Welcome to the
CREATE category of our database.
This area is quite diverse as it covers anyone who supplies sustainable materials or those who run workshops and practical skills based sessions based on creating something from textiles. Even if the fabrics used are not classed as sustainable themselves these guys teach basic skills in making, repairing and reinventing etc. This one one of the key recommendations for #FixingFashion however some also do up cycling or use eco fabrics so that’s even better!
If you can’t get to a club or workshops and want to try making creations at home then we are creating some videos to help you, such as this one all about how to use a sewing machine! So dust off that old machine from the attic and get creating!
ARTYZANS: Artyzans is a little family run shop in Pontardulais, we sell eco friendly products, gifts, homewares, plants and my silver jewellery called Lagoon. We also have a fab workshop where we run lots of courses including silver jewellery, pop to the events tab to see what is coming up. Pontardulais is 5 mins from the M4 Hendy, Llanelli turn off, or Pont Abraham J4 and has free parking in the town too. INSTA @ArtyzansGallery FB @Artyzans
DIGITAL PATTERN LIBRARY: Modern, sustainable, low-carbon home sewing solutions for the fast fashion consumer! Digital Pattern Library aims to combat the crisis of fast fashion whilst finding a creative solution to our consumerism habits. We provide tutorials, garments and design ideas for our customer who can download their wardrobe and equipped with the skills we teach, wear clothing that fits them perfectly. Born as a rebellious answer to the exclusivity of the fashion industry, our designs scream high-end and are a fraction of the cost – without the moral questioning! http://www.digitalpatternlibrary.com/ INSTA/FB @DigitalPatternLibrary TW @DPLTweets
EFC GLITTER: We are a Penarth based brother and sister duo and our glitter is produced from a special bio-degradable film which is derived from sustainable and environmentally sourced raw materials. Is it cruelty free and vegan friendly. The heavy metal content is below the levels of detection – practically non existent, and no antimony is used in the production process. It is particularly suited to dry, water based and oil based applications and feels approximately 30 – 40% softer on the skin than plastic glitter. http://www.efcglitter.com @EFCGlitter
FASHION CLWB: Be inspired by our up-cycling experts and alter, re-purpose or rework clothing you already have lying around! Brought to you by the amazing Sustainable Studio… It’s very costly to keep up with high street and also very damaging to the environment. The average person in the UK buys enough new clothes to fill a large suitcase every year, so at Fashion Clwb we have launched the REsewn workshops. Get help from our experienced tutors to transform what’s already in your wardrobe, giving it a zero-waste friendly makeover. The sessions are for those who are looking to alter, re-purpose and rework clothing you already have lying around and have some fun with your items and to create something really unique! http://www.thesustainablestudio.com INSTA @FashionClwb
FFIBRAU Y GWYR: Ffibrau Y Gwyr or Fibres of the Gower is a not-for-profit social enterprise partnership. We aim to educate, demonstrate and share our passion for heritage crafts and Welsh manufacturing. We are Tasha Middleton of Sew Swansea fame, a local and talented textile artist and Rachel Broughton a local fibre artist and all round textile enthusiast. Together we are ‘Ffibrau Y Gwyr’ or ‘Fibres of Gower’. We will be operating from Parkmill, the fantastic, recreated Woollen Mill at the heart of the Gower Heritage Centre on the Gower peninsular, close to the city of Swansea. The Heritage Centre have recreated John Grant’s Woollen Mill dating from 1816. It is equipped with a truly awesome and fully functioning Dobcross Loom. We are also equipped with an array of floor looms, hand looms, as well as processing, carding, spinning and dyeing equipment. http://www.ffibrauygwyr.co.uk/ INSTA @ffibrau_y_gwyr FB/TW @ffibrauygwyr
MYELLA SUSTAINABLE FASHION & TEXTILES WORKSHOPS: My Ella holds sustainable textiles and funky junk workshops run by Helen O’Sullivan (a secondary school D&T teacher) joined by her crafty friends. Helen has worked with schools, colleges and youth groups around South Wales since 2008, and in 2010 set up My-Ella working on a self-employed basis. She has coordinated and taught accredited courses to various comprehensive school students, in particular disaffected students and worked with organisations such as Agored Cymru, SCVS and OCN. She has also held workshops at UK wide festival goers at Nozstock, Wood, Truck, Wychwood, Endorse It In Dorset and End Of The Road. Helen is available for eco-fashion workshops at after-school groups, community centres, festivals/events, throughout the UK. We are DBS checked. http://www.facebook.com/myellaworkshops INSTA @MissOSullivanDT
ORGANIC TEXTILES COMPANY: We began Organic Textile Company around 2005 though we have been selling fabric for over thirty years. We are a family run business based in Machyllaeth, Wales. We sell a wide range of organic and fairtrade fabrics and nearly all of them are made directly for us and to our specification. We use GOTS certified mills in India and Turkey. Our bamboo (closed loop) comes from China. Our main partner is Genesh in Kerala. Organic means that the cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, using pheromone traps, crop rotation, hand picking of bugs and natural repellents. This allows farmers to grow food and keep animals instead of being reliant on costly chemicals and fertilizers. They receive more for their crop and the input costs are lower and the fabrics will be pesticide free. http://www.organiccotton.biz @organic_textile_company
RUBBISH REINVENTED: We are Rubbish Reinvented. We can offer crochet workshops to eco schools showing how to create bags, artworks and useable items from recycled plastic bags. We can provide demonstrations and guidance, which are on-going. We are CRB checked. @RubbishReinvented
SEW CARDIFF: Sew Cardiff is a sewing and craft group open to all. We meet once a week at Tesco Western Avenue, Cardiff, in the Community room between 6-10pm on a Friday to sew, crochet, knit, paint, jewellery make and just about any other craft you can think of! It’s a drop-in, so people arrive and leave any time in this window. There’s no formal tuition but we learn from each other, which is what gives the group such a great community feel. http://www.sewcardiff.weebly.com/ @SewCardiff
SEW SWANSEA: I’m a little bit different to most studios and ‘sewing schools’. My workshops are very much an adult space to create badass stitchers, not what you’d usually envisage from sewing perhaps – there will be swearing and inappropriate talk but there will be lots of laughter and support and friendship. The main aim of my sessions, aside from the obvious cracking new skills you’ll learn, is to fill you with sewing confidence, give you a chance to relax, and do something for you. Sewing, and all the textile crafts I offer here, are all about: Self Care; Confidence & Relaxation! http://www.sewswansea.co.uk @SewSwansea
THE LITTLE SEWING WORKS: Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to develop your skills, The Little Sewing Works, Cardiff, offers a warm welcome. You’ll get expert tuition from patient experienced teacher and lots of personal attention. You’ll be part of a small, friendly group. Class size is between 2 and 4 students in the group depending on the craft. In 2017 The Little Sewing Works Commenced offering a wide range of talented craft teacher to give tuition in specialist subjects. Cynthia will be teaching weekly Sewing Classes for mixed ability groups, Curtains & Roman Blinds Workshops the second Saturday of the month and 1:1 tuition. Choose a small group or private tuition – Learn to sew in a class setting or choose one-to-one private sewing tuition. You’ll learn at your own pace, build your confidence, and sew whatever you want. http://www.thelittlesewingworks.com/ @TheLittleSewingWorks
THE LITTLE STITCHERY SEWING ROOMS: We offer sewing classes for both adults and children. Made to measure dressmaking, pattern cutting and quilting course run by qualified and experienced industry professional Nicola Ridd-Davies. http://www.nicolaridddavies.co.uk FB @TheLittleSticherySewingRooms INSTA @The_Little_Stitchey_Sewing
The Sustainable Studio offers not just immersive studio space for creative but also offers sewing and creative workshops too! All our studios are made from reclaimed materials and our furniture, fixtures and fittings have had a previous life somewhere else. We are more than just space, we are a creative community, dedicated to helping each other succeed. http://www.thesustainablestudio.com INSTA @TheSustainableStudio TW @TSSWales FB @TSStudioCommunity
VINTAGE VISION: We are a social enterprise that uses vintage clothing as a way of supporting and empowering women. It’s based on an idea that was developed by 4 local women in Abergavenny. We are a not for profit social enterprise, and a company limited by guarantee. We take donated vintage clothes and sell them on line, at events, and in pop up shops. We run free sewing workshops and classes in the community and with partners. We develop projects around vintage fashion, social history and recycling. We work throughout South & West Wales. We were founded in September 2009 and are run by a volunteer management committee. http://www.vintagevision.co.uk INSTA @VintageVisionWales TW/FB @Vintage_Vision