What’s On

Apr 2020

Beginners Sewing Course XL - postponed

Thursday 23 April - Thursday 28 May
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.

Improve Your Dressmaking- postponed

Friday 24 April
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.

May 2020

Know Your Overlocker - postponed

Friday 1 May
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Extra date as previous two dates are 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.

Brioche Knitting Workshop

Saturday 2 May
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Would you like some help unlocking the magic of brioche? This beautiful textured stitch pattern looks great in shawls, jumpers and accessories…basically anything. It is really a great way to showcase your yarn. During the course of this 3 hour workshop you will learn this technique doing swatches, both in the round and flat.

Materials Required

50grams of wool in two contrasting shades in either DK or Aran weight
Suitable circular needle for your wool, 4.0mm for DK or 5.0mm for Aran weight (40cm in length)
Darning needle
You should be comfortable knitting and purling in order to be suitable for this workshop.

When purchasing materials for this workshop at Ginger Twist Studio, please mention the workshop you are attending and you will recieve a 10% discount on the required bits and bobs.

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.

Book online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/learn-brioche-knitting

Crochet Granny Square

Sunday 3 May
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beginners Welcome!

In this workshop we will be mastering the Granny Square – something that never goes out of fashion! Perfect if you are interested in making patchwork items such as blankets.

A fun workshop for anyone interesting in learning how to crochet! Suitable for beginners, whether you have never picked up a hook before, or just want to try something new.

In this relaxed 3 hour workshop you will learn how to:

  • Make a basic Granny Square
  • Hold and use a crochet hook
  • Follow a basic pattern
  • Change colours

Materials Required:

DK Yarn (2-3 colours)
Crochet hook – Size 4mm or 5mm
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.

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.

Book Online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/crochet-granny-square-sunday-3-may

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 5 May
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.

Embodying Nature - Intuitive Painting & Meditation Course

Tuesday 5 May
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The four weeks course will focus on the connection with nature and will use the four elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air) to journey through different aspects of the Self. When we embody nature we are free to be who we are and can connect with the deepest and sacred part of ourselves. Through guided imagery, intuitive painting, and free writing we will gently explore our lives, creating the space to let go of the old and welcome the new.

“Intuitive painting is a powerful spiritual and creative practice designed to connect people with their intuition, and inner guidance”

Where: Creativeflow Studio 5.03, 5th floor Edinburgh Palette, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 6AE

When: Tuesday 5th May – Tuesday 26th May, 6-8pm

Exchange: £86.00 per person (£72.00 Concession). All the materials will be provided: acrylic paints, paper, paintbrushes, aprons, towels, sponges, etc.

Everyone is welcome and no experience in painting or meditation is required.

For further information and to book your place simply visit https://www.creativeflowart.com/new-beginnings or contact 07556575645 creativeflowarte@gmail.com

Dressmaking Class

Tuesday 5 May
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 you like!

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

Reserve your place here:


MYO Beeswax Wraps Class - Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Wednesday 6 May
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

Upcycling, revamping, re-sizing & mending course

Thursday 7 May - Thursday 28 May
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Spend 4 evenings in the studio up-cycling or restyling old clothes, learning pattern cutting techniques to allow you to resize vintage clothes or charity shop finds or make completely new garments from old, re-line jackets etc.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure you have ample 1 to 1 tutor time to discuss your projects with dressmaker & designer with over 20 years sewing and pattern cutting experience and 10 years teaching experience.

Sewing machines, shears, pins etc. all provided but you are welcome to bring along your own machine if you prefer.

Mend, Alter, Upcycle & Reinvent your Clothes.

Reserve your place here:


Needlefelting - postponed

Friday 8 May
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Needlefelted birds.  Learn the craft of needle felting and make a gorgeous bird picture.

Needlefelted birds is a relaxed craft class to teach you the art of needlefelting.  This is also known as dry felting or painting with wool. The best wool for needlefelting is merino wool tops which is soft and lustrous, and comes in beautiful glowing colours.  Special barbed needles are used to push the fibres through into the backing cloth, like painting by numbers but with wool.

Who is this aimed at?

This textile workshop is suitable for everybody.  It’s extremely relaxing.  So if you’ve tried wet-felting and found it tiring and physical, then  needlefelting, or dry-felting,  is a more gentle alternative.

What will I learn?

  • how to transfer your chosen design or drawing to the backing fabric
  • the correct technique of holding the barbed needles
  • how to use the wool fibres to build up areas of colour
  • how to prick the fibres through the backing
  • blending the colours and building up layers of colour
  • adding further texture and interest using yarns and hand or machine embroidery

Course arrangements

All equipment and materials are provided.  I also have a selection of images you can use, or you can bring your own picture to work from.  You’ll need a clear image to fit in an A5 sized area.  If you prefer, you can bring a photo of a favourite pet, or flower to recreate in needlefelt.

There will be a break for lunch during the day.

Must be pre-booked.  For further info, call Jen on 0773 939 7369 or e-mail jen@artisanstitch.co.uk.

To book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/needlefelted-birds/

Fair Isle Knitting

Saturday 9 May
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this workshop we will learn Fair Isle knitting using Tin Can Knits Anthology cowl recipe. A great first project for those looking to try colour-work in their knitting. The pattern gives you the chance to experiment with different Fair Isle designs and colours which we’ll explore during the class. Please come to class having already cast-on and completed the ribbing section of the regular cowl so we can jump straight in to the Fair Isle portion and get creative!

Materials Required

250 yards total Aran weight yarn (in 2 or more colours)
4.0mm & 5.0mm circular needle (40cm)
Stitch markers
Please note you will have the cowl ribbing to complete as homework before the workshop, so you will be able to get straight to the Fair Isle in the workshop (the fun bit)!

Image © tincanknits

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.

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 and non-transferrable.

Book Online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/fair-isle-saturday-9-may

Mindful Dotty Art for Wellbeing

Sunday 10 May
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

Intarsia Colourwork Knitting

Sunday 10 May
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Intarsia is a colourwork technique for knitting blocks of colour to create different motifs within your knitwear. Make an adorable pair of fingerless mitts while mastering this fun technique. You should be comfortable with the knit and purl stitch in order to take this class.

Materials Required:

50grams of DK wool in 3 different shades
4.0mm needles (either circular or straights, you will be knitting flat)
Darning needle
2 stitch markers
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.

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.

Book Online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/intarsia-colourwork-knitting

Upcycled Jewellery Making Class – Design & Repair

Sunday 10 May
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

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