There’s some­thing spe­cial about mak­ing things from scratch your­self. Here’s our round up of the city’s top classes and work­shops to try this month

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From knit­ting to pot­tery – cool, cre­ative classes to try

Knit­ting at Craft­land

It might be more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with el­derly rel­a­tives, but knit­ting’s im­age is on the up, thanks to the em­brace of hip­sters and fash­ion-types the world over. At Craft­land, the small but mighty Jumeirah Road arts and crafts shop, a packed sched­ule of classes cov­ers all things woolly, from quilt­mak­ing to sewing and cro­chet. There are twice weekly be­gin­ners knit­ting classes that cover all the ba­sics, from cast­ing on, cast­ing off and clas­sic stitches, while there are also clinic ses­sions to help you iron out any glitches in your tech­nique. The classes are meant for those com­pletely new to the knit­ting world, but once you’re feel­ing con­fi­dent, ses­sions on hand and rib­bon em­broi­dery will help you up­grade your cre­ations.

aTown Cen­tre, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, Tue 9am to 10.30am, 5pm to 6.30pm, Dhs345. Tel: (04) 3422237. Taxi: Town Cen­tre. my­craft­

Pen­cil draw­ing and oil paint­ing at Duc­tac

That Ar­me­nian artist Ji­van Hovhan­nisian’s work has been dis­played in­ter­na­tion­ally could cause nerves from a novice, but with eight years of teach­ing at Duc­tac un­der his belt, he does an ad­mirable job of putting us at ease. Be­gin­ners will start by learn­ing the skills in­volved in line draw­ing, be­fore mov­ing onto paint­ing, with tu­tor­ing on ev­ery­thing from com­po­si­tion to colour-mix­ing on of­fer. Many of Ji­van’s stu­dents have been at­tend­ing his classes for years, and the work dis­played around the stu­dio will def­i­nitely in­spire newbies to stick with it. Not for you? The stu­dio hosts a huge va­ri­ety of cre­ative classes, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from pot­tery to cre­ative writ­ing, fash­ion de­sign to cal­lig­ra­phy, so there’s an op­por­tu­nity to skill up for all tastes and in­ter­ests.

aDuc­tac, Mall of The Emi­rates, Dubai, Sat 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm, Sun, Mon and Thur 10.30am to 1.30pm, Tue 10.30am to 1.30pm, 6pm to 9pm, trial Dhs225, Dhs1,320 six ses­sions, Dhs1,600 eight ses­sions. Tel: (04) 3414777. Metro: Mall Of The Emi­rates. duc­

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