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Modern Knit and Weave Workshop

Modern Knit and Weave Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Saffie Pluck


This course is a 5-day structured programme that will introduce you to, and allows you to experiment with yarn and structure. Working primarily with merino and cotton, the foundations of plying, knit and weave will be explained and put to practice, as well as the opportunity to use embroidery and crochet as a finish.

Working with chunky fibres, you will get a basic understand of how fibres are processed, before making and using your own drop-spindle to create yarn. This yarn will then be used for knitting and weaving to create products, whilst also experimenting with colour and pattern. You will also assemble and use your own weave frame, developed and made by the tutor to allow more expressive weaving techniques.

Topics covered

  • Basic hand knit, weave and embroidery processes and techniques
  • Awareness of colour and pattern
  • Yarn terminology and gauge
  • Introduction to drop-spindle yarn spinning and spinning on a wheel
  • Introduction to modern weave frame making

Who should take this course?

Those who have an interest in chunky fibres, textures and yarn, and are keen to try modern and traditional methods in order to create viable work with the yarn, including knit, weave and embroidery techniques.

Course Outcomes

  • Make and keep your own jumbo drop spindle
  • Make and keep your own weave frame
  • Knitted or woven accessories and homewares depending on what they choose to make.
  • Patterns/ How-to-instructions of all products to take home

Plus a good understanding of basic knit and weave techniques, as well as how to experiment with yarn, and the ability to be able to continue to work on your own projects.

Entry requirements: Prior Knitting/crochet/embroidery skills would be a bonus.

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Saffie Pluck graduated from BA Product Design at Central Saint Martins in 2014. After working at design companies, including Pentagram, she decided to start her own reflective knitwear company, Pluck’d Designs.

Saffie joined the Central Saint Martins 3D Small Workshop team in 2016.


Please bring on the first day:

  • Scissors
  • Pens/pencils/coloured pencils
  • Knitting needles (8mm TBC) - if you have
  • Crochet hooks (8 mm TBC)

Available dates