What’s On

Oct 2019

Intuitive Art Course

Tuesday 15 October - Tuesday 19 November
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore your intuitive and creative side, experiment with different art materials and relax within a nurturing and supportive space

The classes provide a safe and positive space for free expression, with the aim to develop an intuitive approach to the creative process. Art is used as a tool for pure self-expression, healing, and transformation.

During the course, we will explore different art materials to enrich our souls and find ways to relax the mind, and the body through the creative process.

A short guided meditation opens and closes the practice and helps us to connect with the calm space within ourselves.

What to expect 🙂

Printing – Having fun experimenting with the creative process

Abstract Painting – Creating a painting with unusual tools

Mandala Making – Experimenting with patterns, lines, and shapes

Intuitive Mandala – Working within the Circle

Intuitive painting – Painting from the unconscious

Stone Painting – Exploring our gifts

Finding inspiration – Working with natural elements & words

Letting go of control – Enjoy the creative process freely

Connect with your inner creative – Yes, you are creative!

When: Tuesday 15th of October – Tuesday 19th of November, 6-8pm (6 weeks)

Where: Creativeflow Studio 5.03, 5th floor Edinburgh Palette, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 6AE

Exchange: £140.00 per person (£120.00 Concession). All the materials will be provided: acrylic paints, paper, paintbrushes, aprons, towels, sponges, etc. The classes are suitable for all levels.

For more information and to book your space simply visit https://www.creativeflowart.com/intuitive-art or phone/text 07556575645

Everyone is welcome and no experience is required! All the materials will be provided.

Beginners Sewing Course

Wednesday 30 October - Wednesday 20 November
12:30 pm - 2:30 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.

This course duration is 8 hours so it runs as either a 4-week evening class, or sometimes over a weekend (Friday 7-9pm and Saturday 10am-5pm). Please check the individual event dates/times below for details. The cost is the same.

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 https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/beginners-sewing-course/. Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Beginners Sewing and Dressmaking Course

Thursday 31 October - Thursday 19 December
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This 8-week course in foundation sewing skills will not only teach you how to use a sewing machine, but also some foundation dressmaking skills.

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence and rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners. No previous sewing experience is required.
If perhaps you’ve had a long break from sewing and would like a refresher, then this class is suitable for you too or try my Refresher Sewing Class.

What will I learn?
how to use a sewing machine
how to sew straight lines, curves and turn corners
basic seam types
how to take up hems
how to insert zips and make machined buttonholes
a mini-project to give you experience measuring and cutting fabric.

A simple pencil or A-line skirt is a good first dressmaking project once you’ve learned how to use a sewing machine. A pencil skirt has a few challenges. It will teach you the following foundation dressmaking techniques:

  • how to measure yourself and find the right size of pattern
  • understanding pattern markings, laying out and cutting fabric
  • how to sew darts
  • sewing seams
  • how to neaten raw edges
  • how to sew a zip
  • using interfacing to stabilise the fabric
  • how to attach a waistband
  • how to take up a hem

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

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

Nov 2019

Dressmaking Course - Morning

Wednesday 13 November - Wednesday 18 December
10:00 am - 12:00 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. 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 bridalwear. Artisan Stitch has been awarded a certificate of excellence and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-13/

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

Creative Atelier

Wednesday 13 November
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesdays 6.00-7.30 pm

4th September Stones painting

18th September Paint your wheel of life

2nd October Make your own fairy garden basket

16th October Salt Dough crafts

30th October Spin Art

13th November Make your own dreamcatcher

1 class £20

2 classes £38

3 classes £ 55

4 classes £ 75

5 classes £90

6 classes £105

(valid till December 2019, simply remember to book your spot before coming writing to giada)

Material included

No experience

Book now: giada@invisiblecaims.com

https://invisiblecaims.com/creative-atelier/

Iyengar yoga class - Level 1

Wednesday 13 November
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Iyengar Yoga class – suitable for beginners.

Yoga Now studio is on the 4th floor of St.Margaret’s House. It is a beautiful, spacious and fully equipped yoga studio – we even have a wonderful wall of yoga ropes! We provide mats and everything else you need for our structured and engaging classes.

Introductory Pass – £50 for 6 classes in 6 weeks
Autumn Term Pass – £128 for 16 classes in 16 weeks (just £8 each).
Single class £12

Regular practice of yoga can help with both physical and mental wellbeing. Our Level 1 classes introduce the basic asanas which enable you to progress at a suitable pace to more challenging poses. You will be learning with others with a similar level of experience and if you attend regularly, you will be able to progress to Level 2 and 3 classes in time.

All of our teachers have trained for many years in the Iyengar tradition. Lucy, who runs the studio, has been studying Iyengar yoga for 33 years and has studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar in Pune and with many other senior teachers in the UK.

Dressmaking Course - Evening

Wednesday 13 November - Wednesday 18 December
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. 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 bridalwear. Artisan Stitch has been awarded a certificate of excellence and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-14/

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

Simply Singing

Wednesday 13 November
7:00 pm - 9:00 am

‘Simply Singing’ has been meeting in St Margaret’s House for quite a few years now. We are an established friendly and welcoming group with the emphasis on fun.

Our choir sings songs from all over the world. The songs are taught by ear so there is no need to read music.

We are not a ‘performance choir’ but we have sung in casual situations like the Christmas Fair at St Margarets House or a concert for family and friends in aid of a chosen charity.

We meet at 7pm – 9pm in room G4 St Margarets House. New members very welcome at any time in the term.

£40 per term. First night FREE.

For details email Rachel Carolina mmilne@gmail.com

Iyengar yoga class - Level 2

Wednesday 13 November
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Iyengar Yoga class – suitable for students who have attended Level 1 classes for at least 1 year. Students from other yoga traditions are also welcome – you should be familiar with the basic asanas and be able to hold Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand) comfortably for about 3 minutes.

Yoga Now studio is on the 4th floor of St.Margaret’s House. It is a beautiful, spacious and fully equipped yoga studio – we even have a wonderful wall of yoga ropes! We provide mats and everything else you need for our structured and engaging classes.

Autumn Term Pass – £128 for 16 classes in 16 weeks (just £8 each).
Single class £12

Our Level 2 classes build on your previous experience of yoga, introducing a wider range of asanas, including Sirsasana (Headstand), some simple Pranayamas and more ways to work with the wall ropes. Some basic ideas from yoga philosophy may also be introduced.

All of our teachers have trained for many years in the Iyengar tradition. Lucy, who runs the studio, has been studying Iyengar yoga for 33 years and has studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar in Pune and with many other senior teachers in the UK.

Dressmaking - 6 Week Evening Class

Thursday 14 November
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

6 weeks – Every Thursday 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 you like!

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

Reserve your place here:

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4042065

General yoga class

Friday 15 November
9:45 am - 11:00 am

General Level Iyengar Yoga class – some experience preferred

Yoga Now studio is on the 4th floor of St.Margaret’s House. It is a beautiful, spacious and fully equipped yoga studio – we even have a wonderful wall of yoga ropes! We provide mats and everything else you need for our structured and engaging classes.

Introductory Pass – £50 for 6 classes in 6 weeks
Autumn Term Pass – £128 for 16 classes in 16 weeks (just £8 each).
Single class £12

Regular practice of yoga can help with both physical and mental wellbeing. Our General level classes are mixed level classes – some previous experience is preferred but beginners are welcome (we don’t go over everything in the same structured way each week as we do in the Level 1 classes).

All of our teachers have trained for many years in the Iyengar tradition. Lucy, who runs the studio, has been studying Iyengar yoga for 33 years and has studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar in Pune and with many other senior teachers in the UK.

More information online at https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Refresher Sewing Class

Friday 15 November
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you used to sew but have got a bit rusty, then this 1-day sewing workshop will be a useful refresher to brush up your sewing and dressmaking techniques. I’ll take you through some common sewing tasks that you’ll need if you’d like to start sewing again, and throw in all the tips I’ve learned in my sewing experience.

Level 2: Beginners – Improvers. You should have done some sewing before but need a reminder of the foundation techniques.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who needs to refresh their sewing techniques. If you need a reminder of how to thread your machine, wind bobbins and understand sewing machine tension. Or you could consider one of my Beginners courses which are covers these topics and many attendees are taking them as a refresher.

What will I learn?

I’ll take you through some common sewing tasks that you’ll need if you’d like to start dressmaking again. Plus there’s plenty of my tips to help you achieve a professional finish to your dressmaking projects.

The Refresher Sewing Class will cover:

  • a reminder of how to thread your machine and wind bobbins
  • how to sew neat, accurate seams
  • different seam types and when to use them
  • how to take up hems
  • various methods of neatening raw edges
  • trimming and pressing
  • edgestitching and topstitching to create impact.
  • how to sew in a zip
  • how to make buttonholes using your sewing machine

The list above are all common dressmaking techniques if you want to achieve a neat-looking finish to your sewing projects.  You may have forgotten how to do these, or perhaps you haven’t learned these before? In addition, if there’s a technique that you can’t seem to get to grips with, then please let me know in advance of the class, and I’ll try to cover it if there’s time.  You will make samples of most of these techniques, and will have notes to take away so you will be able to use these as a reference for your future sewing.

In addition, I’ll tell you about how to choose the best needle for your sewing project, the different types of thread you can use etc, and lots of other information that you’ll need to start sewing again.

Course arrangements

All materials are supplied. Sewing machines are available but you may prefer to bring your own. If so, please bring your accessories (presser feet), bobbins, and the instruction manual. Please also check that you have your power cable/foot control. You’ll need a notebook, and a pair of small embroidery scissors for trimming.

Artisan Stitch has recently won a Certificate of Excellence and is rated Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.  Tutor, Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a tutoring role.

For Enquiries, call 0773 939 7369 or E-mail jen@artisanstitch.co.uk.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/refresher-sewing-class/

Yoga Dance Flow

Friday 15 November
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

An open levels class focusing on finding the bodies most organic form of movement. I have merged the precision of yoga with the graceful and powerful motions of Contemporary Dance. Each seamless and flowing movement builds balance, endurance, strength and flexibility. This class artfully blends both genres into a very accessible sequence for dancers and non-dancers alike.
Book now: giada@invisiblecaims.com

Drop in: £12

3 classes: £33

6 classes: £60

https://invisiblecaims.com/yoga-dance-flow/

General yoga class

Saturday 16 November
10:00 am - 11:30 am

General Iyengar Yoga class – mixed level class, some previous experience preferred.

Yoga Now studio is on the 4th floor of St.Margaret’s House. It is a beautiful, spacious and fully equipped yoga studio – we even have a wonderful wall of yoga ropes! We provide mats and everything else you need for our structured and engaging classes.

Introductory Pass – £50 for 6 classes in 6 weeks
Autumn Term Pass – £128 for 16 classes in 16 weeks (just £8 each).
Single class £12

Regular practice of yoga can help with both physical and mental wellbeing. Our General Level classes are mixed level. We concentrate on poses from the Introductory syllabus and alternatives are given for those with different experience levels. It is preferable to attend a few classes at Level 1 first, so that you understand the basic instructions as we do not always give as much detail at this level.

All of our teachers have trained for many years in the Iyengar tradition. Lucy, who runs the studio, has been studying Iyengar yoga for 33 years and has studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar in Pune and with many other senior teachers in the UK.

More information online at https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

MYO Cloth Sanitary Pad - Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Saturday 16 November
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

What are DIY Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads?
They’re an eco-friendly alternative to single-use sanitary pads. You can make a pad that suits you best. From regular monthly ones, panty liners as back up for your moon cup, post partum or stress incontinence pads or night pads. They’re wonderfully soft, made to measure and best of all, washable, ready for using again and again, month after month, year after year. Perfect for reducing health risks, reducing your plastic use, saving money and diverting from landfill.

What will I do at this class?
Soak up the knowledge and have fun sewing our fabulous tried and tested pad design from textiles you probably already have at home. We’ve done all the research, testing and hard work so you don’t have to. What shape? Which fabrics are best? What size? How many layers? Best care options? By the end of the class you’ll take home your very own made-to-measure pad and the skills to make many more plus the knowledge to look after them.

Why take this class?
It’s empowering! Get in control of what goes next to your skin, ditch the plastic and become a more conscious consumer.
It’s healthier, you’ll be reducing your exposure to synthetic fibres, dioxins, wood pulp that’s bleached in chlorine dioxide, leaching plastics, sodium polyacrylate crystals, artificial fragrances, adhesives and chemical gels. Reducing your risk of yeast infections, toxic shock syndrome, ovarian and cervical cancer and contact dermatitis. Many users even report reduced menstrual cramps.
It saves you money, around £13/month.

Yes, it’s a small step towards reducing your impact on the planet but each step adds up to a big impact. Us girls use 12-17,000 hygiene products in our lifetime, some are incinerated, most go to landfill and some are flushed- around 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels in the UK every single day!
It’s learning in a social, fun and relaxing way with like-minded people.
They make great eco gifts!
TICKETS available form Eventbrite.co.uk
This link for 15 June 19 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/myo-washable-sanitary-pads-join-the-zero-waste-revolution-tickets-59126303365

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