.

What people say about our workshops

"An amazing and creative workshop in amazing and inspiring surroundings!"

"Very friendly environment, well paced & inspirational. Superb hospitality, lovely food – really great all round."

'You'll have a totally chilled day, be fed exceptionally well, and go home inspired."

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