Flyers have arrived!!! (Finally)

Hooray!! They’re here and looking fantastic (even if I do say so myself). It’s totally official now then, so just got to get them as visible as possible around Bargoed now! Hopefully people will actually come!

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So please check out my workshop and events page for more info!

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Make Do & Mend Sewing Workshops

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Sewing Workshops

Through the Easter holidays, we’ll be holding drop-in sewing workshops at The Settlement on Cardiff Road in Bargoed between the 14th and the 18th of April 10am till 4pm.

Make Do and Mend Alteration drop in

“Make Do and Mend”

Make do and mend was part of the WWII ethos, between rationing and lack of production everyone just had to make do. Trying to get the most out of everything they had. Patching trousers, darning socks, re-knitting old jumpers into something new, anything to make clothes last as long as possible!

Today, we can reinvent the Make Do and Mend mentality to suit our modern needs. Especially now, with cuts, price rises and austerity, make do and mend is making a comeback in a big way! Upcycling is the new fashionable way of making do, using really creative innovative techniques to revive old items!

For this drop in session, you are welcome to bring along any old item of clothing and learn the basics of altering and reviving old clothes. If you need to take in, let out, take up, patch repair or customise. The world is your oyster! Don’t worry if you think your sewing skills aren’t up to much, learn some basic skills while you’re here.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out my pinterest page on upcycling old tshirts here, for easy ideas!

Craftivism Workshop

What is Craftivism?!

CRAFT + ACTIVISM = CRAFTIVISM

“Craftivism is a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite. “

– Betsy Greer

Basically Craftivism is a way of raising awareness for a cause you feel strongly about, whether it be littering, cuts, social justice, or feminism – anything you care about.

For this workshop, I’m inviting the community of Bargoed and the Rhymney Valley to have a say on what you feel passionately about, whilst learning a new skill and having some fun! At the end of the Easter Holidays there will be an exhibition of some of the pieces of work we’ve made at The Settlement to show off the incredible work I’m sure will be produced and hopefully raise some money for charity.

If you would like to take part in the Craftivist workshop, some materials will be supplied, but if you would like to be more creative please bring along anything you wish to customise your piece.

For further inspiration on Craftivism, please have a look at my Pinterest page here. I also highly recommend having a look at the Craftivist Collective website here for more information.

More Info

Hopefully, there is something for everyone here! All ages and abilities are welcome to attend, and as its a drop in session you can stay for 5 minutes or 5 hours, its up to you.

There will be sewing machines available to use, although only a limited number so availability will be on a first come first serve basis. You can also bring along your own machine to use. There will also be a limited supply of haberdashery so if you require anything specific for your project please bring what you need, thread, pins etc…

To take part the cost will be £4 per person, £2.50 for children (under 16).  Refreshments will also be available, tea, coffee, cake etc…

If you’re interested please let me know, email katiecelf@gmail.com

The Settlement, 35 Cardiff Road, Bargoed, CF81 8NZ (Near JJ’s Convenience Store)

The Actual Announcement!

 

New Workshops!

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Through the Easter holidays, we’ll be holding drop-in sewing workshops at The Settlement on Cardiff Road in Bargoed between the 14th and the 25th of April at 10am and 4pm.

There will be a ‘Make Do and Mend’ Alteration drop in workshop and Craftivism Workshop!

Please see my updated Events / Workshop page for more info.

Hope to see you there!

Cheers love you bye!

x

 

Announcing an Announcement (prepare yourselves)

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Hooray! First post of 2014, only taken 3 months! Its been a busy few months!

I’ve been working on something fun which I’ll be announcing soon, involving workshops etc.

I’ll be letting everyone know details soon!

Cheers! Love you bye!!!!!

X

New Workshops and Classes at Calon Yarns!

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Saturday 11th May 10:30 – 4:30pm 2013

Do you have a sewing machine?……would you like to get it out of the box? 🙂

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 a day of fun and 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 of the day you will practise all your techniques by making a simple cushion cover with a zip or button fastening.

So why not treat yourself to half a metre of fabulous fabric a zip or 2 buttons to match and come along to get to grips with your machine!……what will you make next??

Cost £50.00 (includes all materials for practise, but not for the cushion cover, a light lunch and refreshments)

 

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!)

Introduction to Machine Sewing – 5 wk Course – £95

Every Monday 7:00 – 9:30pm, begins Mon 3rd June – Mon 8th July 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!

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

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Every Tuesday 7:00- 9:00, begins Tuesday 4th June- Tue 9th July 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 5 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

How to Book

If you would like to book a place on one of our wonderful classes then please give Calon Yarns a ring on 02920 211508 or send an email at info@calonyarns.co.uk telling us which date you would like and give us your full name , address and contact number.

We will then ask for a deposit of around 40% of the total fee to secure your place, you can either pop in to pay or pay by card over the phone. This deposit is non-refundable. You would then need to pay the balance of your workshop/course fee two weeks before the start date. We are unable to offer a refund for any workshops or courses that are unattended, but you are more than welcome to send someone else in your place!

We will always try to be accommodating, so if you have any problems with booking or have to cancel then let us know with as much notice as possible and we will try to help.

Please feel free to call or email Calon Yarns if you need any further information.

Email: info@calonyarns.co.uk

Tel: 02920 211508

Calon Yarns 
380 Cowbridge Rd East,
Canton,
Cardiff.
CF5 1JJ