Workshops

Dressmaking Course

Wednesday 9 January - Wednesday 27 March
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.

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 on your own choice of project.

Must be booked in advance at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-7/

Contact: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Write Rite - creative writing sessions

Tuesday 26 March
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Looking to introduce regular creative writing to your 2019? Not sure where to start, or looking for a dedicated space to flex those writing muscles and get some wit exercise? You may need a Write Rite.

New Years Resolution or no: if you have decided that you’d like your 2019 to contain more, or more focussed, creativity in some form, then I invite you to contemplate creative writing as an option, and use our Write Rite to help introduce it to your year.

On Tuesday afternoons and evenings in St Margaret’s House, we’ll hold a space for anyone looking for a calm place to write. We’ll start with a cuppa and a chat, have a gentle stretch and a few minutes of mindfulness/meditation to get in the zone and engage the senses. After that, you are free to work on your own stuff, or use any of the provided materials for writing prompts and exercises. If you’re stuck, we’ll set you a challenge. Focussed writing starts at 1:30 pm / 7:30, if you prefer to skip the socialising part.

Level: Any. Creative Writing can feel like “something Other People can do”. But if you’re keen, I promise we can find a way for you to access the stories inside you.

Attendance: The Write Rite space will be open for 10 weeks of habit-forming joy. Come along to the Kick-Off Meeting on Jan 22 to discuss what you’d like the space to be. Drop-ins welcome at subsequent sessions, if there are spaces left.

Cost: I want to keep this as accessible as possible, so I ask for a donation of any size towards the cost of the space. But to help you stick to your plans, please book and pay for each session in advance! For information how to book, please consult the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309603526428480/ or send an email to kitwit.studio@gmail.com

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Pilates Classes

Tuesday 26 March
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!

Kids After-school sewing course

Wednesday 27 March
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This Kids Sewing Course level 1 will teach your child foundation sewing skills. And they will make some easy sewing projects. Ideally your child will have completed my 2-hour introductory sewing class to learn how to use a sewing machine.

At age 8-12, children have the mental capacity to learn the basic concepts and sufficient manual dexterity to operate a sewing machine. It’s actually the perfect age at which to learn. Sewing is an ideal creative activity for children. It develops their manual dexterity, hand/eye co-ordination, and encourages focus and concentration. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self-confidence. And it’s really great fun! Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.

Because they’re having such a great time, they don’t actually realise how many valuable sewing skills they are learning which will stay with them for life.

Who is this aimed at?
Improvers aged 8-12 years. (Younger children will be considered). They must be able to reach the floor when sitting at a table 74cm in height (approx standard desk height)

What will my child learn?
>further sewing machine skills
>cutting and sewing fabric
>each project offers progressive challenges.
>Projects may include bunting, a lined tote bag, and an applique cushion.
>tuition and all fabrics (Materials used are worth approx £15)

Course arrangements
I provide sewing machines and all equipment or child can bring their own
I am insured and I hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate

Taught by a lifelong sewist since age 7. Recently rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/kids-sewing-course-level-1-6/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Japanese Pattern Cutting

Wednesday 27 March
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Feb 27th – April 3rd 6.30pm – 9pm

Spend 6 evenings in the studio learning Japanese pattern cutting techniques and create a beautiful, elegant and unique garment.

The art of Japanese pattern cutting transforms simple 2 dimensional shapes into sculptural 3 dimensional forms with elements of origami you will learn how darts, pleats and pattern shaping creates a garment.

Lots of styles of garments to choose from and step by step guidance along the way.

Must have sewing experience and would help if you’ve worked with patterns before too.

£150

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4056866

Dressmaking Course - 12 Weeks - Evenings

Wednesday 27 March
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 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 on your own choice of project, and I tailor your tuition accordingly.

Must be booked in advance at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-8/

Contact for enquiries: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Curtain-making class

Thursday 28 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

New for 2019! This curtain-making class will give the skills to make your own professional-looking curtains.

Having curtains made costs a fortune. But ready-made curtains come in standard sizes and usually don’t fit well. And the colours and patterns available can be restrictive.

Learn to make your own curtains and be able to choose from a larger range of fabrics, as well as making huge savings.

This 1-day class will teach you how to:

>measure your windows
>calculate pattern repeats
>cut fabric to the correct lengths required
>how to join widths if necessary
>how to take up the hems
>apply your chosen heading tape

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/how-to-make-curtains/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Free-Motion Embroidery

Friday 29 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free-motion embroidery, also known as Free-Machine embroidery, is a useful core skill for Textile Artists, Quilters and Felters. Many of my other creative workshops involve free-motion embroidery so if you’re not sure which one to take, then I recommend this workshop as a starting point. No ‘drawing’ experience is necessary.

This workshop will teach you how to use a sewing machine as a creative tool. Whether you want to quilt, create mixed media art, make cards, or embroidery on your clothes, this course will show you a variety of ways to do it.

Who is this aimed at?
Quilters, Would-be textile artists, dressmakers or crafters looking for something a bit different!

What will I learn?
This workshop aims to teach you the basic techniques of free-motion embroidery:

setting up the machine for free-motion embroidery
guiding the needle to draw with thread
how to obtain a variety of patterns and texture effects
use of fabric stabilisers
the afternoon project will help you practice, to create a small stitched picture.
Course arrangements
All materials and sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own machine. You will need a darning foot suitable for your make and model of machine and I recommend using size 14 or 16 Topstitch needles. Please check that you have your power cable/foot control, bobbins and your instruction manual.

Craft Warning: Described by Kirstie Allsopp as ‘the crack-cocaine of craft’ Free-motion machine embroidery can be seriously addictive!

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/free-motion-embroidery-2/. Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

STAINED GLASS WEEKEND WORKSHOPS FOR BEGINNERS

Saturday 30 March
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stained Glass weekend workshop Lead Lights for beginners
In this workshop you can learn the basis of leaded stained glass.

We will go through:

  • The art of cutting glass
  • Choice of subject and design
  • Moving the drawing into cardboard templates
  • Cutting the different pieces of glass
  • Leading
  • Welding
  • Cementing, polishing, and finishing your project.

We will complete a simple leaded panel 20 x 20 cm.

We’ll go through from beginning to end in two days, which means it will be intensive, but I can guarantee that you will have a lovely experience

Maximum 5 people for course for maximum individual attention.

All tools, equipment and consumables provided but please, bring a packed lunch.

What to bring : Please wear comfortable clothing in layers with flat covered footwear.

As we’ll work with lead, this course is not suitable for pregnant and lactating mothers.

Saturday 10 am to 3 pm (with half an hour break for lunch)
Sunday 10 pm to 1 pm.

More info: https://www.midasskillsschool.com/leadlights

1 to 1 Jewellery Skills

Monday 1 April
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

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