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Knitting & Crochet – Workshops & Designs – Coaching

Handicraft for Life

Online Workshops

Videos will shortly be available to teach knitting and crochet techniques, and offer support for new patterns

Growing Supportive Community

We have a growing community in Facebook where ideas can be shared and crafty questions answered – we love sharing handicraft stories!

1-to-1 Craft Advice

Sometimes you just need a personal demonstration of how to do a particular pattern, stitch or technique; when you gain confidence, you can enjoy handicrafts even more!


1-to-1 Coaching

If you are feeling stressed, anxious or lonely, it may be because you feel unable to “let go” or are lacking a sense of purpose. Building handicraft into your daily routine can help you relax and enhance your self-esteem

Kay’s Latest Blog

Hand Knitting: 6 interesting techniques

Hand knitting is frequently a pastime in the modern era; people make items for themselves or as gifts for family and friends. At one time, hand knitting was a necessity to make warm clothing, or to sell to generate an income. While it’s perfectly possible to create jumpers, hats and scarves in “good plain knitting”, or enhanced by stripes, there are various techniques available to create added interest, and 6 are highlighted here:

  • Cable
  • Fair Isle
  • Intarsia
  • Lace
  • Slip stitch colour work
  • Texture
Knitting textures

About Kay Dudman

Yarn Craft Tutor & Designer and Coach

Welcome! I am a craft tutor and designer; I specialise in knitting and crochet, but I also offer hand embroidery and tatting. Handicrafts, in particular yarn and thread crafts, have been an interest of mine for many years, and I’d love to share your journey in creating craft items with classes, hints & tips, patterns and my Crafty Cavy Community on Facebook! I find craft so relaxing and inspiring, I like to share my creativity with others as I know that it can help in times of stress and anxiety. As an accredited IAPC&M coach I am happy to offer coaching programmes to help you find your “why?” and craft your future.  

Kay Dudman, Handicrafts Tutor

My Approach

I enjoy teaching and I believe learning should be fun.  I am happy to demonstrate how something can be done, but I also recognise that there are other methods, and if a different way suits you – go for it! It is by experimenting that we find out what works for each of us. Handicraft should be enjoyed!

My Process

Every stitch and each technique is demonstrated in a clear video that can be watched again and again, in slow motion and in close up so that it is easy to see how to create particular stitches and use specific techniques.  Of course, there are right-handed and left-handed versions!

Unique Framework

I have developed the ONE STEP TM structure, which follows a logical sequence from getting started, reading a pattern, practising the techniques through to finishing your handicraft project!  You can then share a photograph of your project in the community for us all to admire!

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