Stitch Fest South West is organised by:

Stitch Fest 

1 New Buildings

Harbertonford TQ9 7SZ

Tel: 01803 731077


No customer facing facilities.No visitors without appointment please


BIRDWOOD HOUSE - FRONT ROOM, 44 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SG


This is a playful class where we will experiment with colour and texture to create colourful working swatches. After the class, students can use these swatches as reference points for their next multi-coloured project. Beginning with some colour theory, we will explore different colour combinations through the use of striping, textured stitches, lace patterning, fading and more. We will also experiment with holding yarns double to create marled effects and try out combinations of speckled and variegated yarns.

Level: Confident Beginner Upwards (basic knitting skills – knit, purl, cast on and off)


What to bring: Small amounts of different yarns (leftover yarn would be perfect!) in a variety of colours and if you have them, in different weights and textures (eg lace-weight, brushed mohair etc). If possible, a variety of needle sizes, but if not, then needles to match the weight of yarn (eg 3.75 mm for fingering weight yarn), pencil/pen, smart phone – we will be photographing yarn combinations, so a smartphone or camera will be useful but not essential.


Maddie Harvey is a workshop tutor and knitwear designer, living and working in Edinburgh, UK. A former primary school teacher, she loves investigating colour combinations and textures in her design work. Maddie is a strong advocate of experimenting with knitting and using the process of swatching as a way to investigate stitches, and free-up the knitting process.

Choose Colour! with Maddie Harvey