What’s On

Feb 2020

Gray's School of Art 4th Year Painting Exhibition

Saturday 15 February - Saturday 29 February
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

February will see the Annual Exhibition at the Edinburgh Palette of Drawing and Painting by the final year Painting students from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. The exhibition will give the public the opportunity to see the students work before their final year Degree Show in Aberdeen in June. The exhibition is not only an important event for the individual students participating, but for the Art School as a whole, showcasing as it does, the diverse and exciting work currently being undertaken in the Painting department at Gray’s.

Open daily: 10am – 8pm

Dressmaking Course - Evenings

Wednesday 19 February - Wednesday 25 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly. Or if you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself.

If you’ve already familiar with dressmaking techniques and commercial patterns and you’d like to learn pattern cutting, then you can do this here too.

You should be able to use a sewing machine confidently, have had practice making at least one or two craft projects, and have an awareness of basic seams and hems. If you do not, then I recommend you take one of my Beginners classes first.

What will I learn? I’ll coach you in the following:

>How to choose an appropriate pattern for your level of ability,
>Taking measurements, cutting and fitting the pattern, understanding pattern markings and instructions
>Altering the pattern for a perfect fit
>Sewing tips and techniques to achieve a professional finish

Taught by a lifelong sewist with over 40 years experience across dressmaking, tailoring and bridal wear and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/dressmaking/

Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 20 February - Thursday 26 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Beginners sewing course XL is an extended version of the classic Beginners sewing course. It is a 6-week evening course, so there’s two extra projects to make. This extra sewing practice makes a huge difference to your sewing skill and confidence.

It is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to measure and cut fabric.

Sewing With Knits

Thursday 27 February
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sewing knit fabric with a domestic sewing machine can be tricky. But it’s really easy with an overlocker. Many people who have overlockers only use them to neaten the edges of their work but they can do so much more. This short class will show you how to construct a garment, in this case a versatile tunic, almost entirely on an overlocker. I designed this tunic/dress myself as I couldn’t find anything I liked in the shops. It’s a style I’ve since made over and over. I now have about 5 of them in varying lengths. It’s an easy-to-wear, easy to wash item that has become a staple of my wardrobe and I can’t be without.

Curtain-making class

Friday 28 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s extremely useful to be able to make your own curtains. Ready-mades only come in a limited number of sizes, so they don’t always fit very well. Then you may want a specific colour or pattern to match your other decor.

Custom-made curtains are extremely expensive but they are actually quite easy to make yourself. You’ll be able to coordinate your soft furnishings in future at a fraction of the price of having them made. Once you can make your own, you’ll be able to alter ready-made curtains too. Curtain-making is also immensely satisfying but you do need to take accurate measurements and understand how to match patterns. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to make your own curtains.

Know Your Overlocker

Saturday 29 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Extra date as previous date SOLD OUT!   Know Your Overlocker aims to teach you how to use an overlocker to enhance your sewing projects.

Overlockers are amazing machines that can stitch, trim and neaten seams all in one operation. Yet so few owners fully understand them or use them to their full potential. Most people who have overlockers only use them for neatening edges but they can do so much more. This short sessions teaches you to get to know your overlocker.

Other functions include sewing in elastic and lace trims, creating decorative seams on sports and casual-wear, rolled hems on evening wear, and making home furnishings. Not to mention being able to sew up jersey fabrics quicker and more neatly than your normal domestic sewing machine.

Crochet Baby Shoes

Saturday 29 February
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you have a little one on the way, or know someone who does and want to make them a special handmade gift, this workshop is for you!

In this beginners workshop we will be making a simple pair of newborn baby shoes.

In this relaxed 3 hour workshop you will be introduced to the equipment needed for crochet and learn commonly used crochet stitches. You will also learn how to follow a pattern which uses UK terminology.

Materials Required:

DK Yarn
1 Crochet hook – Size 5mm
Scissors

All workshops are held in my dye studio (which is near the shop). After booking you will be emailed with the details on how to access the building. Please note payment is required to book in to this workshop, and is non-refundable.

Booking online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/crochet-baby-shoes-saturday-29-february?_pos=1&_sid=0103cea15&_ss=r

Mar 2020

Learn to Knit in the Round

Sunday 1 March
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BEGINNERS WELCOME!

In this workshop we will learn to knit the Oats Cowl by Tin Can Knits in the round – a great starter project if you are new to knitting or for those who haven’t picked up the needles in a while. While working on your cowl we’ll cover reading a pattern, casting on & off as well as how weave in your ends to finish your project off and try to answer any knitting-related queries you have.

Materials Required

  • 100grams Aran weight Wool
  • 5.0mm circular needle (40cm)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Darning needle

All images © Tin Can Knits

When purchasing materials for this workshop in my shop, please mention the workshop you are attending and you will recieve a 10% discount on the required bits and bobs.

Book your Spot: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/learn-to-knit-in-the-round-sunday-1-march

Level 1 yoga class

Monday 2 March
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

This class is suitable for beginners (it’s best to complete the Beginners Course first but not compulsory) and those who are new to Iyengar yoga.

This class teaches a wide syllabus of poses including standing poses, seated poses, twists, forward bends, backbends and restorative asanas. In Iyengar yoga, we all study all of the poses as it is important to maintain and explore the full range of movement within the body. We incorporate long holds, flowing sequences, use of equipment and in depth study of actions involved in asana practice. This is a class (not a group practice) and you will be taught how to work safely and given individual instruction to help you to learn and improve.

There are many styles of yoga available now – fast or slow, hot, arial, flowing, supported etc. These are mostly a Western invention about marketing yoga, offering people yoga ‘to suit them’, to make it more appealing. Iyengar yoga is a classical form of yoga and we teach the entire subject, not just the bits we like best – because we all need to do it all. Often, we need most to do the bit we like least! Luckily, it is very enjoyable and the rewards are many!

If you would like to find out what yoga is really about, this is a very good place to start.
Mondays 6 – 7.15pm with Al
Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.45 pm with Lucy

www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Interdisciplinary Mark Making

Monday 2 March - Monday 27 April
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Mark Making
8 week course with tutor Sarah Calmus
MONDAY’s- 19:00- 21:00 – March 2nd- 27th April 2020
£130 – full course fee (includes all materials)
£100- reduced rate for students and those with income support

BOOK HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interdisciplinary-mark-making-course-tickets-85417896227
or contact Sarah for more info on; 07902783797 or email; calmus@outlook.com

More Info:
Step into a new way of refreshing your mark making through a series of experimental workshops that ask you to engage with a mixture of mediums in a mingling of disciplines.

Going back to basics, we’ll cover a range of experimental techniques that enliven your practice, helping you to recharge, and breathe some fresh air into your mark making this Spring 2020.

These sessions will include; life drawing, portraiture, monoprinting, movement sessions, projection session, group crits, music, working from still life and colour. Using a variety of materials; inks,charcoal, chalks, oil pastels, conte, graphite and some three dimensional materials. Processes will include; blind drawing, tactile drawing, continuous line, responding to music, light and feeling.

All materials provided but you may need to bring with you; a shirt for messier sessions, a portfolio/way to transport your work, to ensure work can be taken safely away with you after sessions.

Course Content:
Session 1- Introduction to Mark Making and mixed media- Still Life
Session 2 – Movement and Music
Session 3- Print Making
Session 4- Portraiture and Emotion
Session 5- The Figure
Session 6- Colour, Collage and Animation
Session 7- Projection and performance- Mark Making with Light
Session 8- Plaster play- abstract session- Contemporary Fresco.

Please note;
This class requires a minimum of 8 people to run. In the event of the class not obtaining the minimum requirement, you will be refunded.Some small details of this course may be subject to change and the tutor reserves the right to change aspects on a case by case basis.

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 3 March
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.

You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.

Dressmaking Class

Tuesday 3 March
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

6 week Course – Every Tuesday Evening 6.30pm – 9pm.

An ideal class for folks looking to expand their sewing skills – must have a little sewing experience i.e. can thread a machine and sew in a straight line – or have attended one of our beginner’s classes.

Spend 6 evenings in the studio and create a beautiful made-to-measure jacket, dress, skirt, trousers, waistcoat – whatever garment you like!

Learn how to fit zips, make button holes, fabric properties and more!

Reserve your place here:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4472220

Simply Singing

Wednesday 4 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Simply Singing is an opportunity to sing with a friendly group, the emphasis being on fun. We sing songs from all over the world. There is no need to read music and there is no need to be a brilliant singer.

To join us contact Rachel Milne. Phone 07792791437.

Beginners Sewing Course

Thursday 5 March - Thursday 26 March
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This Beginners sewing course will teach you expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to measure and cut fabric.

I learned to sew as a child and since then, I’ve made every mistake in the book. So fast-track your sewing journey as you benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro as I share my expert tips. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I started to sew.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine)
Novice sewists (if you’ve just recently learned but would like to know a bit more)
Lapsed Sewists (as a refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while and are a bit rusty).

What will I learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine
Understand the mysteries of correct thread tension
How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
Learn three different seam types and when to use them
How to take up a hem
Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
Make a lovely craft project to gain experience measuring, cutting and sewing fabric.

Choose to make either

a lined reversible tote bag,
I-pad/tablet cover,
or a zipped make-up bag,

Artisan Stitch has won a certificate of excellence for Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years of sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching role.

Must be pre-booked at beginners-sewing-course/. Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Improvers' sewing course

Thursday 5 March - Thursday 26 March
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This Improvers sewing course will give you extra practice sewing easy craft projects once you’ve completed one of the Beginners sewing courses at Artisan Stitch.

This is a 4-week course (2 hours per week) to enable you to build on the skills learned on any of the Beginners courses.  You’ll gain further confidence at cutting fabric, and using a sewing machine. You can also choose to repeat any of the projects you made in the earlier course if you’d like to improve on your first attempt.  Perhaps you’d like to try it in a different size?  For example the make-up bag can be made bigger for your holiday toiletries, or use the tote bag technique to make bottle gift bags, or there’s lots of other lovely options.

Who is this aimed at?

Improvers:  those who’ve completed any of the Beginners courses and would like to continue to practice sewing and making small craft items.

What will I learn?

  • further practice cutting fabric and using simple patterns.
  • how to neaten up your sewing
  • improve your sewing speed and confidence
  • Lots more tips for measuring, cutting and sewing your projects
  • how to use other materials such as interfacing and wadding

You’ll have the opportunity to try the other projects offered in the 4-week Beginners course, such as the tote bag, i-pad cover and make-up bag, as well as some new projects such as a patchwork cushion or a plain cushion with a zip.  You can also have another go at your original project if you’d like to improve on your first attempt.

Projects.

Choose four from the following list:

  • lined and reversible tote bag, (or try the bottle gift bag this time)
  • tablet or I-pad cover
  • zipped make-up bag
  • patchwork cushion (or plain cushion with a zip)
  • sewing organiser
  • sewing machine cover to keep your machine dust free.

You will need to bring your own fabric for your projects – I’ll provide further details when you book.

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one.

Contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369 for further information. Pre-booking essential at: Improvers sewing course.

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