Needle Craft

Ref: C3672065

This course will carry on from the taster session, continuing to introduce students to the basics of knitting as well as supporting existing knitters to develop new stitches and techniques.. A popular traditional needle craft, dating back to Egyptian times, knitting in a group can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, improve social contact and communication with others. Beginners to the subject will work towards learning to cast on, knit, purl and cast off. Intermediate and advanced 'knitters' can display existing skills, adding colour and pattern to their work; maybe following charts. We shall continue to work on the group project started in the taster - making a string of knitted bunting for display in the venue. Other needlecrafts will be built into the course such as crocheting, which can be a preferred alternative to knitting and embroidery another popular and traditional stitch making art form.

Additional information about this course

this is a closed group for the asylum seekers group

Course aim

To provide an inclusive learning environment for women, encouraging English speaking skills and social interaction whilst learning a needle based craft.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Knit and purl a row.
  • Complete a piece of knitting for the group bunting project.
  • Feel confident about the work I have produced.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Needle Craft


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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