Knit Play – texture + tools + tension: an experimental knitting 2 day workshop


Artist, maker and researcher Christine Wiltshier invites you to join her for a weekend of experimental knitting.

Saturday 24 August: 10am-4pm
Sunday 25 August: 10am-4pm

  • Max 10 tickets
  • $15 materials fee pay directly to tutor

Suitable for All Skill Levels, ages 16+

Using simple stitches, playful instructions and non-traditional materials and tools, Christine will share her idiosyncratic approach to hand knitting which (gently) subverts the ordered complexity of this traditional craft, turning it into a personal art making process.  Experimenting with improvisational making techniques that embrace common knitting ‘mistakes’ such as dropped stitches, tangles and knots, and new knitting instructions created through ‘pattern divining’, you will take your knitting knowledge in new and unexpected creative directions.

The focus of Day One is a sensory exploration of non-traditional knitting materials, tools, and the hand knitting process. The aim being to create a collection of small knitted samples that document knitting and material play exploration.

On Day Two we will explore more deeply a number of the previous days knitted samples, with the aim of creating a two-and-three-dimensional knitted artwork.

Whether you are new to knitting, an experienced knitter, or somewhere in between, this workshop is a supportive and inclusive knitting gathering that will use a conversational approach to experimenting with knitting. It includes instructions on; how to knit, remembering how to knit or, for experienced knitters, how to increase their knitting skills.

Experimental materials and tools are provided for both days of the workshop and a materials fee of $15 per person is payable to the artist on the first day of the workshop.


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About Christine

Artist Statement and Workshop Background

The Knit Play: texture + tools + tension workshop is informed by artist Christine Wiltshier’s idiosyncratic studio making, in which she explores ways to (gently) subvert the ordered complexity and search for perfection inherent in traditional textile hand crafts, such as hand knitting and embroidery. Embracing a multidisciplinary approach that involves sculpture, performative installations, video and wall-based works, Christine deconstructs the processes of mistake-making, unmaking and remaking. She highlights in particular the unwanted and often frustrating knots, tangles and dropped stitches and the ensuing struggles that these ‘errors’ elicit. Her imperfect artworks also promote the beauty to be found when creating with irregular rhythms and flow.

Christine has also created a number of participatory artworks that share the notion of the generative potential of mistake-making and making-struggles. The (mistake) Making Station and Knit Play: texture + tools + tension workshop have been included in solo exhibitions and also as part of Arterie artist residency programs at Chris O’Brien LifeHouse and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

Christine Wiltshier holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Textiles (Honours) from UNSW Art, Design and Architecture. She has held a number of solo exhibitions and been part of multiple group exhibitions. She has also been a finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, the Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award, Petite Textile Awards and the Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize.

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Additional information


Saturday 24 August, Sunday 25 August

What to Bring

Student Requirements List

  • Eye Mask
  • Scissors
  • Small pair pointed nose pliers
  • Selection of Tapestry needles various sizes
  • Small cutting board
  • Two knitting needles which you are happy to remodel (bend/break) local op shop is a good source
  • 2-4 wooden sticks, for use as knitting “needles”, various thickness and lengths but manageable for hand knitting
  • Whilst a variety of materials are provided, if you would like to bring a piece of fabric, or an old garment to re purpose or have a material in your stash you haven’t known how to use, this is the time to play with it!
  • A cup/mug/water bottle, making is thirsty work!


  • You must wear closed-toe shoes (no thongs or sandals)
  • Apron, protective clothes or old clothes

Materials fee $15 – payable directly to your tutor