What’s On

Feb 2020

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.

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 25 February
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.

You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.

Dressmaking Class

Tuesday 25 February
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

6 week Course – Every Tuesday Evening 6.30pm – 9pm.

An ideal class for folks looking to expand their sewing skills – must have a little sewing experience i.e. can thread a machine and sew in a straight line – or have attended one of our beginner’s classes.

Spend 6 evenings in the studio and create a beautiful made-to-measure jacket, dress, skirt, trousers, waistcoat – whatever garment you like!

Learn how to fit zips, make button holes, fabric properties and more!

Reserve your place here:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4472220

MYO Beeswax Wraps Class - Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Wednesday 26 February
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

Simply Singing

Wednesday 26 February
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Simply Singing is an opportunity to sing with a friendly group, the emphasis being on fun. We sing songs from all over the world. There is no need to read music and there is no need to be a brilliant singer.

To join us contact Rachel Milne. Phone 07792791437.

Sewing With Knits

Thursday 27 February
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sewing knit fabric with a domestic sewing machine can be tricky. But it’s really easy with an overlocker. Many people who have overlockers only use them to neaten the edges of their work but they can do so much more. This short class will show you how to construct a garment, in this case a versatile tunic, almost entirely on an overlocker. I designed this tunic/dress myself as I couldn’t find anything I liked in the shops. It’s a style I’ve since made over and over. I now have about 5 of them in varying lengths. It’s an easy-to-wear, easy to wash item that has become a staple of my wardrobe and I can’t be without.

It has a flattering curved empire line waist, flaring softly to the hem. Wear this short tunic over trousers or leggings. But when you’ve made one, you’ll be able to make a flirty knee-length or an elegant mid-calf length dress. The sleeves are short and there’s a scoop neck. Being able to sew this T-shirt style neckband is a really useful technique to know when you are sewing knit fabric.

Who is this aimed at?
Competent sewists who would like to be able to save time and sew entire garments on their overlocker.

What will I learn?
Tips on sewing using knit fabric
sewing sleeves using the flat insertion method
t-shirt band necklines
hem treatments

Project: make a tunic

Course arrangements
You must be competent using an overlocker and be able to bring your own overlocker to the class. You can do some finishing off with a conventional sewing machine but I have these in the studio. I’ve designed this class to be a follow-on from my very popular ‘Know Your Overlocker’ class. If you are not sure about sewing with an overlocker, then please try that class first.

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence for Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and has spent over 20 of those in a training role

Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/sewing-with-knits/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Curtain-making class

Friday 28 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s extremely useful to be able to make your own curtains. Ready-mades only come in a limited number of sizes, so they don’t always fit very well. Then you may want a specific colour or pattern to match your other decor.

Custom-made curtains are extremely expensive but they are actually quite easy to make yourself. You’ll be able to coordinate your soft furnishings in future at a fraction of the price of having them made. Once you can make your own, you’ll be able to alter ready-made curtains too. Curtain-making is also immensely satisfying but you do need to take accurate measurements and understand how to match patterns. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to make your own curtains.

Who is this aimed at?
Intermediate. You should have confident sewing skills.

What will I learn?
How to measure your windows
Calculating fabric quantities
Understand pattern repeats
Cutting lengths and matching patterns
Hemming techniques
Header treatments
Attaching lining

Due to time and space restrictions, you not be able to make an entire pair of curtains. But you will make samples of the techniques to take home and will have extensive notes from the class. So you will be equipped with the knowledge to confidently make your own at home.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

This is a popular class and early booking is essential at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/how-to-make-curtains

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

Know Your Overlocker

Saturday 29 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Extra date as previous date SOLD OUT!   Know Your Overlocker aims to teach you how to use an overlocker to enhance your sewing projects.

Overlockers are amazing machines that can stitch, trim and neaten seams all in one operation. Yet so few owners fully understand them or use them to their full potential. Most people who have overlockers only use them for neatening edges but they can do so much more. This short sessions teaches you to get to know your overlocker.

Other functions include sewing in elastic and lace trims, creating decorative seams on sports and casual-wear, rolled hems on evening wear, and making home furnishings. Not to mention being able to sew up jersey fabrics quicker and more neatly than your normal domestic sewing machine.

Crochet Baby Shoes

Saturday 29 February
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you have a little one on the way, or know someone who does and want to make them a special handmade gift, this workshop is for you!

In this beginners workshop we will be making a simple pair of newborn baby shoes.

In this relaxed 3 hour workshop you will be introduced to the equipment needed for crochet and learn commonly used crochet stitches. You will also learn how to follow a pattern which uses UK terminology.

Materials Required:

DK Yarn
1 Crochet hook – Size 5mm
Scissors

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.

Booking online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/crochet-baby-shoes-saturday-29-february?_pos=1&_sid=0103cea15&_ss=r

Mar 2020

Learn to Knit in the Round

Sunday 1 March
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BEGINNERS WELCOME!

In this workshop we will learn to knit the Oats Cowl by Tin Can Knits in the round – a great starter project if you are new to knitting or for those who haven’t picked up the needles in a while. While working on your cowl we’ll cover reading a pattern, casting on & off as well as how weave in your ends to finish your project off and try to answer any knitting-related queries you have.

Materials Required

  • 100grams Aran weight Wool
  • 5.0mm circular needle (40cm)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Darning needle

All images © Tin Can Knits

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

Book your Spot: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/learn-to-knit-in-the-round-sunday-1-march

Level 1 yoga class

Monday 2 March
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

This class is suitable for beginners (it’s best to complete the Beginners Course first but not compulsory) and those who are new to Iyengar yoga.

This class teaches a wide syllabus of poses including standing poses, seated poses, twists, forward bends, backbends and restorative asanas. In Iyengar yoga, we all study all of the poses as it is important to maintain and explore the full range of movement within the body. We incorporate long holds, flowing sequences, use of equipment and in depth study of actions involved in asana practice. This is a class (not a group practice) and you will be taught how to work safely and given individual instruction to help you to learn and improve.

There are many styles of yoga available now – fast or slow, hot, arial, flowing, supported etc. These are mostly a Western invention about marketing yoga, offering people yoga ‘to suit them’, to make it more appealing. Iyengar yoga is a classical form of yoga and we teach the entire subject, not just the bits we like best – because we all need to do it all. Often, we need most to do the bit we like least! Luckily, it is very enjoyable and the rewards are many!

If you would like to find out what yoga is really about, this is a very good place to start.
Mondays 6 – 7.15pm with Al
Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.45 pm with Lucy

www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

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.

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 3 March
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.

You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.

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