Featured Artist: Artisan Stitch

Besides running sewing classes and textile workshops, I occasionally manage to find time Modern Day Embroideryto create my own textile art.  I use a variety of materials and techniques, often incorporating paper, plastics and metals in my embroidery. I fear that ‘Embroidery’ has a very traditional image and I would like to help dispel that image and promote textile art/embroidery as an exciting, contemporary art form.

Check out the Resident’ Directory for more information!

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Happy Anniversary Artisan Stitch

1 February marked the first anniversary of my moving into St Margaret’s House, and four years of Artisan Stitch. Initially painted dark grey, the sixth floor studio is now a bright, inviting and sociable space. The larger room has enabled me to extend my range of creative textile workshops and provide even more sewing classes for adults and children alike. The larger wall space has also enabled me to display more of my textile art and my collection of vintage and antique sewing machines. It’s more like a gallery or mini-museum, than a classroom!

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Have Your Say on Meadowbank’s Future!

Call out to contribute to the online Public Consultation

Edinburgh City Council have opened a full public consultation on the future of the Meadowbank Stadium site, after planning permission was granted in June for a new smaller sports centre to occupy around half the whole area. What happens on the rest of the site is yet to be decided, and the public are being invited to give their feedback.

Initial plans to build 300+ flats/student flats and a hotel are now on hold, until the consultation results are in, with “nothing ruled in or out”. The consultation is online, quick to fill in and is open until 31st October – everyone who is interested in the future of the site – and in sports & leisure provision in the city – is invited to contribute, not just locals.

In addition to the multiple choices, there’s an opportunity to tick the “other” box and write in what you’d like to see. One option might be studio provision for artists & other small creative businesses, perhaps.



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Programme Update | Spring Open Doors

Spring Open Doors
// Saturday 21st April, 11am till 6pm.

Full programme now available! Click HERE to get up-to-date details of everything happening on that day.

We have created a Facebook event for the Spring Open Doors. Support us by clicking “attending” and sharing with your networks.

Our fabulous interns, Ibon and Sarianna, have been busy creating videos of many of those opening their doors. You can watch them either via our Facebook Page or our Instagram

St Margaret’s House residents will open the doors of their studios this Spring, on the 21st of April 2018. This is a great opportunity to discover the wonders that lie behind the door of each studio in the building, and meet an astounding array of creative people from all fields from art to charity, crafts and other worlds.

Free workshops, demonstrations, a pop-up café and one-off events will take place across the building’s nine storeys. Visitors will also be able to enjoy three exhibitions in our galleries from the Bridge Pottery Collective, Care for Carers (in collaboration with Stills Gallery) and Sylvie Stainton.

Click here for more information about the exhibitions on that day.
Click here for latest updates about the programme of the day.

For more info or any questions, please contact Cécile at cecile@edinburghpalette.co.uk.

We’ll welcome visitors from 11am till 6pm. Parking spaces are limited but the centre is located on a main bus route and has disabled access.

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Update on the sale of St Margaret’s House

Last week, Sophia Burns (Arts Community Director), Andrew Chainey (Development Manager) and board member Stephen Oswald met in presence of our lawyer with the current owners of St Margaret’s House (the Caledonian Trust) and new owners (the Drum Property Group) in regards to the sale of the building. A provisional time-frame for vacating the premises of 18 months has been discussed and as soon as we receive a signed agreement for the vacancy date we will forward this to you. 

Residents meetings have been scheduled for the end of this week and the beginning of next week.

If you are a resident and haven’t received dates and times about this, come see us in the office or contact Johanna directly at

Please share this information within your collective or organisation or with your studio colleagues.

Thank you again for your patience during this time of transition.

Yours sincerely,
The Edinburgh Palette Team


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Caim | Introductory offer

Caim is a quiet, peaceful, cosy, “safe space” available to hire by the hour for therapies, one-to-one meetings, group gatherings, rehearsals, meditation, yoga or any other activity you may require it for. Whether it be for a new venture, personal growth or somewhere to connect with like minded individuals, Caim is a judgement free zone that aims to enable and facilitate positive change.

Usually hired by the hour, our special introductory offer means you can hire the 2-window studio on the 6th floor for only £10 for a whole day!

Get in contact with Lubi for more information and to hire the space.

Email: lubilykan@gmail.com or tel: 07427 622 816


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New term of classes starting at Yoga Now studio for 2018.

Class - Iyengar yoga studioJanuary Special offer – 4 classes for £25.

We have Level 1 classes (suitable for beginners) on Monday 6pm, Tuesday 7.30pm, Wednesday 7pm (Dynamic class) and Thursday 8pm.

There are General level classes (suitable for beginners and those with some experience) on Friday 9.45am and Saturday 11 am and a Gentle class (suitable for beginners) on Wednesday 10 am.

See the full timetable and book a place at www.yoganowstudio.co.uk more

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