Events - 21 Aug 20

Out of the Wood

Friday 7 August - Friday 21 August
All Day

An ONLINE exhibition of drawings and prints exploring wood and woodland by Tansy Lee Moir and Margaret Pitt.

Out of the Wood Exhibition »

‘Out of the Wood’ brings together two artists whose contrasting work shares themes of time, history natural processes. Wood also unites them, as a material to create images from and as a living subject to make images of.

Margaret Pitt uses plywood to create her bold woodcut plates, producing richly textured, layered prints. Her colourful imagery is suffused with symbols and archaeological influences, both mysterious and timeless.

Tansy Lee Moir hunts through woodlands for the ancient and unusual trees which are the source of her work. Her dramatic charcoal works conjure light falling on time-ravaged tree forms, whilst her dynamic drawings and oils convey a sense of movement and vibrancy.

7th – 21st August 2020.

Improve Your Dressmaking

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

Improve your dressmaking

Does your home dressmaking look a bit – well – ‘homemade’? This 1-day session that will help you obtain a better fit and professional ‘handmade’ finish to your home-sewn garments.

Course description

Do you enjoy dressmaking but aren’t happy with the finish? Do you have bumps at the bottom of your zips. Or do your facings just refuse to lie flat? Would you like to improve your dressmaking but don’t have the time to commit to a course? In this class, I’ll share a few techniques you can use to improve the look of your dressmaking. Instead of wrestling with making a whole garment, we’ll concentrate on learning some foundation dressmaking techniques by making samples of each technique. There are yours to take home for future reference.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who has struggled with dressmaking techniques and would like to learn some tips to achieve a better finish to their work. You must be able to use a sewing machine confidently, sew accurate seams, and have some dressmaking experience.

What will I learn?

  • how to choose your best pattern size and achieve a good fit.
  • understanding pattern terminology and markings
  • How to make some common pattern adjustments
  • pressing and trimming techniques
  • why you should staystitch, and how to do it
  • how to apply a facing
  • what is understitching and when do you use it
  • how to insert a concealed zip

Places are limited so advance booking is essential: Improve Your Dressmaking
Enquiries to: or 0773 939 7369

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For even more tips and techniques to make your home sewing more ‘designer’ than disaster’, then why not try the 3-day ‘Better Dressmaking‘ intensive sewing course from Artisan Stitch.

Guide to Sewing tips and techniques