Calon Yarns craft workshops in Cardiff, UK

Calon Yarns is certainly more than a wool shop. Established in 2011 by brother and sister team Lynne and Jon Seymour, this centre of crafty goodness based in Cardiff prides itself on not only stocking wonderful yarns, notions and patterns but also on running high quality, fun and inspirational workshops in all sorts of techniques from knitting and crochet sessions to dressmaking, felt making, quilting, spinning, embroidery… the list goes on!

Children are not left out either as they run holiday and term time craft clubs for 7 – 11 year olds. They have a wonderful three week course coming up in July this year to make beautiful Sew Simple Summer Dresses for little girls, but big girls do not get jealous as there is an adult dressmaking course too.this workshop is perfect for those who can sew simple seams, but want to expand their skills.

Lynne Seymour says, “We run weekend one-day workshops for adults and also six-week courses, and daytime and evening sessions are available. The timetable changes every six weeks, but at the moment we have knitting, sewing, crochet, spinning, bead embroidery, patchwork and quilting on offer. An after-school club also runs in six-week blocks and we explore things like making felt flowers and pictures, making bags out of recycled clothes, papier mache structures and also the more traditional skills of knitting, sewing and crochet”.

Future workshops and courses 

Sock Knitting

This workshop leads you step-by-step through the process of constructing a sock in the traditional method of top down on double pointed needles. As well as all the basic sock techniques, Calon Yarn lecturers will show you the easiest way of working with four/five needles, how to make a reinforced heel neatly and so on. The workshop costs £48, and the price includes all materials needed, the set of bamboo DPNs, as well as the lunch and refreshments. Workshop is scheduled on Saturday 21st July 10:30 – 4:30.

Sugarpaste flowers for cakes

You will learn in easy way how to create fondant topped cupcakes which give a flat surface to allow for delicate decorations. Workshop will teach you the use of sugarpaste and cutters to create lovely Summer flowers as well as how to pipe royal icing into flowers and shapes to add textures and various embellishments. Cost of the workshop is £30 (includes 6 cakes to decorate and take back home, presentation box and all materials needed). The workshop will be held on Saturday 11th August 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Tunisian or Afghan crochet

This form of yarn work is more of a cross between knitting and crochet, using long crochet hooks and is worked with many stitches at once rather than working a single stitch at a time as in traditional crochet. Cost £30 (includes a Tunisian crochet hook to keep and basic materials, also refreshments and handouts). This workshop is scheduled for Saturday 15th September 1:30 – 5:00pm.

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