Make/do Workshops Update… & prizes!

Just 2 weeks into our pop-up, we have had some great workshops, and some happy crafters going home with new skills & homewares. See the photos on our facebook page.

Here are some of the new & updated classes coming up this week, including prizes to be won…

Knitting – For all abilities: Tues 10th @7.45pm

NeedleRoll6No previous experience necessary, but also perfect for those who just need a refresher, or want to learn the next steps, tips & techniques. In this class you’ll get all you need to knit a cosy pair of arm warmers designed by our own Tegwen. Come armed (geddit!!) with any knitting queries you have.

Sign up for this class and you will be in with a chance to go home with a handmade needle roll full of knitting needles, plus a needle gauge, ready for the next project you take on… and the one after that! The lucky winner will be chosen from a hat… very technical!

Book knitting online
Sewing Machine Basics – Sew a cushion: Wed 11th @7.45pm

A change from the advertised bag, we are making this a second run of the Sew a Cushion class by popular request.  Learn the basics of the sewing machine, get in some practice, and then make your own cushion to take home by the end of the class.

Book Sewing Machine skills online
Great British Sewing Bee – Skirts Masterclass: Thursday 12th @10am

Receive personal tutition from the ladies who brought us the books to accompany the recent TV series. Whether you are a relative beginner, or know your way around a sewing machine, choose from one of 2 skirts to create either a simple skirt, or a fitted pencil skirt. You’ll recieve a personalised pattern as part of the class, but you do need to bring your own choice of fabric. We’ll email you more details when you book…

Book Sewing Bee Skirts class online
Weekend Father’s Day drop-ins

During this week, and over the weekend we’ll have plenty of ideas for you to come and make something for Father’s Day. Either come with Dad to do something together, or you could make him a surprise to present to him on Sunday. Get ready to come and have a go!
We’ve ideas for kids from age 3+. No need to book, just pop in.

#MIY – Sew a knitting needle roll

Keep all your needles ordered and neat and #MIY a really simple to make knitting needle roll.

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I am always misplacing needles, or to be exact, one of a pair. So the way to keep them together, and have aplace for all my bits such as needle guage, stitch holders, markers etc, is to have a knitting needle roll to keep them organised and where you need them…

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All you need is:
2 complimentary fabrics about 70x45cm – this will be good for the usual 40cm needles. If most of yours are longer, then adjust the long side accordingly.
A long ribbon or cord at leas 40cm long. It will be doubled up and need to wrap around the roll and tie in a bow.
The usual scissors and thread
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Tuesday Tips #2: Casting on, three ways

ball of maize coloured  yarn

I wasn’t really sure what to write about this week. Not that I don’t have any ideas; quite the opposite. Last week’s inspiration came from a conversation I’d had that week, this week no such luck. So where do we start?

To quote from Rodgers and Hammerstein (via the wonderful Dame Julie), let’s start at the very beginning. You have wool, you have needles, now you just need to start knitting. Wait – how? Do I just tie it on to the stick things and have at it?

No. Not quite. Although not far off. You do ‘tie’ the wool to the needles – after all, knitting and crochet are really just a series of rather cunning knots. We call this tying casting on, and this week I’m going to cover three simple, but highly useful methods of casting on. Continue reading

Tuesday Tips, Tricks and Techniques #1: Always carry your colour card

colour card close up

In this new series I’m going to be sharing some top tips, tricks, tutorials and techniques for crafting – I’ll be concentrating on knitting, sewing and crocheting, but will also dig out some other crafty things for you from time to time from around the web. Drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see!

The first tip I’m going to share with you caused much hilarity on my snowboarding holiday last week. I opened my wallet to pay for a round of drinks, and some eagle-eyed boy at the table spotted my colour card. Many jokes followed about my middle-aged knitting obsession, how I had to carry yarn with me wherever I went (they’re used to me getting my needles out in the cinema or on the plane, this is not news to them). But in truth I haven’t got yarn in my wallet because I can’t be away from it for too long or I start to get twitchy – or at least that’s not the only reason.

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