Events - 29 Nov 19

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

Unseen Trails: Traces of Journeys Made Visible

Saturday 23 November - Saturday 30 November
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The artist, Alan Macintyre and Jean Cathro (founder of Crossing Countries) worked together on White Stick Trails as part of Alan’s developing practise as an artist with progressive sight loss.

Alan wanted to capture impressions of his emotional and sensory experience as he navigates his environment and to incorporate these into his art practise. He is reliant on the signals from his white stick and by taping a marker pen to it he was able to trace his path around objects on a paper path. To further explore inclusivity, variety and diversity, he made smaller ‘trail’ drawings that use special “swell paper”. This produces a raised line that can be felt. His work also includes a video made using accessible technology with his own musical composition expressing his journey.

Improvers Sewing Course

Thursday 28 November - Thursday 19 December
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This Improvers sewing course will give you further sewing practice while you make more lovely craft projects. This is a 4-week course. You’ll be able to build on the skills learned on any of the Beginners courses, and 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.

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)
a fabric basket – useful for keeping your sewing knick-knacks
sewing machine cover to keep your machine dust free.

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

General yoga class

Friday 29 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

Rags to Bags

Friday 29 November
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rags to Bags is a textile art workshop with a difference. A gorgeous and unique evening bag from a pile of fabric scraps? This is textile upcycling at its most glamourous.
This workshop is a spin-off from the extremely popular ‘Rags to Riches’ except you get to make a gorgeous little evening bag too.

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

We will:
• repurpose old clothing, household textiles, and scraps of trimmings
• use the utility stitches of a basic sewing machine for decorative effects
• learn how to use metallic transfer foils to add a bit of bling.
• make a lovely little evening bag in your choice of two styles offered.

Yoga Dance Flow

Friday 29 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/

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