Workshops

Beginners Sewing Day

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

This Beginners Sewing Day is a quick and easy introduction to sewing. It provides the starting point to learn some foundation sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types,  learn 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.

Then there’s an easy sewing project to make so you can practice your new skills. (Projects may vary, but will be specified for each event.)

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. During the Beginners Sewing Day, I’ll be sharing lots of my tips.  So you can benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I was starting out.

Who is this aimed at?

Beginners (if you’ve not used a sewing machine before or if you’ve only recently learned).

What will I learn?

  • How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
  • How to wind bobbins and thread up the machine
  • Understand the importance of correct thread tension
  • How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
  • How to take up a hem
  • An easy sewing project. (You will need to bring your choice of fabric. I’ll tell you what you’ll need when you book)

This class is run by Artisan Stitch who won a Certificate of Excellence in 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/beginners-sewing-day/

For further information, call  0773 939 739 or e-mail jen@artisanstitch.co.uk

Beginners Sewing Weekend Course

Friday 31 January - Saturday 1 February
7:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Beginners sewing weekend course  is a short introductory course to learn some foundation sewing skills.

Course runs: Friday 31 January 7pm-9pm & Saturday 1 February 10am-5pm

  • 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 finish the edges, and why you should
  • How to take up a hem
  • Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
  • Your choice of easy sewing projects. Make your choice of a reversible tote bag, I-pad/tablet cover, or zipped make-up bag, (You will need to bring your own fabric for your project – I’ll provide details when you book)

Learn Fair Isle Knitting

Saturday 1 February
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.

Book Online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/fair-isle-saturday-1-february

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 4 February
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.

Know Your Overlocker

Friday 7 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

Crochet Granny Square

Saturday 8 February
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
Scissors
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.

Booking available online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/crochet-granny-square?_pos=1&_sid=db03b4e02&_ss=r

Upcycled Jewellery Making Class – Design & Repair

Sunday 9 February
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

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 11 February
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.

Learn to Spin Wool

Saturday 15 February
11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Learn to spin and ply in a half a day workshop with Debbie Zawinski (aka The Feral Spinner) author of the book In the Footsteps of Sheep. Using the simplest of tools, you will learn to spin with a spinning stick, the Feral Spinner way! You will go home with a small skein of yarn at the end of the workshop.

There will be a 30 minute break in the middle of he class to pop out for a bite to eat (there is a cute cafe across the road) or you can bring a packed lunch.

All materials supplied with the workshop. Perfect for beginners or those looking for a new technique!

Please note payment is required to book in to this workshop, and is non-refundable.

Booking available online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/learn-to-spin-saturday-15-february

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 18 February
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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