It’s my website’s 1st Birthday!

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One year of Katiecelf websitey goodness!

And I’ll also take this opportunity to direct your attention to my events page! Lots of workshops at Calon Yarns coming up!

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Summer School Dates!

New summer school dates at Calon Yarns!

Come along and learn to sew! Check out my Events and work shops page and of course the Calon Yarns website for more info and how to book!

Sewing Surgery……help is at hand!

Saturday 27th July 2013 10:30 – 4:30pm

Are you in the middle of a sewing project and need some help?……

Would you like to start a sewing project but would like someone to guide you through the initial stages?…….

Maybe you have a garment you would like to alter/change/mend and are not quite sure where to start?……

This Sewing Surgery workshop will get you started or get you back on track…..whatever you need! Kate will guide you through your project, teach you new techniques and methods and soon that sewing project you’ve always wanted to get on with will be taking shape and your sewing confidence will grow!!

So why not spend the day making friends with your machine and unleashing your creativity!……numbers will be strictly limited so book soon!

Cost £48 (includes lunch and refreshments) If you would like advice about a project that you would like to undertake then please drop us a line on info@calonyarns.co.uk

Introduction to Machine Sewing Summer School

Saturday 3rd and Saturday 10th August 10:30 – 4:30pm 2013

Did you catch the Sewing Bee bug?……would you like to create beautiful homewares and simple clothes?

Why not come along to our Summer Sewing School and learn all your basics, get to grips with your machine and create a personal project!

If you would like some help in exploring your machine and mastering some of the basics of machine sewing then why not come along and join us for two days creativity!

We will learn the basics of how to thread the machine, wind bobbins, use all the dials and stitches and alter tension and stitch length. We will then look at simple seams, gathers and pleats and also introduce you to zips and buttonholes!

During the course you will put all your new found techinques into practise by designing and making a cushion cover, bag or other personal project with a zip or button fastening……what will you choose?

Cost £95 (includes all materials for practise, but not for your personal project, a light lunch on each day and refreshments)

We also run 6 week sewing courses, check out our ADULT CLASSES page.

Follow a Commercial Pattern – Machine Sewing

Runs over two weekends – Saturday 7th Sept and Saturday 14th Sept 10:30-4:30 2013

If you can use a sewing machine but would love to expand your skills and are keen to follow a commercial pattern, then this is the perfect mini course for you!

Bring along a pattern that you are keen to have a go at or we can help you with some pattern choices and over the two Saturdays you will learn how to cut your pattern to the size you require, how to adapt and adjust it to fit your size and shape, how to decipher all those confusing instructions and how to create a wonderful, bespoke and unique item of clothing…..your seamstress journey has just begun!

The first Saturday will be taken up with cutting our your pattern and fabric and starting simple sewing/piecing techniques. You will be required to complete some ‘homework’ between the two sessions. The second Saturday will be completeing your chosen project.

So why not get in touch and we’ll help you choose a pattern that can be completed in these two sessions!

Cost – £95 (patterns and materials are not provided. Refreshments and lunch is included)

 

Alteration Station Workshop!

Alteration Station!
Saturday 15th June 2013 10:30 – 4:30pm

Would you like to be able to do some simple alterations such as changing a zip, taking in a waistband, altering the length of a skirt or trousers? Maybe you are tired of ‘wonder webbing’ everything together? Or maybe you’d like to get involved in the ‘make-do-and-mend’ trend that is all around us!

Stop throwing away clothes because they need a little mending, learn to make simple repairs and alterations and you’ll save yourself a fortune! You’ll also be able to buy in vintage shops knowing that you can alter clothes slightly for a perfect fit!

Come and join us …..you know it makes sense….

Cost £48 (includes lunch and refreshments and basic materials. You are encouraged to bring along an item of clothing that needs mending/altering so that you can put your new skills into practise straight away!)

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Successful Start to the new term!

So the 1st week of the new block of sewing classes has got off to a great start at Calon Yarns; with Mother and Daughter Day on Saturday, Introduction to Machine Sewing yesterday and Following a Pattern Class this evening. All very exciting!

If you’d like to get in on the action we are running a few day courses through the summer, dates are yet to be confirmed so you should definitely subscribe to the Calon Yarns Newsletter here.

The next Saturday course we are running is Alteration Station!
Saturday 15th June 2013 10:30 – 4:30pm

Would you like to be able to do some simple alterations such as changing a zip, taking in a waistband, altering the length of a skirt or trousers? Maybe you are tired of ‘wonder webbing’ everything together? Or maybe you’d like to get involved in the ‘make-do-and-mend’ trend that is all around us!

Stop throwing away clothes because they need a little mending, learn to make simple repairs and alterations and you’ll save yourself a fortune! You’ll also be able to buy in vintage shops knowing that you can alter clothes slightly for a perfect fit!

Come and join us …..you know it makes sense….

Cost £48 (includes lunch and refreshments and basic materials. You are encouraged to bring along an item of clothing that needs mending/altering so that you can put your new skills into practise straight away!)

And for anymore info check out the Calon Yarns website

Or pop into the Shop!
Calon Yarns
380 Cowbridge Rd East,
Canton,
Cardiff,
CF5 1JJ

New Sewing classes and Workshops at Calon Yarns!

New Sewing classes and Workshops at Calon Yarns!

Sewing Surgery!
Drop us a line if you have a problem and we can let you know when the next surgery is.

Are you stuck?…..Do you have a sewing project that you need a little help with?

Maybe you have a garment that needs altering or re-fitting or maybe you would like a hand with your hems…..you might even have a project that you would love to start, but need a little advice first…..

Why not come along to our drop in Sewing Surgery where our wonderfully talented tutor Sinfi will apply a cold compress to your brow and issue her prognosis! These ‘quick fix consultations’ are £5 and you will be given a plan to be able to finish that project that has been stuck in the bottom of the sewing basket for many months.

If you would prefer a longer one-2-one tutor session and would like to work through the project at the surgery, then why not book a table so you can have help on hand. These longer sessions range from £25 to £50 depending on the help needed.

So get in touch to let us know you’ll be popping along for some TLC…….with plenty of Tea!

Introduction to Machine Sewing – 6wk Course – £95
Every Monday 7:00 – 9:00pm, begins Mon 8th April – Mon 13th May 2013

These sessions will guide you from the basics of threading your machine, winding your bobbin and using the basic stitches on the machine all the way to creating seams, darts, piping, buttonholes, zips etc and you’ll put all these techniques into practise by designing and making your own bag/cushion cover/simple skirt…..it’s up to you!

If you want to get to grips with your machine, learn practical sewing skills and build your confidence, then this is the course for you! With small groups and practical help and advice at every stage, you’ll be the master of your machine in no time!

Cost – £95 (includes practise materials and refreshments, but not the fabric for your personal project)

Follow a Commercial Pattern – Machine Sewing
Every Tuesday 7:00- 9:00, begins Tuesday 9th April – Tue 14th May 2013

If you can use a sewing machine but would love to expand your skills and are keen to follow a commercial pattern, then this is the perfect course for you!

Bring along a pattern that you are keen to have a go at or we can help you with some pattern choices and over the 6 weeks you will learn how to cut your pattern to the size you require, how to adapt and adjust it to fit your size and shape, how to decipher all those confusing instructions and how to create a wonderful, bespoke and unique item of clothing…..your seamstress journey has just begun!

So why not join us a make a start on your Spring/Summer 2013 cllection!

Cost – £95

If you’re interested, please do get it touch with Calon Yarns www.calonyarns.co.uk

Baby Sling Workshop Tomorrow!

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Oh my goodness that’s come around quick!

Looking forward to making some lovely slings tomorrow! It’s going to be lots of fun!

Also I think there are some places still available if you’d like to come along. Details on the Calon Yarns website http://www.calonyarns.co.ukand on my Events and Workshops page!

Exciting!

So I’m off to get some bits ready for tomorrow, hoping and praying the printer will play ball!

Make your own Baby Sling Workshop on Saturday!

Hello! The next workshop at Calon Yarns is this Saturday!

Make a Beautiful Baby Ring Sling

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Saturday March 16th – 10:30 – 4:30pm

A Ring Sling is a piece of fabric which threads through the rings to form a loop. You simply adjust the size of the loop according to the size of the baby and the carrier to get excellent support and comfort for you both. ‘Baby wearing’ is becoming an ever more popular way of carrying your little bundle of joy as it is both versatile and easy to use.

The Ring Sling can be used from birth up to around 3 years of age and is wonderful as it keeps baby close to the body and can also be used to discreetly breastfeed.

The sling is relatively easy to make and requires surprisingly little fabric. There is no pattern to follow and you can practise your pleating and gathering skills (or learn them for the first time!) and if you feel adventurous, you could also add a pocket with a zip, button or velcro fastening!

So if you have a baby on the way or maybe have a friend who would appreciate a beautiful homeade gift for baby, then why not join us for this wonderful workshop.

Cost £50 (includes the ring fastening, a light lunch and refreshments, but not the fabric needed for the sling)

This workshop is suitable for those who have at least a basic knowledge of using a machine. You will need to bring your machine along with you.

For more information on Baby Wearing and Slings Take a look at my page on Baby Wearing

And for info on all the Events / Workshops take a look at my page for all the latest things! New workshops and classes to be added soon!

If you’d like any info please do get in touch!