As a friendly and welcoming venue in the centre of Cardigan, we strive to be a supportive and accommodating space for all in the community. Whether it is simply to meet with friends for a coffee or to run more formal meetings at Stiwdio3, everyone will always get a warm and friendly welcome.
The Famous Giant Cardigan of Cardigan
We are proud to display the giant Cardigan Cardigan which was produced by the local community 10 years ago to celebrate the 900th Anniversary of Cardigan Town. Working with the original team, we are looking to launch a sister project from Stiwdio3 and to embark on an ambitious community project to knit the High Street, testing the knitting, crocheting and textiles skills of our inhabitants! We also want to launch a mosaic project and to create the town map as a giant art piece… a stunning replica of the town map that will be designed, created and displayed by various different community groups and exhibited within the town for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Knitting for Refugees
From the home of the giant cardigan cardigan, we are reaching out to our incredible community and setting a challenge to produce 2020 children’s jumpers or cardigans for refugee children throughout Europe.
The inspiration for the project comes from Eileen Johnson whose memory of learning to knit as a child in the air raid shelters instilled a lifelong love of the craft. Eileen was evacuated to cardigan and incredibly her first home was at 3 High Street, the current home of Stiwdio 3!
Next year Eileen turns 80 and it marks 75 years since her time in the shelters. She wants to mark the occasion by getting the community to knit or crochet jumpers or cardigans for refugee children whose circumstances are so similar to children during the second world war. The giant cardigan hangs proudly at Stiwdio 3 and in its shadow, we want to create many small garments to help children who are still suffering the injustices of our world.
We are asking you to lend your support by either knitting or crocheting small garments (4-8 year old) or to donate wool and needles for others to use.
Call in to find out more or join Eileen on a Thursday afternoon or Sunday morning when she will be on hand to teach anyone to knit and to make a simple child’s jumper.
Eileen has produced a very simple pattern for people to use to make a jumper.
Feel free to call in and pick up a copy to take away.
Drop-in Craft Sessions
We offer the people of Cardigan, and visitors to the town, the opportunity to use our space for their own benefit and enjoyment. We have weekly drop-in craft sessions run by some wonderful volunteers where people can meet, chat and learn new skills. Thanks to the support of 2 local businesses, (Welch & Co. Solicitors and B.V Rees Fiat Dealership) we can provide these sessions free of charge and provide basic materials and equipment to get people started. These informal gatherings allow people to come together to share their skills and knowledge (and have a bit of a natter!).
• Mondays 2pm-4pm (with Candy)
• Thursdays 2pm-4pm (with Eileen)
• Sundays from 11am (with Eileen)
• Tuesdays 10am – 12pm (with Lisa)
• Fridays 2 – 4pm (with the ‘Three Mad Ladies’)
• Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm (with Sally)
You do not have to book for these sessions but if you could message us to say you might be coming that would be great. If you have any spare balls of wool, threads, needles, crochet hooks or embroidery hoops please feel free to drop them into our community chest.
We are always looking for new sessions to put on the calendar, so if you have a skill you would love to share with others whilst chatting over a cup of tea, please get in touch with Debbie@stiwdio3.cymru or call in for a chat to see how we can accommodate you.
Sew @ Stiwdio with the Laura Ashley Sewing Project
Thanks to the Laura Ashley Foundation, Suzi Park is running free sewing and embroidery classes for both beginners and intermediates throughout the year at Stiwdio 3. For more information and to reserve yourself a place please drop us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org.