Events - 27 Aug 20

Nobility Pursuit

Nobility Pursuit

Friday 14 August - Friday 28 August
All Day

Nobility Pursuit is a developmental ONLINE exhibition in which St Margaret’s House tenant and artist James Alexander McKenzie showcases some paintings which are part of an ongoing body of work. McKenzie’s allegorical painting’s principle interest is Being. Influenced by different philosophical attitudes, his whimsical paintings meditate joyfully on its different manifestations, drawing largely from personal experience. His work’s chief motivations are humility, compassion and simplicity.

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Friday 21 August - Friday 4 September
12:00 am - 12:00 pm

This ONLINE exhibition showcases the work of four artists who have worked throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and responded to it in different ways.  The last four months have left some of us with a sense of severance from our connection with everyday activities and a break from our usual practice. However, our need to reconnect and communicate with each other and audiences remains strong.  The work we show is our attempt to overcome the disconnect imposed by the viral pandemic and respond to our precious world.

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Free-Motion Embroidery

Free-Motion Embroidery

Thursday 27 August
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free-Motion Embroidery

Free-motion embroidery, also known as Free-Machine embroidery, is a useful core skill for Textile Artists, Quilters and Felters. Many of my other creative workshops involve free-motion embroidery so if you’re not sure which one to take, then I recommend this workshop as a starting point. No ‘drawing’ experience is necessary.

Course Description

This workshop will teach you how to use a sewing machine as a creative tool. Whether you want to quilt, create mixed media art, make cards, or embroidery on your clothes, this course will show you a variety of ways to do it.  Free-machine embroidery (or free-hand machine embroidery) can be done on a standard sewing machine and doesn’t need sophisticated equipment. Neither do you need any art or drawing experience.  Find out why Kirsty Allsopp calls this the ‘Crack-cocaine of craft’.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. This workshop is tutored by Jen Skedd who is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Group Twelve Textile artists. She has exhibited and sold her embroidery work.

Who is this aimed at?

Quilters, Would-be textile artists, dressmakers or crafters looking for something a bit different! You must have sewing machine experience and be able to wind bobbins and thread the machine competently without assistance.

What will I learn?

This workshop aims to teach you the basic techniques of free-machine embroidery:

  • setting up the machine
  • guiding the needle to draw with thread
  • how to obtain a variety of patterns and texture effects
  • use of fabric stabilisers
  • the afternoon project will help you practice, to create a small stitched picture.

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are available but you can bring your own if you wish.  Please remember  your power cable/foot control, bobbins, accessories and instruction manual.  You will need to fit a free-motion/darning foot.

Limited number of places so must be pre-booked at: Free-Motion Embroidery
Enquiries to or 0773 939 7369

Useful links :

How to choose the correct sewing machine needles