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Aug 2021

Beginners' Intensive Sewing Course (Summer School)

Beginners' Intensive Sewing Course (Summer School)

Wednesday 11 August - Friday 13 August
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This 3-day Summer School sewing course will teach you all you need to know to make 4 lovely projects. Kick-start your sewing journey and learn to sew like a pro!

Summer School: Pattern Cutting

Summer School: Pattern Cutting

Wednesday 11 August - Friday 13 August
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer School: Pattern cutting

A 3-day course to introduce you to the principles and practices of pattern cutting.

Wednesday 11 – Fri 13 August 2021

Course Description

Level:  Advanced.  You must have considerable knowledge of garment-construction techniques gained from working with commercial paper patterns.

Being able to make your own patterns is a useful skill to have. You’ll always be able to make a pattern for the style of garment you’d like, and it will fit perfectly. It also helps you understand how to alter and adapt commercial paper patterns and to create copies of your favourite items. This course running over 3 days is an excellent introduction to pattern cutting and will give you the foundation skills to be able to design your own skirt patterns. It will also cover how to make top, and dresses and cover sleeves and collars  too.

The course is composed of a series of tutorials, followed by practical sessions so you can practise the skills learnt in that section. Starting at the very beginning with an introduction to the concept of ease and techniques of fitting flat fabric around the curves of a body, the lessons will build your knowledge and technical ability over the three days (18 hours in total).

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. Winner of the UK Enterprise award for Best sewing classes 2020. Artisan Stitch is the only course provider in Edinburgh, and one of only two in Scotland who are recommended by Queen Margaret University.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn how to draft a basic skirt block to your personal measurements. Then how to manipulate it to add various style features such as panels/gores, pleats, flare, yokes and waistbands. You’ll create a personal toile, fit it and turn it into a completed skirt pattern of your own design.

We’ll look at the pattern markings necessary to communicate the design features.  Write your construction process so you  produce a professional-quality pattern.

We’ll also look at the various types of bodice blocks. How to choose the most suitable one to draft your desired bodice pattern. Learn how to create original designs by manipulating bust and waist darts. How to draft sleeves and collars.

Why take this course?

  • Are you dissatisfied with the style or fit of commercial patterns?
  • would like to design your own clothes?
  • do you have a favourite item you’d like to copy?

For questions or enquiries, please contact jen@artisanstitch.co.uk. Read more or book here.

Icon Painting Thursday Online Class

Icon Painting Thursday Online Class

Thursday 12 August
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Every Thursday Morning
You can join us any Thursday

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Via Zoom
The link will be provided after the registration.

Cost £175 for 5 Classes

The main focus of this workshop is on helping you to find your own personal style. To help you develop creative practice and find the confidence that you need to make creativity a part of your daily life.

It is an ongoing Class but students are guided individually through the process of creating an Icon.

Not recommended for complete beginners but if you have some experience drawing or painting but not Icon painting please contact me and we can discuss if it will be suitable for you.

You will be guided through all the stages of creating an Icon. You will be supported in conveying your own ideas and a personal style.

Peaceful music played in between feedback will help you come to a quiet and meditative place.

You will deepen your understanding and practice of the principles of the egg tempera technique which include:

  • The composition used in icon painting
  • Icon styles including Byzantine and Russian
  • Preparation of egg yolk binding medium
  • Making your own paints from dry pigments
  • Working with thin layers
  • Egg tempera brushwork
  • Dry brushwork

Book online here
https://www.edinburghiconpainting.org/product/thursday-online-classes-5-classes/
or contact
edinburghicons@gmail.com to find out more

Painting Workshop for Adults

Painting Workshop for Adults

Saturday 14 August
11:00 am - 3:00 am

This is aimed at adult beginners
Course will include
1. Stretching paper on to board
2. Basic info on brush types and brushstrokes
3.tonal painting using 4 or 5 tones of black or Paynes Grey.
4. Applying simple washes, graduated washes, two tone washes with acrylic paint, drying each
successive layer before adding the next.
5, Form, structure and composition.
6. Recognising negative space and how to create the illusion of three dimensions on a flat surface.
7. Colour theory and colour mixing including ways to achieve colour harmony by restricting the palette
three or four colours
7.perspective as applied to landscapes
8. working with mixed media using thickening gels, tissue paper, gesso to create texture

 

Icon Painting Monday Online Class

Icon Painting Monday Online Class

Monday 16 August
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Classes run every Monday apart from some Holidays. You can join us any Monday.

The main focus of this workshop is on helping you to find your own personal style. To help you develop creative practice and find the confidence that you need to make creativity a part of your daily life.

It is an ongoing Class but students are guided individually through the process of creating an Icon.

Not recommended for complete beginners but if you have some experience drawing or painting but not Icon painting please contact me and we can discuss if it will be suitable for you.

You will be guided through all the stages of creating an Icon. You will be supported in conveying your own ideas and a personal style.

Peaceful music played in between feedback will help you come to a quiet and meditative place.

You will deepen your understanding and practice of the principles of the egg tempera technique which include:

  •  The composition used in icon painting
  • Icon styles including Byzantine and Russian
  • Preparation of egg yolk binding medium
  • Making your own paints from dry pigments
  • Working with thin layers
  • Egg tempera brushwork
  • Dry brushwork

Link to class HERE.

Mindful Dotty Art for Wellbeing - online

Mindful Dotty Art for Wellbeing - online

Tuesday 17 August
10:30 am - 11:45 am

At this online class, there’s no dress code, bad hair is appreciated and those hankering for connection welcomed.
This is a drop in, running in 3 week blocks. The same link will let you join for any date, come when you please. Duration 1.15hrs. By donation

So what is Dotty Art?
It’s all about relaxing, feeling good and enjoying yourself. It’s a gentle mindful practice that helps relieve worries, stress and anxiety, aiding feelings of wellbeing. Dot mark making to create images is a primitive art form (probably fingers dots), that’s deeply rooted in tribal cultures across the world from Europe to Australia to Africa and still used today

What will I do at this class?
After settling and making sure everyone is ok with the technology, you’ll be gently guided in an easy 5 minute meditation, this helps 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 creations.
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.
We’ll explore colour and making shapes, dots and patterns. We will spend some time at the beginning with instruction and discussion then quieten until we share our efforts near the end (not compulsory).

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 skills for relaxation, an uplifting sense of achievement, a quietened mind and an astonishing piece of upcycled art.
You don’t need much to start with; something to dot on, a smooth stone, tin can, jar, wooden bowls, shell, offcuts of wood or card will do fine; some sort of medium like acrylic paint, poster paint, emulsion, paint pens, sharpies or felt pens; and tools for the paint like toothpicks, cotton buds, chop sticks, nail art tools or a pencil.
This class is by charitable donation to support your wellbeing.
EcoArt is a grassroots charity.

Booking and checking out our other events go here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ecoart-27913191099

Zero Waste Home - Beeswax Food Wraps

Zero Waste Home - Beeswax Food Wraps

Tuesday 17 August
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Zero Waste Home series.
Learn a new sustainable living skill. Make & take home 3 food wraps.
An in-person class delivered in a sanitized environment.

This class runs regularly. We’re happy to run a personalized class for you in-person, at your location or online.

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.

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.

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.

Please book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ecoart-27913191099
or contact Rose on rose@ecoartcharity.org

Beginners' Intensive Sewing Course (Summer School)

Wednesday 18 August - Friday 20 August
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This 3-day Summer School sewing course will teach you all you need to know to make 4 lovely projects. Kick-start your sewing journey and learn to sew like a pro!

Icon Painting Thursday Online Class

Icon Painting Thursday Online Class

Thursday 19 August
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Every Thursday Morning
You can join us any Thursday

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Via Zoom
The link will be provided after the registration.

Cost £175 for 5 Classes

The main focus of this workshop is on helping you to find your own personal style. To help you develop creative practice and find the confidence that you need to make creativity a part of your daily life.

It is an ongoing Class but students are guided individually through the process of creating an Icon.

Not recommended for complete beginners but if you have some experience drawing or painting but not Icon painting please contact me and we can discuss if it will be suitable for you.

You will be guided through all the stages of creating an Icon. You will be supported in conveying your own ideas and a personal style.

Peaceful music played in between feedback will help you come to a quiet and meditative place.

You will deepen your understanding and practice of the principles of the egg tempera technique which include:

  • The composition used in icon painting
  • Icon styles including Byzantine and Russian
  • Preparation of egg yolk binding medium
  • Making your own paints from dry pigments
  • Working with thin layers
  • Egg tempera brushwork
  • Dry brushwork

Book online here
https://www.edinburghiconpainting.org/product/thursday-online-classes-5-classes/
or contact
edinburghicons@gmail.com to find out more

Dressmaking Course

Dressmaking Course

Thursday 19 August - Thursday 23 September
6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Join the ESC for 6 evenings in the studio and learn how to make your own clothes.

Choose any garment you’d like to make!

Using a shop bought pattern you will learn to navigate and read the sewing instructions, you will be taught and guided by a dressmaker and sewing tutor with over 25 years experience and learn how to adjust and fit garment effectively.

Spaces Limited, please book in via website:

www.edinburghsewingclasses.uk/

Furniture Painting Class - Learn How to Upcycle Furniture

Furniture Painting Class - Learn How to Upcycle Furniture

Saturday 21 August
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A socially distanced, in person class, for having creative fun with an old or unloved piece of furniture that’s in need of a new look. Runs monthly.
We’ll guide you through the whole process of furniture upcycling, from designing your piece, how to prepare and repair furniture for painting and about the different types of paints that can be used including how to mix your own chalk paint, sharing with you our product recommendations and insider tips to avoid and fix common mistakes.
You’ll learn how to identify great furniture to upcycle and where to source second hand pieces.
Best of all, you get to transform a piece of your furniture and share in the creative journey of others and follow the transformation of 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 paints, varnishes and waxes on your own to upcycle more furniture.
Be warned… furniture painting is addictive!

Book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ecoart-27913191099
or contact Rose 07526605022

Painting Workshop for Adults

Painting Workshop for Adults

Saturday 21 August
11:00 am - 3:00 am

This is aimed at adult beginners
Course will include
1. Stretching paper on to board
2. Basic info on brush types and brushstrokes
3.tonal painting using 4 or 5 tones of black or Paynes Grey.
4. Applying simple washes, graduated washes, two tone washes with acrylic paint, drying each
successive layer before adding the next.
5, Form, structure and composition.
6. Recognising negative space and how to create the illusion of three dimensions on a flat surface.
7. Colour theory and colour mixing including ways to achieve colour harmony by restricting the palette
three or four colours
7.perspective as applied to landscapes
8. working with mixed media using thickening gels, tissue paper, gesso to create texture

 

Icon Painting Monday Online Class

Icon Painting Monday Online Class

Monday 23 August
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Classes run every Monday apart from some Holidays. You can join us any Monday.

The main focus of this workshop is on helping you to find your own personal style. To help you develop creative practice and find the confidence that you need to make creativity a part of your daily life.

It is an ongoing Class but students are guided individually through the process of creating an Icon.

Not recommended for complete beginners but if you have some experience drawing or painting but not Icon painting please contact me and we can discuss if it will be suitable for you.

You will be guided through all the stages of creating an Icon. You will be supported in conveying your own ideas and a personal style.

Peaceful music played in between feedback will help you come to a quiet and meditative place.

You will deepen your understanding and practice of the principles of the egg tempera technique which include:

  •  The composition used in icon painting
  • Icon styles including Byzantine and Russian
  • Preparation of egg yolk binding medium
  • Making your own paints from dry pigments
  • Working with thin layers
  • Egg tempera brushwork
  • Dry brushwork

Link to class HERE.

Mindful Dotty Art for Wellbeing - online

Mindful Dotty Art for Wellbeing - online

Tuesday 24 August
10:30 am - 11:45 am

At this online class, there’s no dress code, bad hair is appreciated and those hankering for connection welcomed.
This is a drop in, running in 3 week blocks. The same link will let you join for any date, come when you please. Duration 1.15hrs. By donation

So what is Dotty Art?
It’s all about relaxing, feeling good and enjoying yourself. It’s a gentle mindful practice that helps relieve worries, stress and anxiety, aiding feelings of wellbeing. Dot mark making to create images is a primitive art form (probably fingers dots), that’s deeply rooted in tribal cultures across the world from Europe to Australia to Africa and still used today

What will I do at this class?
After settling and making sure everyone is ok with the technology, you’ll be gently guided in an easy 5 minute meditation, this helps 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 creations.
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.
We’ll explore colour and making shapes, dots and patterns. We will spend some time at the beginning with instruction and discussion then quieten until we share our efforts near the end (not compulsory).

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 skills for relaxation, an uplifting sense of achievement, a quietened mind and an astonishing piece of upcycled art.
You don’t need much to start with; something to dot on, a smooth stone, tin can, jar, wooden bowls, shell, offcuts of wood or card will do fine; some sort of medium like acrylic paint, poster paint, emulsion, paint pens, sharpies or felt pens; and tools for the paint like toothpicks, cotton buds, chop sticks, nail art tools or a pencil.
This class is by charitable donation to support your wellbeing.
EcoArt is a grassroots charity.

Booking and checking out our other events go here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ecoart-27913191099

Beginners Sewing and Dressmaking Course

Beginners Sewing and Dressmaking Course

Wednesday 25 August - Friday 27 August
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beginners  Sewing & Dressmaking Course

This 3-day Summer School course in foundation sewing skills will not only teach you how to use a sewing machine, but also give you an introduction to dressmaking.

Course Description

Beginners Sewing & Dressmaking is a combined course that teaches you how to use a sewing machine and some foundation sewing skills.  You’ll also make an easy little project (a tote bag)  to learn to measure, cut and handle fabric, in preparation for the main event. Then comes the introduction to dressmaking section – over the next day and a half, you’ll make your choice of a simple skirt using a commercial paper pattern.
(You will need to bring your own pattern and fabric for your projects – I’ll provide details when you book. You’ll need to book early to allow time to obtain these items.)

Level: Beginners (or as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)
Duration: 3 days (18 hours)

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.

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

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence and rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. In 2020, they won the UK Enterprise Award for Best Sewing Classes, and in 2021, Best Private Sewing Education & Training Provider-Scotland. Jen has over 45 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

Must be pre-booked here.  Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk

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