What’s On

Dec 2019

General yoga class

Saturday 21 December
10:00 am - 11:30 am

General Iyengar Yoga class – mixed level class, some previous experience preferred.

Yoga Now studio is on the 4th floor of St.Margaret’s House. It is a beautiful, spacious and fully equipped yoga studio – we even have a wonderful wall of yoga ropes! We provide mats and everything else you need for our structured and engaging classes.

Introductory Pass – £50 for 6 classes in 6 weeks
Autumn Term Pass – £128 for 16 classes in 16 weeks (just £8 each).
Single class £12

Regular practice of yoga can help with both physical and mental wellbeing. Our General Level classes are mixed level. We concentrate on poses from the Introductory syllabus and alternatives are given for those with different experience levels. It is preferable to attend a few classes at Level 1 first, so that you understand the basic instructions as we do not always give as much detail at this level.

All of our teachers have trained for many years in the Iyengar tradition. Lucy, who runs the studio, has been studying Iyengar yoga for 33 years and has studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar in Pune and with many other senior teachers in the UK.

More information online at https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 24 December
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.

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 31 December
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.

Jan 2020

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 7 January
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.

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 9 January - Thursday 13 February
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.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child and that’s a lot of years experience. During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book and learnt how to avoid them. Now you can 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.

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

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine before)

Novice sewists (if you’ve recently learned and would like to know a bit more)

Lapsed sewists (as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)

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 importance 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
– How to make three great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
a lined reversible tote bag,
I-pad/tablet cover,
a zipped make-up bag,

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

Improve Your Dressmaking

Friday 10 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Improve your dressmaking is a one-day session that will help you obtain a better finish to your home-sewn garments.

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?

understanding pattern terminology and markings
how to choose your best pattern size and achieve a good fit.

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

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/improve-your-dressmaking/ 
Enquiries to: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Upcycled Jewellery Making Class – Design & Repair

Sunday 12 January
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What is the Upcycled Jewellery Class?
The upcycled jewellery making and repair class is a fun, relaxing and creative event where you will upcycle broken and discarded jewellery and transform them into exciting new wearable pieces.

What will you do in this class?
You’ll learn basic jewellery techniques to enable you to take old jewellery apart and how to use jump rings, clasps, findings, decorative wire, beading, eye pins, head pins and get to grips with small hand tools like cutters, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.
We’ll show you how to make bracelets, necklaces, earrings and how to revamp, restyle and repair.

Why take the Upcycled Jewellery Class?
By the end of the class, you will be the proud owner of some new sustainable one of a kind jewellery, just the thing for the eco-conscious fashionista!

Refreshments, materials and equipment will be provided during the workshop. You’re welcome to bring broken fashion jewellery with you, if you’d like some guidance with mending or you may wish to incorporate them into your designs.

We are happy to receive donations of any unwanted jewellery.
Join our upcycled jewellery making class, meet like minded people and develop your skills as an upcycler for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Tickets for 16th June here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/upcycled-jewellery-making-class-design-repair-tickets-58861415077
For other dates please contact us on 0131 281 7966 or email info@upcycledworld.com

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 14 January
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.

MYO Beeswax Wraps & Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Wednesday 15 January
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

Vintage-style Hand Embroidery

Friday 17 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Make a vintage-style hand-embroidery hanging inspired by vintage textiles.

Vintage embroidery is a textile art workshop that will show you ways to use Granny’s embroidered table linen,  (or those lace doilies you picked up at the charity shop). You’ll create a lovely hanging to show off treasured family heirlooms or just to recreate fond memories of childhood.

We’ll create a collage, taking inspiration from the classic motifs found on tablecloths, tea trays,  and other hand-embroidered items.  You can also incorporate secondary inspirations such as birds, or botanicals from vintage books or other subjects that interest you, whether it’s dressmaking, recipes or family memories.

You will stitch these source materials together onto your chosen background and decorate it using simple hand embroidery stitches to create a highly-personal piece of work.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone with an interest in the vintage genre.

Course arrangements

You will need to bring some pieces of vintage fabrics or table linen which can be used as a background,  You’ll also need a collection of lace, haberdashery, (buttons, lace strips, cards of hooks & eyes, ribbon), magazine cuttings, book pages, old family photos or other personal mementoes to embellish your hanging. I’ll show you how to arrange and fix your components to the background, ready for embellishment with hand embroidery.

Think about telling a story:  you’ll need anything that enhances the story. e.g. ‘Baking day with Mum’.  You’d need a copy of an old, favourite recipe you used as a child.  If it’s got jam stains on, then so much the better. Perhaps vintage adverts for the flour, or a piece of Mum’s baking apron, and a small measuring spoon. You could use an old tea cloth as the background and hang it using a wooden spoon?

Here are a few more suggestions for nostalgic  topics for vintage-style hand embroidery:

a family holiday at the seaside – photos, travel tickets, maps, admission tickets for museums or funfairs, a postcard, pebbles or shells gathered from the beach

afternoon tea at Granny’s  – a piece of tablecloth or tea tray, her cherry cake recipe (handwritten in copperplate of course), a photo of Granny, a jam label. Embellishment may include embroidering the design from a china tea set.

Pinterest is a good resource to find copyright-free vintage images (but please make sure they are copyright-free)

I’ll send you a full note of requirements once you’ve booked, with further suggestions for ideas and resources.

Advance booking is essential at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/vintage-embroidery/

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

 

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 21 January
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.

Monoprinting for Stitch

Friday 24 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Monoprinting for stitch is a fun workshop to learn some easy textile art skills. It’s aimed at patchworkers, quilters and aspiring textile artists and crafters. If you’ve not tried Mono-printing, then you’ll not know what you’re missing. But take it from me, it’s a whole heap of fun and it’s much easier than it looks. It’s a great way of creating your own designs to inspire embroidery and collage. So if you like quilting, patchwork or any form of fabric craft, then why not give it a go? It’s also a really quick way of creating decorative papers for cardmaking.

What will I learn?
Firstly, I’ll show you how to make your own mark-making tools and printing blocks using everyday items. I love to use ‘found’ objects from nature, such as feathers and leaves. These unique marks will enable you to totally personalize your work. Then I’ll demonstrate various mono-printing techniques to create colour and pattern on paper or fabric. You will then spend some time creating your own collection of printed materials (papers and/or fabrics). Finally, we’ll look at how colour and pattern can inspire stitch. You can use hand or machine embroidery to further embellish your work. You could collage or piece your fabrics together to produce a totally unique cushion, bag or wallhanging/quilt. This class will free you from having to buy commercial printed fabrics. It will add a whole new dimension to your work. It’s the easiest way to learn how to design your own unique artworks.

Course arrangements
When you come to Mono-printing for Stitch and see how easy and fun it is to make your own gorgeous collage materials or quilting fabric, you won’t want to buy any ever again.

Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/monoprinting-for-stitch

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

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 28 January
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.

Beginners Sewing Day

Friday 31 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Beginners Sewing Day is a quick and easy introduction to sewing. It provides the starting point to learn some foundation 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,  learn 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.

Then there’s an easy sewing project to make so you can practice your new skills. (Projects may vary, but will be specified for each event.)

I’ve been sewing since I was a child and that’s a lot of years experience. During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book. During the Beginners Sewing Day, I’ll be sharing lots of my tips.  So you can benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I was starting out.

Who is this aimed at?

Beginners (if you’ve not used a sewing machine before or if you’ve only recently learned).

What will I learn?

  • How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
  • How to wind bobbins and thread up the machine
  • Understand the importance of correct thread tension
  • How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
  • How to take up a hem
  • An easy sewing project. (You will need to bring your choice of fabric. I’ll tell you what you’ll need when you book)

This class is run by Artisan Stitch who won a Certificate of Excellence in 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

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

For further information, call  0773 939 739 or e-mail jen@artisanstitch.co.uk

Beginners Sewing Weekend Course

Friday 31 January - Saturday 1 February
7:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Beginners sewing weekend course  is a short introductory course to learn some foundation sewing skills.

Course runs: Friday 31 January 7pm-9pm & Saturday 1 February 10am-5pm

  • How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
  • How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine
  • Understand the importance 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 finish the edges, and why you should
  • How to take up a hem
  • Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
  • Your choice of easy sewing projects. Make your choice of a reversible tote bag, I-pad/tablet cover, or zipped make-up bag, (You will need to bring your own fabric for your project – I’ll provide details when you book)
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