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Pilates Classes

Tuesday 28 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!

Dressmaking Course - Morning

Wednesday 29 May
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

Kids After-school sewing course

Wednesday 29 May
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This Kids After-school Sewing Course is a suitable follow-on from the Kids introductory sewing class. It will build your child’s foundation sewing skills. And they will make some easy sewing projects. Introductory classes are held during school holidays or can be arranged on a 1:2:1 basis.

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.

There is a term-time after-school course of 1.5 hour sessions over 6 weeks.

Who is this aimed at?
Children aged 8-12 years. For their own safety, children must be able to place their feet flat on the floor when sitting on a chair 45cm in height. If they can’t, they will not have full control of the sewing machine and will not be able to take the class.

What will my child learn?
further sewing machine skills (completion of a 2-hour introductory class is required)
cutting and sewing fabric
each project offers progressive challenges.
Projects may include bunting, tote bags, cushions, machine and hand embroidery.
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 can advise on buying a sewing machine either for your child or yourself.
I am insured and I hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence for Best Sewing classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and more than 20 years in a teaching role

Dressmaking Course - Evening

Wednesday 29 May
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 30 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 30 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

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

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

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!

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