Knit Design Online:

City & Guilds Distance Learning Hand Knitting Courses
with Loraine McClean


Fairisle colour scheme

Exciting hands-on workshops, finding and using inspiration and translating it into colour combinations / designs for a variety of crafts.

Workshops are relaxed and informal with a creative atmosphere. There will be plenty of visual material and worked examples to get everyone started and comprehensive handouts are provided.

Workshops can be tailored to be specific to textile crafts, or as general design for any craft discipline.

Confidence with Colour - successful colour combining, what works and why

Colour scheme Colour ideas from inspiration

You will learn some useful colour theory basics; use inspiration to devise exciting and unusual colour scheme/s and explore different ways of applying these to the materials of your craft.   Take home ideas for exciting colour schemes for future use and as the start of a personal colour scheme sourcebook.

From Inspiration to Design

Inspiration to colour scheme Knit ideas from inspiration

When you know what to look for, you will see design inspiration everywhere - especially in the everyday natural and man-made world around you.

Simply plonking an image onto fabric / knitting / a pot won't give you a very original design. To create something truly your own, use the inspiration as a starting point to spark new ideas. Some things will immediately suggest a stitch, a texture, or a pattern but others might need a little experimentation or simplification to work and it is this personal input that makes a design unique.

Fairisle colour scheme

Learn where to find suitable inspirational material and how to use it; then apply the ideas to your own craft - from knitting and stitching, to ceramics and weaving. Use simple techniques to develop your own creativity and create original designs - and no drawing skills are needed.

Visual Linking - using moodboards and sketchbooks to expand & develop a design theme

Colour scheme Sketchbook page using sand as inspiration

A hands-on workshop experimenting with colour, aimed at anyone working with fibres, yarns, materials or threads.

Discover how professional designers choose, research and develop a theme to inspire their designs. Designers use personal sketchbooks to store and record things which might come in useful for sparking ideas, or to develop a theme which can generate many related designs. Despite the name 'sketchbook' drawing ability definitely isn't needed, just enthusiasm and open eyes are required to start the 'idea stash' habit.