Besides running sewing classes and textile workshops, I occasionally manage to find time to 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.
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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!
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.
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.
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For more info or any questions, please contact Cécile at email@example.com.
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.
Last week, Sophia Burns (Arts Community Director), Andrew Chainey (Development Manager) and board member Stephen Oswald metin 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 agreementfor 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.
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.