Sat 09 Dec 2017

Give A Knit

Sat 09 Dec 2017
13.00 - 16.00 & 17.30 - 20.30

Please note, this event is split into two workshop sessions, tickets must be purchased for a spotlight session with the artist within each workshop. Your ticket gives you access for the entire 3 hour workshop of your choosing.

New Wing
Somerset House

A hands on afternoon of eco-friendly fashion upcycling with designers Katie Jones and Gillian June.  

In collaboration with Somerset House resident HubbubGive A Knit offers you the opportunity to work with two eco-designers to upcycle clothing by hacking, embellishing and reimagining; creating unique pieces for your winter wardrobe to take home with you. 

Using a mix of traditional textile techniques, contemporary design and digital application, Give a Knit is a space to unpick and refashion your sustainable identity under the direction of our eco-fashion designers in residence.

This afternoon of activity offers an antidote to throwaway Christmas culture and provides all the tools necessary to turn an uninspiring sweater or moth bitten jumper into a winter season statement piece. Join designers Gillian June and Katie Jones for hands on workshops and book in for a spotlight session highlighting the tricks and trade of repurposing and reparation for the fashionably minded.   

Give A Knit is split into two sessions: 

Unpicking and Refashioning with Gillian June 13.00 – 16.00

Pompom and Patch with Katie Jones 17.30 - 20.30

Across Somerset House, from 1 – 8 December, there will be the chance to feed unwanted clothing to our hungry collection points, created by knitwear designer Katie Jones and inspired by our winter programme.

In celebration of our partnership with Christmas TABLE by Skye Gyngell and StreetSmart, happening later in the month, there will be an option to create a unique item which will be gifted to all homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners attending the dinner.


  • Your ticket admits you into the entire workshop session, but please choose your spotlight time where you will receive direction and inspiration from the designer
  • Please bring along jumpers or tops you would like to upcycle, the rest of the materials and tools will be provided

About the Designers

Gillian June

Imogen Johnson-Gilbert, ‘Gillian June’, creates one-of-a-kind tailored jackets, with the aim of making women's tailoring contemporary and interesting. Coupling Imogen's expert tailoring techniques and appreciation of great craftsmanship with a love of beautiful textiles and eclectic trimmings, Gillian June produces timeless garments with a bohemian twist. All material used to make the jackets for Gillian June is bought in small quantities, salvaged from pre-loved items or rescued from piles of unwanted cut-offs, so each jacket has a story to tell and a completely unique look, all lovingly handmade in London.

Katie Jones

Katie Jones creates handmade luxury Womenswear consciously crafted in London. The brand celebrates traditional and detail intensive processes focussing in Crochet, Knit, Denim and Leather work. With garments being unique one off’s, bespoke or made to order to celebrate each garments individuality, each piece is a labour of love. The brand creates wearable, artisanal pieces that are big on colour and texture, materials are sourced from designer’s surplus, factory seconds, textile waste and British made product.

Katie Jones: Highland Fling AW16