What’s On

Apr 2020

POSTPONED Mindful Dotty Art for Wellbeing

Sunday 12 April
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Mindful Creativity for WellBeing

What is Dotty Art?
Dotty Art is all about relaxing, feeling good and enjoying yourself. It’s a gentle mindful practice that helps relieve worries, stress and anxiety giving wellbeing. Dot mark making to create images is a primitive art form rooted in tribal cultures across the world from Europe to Australia to Africa and still used today

What will I do at this class?
A gentle 5 minute meditation will set the mood; to give yourself the space to turn off your busy mind, let go and connect with your inner creative genius, Yes you do have one! You don’t need to be artistic, it’s all about getting into flow and we reckon you’ll be delighted with your creation.

The idea is not to think too much, it’s not about the outcome, it unfolds as you walkabout. Just take one step and see where it takes you. Choose your favourite colours and let the journey unfold as you lose yourself in the moment.

.Why take this class?
We welcome you and offer you a safe place for nurturing your intuitive process, this is both healing and beautiful.
You will leave with a new skill for relaxation, an uplifting sense of achievement, a quietened mind and an astonishing piece of upcycled art.

Booking for March https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/84290038775
Eventbrite bookings https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/rose-the-slow-agent-ecoart-27913191099?aff=eand

Contact Rose on 07526605022 for group bookings and events

Kids Introductory Sewing Class - Postponed

Wednesday 15 April
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Kids introductory sewing class will teach your child how to use a sewing machine. Completion of this class is essential before moving on to any of the other sewing classes for children.

At age 8-12, children have the mental capacity to learn the basic concepts and sufficient manual dexterity to operate a sewing machine. It’s actually the perfect age at which to learn. Sewing is an ideal creative activity for children. It develops their manual dexterity, hand/eye co-ordination, and encourages focus and concentration. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self-confidence. And it’s really great fun! Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.

In the Kids sewing class, numbers are limited so each child receive lots of attention and be carefully supervised.

Who is this aimed at?
Beginners aged 8-12. They must be able to place their feet flat on the floor when sitting in a chair that’s 45cm high. If they cannot, then they will not have full control of the sewing machine and for their own safety, will not be able to take the class.

What will my child learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
Practice sewing straight lines, curves and corners
Foundations sewing skills to enable them to progress to the Kids Sewing Course or any of the other sewing classes.

Course arrangements
Sewing machines, equipment and fabrics provided
I am insured and hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate

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

Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/kids-introductory-sewing-class-19/

For info, contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369.

Kids Sewing - Bunting - Postponed

Wednesday 15 April
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bunting is an easy sewing project for children. It’s fun to do and is an ideal first sewing project once they’ve learned how to use a sewing machine. Bunting makes a lovely decoration so children can personalise their bedrooms.

Who is this aimed at?
Children aged 8-12 years old. Children must have already taken the Kids Introductory sewing class

What will my child learn?
How to mark and cut fabric
how to sew around the edges to make the flags
positioning flags evenly on the tape
attaching flags to tape
Sewing is an ideal creative activity for children. It develops their manual dexterity, hand/eye co-ordination, and encourages focus and concentration. Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.

Course arrangements
All equipment and materials are provided, including sewing machines. In all the childrens’ sewing classes, numbers are limited so each child receive lots of attention and can be carefully supervised.

Children must be able to place their feet flat on the floor when sitting in a chair that’s 45cm off the floor. If they cannot, then they will not be able to operate the sewing machine safely and for their own safety, will not be able to take the class.

Limited places available. Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/bunting/
Enquiries to: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Kids Sewing - Tote Bag - Postponed

Wednesday 15 April
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sewing is an ideal  holiday activity for children. It stimulates their creativity while enabling mental and physical development, and encouraging focus and concentration.

Some basic sewing machine experience is required so children must have previously completed my Introductory sewing class before taking this class.

Artisan Stitch has recently won a Certificate of Excellence and is rated provider of ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and 20 years in a teaching & training role.

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

Enquiries: jen@artisanstitch..co.uk or 0773 939 7369

POSTPONED MYO Beeswax Wraps & Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Wednesday 15 April
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

What are beeswax wraps?

Beeswax wraps are a natural eco-friendly alternative to cling film and tin foil for wrapping food, bread, cheese, sandwiches and covering bowls and jars. Perfect for school lunch boxes and keeping snacks fresh when you’re on the go. They keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused, refreshed and are compostable.
The cotton wraps are made using organic ingredients: beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin.

What will you do at the workshop?
Experienced tutors will guide you step-by-step through mixing ingredients, application, setting, finishing and maintenance. By the end of the workshop you’ll be making wraps like a pro.
It’s learning in a social, fun and relaxing way with like-minded people.

Why take a beeswax wrap workshop?
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste to landfill, reduce chemical-laden plastic food packaging or looking for ways to become more zero waste then this is for you. Single-use plastic products end up in landfill and in our oceans where the continue to leach harmful chemicals for years. Cling film takes as much as 500 years to degrade on land and breaks into millions of tiny pieces in the sea. Reducing your plastic use is great for you, your family and the planet.
Come join our workshop and make 3 wraps to take home with you. They make great eco gifts too!
Every small change adds up towards a more sustainable future.

Tickets for 19th June 19 class here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/myo-beeswax-wraps-join-the-zero-waste-revolution-tickets-53106510001
For other dates please call 0131 281 7988 or email us at info@upcycledworld.com
Private group bookings welcome

Kids Introductory Sewing Class - postponed

Thursday 16 April
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Kids introductory sewing class will teach your child how to use a sewing machine. Completion of this class is essential before moving on to any of the other sewing classes for children.

At age 8-12, children have the mental capacity to learn the basic concepts and sufficient manual dexterity to operate a sewing machine. It’s actually the perfect age at which to learn. Sewing is an ideal creative activity for children. It develops their manual dexterity, hand/eye co-ordination, and encourages focus and concentration. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self-confidence. And it’s really great fun! Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.

In the Kids sewing class, numbers are limited so each child receive lots of attention and be carefully supervised.

Who is this aimed at?
Beginners aged 8-12. They must be able to place their feet flat on the floor when sitting in a chair that’s 45cm high. If they cannot, then they will not have full control of the sewing machine and for their own safety, will not be able to take the class.

What will my child learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
Practice sewing straight lines, curves and corners
Foundations sewing skills to enable them to progress to the Kids Sewing Course or any of the other sewing classes.

Course arrangements
Sewing machines, equipment and fabrics provided
I am insured and hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate

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

Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/kids-introductory-sewing-class-20/

For info, contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369.

Paper Collage Book Cover - postponed

Thursday 16 April
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This Paper Collage Book cover is a cross-over between an art and a sewing class to introduce children to mixed media textiles.

This is an ideal class for children between 8 and 12 years and encourages upcycling of paper for new uses.

What’s involved?

  • how to upcycle newspapers and magazines that would normally be thrown away
  • using paint to add a personal colour palette
  • stitching the paper collage to add texture and interest
  • making into a book cover, a phone or tablet case.

All materials are provided.  The child should bring a book about A5 or A6 size – this can be a notebook, a novel, a school text book or jotter. Children should already be able to use a sewing machine confidently.  If they can’t, then they can take my Kids Introductory sewing class.

This class must be pre-booked at: https//www.artisanstitch.co.uk/paper-collage-book-cover/. For information or enquiries, contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Tutor Jen Skedd is a lifelong sewist since age 7, and a degree-trained Textile Artist/Designer. Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence and is rated Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

Kids Hand Embroidery - postponed

Friday 17 April
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hand Embroidery is a lovely creative activity for children to learn. In this sewing class for ages 8-12, we’ll be making a felt hearts and birds. This is a lovely school holiday activity for children.

I learned to sew as a very young child. My earliest memories involve playing with fabric scraps. Sewing develops manual dexterity and excellent hand/eye coordination. and encourages focus and concentration. Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.  It also stimulates a child’s imagination and creativity.

What will my child learn?
We’ll be learning some common hand embroidery stitches
using felt  to make a stuffed hearts or birds and decorating them with buttons.

Course arrangements
All fabrics and equipment provided.

Artisan Stitch has recently won a certificate of excellence for best sewing classes in Edinburgh. I am insured and hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate. I have over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a training & teaching role.

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

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

Saturday 18 April
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.

Dressmaking Course - Morning - postponed

Wednesday 22 April - Wednesday 24 June
10:00 am - 12:00 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 - postponed

Wednesday 22 April - Wednesday 27 May
12:30 pm - 2:30 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.

POSTPONED MYO Beeswax Wraps Class - Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Wednesday 22 April
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to make Beeswax Food Wraps and go home with a new skill, 3 wraps and feeling empowered to cut down on your plastic use.

What are beeswax food wraps?
They’re a natural eco-friendly alternative to cling film and tin foil for wrapping food, cheese, bread, covering bowls and jars. Perfect for school lunch boxes and food on the go. They keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused, refreshed and composted at end of life.
Your upcycled cotton wraps will be made using organic ingredients: beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin.

What will you do at the workshop?
We have done all the hard work so you don’t have to. Rose will guide you step-by-step through choosing fabric, the ingredients, applying the wax mixture, setting, finishing and maintenance. By the end of the workshop you’ll be making wraps like a pro. It’s learning in a social, fun and relaxing way with like-minded people.

Why take a beeswax wrap workshop?
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste to landfill, reduce chemical-laden plastic food packaging or looking for ways to become more zero waste then this is for you.

Rose has trained over 1000 people to make their own wraps with her tried and tested recipe and method. If you would like to arrange your own private group, she is happy to host groups of 6 – 12 people at her studio or will travel to you. Larger groups can be accommodated.
Lets banish cling film from the kitchen and benefit our health and the planet.
This is a fun and educational creative experience.

Book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/rose-the-slow-agent-27913191099
or email slowagents@gmail.com

Dressmaking Course - Evenings - postponed

Wednesday 22 April - Wednesday 24 June
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 and Dressmaking Course - postponed

Thursday 23 April - Thursday 11 June
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This 8-week course in foundation sewing skills will not only teach you how to use a sewing machine, but also some foundation dressmaking skills.

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence and rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners. No previous sewing experience is required.
If perhaps you’ve had a long break from sewing and would like a refresher, then this class is suitable for you too or try my Refresher Sewing Class.

What will I learn?
how to use a sewing machine
how to sew straight lines, curves and turn corners
basic seam types
how to take up hems
how to insert zips and make machined buttonholes
a mini-project to give you experience measuring and cutting fabric.

A simple pencil or A-line skirt is a good first dressmaking project once you’ve learned how to use a sewing machine. A pencil skirt has a few challenges. It will teach you the following foundation dressmaking techniques:

  • how to measure yourself and find the right size of pattern
  • understanding pattern markings, laying out and cutting fabric
  • how to sew darts
  • sewing seams
  • how to neaten raw edges
  • how to sew a zip
  • using interfacing to stabilise the fabric
  • how to attach a waistband
  • how to take up a hem

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

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

Dressmaking Course - postponed

Thursday 23 April - Thursday 25 June
12:30 pm - 2:30 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. 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 courses or refresher classes first.

What will I learn? I’ll coach you along the way 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

Course arrangements
A small class size (Maximum 5 students) ensures I’m able to give you lots of individual attention. Students work on their own choice of project, and I tailor your tuition accordingly.

Artisan Stitch has won a certificate of Excellence and has been rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh’. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching role.

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

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

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