What’s On

May 2019

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 30 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.

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/event/beginners-sewing-course-xl/
Enquiries to: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

General yoga classes

Friday 31 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

Scrappy Cushion - a creative textile upcycling workshop

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

Scrappy cushion is an easy and fun class for anyone who can use a sewing machine. If you’ve collected a large stash of fabric offcuts, ribbons and trims, then this is perfect for using them creatively. Firstly I’ll show you how to make new fabric from old. This is a fantastic way to upcycle and repurpose old clothing, and household textiles too. It’s a true ‘zero waste’ project. Your new fabric is decorated with whatever utility or embroidery stitches you have available, and further ribbon or trims can be added on top.

Any fabrics can be used: craft cotton in small print pattern works well, but more luxurious fabrics like satin, velvet or brocade are lovely for adding richness. Lace and chenille add texture.

These techniques can be used to make a ‘memory’ cushion so you can bring along old childrens clothing, Grandma’s vintage linens etc.

The lovely thing about this workshop is that every scrappy cushion is unique and personal.

When you’ve learned how to make upcycled fabrics, you can use them for lots of other things too. Embroidered panels look great in bags, clothing and to make cards and gift boxes.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who has basic sewing machine experience. No special art or embroidery experience is required, nor do you need a ‘fancy’ sewing machine. Ordinary utility stitches can be produce attractive results.

What will I learn?
how to find inspiration for your colour palette
various backgrounds for your new fabric
different techniques for layering and bonding fabrics to prepare for stitching
how to use utility stitches of a sewing machine for decorative effects
how to measure up and cut fabric panels for the cushion
making up a cushion, including inserting a zip.

Artisan Stitch has won a certificate of excellence for best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

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

ContrastInfuision Lab

Friday 31 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.

Jun 2019

General yoga classes

Saturday 1 June
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

Introduction to Egg Tempera/Icon Painting

Saturday 1 June
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This short workshop is designed to introduce icon painting/egg tempera.
We will explore Russian method.

Participants will be provided with a simple image which then they will use to create a template.
The template will be transferred into a small gesso panel.

We will learn

  • to prepare egg medium (using egg yolk and wine)
  • mix dry pigments with medium
  • application of egg tempera onto our panels using thin layers of paint
  • oil gold gilding

1 to 1 Jewellery Skills

Monday 3 June
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 3 June
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 4 June
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 4 June
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!

Dressmaking Course - Morning

Wednesday 5 June
10:00 am - 12:00 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 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 bridalwear. Recently rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-9/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Gentle yoga class

Wednesday 5 June
10:00 am - 11:30 am

The class is suitable for anyone with minor injuries or health conditions (or anyone else) who needs to work a bit slower.
In Iyengar yoga we use equipment – chairs, bolsters, blocks, belts, bolsters, blankets etc. to make asanas more accessible to those with physical limitations. Poses can be adapted to suit individual requirements. This class begins with gentle preparatory poses, moves on to simple asanas to stretch and align the body and ends with a few relaxing poses – longer holds in supported poses.
Please contact lucy@yoganowstudio.co.uk if you have any questions
Book a place online at https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk
Please note, there is no class on the 8th May – there are 9 Gentle classes this term.

Improvers Sewing Course

Wednesday 5 June - Wednesday 26 June
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This Improvers sewing course will give you further sewing practice while you make more lovely craft projects. This is a 4-week course. You’ll be able to build on the skills learned on any of the Beginners courses, and gain further confidence at cutting fabric, and using a sewing machine. You can also choose to repeat any of the projects you made in the earlier course if you’d like to improve on your first attempt. Perhaps you’d like to try it in a different size? For example the make-up bag can be made bigger for your holiday toiletries, or use the tote bag technique to make bottle gift bags.

Who is this aimed at?
Improvers: those who’ve completed any of the Beginners courses and would like to continue to practice sewing and making small craft items.

What will I learn?
further practice cutting fabric and using simple patterns.
how to neaten up your sewing
improve your sewing speed and confidence
Lots more tips for measuring, cutting and sewing your projects
how to use other materials such as interfacing and wadding
You’ll have the opportunity to try the other projects offered in the 4-week Beginners course, such as the tote bag, i-pad cover and make-up bag, as well as some new projects such as a patchwork cushion or a plain cushion with a zip. You can also have another go at your original project if you’d like to improve on your first attempt.

Projects. Choose four from the following list:

lined and reversible tote bag, (or try the bottle gift bag this time)
tablet or I-pad cover
zipped make-up bag
patchwork cushion (or plain cushion with a zip)
a fabric basket – useful for keeping your sewing knick-knacks
sewing machine cover to keep your machine dust free.

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

Dressmaking Course - Evening

Wednesday 5 June
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. 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 bridalwear. Recently rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-10/

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

Dressmaking Course - Afternoons

Thursday 6 June
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

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