What’s On

1950s Dressmaking Class

Wednesday 13 January - Saturday 13 February
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Following a vintage pattern, learn how to make a fabulous 1950’s skirt or dress.

You will be taught how to re-size, lengthen or shortern a pattern to ensure that it fits you perfectly. Skills learned during the 6 week workshop will also include fitting a concealed zip, machine blind hemming, grain lines and cutting fabric on the bias.

This evening class runs for 6 weeks and costs £120 or £100 for returning customers.


6 Week Dressmaking Course - Lined, made-to-measure Pencil Skirt

Thursday 4 February - Thursday 10 March
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This evening dressmaking class is suitable for beginners upwards who have some sewing machine experience and want to progress onto dress making.

The Edinburgh Sewcial Club also runs beginners classes where you can gain experience of ‘driving’ a sewing machine and basic sewing machine stitches and techniques progressing on to make a bag, apron, cushions etc. If you have no experience why not join one of these classes before progressing on to make this skirt.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure you plenty of time with our sewing tutor who will guide you step by step through the process of making this staple, classic garment.

You will learn how to read a shop bought pattern, fabric properties, measuring and pattern adjustment, fitting and invisible zip and lining – enabling you to progress to making your own clothes at home or progressing to one of our intermediate dress making courses.


Giving & Learning Week

Friday 12 February - Sunday 28 February
All Day

A week worth of collaborative events and learning activities, led by resident artists, makers and instructors. All of the workshops are themed around bigger ideas of giving, sharing and learning.

All proceeds from the diverse programme of participatory events will go towards Re-Act Edinburgh and their good work with displaced refugees across Europe.


Cake icing with The Thrive Archive

Friday 12 February
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Part of Giving & Learning Week

The Thrive Archive will be donating Kusse – German kisses intercepted from the Christmas Market, to lovers and lonely hearts at the Galley opening at St Margaret’s House.

Make up and make over with a kiss! Come and tell someone that you love them and decorate a sweet treat!

Sweet F. A.

Saturday 13 February - Sunday 28 February
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Featuring Colin Wilson & Neil Ogg
Friday 12 January

Sweet F. A. showcases paintings by Edinburgh based artists Neil Ogg and Colin Wilson. Having met while studying at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, the two artists now share a studio at St Margaret’s House. This exhibition presents two separate bodies of work created in a space of shared influences over the last year and a half.

Indian head massage sessions

Monday 15 February
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Run by Lesley Harrison and Care for Carers
Part of Giving & Learning Week
All welcome to drop in until noon

15 minute sessions (depending on demand) of relaxing Indian head massage with Lesley Harrison RMN, GSSR GCTA.

All Giving & Learning events are on a pay what you feel they are worth basis, with proceeds going directly to Re-Act in aid of displaced refugees in Europe. There will also be donation buckets for you to drop in any warm winter clothes, waterproof jackets, shoes and socks throughout the week.

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Experience #SocialInnovation with People Know How

Monday 15 February
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Part of Giving & Learning Week
All welcome to Drop-in
Various throughout St Margaret’s House


  1. “Anyone can adopt a child – right?” Scottish Adoption Agency

Monday 15th February
11am – 2pm
St Margaret’s House (G5)

We are working with Scottish Adoption to help them understand the public perception of adoption in Scotland. We are hosting a fun, interactive workshop for people to share their thoughts in a friendly and relaxed way.

We would be especially delighted to hear from anyone that has never thought about adoption before.

Just come along or if you would like to find out more, please email: sa.research.team@peopleknowhow.org


  1. “Why would I want to join the digital revolution?” Ragged University / Alex Dunedin


Monday 15th February
2.30 – 4.30pm
St Margaret’s House (G5)

You are invited along to the Annual General Gathering of the Ragged University to take part in discussion about the project, where it has been and where it is going.  Started in 2010, since then, hundreds of free events have been organised in several cities.

Now active in Edinburgh and Manchester, the project needs feedback and input from people who are interested in helping ensure that more free social learning events go on.

This is also, the launch of a collaborative project with People Know How (an Edinburgh based charity) as we work together to bring communities a Mobile Digital Classroom (come along and try it out!)

Come along at 2.30pm for:

  • A look back at the past five years of activities
  • A question and answer session to help develop the
  • FAQ section of the new website
  • The official launch of the brand new Ragged University website
  • To test out the brand new mobile computer classroom that will be used this year
  • Introduce People Know How and the Mobile Digital Classroom


Refreshments will be provided and all your questions about the project will be addressed.  “I really need to hear your feedback and find as much support for the future as possible. Whether it is simply telling me what you have enjoyed and what you think needs re-thought, please do come along or get in touch so that the whole project can get better”, Alex Dunedin.


  1. “Do you know your brown field site from your green belt?” Cockburn Association

Monday 15th February
St. Margaret’s house (G25)

We are working with The Cockburn Association to find out how the Edinburgh residents want the city to be developed.

We want to know your opinions on where and how housing should be developed.

Please come and share your opinions and make your voice heard!


  1. “Remember with THELMA – the power of memory!” The Living Memory Association

The Pop-up Shop of Memory

Monday 15 February
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Ground Floor Lobby (G25), St Margaret’s House

Bring an item and share a memory!

We’re inviting you to lend us an object that holds a special memory for you and share your story by jotting it down on a piece of paper (a few sentences will do).  We’ll display the items and post the most original, surprising, humorous or thought-provoking stories on our ‘Memory Board’ on the day.

This memory exchange will celebrate the work of The Living Memory Association (THELMA), an Edinburgh-based charity that uses reminiscence to promote a vibrant sense of community.  Their ‘Little Shop of Memory’ in Ocean Terminal is a treasure trove of objects that have triggered a sharing of stories by people of all ages.

We’re working with THELMA to plan an exciting range of future workshops and activities – from arts & crafts through to music and poetry to promote a sharing of skills and experiences.  If you’re interested in contributing in any way, let us know, so we can keep you updated!


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Sewing Surgery & Upcycling

Monday 15 February
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Run by Ali from The Edinburgh Sewcial Club and Jaimie
Part of Giving & Learning Week
All welcome to Drop-in

Bring along tired old clothes and breath new life into them by learning how to mend or fix or completely transforming through simple upcycling techniques.

Introduction to Sewing

Tuesday 16 February - Tuesday 23 February
12:00 am

The perfect class for complete beginners, folks who are looking to brush up on old skills or if you have bought or planning to buy a sewing machine.

This practical sewing course will help you become familiar with the basics of machine sewing and help you build your confidence using a domestic sewing machine before moving on to a simple sewing project after which you can graduate onto another intermediate course offered by Edinburgh Sewcial Club.

Tuesday Drop-In Sewing Classes

Tuesday 16 February
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Come along and use the machines in the studio and receive advice and help on your own sewing projects from our dressmaking and sewing tutor with over 20 years of sewing experience and 5 years of teaching experience.

*Special offer* – book in for 4 classes and get one free – (£20 per 2.5 hour session or £60 for 4)


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