Events - 21 Feb 20

Gray's School of Art 4th Year Painting Exhibition

Saturday 15 February - Saturday 29 February
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

February will see the Annual Exhibition at the Edinburgh Palette of Drawing and Painting by the final year Painting students from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. The exhibition will give the public the opportunity to see the students work before their final year Degree Show in Aberdeen in June. The exhibition is not only an important event for the individual students participating, but for the Art School as a whole, showcasing as it does, the diverse and exciting work currently being undertaken in the Painting department at Gray’s.

Open daily: 10am – 8pm

Dressmaking Course - Evenings

Wednesday 19 February - Wednesday 25 March
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.

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

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 bridal wear and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

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

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

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 20 February - Thursday 26 March
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.

Cushion-making with Zips and Piping

Friday 21 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cushion-making with Zips and Piping

Shop-bought furnishing can be expensive but why pay out when cushion-making is actually quite easy. Learn how to make professional looking cushions with zips and piping to match your furnishings and you’ll never need to buy a cushion again.

Course Description

I’ll show you how to sew in a zip – a foundation sewing skill.

Then we’ll look at a variety of decorative details such as piping, frills and flanges.

Piping is covered in bias binding so the workshop will include how to make your own bias-binding too. That way it’ll coordinate with your other fabrics. Or you can use shop-bought. Then you’ll design and make your own cushion cover.

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence for Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years of sewing experience and more than 20 years in a teaching role.

Who is this aimed at?

Intermediate sewists. You need to have confident sewing machine skills.

What will I learn?

  • planning your design
  • matching patterns
  • measuring & cutting your fabric
  • inserting a zip (standard lapped-style zip or a concealed zip)
  • making your own bias binding to coordinate with your cushion fabric
  • adding the piping
  • completing the cushion
  • finishing touches to give a professional look to your unique cushion

Course arrangements

Fabric is provided so you can practice before making your own cushion at home. Sewing machines are also available in the studio but you can bring your own if you prefer.  Please also remember your power cable/foot control, accessories, bobbins, spare needles, and instruction manual. You’ll also need a zip foot, plus possible a piping foot, depending on the make of your machine.

Duration: 10am – 4pm.  There will be a break for lunch.

Places are limited so you must book your place in advance. To book, go to:  Cushion – making.  Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

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