Events - 20 Jul 19

Kids Hand Embroidery

Thursday 4 July - Thursday 1 August
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Hand Embroidery is a lovely creative activity for children to learn. In this sewing class for ages 8-12, we’ll be making a felt hearts and birds. This is a lovely school holiday activity for children.

I learned to sew as a very young child. My earliest memories involve playing with fabric scraps. Sewing develops manual dexterity and excellent hand/eye coordination. and encourages focus and concentration. Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.  It also stimulates a child’s imagination and creativity.

What will my child learn?
We’ll be learning some common hand embroidery stitches
using felt  to make a stuffed hearts or birds and decorating them with buttons.

Course arrangements
All fabrics and equipment provided.

Artisan Stitch has recently won a certificate of excellence for best sewing classes in Edinburgh. I am insured and hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate. I have over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a training & teaching role.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/hand-embroidery-5/

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 11 July - Thursday 15 August
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.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child and that’s a lot of years experience. During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book and learnt how to avoid them. Now you can 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.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine before)

Novice sewists (if you’ve recently learned and would like to know a bit more)

Lapsed sewists (as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)

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 importance 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
How to make three great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
a lined reversible tote bag,
I-pad/tablet cover,
a zipped make-up bag,

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

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 11 July - Thursday 15 August
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.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child and that’s a lot of years experience. During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book and learnt how to avoid them. Now you can 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.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine before)

Novice sewists (if you’ve recently learned and would like to know a bit more)

Lapsed sewists (as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)

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 importance 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
How to make three great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
a lined reversible tote bag,
I-pad/tablet cover,
a zipped make-up bag,

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

Icon Painting/ Egg Tempera Weekend

Saturday 20 July
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed for people with different to non artistic experience. Either you are looking for a new inspiration in your artistic practise, or you would like to introduce new technique/style to your work or you would like to start being more creative. Maybe you are looking for quiet, meditative practice. This workshop is for you.

It is a lot about providing quiet space of stillness and a chance to work with your hands and switch of your mind.

No previews experience is required. Participants will be supported individually in developing their art work.

You are welcome to work on a design that you bring with you to the workshop.
Please visit my website for some examples of contemporary icon painting.
basiamindewicz.weebly.com

Participants will be guided through initial stages of the process of creating an icon. With short introduction to tradition of iconography. Students will explore the technique off egg tempera. Learn to make egg yolk binding medium and mix paints using dry pigments.
All paintings will be created on mdf panels covered with thin layers of gesso. Panels will be provided.
Students who decide to book only one weekend will learn basic principle of the technique.

Preparation of egg yolk binding medium.
How face futures are built in iconography, eyes, nose and lips.
Russian method brush work and thin layering to achieve smooth surface
Dry brush work; using dry on dry method
Unique method of building shapes with light where the image emerges from darkness.
Gold gilding for those interested.

MYO Cloth Sanitary Pad - Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Saturday 20 July
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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