Events - 21 Mar 20

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.

Interdisciplinary Mark Making

Monday 2 March - Monday 27 April
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Mark Making
8 week course with tutor Sarah Calmus
MONDAY’s- 19:00- 21:00 – March 2nd- 27th April 2020
£130 – full course fee (includes all materials)
£100- reduced rate for students and those with income support

BOOK HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interdisciplinary-mark-making-course-tickets-85417896227
or contact Sarah for more info on; 07902783797 or email; calmus@outlook.com

More Info:
Step into a new way of refreshing your mark making through a series of experimental workshops that ask you to engage with a mixture of mediums in a mingling of disciplines.

Going back to basics, we’ll cover a range of experimental techniques that enliven your practice, helping you to recharge, and breathe some fresh air into your mark making this Spring 2020.

These sessions will include; life drawing, portraiture, monoprinting, movement sessions, projection session, group crits, music, working from still life and colour. Using a variety of materials; inks,charcoal, chalks, oil pastels, conte, graphite and some three dimensional materials. Processes will include; blind drawing, tactile drawing, continuous line, responding to music, light and feeling.

All materials provided but you may need to bring with you; a shirt for messier sessions, a portfolio/way to transport your work, to ensure work can be taken safely away with you after sessions.

Course Content:
Session 1- Introduction to Mark Making and mixed media- Still Life
Session 2 – Movement and Music
Session 3- Print Making
Session 4- Portraiture and Emotion
Session 5- The Figure
Session 6- Colour, Collage and Animation
Session 7- Projection and performance- Mark Making with Light
Session 8- Plaster play- abstract session- Contemporary Fresco.

Please note;
This class requires a minimum of 8 people to run. In the event of the class not obtaining the minimum requirement, you will be refunded.Some small details of this course may be subject to change and the tutor reserves the right to change aspects on a case by case basis.

Beginners Sewing Course

Thursday 5 March - Thursday 26 March
10:00 am - 12:00 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.

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 beginners-sewing-course/. Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Improvers' sewing course

Thursday 5 March - Thursday 26 March
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This Improvers sewing course will give you extra practice sewing easy craft projects once you’ve completed one of the Beginners sewing courses at Artisan Stitch.

This is a 4-week course (2 hours per week) to enable you to build on the skills learned on any of the Beginners courses.  You’ll 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, or there’s lots of other lovely options.

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)
  • sewing organiser
  • sewing machine cover to keep your machine dust free.

You will need to bring your own fabric for your projects – I’ll provide further details when you book.

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one.

Contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369 for further information. Pre-booking essential at: Improvers sewing course.

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

Saturday 21 March
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Relax and have some creative fun with an old or unloved piece of furniture that’s needing a new look. Guidance from an experienced tutor through out.

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!

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 to use 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 and you are welcome to share our vegan lunch for a small donation.
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!

Book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/rose-the-slow-agent-27913191099

or email slowagents@gmail.com for more information and gift vouchers.

Get Creative With Fused Glass

Saturday 21 March
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Have you ever tried fusing glass? It is fun and utterly addictive. In this workshop you will learn how this is done and give it a go. You can make a beautiful glass bowl, colorful suncatcher or something else that has a personal meaning to you. If you already have basic skills, you can work on your desired project or learn new techniques.

Kiln-formed or fused glass is a craft known since ancient times and has been used for making jewellery and vessels. Through the ages, the craft of fusing glass was largely forgotten until it was re-discovered in the 1950-ties. Currently, fusing glass is a popular hobby as well as a distinct and versatile art form.

Fusing glass enables individual pieces to be transformed into a single object when they are put together and exposed to high temperature in a kiln. Depending on the temperature used, different textures and other interesting visual effects can be achieved. Furthermore, placing the glass into a mould or on a prop can produce three-dimensional forms with varying complexity.

In this workshop you will:

• learn the basics of fusing glass
• become skilled in cutting glass and assembling simple forms
• learn how to achieve desired textures and other effects
• design and make your own glass objects to take home

Note that your creations will not be ready at the end of the workshop, but will be available to collect from the studio 2-3 days after the workshop. Tools and materials will be provided.

To inquire or book a place, please email Irina at: 523.glassart@gmail.com

Knitting Tips & Tricks

Saturday 21 March
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A relaxed workshop is which you will learn and try out some handy tips and tricks to finish your knitting like a pro AND fix mistakes!

You will learn how to:

  • Pick up a dropped stitches in stocking and garter stitch
  • Mattress stitch
  • Grafting
  • 3-needle bind off
  • Picking up stitches for a button band

Materials required:

  • Double knitting or Aran weight wool
  • Suitable needles for your wool (either circular or straight)
  • Crochet hook around the same size as your needles or slightly smaller
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors

Homework: Please prepare 3 swatches for the workshop (cast on approx 35 stitches) and leave the work on the needle, DO NOT bind off. Please do 1 swatch in garter stitch (knit every row), and 2 should be in stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row).

Book online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/knitting-tips-tricks-saturday-21-march

New Beginnings - Intuitive Painting & Meditation

Saturday 21 March
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Welcome the energies of the Spring and explore all its gifts! Together we will make a little journey supported by the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and will explore the East direction, the energy of Spring and new beginnings. The energy of the rising sun will be our guide and the sight of the eagle will further our inner vision. Through guided imagery, intuitive painting, and journaling we will listen to the season and connect with its deepest rhythm.

“Intuitive painting is a powerful spiritual and creative practice designed to connect people with their intuition, and inner guidance”

Where: Creativeflow Studio 5.03, 5th floor Edinburgh Palette, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 6AE

When: Saturday the 21st of March, 3-5pm

Exchange: £22.00 per person (£18.00 Concession). All the materials will be provided: acrylic paints, paper, paintbrushes, aprons, towels, sponges, etc.

Everyone is welcome and no experience in painting or meditation is required.

To book your space simply visit https://www.creativeflowart.com/new-beginnings

If you require any further information phone/text 07556575645 or email creativeflowarte@gmail.com

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