Events - 20 Nov 19

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

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

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

Gentle yoga class

Wednesday 20 November
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Gentle Iyengar Yoga class – suitable for beginners and those needing a slower paced class.

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. This Gentle class offers a slower paced class which is suitable for those with minor health conditions or injuries as well as older practitioners and those who just prefer a gentler approach. Each class includes a supported, restorative pose before a long relaxation in Savasana.

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.

Iyengar yoga class - Level 1

Wednesday 20 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.

Yoga for creativity

Wednesday 20 November
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This series of beginner-friendly yoga classes has been designed to help you tap into your creativity and support you in finding your artistic outlet. The mind, body and soul are inseparable: each affects the other, as well as being affected by the outside world. In these yoga classes, we will move mindfully with the breath to become more aware of our body, thoughts and emotions. This helps us cultivate observational skills, which are key for being open to fresh inspiration.
As you practise awareness and experience new sensations in yoga class, notice how this starts to spill over into your day to day life. The practice encourages you to be confident and brave while keeping a sense of fun and light-heartedness. Yoga and creativity are naturally linked, both being strongly connected to expression of your instinct, or inner voice. Therefore these tailored yoga classes are sure to be the ideal support for your creative journey.
You are encouraged to bring a pen and paper to write down any ideas and to begin cultivating the habit of getting your thoughts out into the world.

Wednesdays 6.00-7.00 pm

11th, 25th September

9th, 23rd October

6th, 20th November

Book now: giada@invisiblecaims.com

Drop in: £15

3 classes: £40

6 classes: £70

https://invisiblecaims.com/yoga-for-creativity/

MYO Beeswax Wraps & Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Wednesday 20 November
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

What are beeswax wraps?

Beeswax wraps are a natural eco-friendly alternative to cling film and tin foil for wrapping food, bread, cheese, sandwiches and covering bowls and jars. Perfect for school lunch boxes and keeping snacks fresh when you’re on the go. They keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused, refreshed and are compostable.
The cotton wraps are made using organic ingredients: beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin.

What will you do at the workshop?
Experienced tutors will guide you step-by-step through mixing ingredients, application, setting, finishing and maintenance. By the end of the workshop you’ll be making wraps like a pro.
It’s learning in a social, fun and relaxing way with like-minded people.

Why take a beeswax wrap workshop?
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste to landfill, reduce chemical-laden plastic food packaging or looking for ways to become more zero waste then this is for you. Single-use plastic products end up in landfill and in our oceans where the continue to leach harmful chemicals for years. Cling film takes as much as 500 years to degrade on land and breaks into millions of tiny pieces in the sea. Reducing your plastic use is great for you, your family and the planet.
Come join our workshop and make 3 wraps to take home with you. They make great eco gifts too!
Every small change adds up towards a more sustainable future.

Tickets for 19th June 19 class here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/myo-beeswax-wraps-join-the-zero-waste-revolution-tickets-53106510001
For other dates please call 0131 281 7988 or email us at info@upcycledworld.com
Private group bookings welcome

Simply Singing

Wednesday 20 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 20 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.

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