Events - 22 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.

Exploring Play Laboratory

Saturday 22 February - Sunday 23 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

We are super excited to invite you to our Exploring Play Laboratory to take place on 22nd & 23rd Feb at St. Margaret’s House (Edinburgh) from 10 am – 4 pm

During the weekend, we will work with improvisation and grounding exercises, playfulness, movement, stillness and rhythm, games, energy levels and the art of being oneself.

By the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident, relaxed, grounded and connected with your inner joy!

You would have:

  • Worked on your improvisation skills.
  • Taking risks safely.
  • Built presence.
  • Worked on your communication skills.
  • Experienced a state of joy and discovery.
  • Connected with yourself, your authenticity and the spontaneous place within you.
    CREATED JOYFUL ANARCHY!

Who is this for?
For You if:

  • You are into self-development.
  • You are an artist/performer.
  • You do public speaking.
  • You work with children
  • You are a tour guide
  • YOU LOVE BEING PLAYFUL!

This opportunity is perfect for you if you love getting out of your comfort zone in a safe environment and have an urge to play and try out something new.

To make this offer irresistible for you, we want to offer you an Early Bird Price. Book your place by this Sunday 19th of January and you’ll get the two-days workshop for £90 (or one-day for £50).
Do hurry up, because after this Sunday 19th the price goes up to £120 for two days (£70 for one day).

Email us to request more information or to book your space hello@sarasfeijoo.com. A £40 deposit will be required from you. Mention on your email ‘FreeMuffins’ and get £10 off the final price.

Furniture Painting Class - Upcycle Furniture and Mix your own Chalk Paint

Saturday 22 February
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Our furniture painting class is a great opportunity to relax and have some creative fun with an old or unloved piece of furniture that’s needing a new look. We reckon you’ll be amazed at what a lick of paint can do bring a piece back into style and make it lovable again!

Booking at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/81554510737

You’ll be welcomed into our studio, a creative space with a friendly and supportive environment. We’ll guide you through the process of furniture painting, including giving you our hints and tips on the products that we prefer using, how to improve your brushwork and how to avoid and fix the common mistakes that happen when you’re painting furniture.

Please bring a small item of wooden furniture to paint or you can pre-order a piece for £20 and we will source it for you e.g. a small side table, coffee table, magazine rack, dining chair, small cabinet or a stool.

What will you do in this class?

During the class, you’ll learn how to prepare your furniture for painting and about the different types of paints that can be used. You’ll mix up your own chalk paint and we’ll help you practice and refine your brush work skills.

You’ll learn the basic techniques required to achieve a clean, finished look for your furniture. For those interested in the shabby chic look, you’ll be shown how to distress your furniture and how two tones if you want to work with a couple of contrasting colours. If you want a more funky or retro look, we can show you how to use masking tape to create colourful designs.

Finally you’ll finish and protect your furniture with a soft furniture wax or a varnish.

Why take the furniture painting class?

You’ll gain access to paints, brushes, waxes and varnishes and can experiment in a friendly and supportive environment. This is a relaxed and social class.

Learn from our experienced tutors knowledge, experience and helpful tips, including the most common mistakes and challenges that furniture painters face and how to fix them. Best of all you get to transform a transform a piece of your furniture and see how others transform their pieces too.

By the time you finish our furniture painting class, you’ll be fully equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to confidently use the paints and waxes on your own to upcycle more furniture. Be warned… furniture painting is addictive!

Light refreshments will be provided on the day. You’ll also be given the remainder of one small pot of chalk paint that you’ve mixed and instructions to take home with you. Join us and learn more about the art of upcycling!

Contact Rose slowagents@gmail.com

Learn to Knit Lace

Saturday 22 February
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lace is just about making holes in your knitting…on purpose. Come to this relaxed 3 hour workshop to learn how to follow a lace chart and get on the road to making a gorgeous lace snood.

Materials Required

  • Aran or Worsted weight wool; 100grams for the short cowl or 200grams for the long cowl
  • 5.0mm knitting needles (either straights or circular)
  • Darning needle

Skills required: You should be comfortable with knitting and purling.

When purchasing materials for this workshop in my shop, please mention the workshop you are attending and you will receive a 10% discount on the required bits and bobs.

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.

Book online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/lace-knitting-saturday-22-february

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