The Westgate, 2 Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8TP
Hear a brief history of knitting & its rise in recent times – why has it become so popular, how is it reaching such a wide audience & what has changed in the 21st century? Then, create your own knitted jewellery from recycled yarns.
The lovely Westgate Pub with Rooms, opposite one of Winchester's medieval gateways, will be home to a unique event. Sarah, The Crafty Wintonian, will give a brief history of knitting and discuss its incredible rise in recent years. With a focus on the reasons as to why people take up a hobby such as knitting, and its incredible (and personal) benefits on mental health, Sarah will guide you through the ages of knitting – the first examples still available to view, when knitting was considered a patriotic duty for women including the Queen, and its importance in modern fast-paced lifestyles.
Then – the opportunity to create your very own piece of knitted jewellery – a necklace or a bracelet – using yarn created from the offcuts of the t-shirt manufacturing process. Using just your hands to recreate loom knitting, learn a heritage craft that was originally used to create horse reins, but can be used to make hats, scarves and jewellery with excellent results!
● Saturday 15 September: 1000-1130
● Sunday 16 September: 1600-1730
Suitable for all ages!
Level access into venue, but no level access toilet facilities.
Max 20 people per tour/session. 30 minute talk will be followed by 1 hour of creativity.
Situated through the historic Westgate, on the corner of Romsey Road, opposite the entrance to the Great Hall.