gwlana: adj (Welsh) woolgathering

Helping people knit useful, beautiful things since 2011.

Learn

Learn

With the focus firmly on instruction, Gwlana workshops are designed to help you learn new techniques, improve your design skills, and move your knitting to the next level.

Explore

Explore

We're serious about playing with yarn. Over a long weekend you'll have plenty of time to explore new skills, test your ideas and design a garment that's uniquely you. With unparalleled access to instructors, you'll always find help if you need it.

Discover

Discover

Each year we hand-pick vendors from amongst the best independent yarnies and fiberistas that Wales has to offer. Discover them in our Tiny Perfect Marketplace.

Make

Make

With plenty of time in the schedule for knitting, you’ll leave our weekend together inspired, with new skills and knowledge, (to say nothing of new tools and yarn!) and with a project, or several, well underway.

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My memories of Gwlana - captured in an article for The Knitter by fellow participant Caroline.

The buzz is building: Gwlana blog tour

26 April 2015 Uncategorized 2 Comments

It’s hard to believe that in just three short weeks Brenda and Felicity will be welcoming knitters to Beggar’s Reach in beautiful Pembrokeshire and getting started on another long weekend filled with creativity and exploration designed to push knitters out of…

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Sounds of Wales

22 April 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments

This week on the KNITSONIK podcast, host (and Gwlana teacher) Felicity Ford, shares a conversation wherein we talk wool, yokes, knitting and, of course Gwlana. Our conversation is punctuated by some of the sounds Felix recorded for a collaboration of…

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All of the colours!

The yarn for Gwlana has arrived! Delivered in person by Felix, the giant bag o’ yarny Jamieson & Smith colour is a delight for (nearly) all the senses. I squished. Sniffed. Looked. Listened. I stopped short of tasting, but only…

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about gwlana

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Gwlana (the Welsh word for woolgathering) was founded by fibre enthusiasts who loved knitting and Wales in equal measure, and wanted to share the special joy that is visiting Wales, with knitting. What we had in mind was this: Two teachers. Twenty eight students. Small, thoughtfully created classes in an informal setting. A small hotel with great food and excellent service. A place where, when you ask for things, people bring them to you.

In short, we dreamt of the best knitting weekend ever, and we set about trying to create it. At first an annual event, Gwlana has evolved to host twice-yearly weekend workshops, and a variety of one-off special events. Our workshop weekends take place in May and October, the two months of the year that we always recommend when anyone asks, "When is a good time to visit Wales?" And they are held in west Wales, a place of stunning natural beauty, home to Britain's only coastal National Park, and a world tourism destination known for it's pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife.

Gwlana weekends have become known for many things as well. For the camaraderie that develops between people from countries all over the world, who all speak the international language of knitting. And for the creative energy that enfolds us, and carries us through our long weekend together. New friendships form and old friendships deepen, as we learn; as we knit.

Oh baby, do we ever knit.

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