Events - 8 Dec 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

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

Beginner Christmas Crochet

Sunday 8 December
1:00 am - 4:00 am

Sunday 8 December @ 1pm – 4pm with Leigh

Learn how to make a festive star garland to give your home some extra twinkle this Christmas! Perfect for beginners and experienced crocheters alike.

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of holding and using a crochet hook and how to follow a crochet pattern with several different stitches, and you will leave with your own decorations for Christmas!

You will need:

Chunky weight wool
6mm Crochet hook
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 available online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/beginner-christmas-crochet-workshop-sunday-8-december?_pos=5&_sid=7657f388e&_ss=r

Watercolour Wreath Christmas Workshop

Sunday 8 December
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Create your own Christmas Watercolour Wreath card and gift tags! All materials provided! Suitable for all levels!

To book visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/watercolour-wreath-christmas-workshop-tickets-81271411981

Upcycled Jewellery Making Class – Design & Repair

Sunday 8 December
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What is the Upcycled Jewellery Class?
The upcycled jewellery making and repair class is a fun, relaxing and creative event where you will upcycle broken and discarded jewellery and transform them into exciting new wearable pieces.

What will you do in this class?
You’ll learn basic jewellery techniques to enable you to take old jewellery apart and how to use jump rings, clasps, findings, decorative wire, beading, eye pins, head pins and get to grips with small hand tools like cutters, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.
We’ll show you how to make bracelets, necklaces, earrings and how to revamp, restyle and repair.

Why take the Upcycled Jewellery Class?
By the end of the class, you will be the proud owner of some new sustainable one of a kind jewellery, just the thing for the eco-conscious fashionista!

Refreshments, materials and equipment will be provided during the workshop. You’re welcome to bring broken fashion jewellery with you, if you’d like some guidance with mending or you may wish to incorporate them into your designs.

We are happy to receive donations of any unwanted jewellery.
Join our upcycled jewellery making class, meet like minded people and develop your skills as an upcycler for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Tickets for 16th June here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/upcycled-jewellery-making-class-design-repair-tickets-58861415077
For other dates please contact us on 0131 281 7966 or email info@upcycledworld.com

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