What’s On

May 2019

Dressmaking Course - Afternoons

Thursday 9 May
1:00 pm - 3:00 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. 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 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 4 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/event/dressmaking-course-4/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Beginners Sewing & Dressmaking Course

Thursday 9 May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This 8-week evening class 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 seamshow 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

Make a Messenger Bag

Thursday 9 May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Messenger bags can be made in one of three sizes: the cute little one, just big enough to take an I-pad mini. The middle size is 27 x 22.5 x 5cm which is a useful everyday size, and is a portrait-format. the middle size makes a fantastic and useful bag for holidays and day trips. Its just big enough to hold your sunglasses, suncream, map and water bottle. The large messenger bag dimensions are 28 x 36 x 7 cm and is a landscape-format. So it’s useful as a laptop bag, easily holding an I-pad, a 15″ MacBook, or a 14″ windows laptop.

The bag has a front flap with magnetic closure, a front pocket, and two inside pockets. One of these inside pockets has a zip to keep your valuables safe. The exposed zip is common in bag-making so it’s a great thing to know how to do. The bag doesn’t take much fabric either so it’s useful for using up small quantities of leftovers for the flap and pocket linings. The main body of the bag is made in denim or cotton drill, while the contrast used for the flaps and pockets can be made from craft cotton. I’ll advise the fabric requirements when you book.

The shoulder strap is made in fabric or you can use purchased webbing. It’s stitched in to the sides so there’s no tricky hardware to fiddle with.

Who is this aimed at?
This is an achievable project if you have confident sewing skills. The challenges here include zipped pockets, adding a lining and decorative topstitching. Once you’ve made one messenger bag, you’ll understand how to alter the size too so you can make others at home.

What will I learn? Lots of valuable craft sewing skills:

how to make a lined front flap and pocket
making and attaching lined patch pockets
creating rounded corners and gusset
a inner lined, exposed zipped pocket
attaching a magnetic fastening

Contact: 07739 397369 or jen@artisanstitch.co.uk for more information.

General yoga classes

Friday 10 May
9:45 am - 11:00 am

These General Iyengar yoga classes are suitable for students of all levels.
Fridays 09:45 – 11:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30.

Spring Term passes cost £80 for 10 classes and can be used at any 10 classes within the 10 week term (including evening classes). Single classes cost £12

Iyengar yoga is suitable for everyone. Regular practice can help with many minor health conditions and is very helpful for athletes in preventing strain and injury. All of our teachers have completed many years’ training and can help you progress, whatever your level of experience.

Please note there is no Saturday class on 27 April, 8 June, 29 June.
Book online
https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Poster for Exhibition

Be-longing

Friday 10 May - Friday 24 May
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

An art exhibition by Margaret Ramsay about Be-longing! Longing to be! We all need to belong, to have a close connection with others and to be accepted “just as we are”!

Launch: Friday 10th May 6:30 – 9pm

Gallery: 3

Open Daily: 11th – 24th of May 10am – 6pm

Email: breakingchainsthroughart@gmail.com

www.mhfestival.com

www.facebook.com/pg/Magsramsay23

Poster for Exhibition

FACES AT OUR FEET, FACES OF THE STREET

Friday 10 May - Saturday 1 June
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Artist Jamie King has produced portraits of homeless people in Edinburgh, painted from photographs taken with agreement from each individual.

Part of the Mental Health Festival 2019.

Launch: 10th of May 6:30 – 9pm

Gallery: 1

Open Daily: 11th May – 1st June 10am – 6pm

www.mhfestival.com

 

Monoprinting for Stitch

Friday 10 May
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, you won’t want to buy fabric 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

ContrastInfuision Lab

Friday 10 May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

ContrastInfusion Lab is an Italian theatre workshop takes place at Edinburgh Palette every Friday from 22/03/2019 to 31/05/2019 for adults and young people.

Please feel free to contact us at federica.molina.shak@gmail.com for more info.

General yoga classes

Saturday 11 May
9:45 am - 11:00 am

These General Iyengar yoga classes are suitable for students of all levels.
Fridays 09:45 – 11:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30.

Spring Term passes cost £80 for 10 classes and can be used at any 10 classes within the 10 week term (including evening classes). Single classes cost £12

Iyengar yoga is suitable for everyone. Regular practice can help with many minor health conditions and is very helpful for athletes in preventing strain and injury. All of our teachers have completed many years’ training and can help you progress, whatever your level of experience.

Please note there is no Saturday class on 27 April, 8 June, 29 June.
Book online
https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Furniture Painting Workshop

Saturday 11 May
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

What is the furniture painting class?
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 loveable 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 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. 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!

We will source small pieces for furniture for you for £20

Tickets, more information & exact dates please – email info@upcycledworld.com
Direct booking for 11th May class here
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/furniture-painting-class-by-upcycled-world-learn-how-to-upcycle-your-furniture-tickets-53105676508

Finishing Techniques For Knitting

Saturday 11 May
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Finishing like a pro! Would you like to learn how to finish any hand-knitting project with finesse? Book your place to learn the best techniques that will give your knitting a truly professional finish – seaming, sewing in ends, picking up stitches, buttonholes and blocking and pressing. To get the most out of the class, it’s a good idea to have some knitting that’s ready to be sewn up.
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Techniques to be covered
Sewing up – experimenting with a variety of seam types
Sewing in ends
3 needle cast off
Picking up stitches
Button stands/buttonholes
Blocking and Pressing
Skills required: to have knitted a few projects
Materials needed
Set of 4mm double pointed needles
Yarn needle
DK yarn in two colours (small amounts needed so it’s a chance to use up any leftovers)
A few buttons
4 swatches in DK yarn – make each approx 10cm square (2 in stocking stitch and 2 in garter stitch)
Worksheets and patterns will be provided on the day.

If you have just completed a garment or accessory please bring it along and we can discuss the best way of finishing it. Please note payment is required to book in to this workshop, and is non-refundable.

To book a place visit the website: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/finishing-techniques-saturday-11-may

1 to 1 Jewellery Skills

Monday 13 May
All Day

In this workshop you will learn all basic jewellery skills in relaxed, private environment. We will go through basic skills such as piercing, filling, soldering and finishing jewellery to more advance techniques such as stonesetting. You will learn the skills on real projects such as making a ring or pendant. Part of the class is also improving your design skills.​

There will be individual study plan designed specially for each person depending on your needs and experiences.​

There will be flexible start so you can use your pass whenever you want (depending of space availability, please book the dates in advance)​

Dates are flexible, please contact tutor for availability and discuss what you would like to learn:

Mirka – mail@mirkajaneckova.com​

Each class will be 2h long

Please book online: https://www.midasskillsschool.com/monday-jewellery-skills-6-30-9

or enquire: midasskillsschool@gmail.com

Spring Term Beginners Iyengar yoga classes

Monday 13 May
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Beginners level yoga class with Izabela Bysiak.
This class is on Mondays at 6pm (we have other beginners classes on Tuesday and Wedneday evenings, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings).
Iyengar yoga is suitable for everyone and in this class Izabela will introduce you to the basics, working week by week to develop your strength and flexibilty, leaving you feeling taller, refreshed and relaxed. All equipment, including mats, is provided and we can help you progress, whatever your previous experience or level of fitness.
Term Pass costs £80 for 10 classes (to be used in 10 weeks, at any 10 classes). Introductory Pass costs £50 for 6 classes in 6 weeks. Single class costs £12. Passes can be used at any suitable class until the end of term.

www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 14 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.

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Pilates Classes

Tuesday 14 May
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PILATES 4 ALL by Clare Shillinglaw

I run fun and friendly Pilates classes held in the Drawing Room, 3rd Floor on Tuesday evenings 5-6pm.

Pilates is amazing for improving posture, balance, flexibility and easing any muscle and joint niggles. Regular practice can help you build long and lean muscle, strengthen the core from within and relax the mind. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners to professional sportspeople, and including pregnant women and seniors so please come along!

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