I’ve been super excited about this all day, so I found some photos of lovely simple underpinning corsets I’ve made. I love these just because of their shape and simplicity, and I remember really enjoying making them too. These were both for operas I was working on, so I don’t get credit for design or cut just make. But they’re still lush!



My mini protest banner


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I thought I’d add a brief explanation.

I put this mini protest banner up on the railings outside The Settlement building in Bargoed, in the Rhymney valley.

The Settlement is a community building, which houses various community projects, clubs and associations. Bargoed has a strong community spirit, but many issues surrounding cuts, lack of employment and crime. Much like many towns in the valleys. I lived in Bargoed for a short time, it is currently undergoing a regeneration programme, which will be extremely positive when complete.

My protest banner was meant to encourage people to think what they could do to improve their community.

It’s no good thinking, someone should do something about whatever issue you feel passionately about, you are someone. Do something.

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!

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!



Announcing an Announcement (prepare yourselves)


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!!!!!


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

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 … 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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