Creative Course 3

The Creative Course 3 subscription is designed to develop your creativity and crafting skills by means of KNITTING, FELTING & EMBROIDERING a Sporran Bag and a Linne Belt. As you follow the course you will also learn to make beads and cords for decorative purposes. Please scoll down toward the base of the page for materials and purchase information.

This course is entirely digital and contains no physical content. All course content is accessed online via our steek dot scot website so a computer and internet connection are essential to access the course. The workbook can be viewed online, but is also provided in a form that is suitable for printing on a home printer. You will also need to have materials on hand to use this course. You will find a list of required materials further down this page.

Your subscription is open to you for a full year from purchase date so that you can learn at your own pace. To give an idea of timeline you can make a matching Sporran bag and Linne belt in a month. However if at the end of the year you would like to have more time on the course you can buy a 6 month extension to your subscription. The course contains over 4 hours of comprehensive video tutorials. You do not have to watch them all at once – they are presented in small sections, allowing you to easily find and watch the videos relevant to whichever aspect you are working on. This means that you can focus your attention before moving on to the next stage. Once you have bought the course you can login and use the main menu of the website to access all pages.

This course will show you –

• How to knit and felt the belt and bag pieces.

• How to use embroidery stitches creatively to achieve a wide variety of effects.

• How to construct the Sporran bag.

• How to make handles and cords for the belt fastening and bag handles.

• How to make beads of varying sizes.

• How to make belt loops.

This course is suitable for all abilities, from beginner to expert. However, if you are a beginner knitter then you should first go to the free Video Tutorials section on the Virtual Yarns website for some basic knitting preparations. You will need to study the Cast-on Methods tutorial; the Knit & Purl tutorial; the Casting Off tutorial and the Tension tutorial for how to make and measure a Stocking Stitch swatch. Once you are comfortable and confident making a swatch and achieving an even tension you are ready to begin.


Creative Course 3, hand knitting, felting and embroidery by Alice Starmore for Virtual Yarns

What do I need to complete this course?

Do I need a computer and internet access to use this course?

Yes, you will need a computer and internet connection, and also a printer, or access to a printer, if you wish to print out your workbook and worksheets (which is recommended).

What materials will I need to have ready at home to complete this online course?

1 Pair of 6mm needles.
1 Pair of 5mm needles.
1 Pair of 4mm needles.
1 Pair of 3.25mm needles for bead casings.

A Size 18 tapestry needle (for the embroidery section of the project).
A large eye tapestry needle (to assist in making fine cords and threading beads).


1mm diameter rubber thread/cord (for making felted beads).
1 Pair of household gloves.
1 Pair of heatproof tongs.
1 Bamboo Felting Mat – Minimum width 40cm and minimum length 50cm.
1 Length of bubble wrap (small bubbles, minimum width 40cm and minimum length 50cm).

1 bowl or basin (or 2 if you are not using a sink).
1 Block of pure unscented soap (preferably olive).
1 Hand towel.
1 Small dish cloth.
1 Small cylindrical glass or smooth plastic jar.
Tape Measure.
2 Pencils.

What yarn will I need for this course?

Alice Starmore™ Hebridean 2 Ply pure new wool yarn has been used for all the felted designs in this course. It is a unique artisan yarn which has been designed and made to ensure it can be felted to perfection using the processes demonstrated in the video class. No other yarns have been used for this course and no responsibilty can be taken if other yarns are used unsuccessfuly. Please note that highly processed yarns, superwash yarns, worsted yarns and any yarns containing fibre other than pure new wool will not felt successfully. Some woollen spun yarns may felt but the results can be coarse and unpleasant to the touch and there is no guarantee that the correct sizes, shapes and effects can be achieved.

Can I buy a yarn pack for this course?

Yes, you can buy a yarn pack in a choice of your own colours which includes 200g of Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply yarn in a main colour, and 25g each of 10 other colours of Alice Starmore™ Hebridean 2 Ply yarn. The yarn pack is available on our Virtual Yarns website.

Creative Course 3, hand knitting, felting and embroidery by Alice Starmore for Virtual Yarns
Creative Course 3, hand knitting, felting and embroidery by Alice Starmore for Virtual Yarns

Purchase Information

Creative Course 3 is a digital online course containing video tutorials, imagery, a workbook and online learning support. If you buy Creative Course 3 an account will be created for you on our steek dot scot website and you will be able to access Creative Course 3 for one year. You can only use this course if you have a computer and internet access.

Customers have a statutory right to cancel an order up to 14 calendar days after ordering, provided the online content has not been accessed via account login. Once the course content is accessed the return period is automatically waived. You can find our Terms & Conditions here.

Creative Course 3, hand knitting, felting and embroidery by Alice Starmore for Virtual Yarns