Wendy Elizabeth Exclusive Designs in Knotted Art  


The history and art of knotting

What do Hercules, the vestal virgins, sore throats and DNA have in common? The answer, and lots of other weird and wonderful ways knots have been used from the stone age to the 21st century, can be found during my talk.  Duration is approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

2017 Workshops

4th March Needle Hitching Workshop Vivacity, Flag Fen Archaeology Park, The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough. PE6 7QJ

28th June Bluntisham Stitch and Steam Group, Bluntisham Baptist Hall, Bluntisham. Cambs. PE28 3LD
15th July Needle Hitching Workshop Vivacity, Flag Fen Archaeology Park, The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough. PE6 7QJ

2017 Private Tuition

24th April, 18th May, 19 & 29th June, 26th July, 8th August

2017 Talks

18th January U3A Social History Group. Christ Church, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough.

2nd February Caldecote Women’s Institute, Caldecott Village Hall. (In Rutland). LE16 8RS    

9th February Elton Women’s Institute Highgate Hall, Elton, Peterborough. PE8 6RU

12th April Melton Afternoon Women’s Institute Sage Cross Methodist Church, Melton Mowbray. Leicester LE13 1RB

11th May Sleaford Trefoil Group Parva House, Little Hale, Sleaford. NG34 9BA

8th June Freemans RSA, East Community Centre, Padholme Road, Peterborough. PE1 5EN

14th June Wednesday Morning Group Hanover Court, Hanover Close. St. Neots. PE19 7SG

4th July Ropsley & District  Women’s Institute, Ropsley Village Hall, Ropsley, Sleaford, Lincs. NG33 4BN

13th July Eye Women’s Institute Leeds Hall, High Street, Eye, Peterborough. PE6 7UU

20th July Leasingham Women’s Institute, Leasingham Village Hall, Leasingham, Sleaford, Lincs.

3rd October Cottesmore Women’s Institute Village Hall, Cottesmore, Rutland.

17th October All Saints Fellowship All Saints Church, Park Road, Peterborough.

2018 Workshops

3rd February Needle Hitching Workshop. Vivacity, Flag Fen Archaeology Park, The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough. PE6 7QJ    Early booking is advisable as limited places are available

2018 Talks

20th March Ely Tuesday Group The Old Dispensary, 13, St. Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER

9th April Braybrooke Women’s Institute Braybrooke Village Hall, Griffin Road, Braybrooke, Leicestershire LE16 8LH

10th April Stanion (Kettering) Tuesday Ladies Club, Village Hall, Stanion, Kettering. Northants. NN14 1BU

17th April Tollgate Women’s Institute St. Johns Church Lounge, Hawthorne Bank, Spalding. PE11 1JQ

14th May The First Monday Club St. Mary le Wigford Church Hall, St Mary’s Street, Lincoln. LN5 7EQ

7th June The Rutland Stroke Club St. Joseph’s RC Church, Station Road, Oakham. LE15 6QN

4th July Swineshead Women’s Institute Swinfields EPU, Butlers Way, Swineshead, Boston, PE20 3HD

13th September Bourne Worth It Women’s Institute Darby & Joan Hall, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9LY

16th October Colsterworth Women’s Institute Colsterworth Sports and Social Club, Old Post Lane, Colsterworth, NG33 5PG

2019 Talks

4th April Wyberton Church End Women’s Institute WI and Scout Hall, Tytton Lane East, Wyberton, Nr. Boston. Lincs. PE21 7HW

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Bespoke Workshops  

Informal tuition on a variety of knotting techniques. I come to you .


Furoshiki cloths were once used by Samurai households as reusable gift wrappings. The more expensive the gift the better the wrapping!. Now it is a wonderful way to recycle scarves and material, even making the scarf part of the gift. Learn the simple techniques to wrap an assortment of shapes. Bring along “presents”  to wrap and thin square scarves.


Learn a few basic macramé knots. Discover how to use them and create key rings, and dragonflies to take home.


This art has been a part of Chinese culture for thou-sands of years. Learn a few of the basic knots.   Discover how to use them and create brooches /charms and snakes to take home.  


These are ideal for beginners and large craft groups, and last approximately 2 hours. Knot tying instructions provided to take home.  My fees are £15.00 per hour plus travel expenses to be agreed at time of booking. Materials cost £1.00 per take home item.  Make as many or as few as you wish.


Talk/Taster Days

I present one of my talks in the morning , then give the appropriate taster workshop in the afternoon. My fees are £150.00 for the day which usually includes travel. See below for my talk information.

Day/half day workshops can be arranged and are more one to one tuition and only suitable for a single pupil or maximum of six. These are tailored to suit you and therefore priced accordingly. Please contact me for further details .


This is a 7000 year old technique of tying half hitch knots which can be used to make fabric items such as socks, mittens, hats, bowls and mats.

Learn the half hitch knot and make flowers to take home as brooches or hat decorations.

Materials cost £1per take home item. Make as many or as few as you wish. Or if you prefer, you may bring your own wool and buttons .

Alternatively, you can make a small bowl . Materials cost £5 per take home item.

Day/Half Day Tailored for You Workshops


Learn a few basic macramé knots and create your own designer jewellery. If you’ve done the taster workshops a quick refresher may just be needed and then you can get making sooner!

Practice materials supplied . A selection of yarns, beads, pendants and fittings will be available to purchase for “take home” items or you are welcome to bring your own.  Pictures show possible designs

Taster Workshops


This art has been a part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. An ancient craft with a modern twist. Learn a few basic knots to create stunning necklaces and bracelets.   Pictures show possible designs.


These ancient techniques are still in use today. Practice materials supplied. A selection of yarns will be available to purchase for take home items or bring your own.

Needle hitching or needle binding

This is a 7000 year old technique of tying half hitch knots which among other things can be used to make fabric items such as socks, mittens, hats and bowls. Following on from the taster workshop, learn how to shape for socks and hats.


Net making is a knotting technique used for fishing and trapping etc.. Other useful items such as bags for shopping and storage, even a skirt can be made. Learn how to make a basic bag.


The reef knot is one of the oldest knots found and can be used to make fabric. By tying reef knots and half hitches a wide variety of items can be made including clothing, bags, mats and belts. Following on from the macramé taster workshop learn how to produce fabric in different patterns.

The art of Oriental knotting

From love tokens to martial arts, discover how the exquisite art of oriental knotting has passed from ancient tradition into 21st century fashion. Includes a short ‘have a go session’ on Japanese fabric wrapping.

Duration is approximately 45 minutes.

Both talks are presented in a fun and interactive way with many items and pictures passed around the audience. There is also an extensive exhibition of my work, as a designer of knotted art, with many items for sale. Commissions are happily undertaken. Duration is approximately 45 minutes.

Current fee is £45.00 per talk. Travel expenses to be agreed at time of booking. I am willing to travel 60 miles from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Further distances may be considered. Alternatively if your group books a trip to Flag Fen Archaeology Park Tel; 01733 864468 www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/flag-fen I can arrange to present my talk there. However please contact me to confirm that this arrangement is still available.

Previous talks include: Women's Institutes. Townswomen's Guilds. British Cardiac Patients Group. Friendship Clubs. NHS Trust Retirement Fellowships. Ladies Circles. Lace makers, quilters, embroiderers', spinners, and weavers Guilds. U3A groups. Probus. Civil Service Retirement Fellowship. Luncheon Clubs.

I am listed on the Historical page at www.peterboroughguestspeakers.co.uk and currently on the speakers panels of the following Women’s Institutes; Cambridge. Huntingdon & Peterborough. Ely. Leicester & Rutland. Norfolk. Northamptonshire. South Lincolnshire. Suffolk West.


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