Workshops

Marissa ran Machine Knitting workshops with Amy Twigger Holroyd of Keep and Share for over six years before Amy returned to the North of England. Marissa now later continues the courses in the inspiring new setting of Rose Tinted Rags, a textile resource centre in Hereford. Alternatively workshops are also available in West Wales through ‘Make it in Wales’. Click here to be added to the mailing list. 

Basics of Machine Knitting : Beyond the basics : One to one bespoke workshops

Basics of Machine Knitting

October 7th – 8th 2017 

January 27th – 28th 2018 – Booking now available.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or looking to refresh your skills, this course will give you a firm grounding in the basics of machine knitting. You’ll gain an understanding of how the machine works and what it can do, with plenty of time to practise and experiment. The workshop covers basic skills, such as casting on and off, knitting stripes, increasing and decreasing, and creating various textures, patterns and hems using manual techniques. You’ll create a range of samples to take away and learn how to solve (and avoid) common machine knitting problems!

On Sunday you have the choice between applying what you’ve learnt on a larger project, such as a scarf or cushion panel, or continuing sampling, trying out the basics of punchcards or partial knitting. As part of the workshop, we provide advice on buying a machine and sourcing yarn, accessories and spare parts.

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This is a two-day workshop. Day 1 (Saturday) is 10am to 4.30pm; Day 2 (Sunday) is 10am to 1pm, followed by lunch (finished by 2pm). The workshop takes place at Rose Tinted Rags, Union Walk, Commercial Street, Country bus Station, Hereford.

£75.00      /     £150.00
(deposit)      (total price)

ENQUIRE before payment for availability.


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Machine Knitting: Beyond the Basics

October 7th – 8th 2017

This workshop caters for those who have either attended our Basics of Machine Knitting workshop, or who are competent in basic operations and want to learn more.

Rather than write a fixed workshop schedule, we are keen to help you with your own knitting ambitions – whether that is to create beautifully finished items to wear, fabrics to felt, or more experimental and sculptural textiles.

Therefore, before the workshop we’ll invite you to pick up to four topics to focus on from the following menu (the fewer topics chosen, the longer will be spent on each one)

  • getting to grips with the punchcard
  • hems and neck trims
  • using ‘hold’ for necks/pockets and/or sculptural shaping
  • seamless joining and edging
  • more manual textures and patterns
  • sewing up (by hand and/or linker)
  • troubleshooting (tell us your troubles!)

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This is a two-day workshop. Day 1 (Saturday) is 10am to 4.30pm; Day 2 (Sunday) is 10am to 1pm, followed by lunch (finished by 2pm). The workshop takes place at Rose Tinted Rags, Union Walk, Commercial Road, Country bus Station, Hereford.

£75.00      /     £150.00
(deposit)      (total price)

ENQUIRE before payment for availability.


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One to One – Machine Knitting Workshop

[Dates available on request]

This is a workshop tailored to your specific needs or project.

This is a one – two day workshop. Day 1 (Saturday) is 10am to 4.30pm, Day 2 (Sunday) is 10am – 1.00pm followed by lunch (included).  The workshop takes place at my studio Artsite 3, Rockfield Road, C Hereford, HR1 2UA. If you would like a home tutorial please contact me to see If this is a suitable option.

£140.00 (total price)

ENQUIRE before payment for availability.

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Workshop information

What to expect….

My knitting workshops are creative, relaxed and friendly – a lovely environment in which to spend a day or two! Because the groups are small (with 3-5 places, depending on the workshop), I can cater for people with varying levels of experience and particular interests, and everyone is able to learn at their own pace.

The workshops are run by myself and I will occasionally have an assistant for larger bookings.

All Saturday sessions run from 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday sessions run from 10am to 1pm, followed by lunch, finishing by 2pm. To help you to concentrate on your knitting, I provide lunch and refreshments on both days. I am happy to cater for specific dietary requirements; just let me know when you book.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to register your interest for the next time a specific course runs, please e mail me – marissathereze@hotmail.co.uk  If you’re interested in other arts and craft workshops, take a look at the Creative Breaks website. I am a member of this not-for-profit association of highly skilled artists and makers offering a broad range of creative courses in Herefordshire and the surrounding area.


Equipment and materials

All equipment and materials are provided for each workshop. You might like to bring a notebook and pen, reading glasses if required, and perhaps a camera to record your work in progress.

I use chunky Knitmaster 155 machines for the machine knitting workshops. Chunky machines are great for learning on, as the needles and stitches are nice and big. The chunky Knitmaster works in a very similar way to standard gauge Knitmaster/Silver Reed machines, and is also similar to all Brother/Toyota machines. So, if you have (or are thinking of getting) a standard gauge machine, or a Brother/Toyota machine, you will be able to easily transpose what you learn on the course. At the workshops I provide advice on buying a knitting machine and sourcing yarn – essential at the moment while machine knitting is an underground activity!

If you’d like to learn on your own machine, you are welcome to bring it with you. Please let me know the make and model of your machine in advance if you are going to do this, and also bring the manual, if you have one. Yarn is provided, whether you’re using one of my machines or your own.


External workshops

From time to time, I run workshops at external locations. Sometimes these are bespoke workshops, arranged for a private group – from university courses to an informal group of friends. Alternatively, they might be public workshops, organised by a host venue. If you are interested in booking me to run a workshop, please contact me for a quote.

You might also be interested in the Team Knitting Day workshop.

Knitting Machines

Marissa restores knitting machines and has a large stock of accessories including an extensive collection of resource books. If there is something you are looking for she is happy to give advice or dig something out!