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Pilates Classes

Tuesday 26 February
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!

Intuitive Painting Course

Tuesday 26 February
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Intuitive painting is a powerful spiritual and creative practice designed to connect people with their intuition, and inner guidance”

The classes combine intuitive painting, meditation and writing. They provide a safe and positive space for free expression, with the aim to develop an intuitive approach to the creative process. Art is used as a tool for pure self expression, healing and transformation.

Participants have the chance to work on any subject, emotion or thought they wish to explore through the process, however a general theme is always provided. A short guided meditation opens and closes the practice and helps to relax the mind and the body.

The course includes some introduction to the acrylic painting technique as well as some guidance through the creative process. No experience is required and all the materials will be provided.

WHEN: Tue 22nd of January – Tue 26th of February (6 weeks course) Please book your place by the 3rd of January.
WHERE: Edinburgh Palette, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 6AE
EXCHANGE: £130.00 All the materials are included. EARLY BIRDS till 21st of December! (£110.00)

For more informations and to book your space simply visit or phone 07556575645 (Elisa).

Sewing With Knits

Wednesday 27 February
1:00 am - 4:00 am

Sewing knit fabric with a domestic sewing machine can be tricky. But it’s really easy with an overlocker. Many people who have overlockers only use them to neaten the edges of their work but they can do so much more. This short class will show you how to construct a garment, in this case a versatile tunic, almost entirely on an overlocker.

Wear this short tunic over trousers or leggings. But when you’ve made one, you’ll be able to make a flirty knee-length or an elegant mid-calf length dress. The sleeves are short and there’s a scoop neck. Being able to sew this T-short style band is a really useful technique to know when you are sewing knit fabric.

Who is this aimed at?
>Competent sewists who would like to be able to save time and sew entire garments on their overlocker.

What will I learn?
>Tips on sewing using knit fabric
>sewing sleeves using the flat insertion method
>t-shirt band necklines
>hem treatments
>Project: make a tunic

Course arrangements
>You must be competent using an overlocker (have completed my ‘Know Your Overlocker’ class ) and be able to bring your own overlocker to the class.

Must be pre-booked at:
Enquiries to or call 0773 939 7369

Japanese Pattern Cutting

Wednesday 27 February
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.


Dressmaking Course - 12 Weeks - Evenings

Wednesday 27 February
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:

Contact for enquiries: or 0773 939 7369

Cushion-making with zips and piping

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

Would you like to freshen up your home for the Spring? A couple of new cushions can make a big difference and are probably all you need.

Shop-bought cushions can be expensive but why pay out when they are actually quite easy to make. Learn how to make professional looking cushions with zips and piping to match your furnishings and you’ll never need to buy a cushion again.

I’ll show you how to sew in a zip – a foundation sewing skill.

Then we’ll look at a variety of decorative details such as piping, frills and flanges.

Piping is covered in bias binding so the workshop will include how to make your own bias-binding too. That way it’ll coordinate with your other fabrics. Or you can use shop-bought.

Then you’ll design and make your own cushion cover.

What will I learn?

-measuring & cutting your fabric including pattern placement
-inserting a zip (standard lapped-style zip or a concealed zip)
-making your own bias binding to coordinate with your cushion fabric
-adding the piping
-completing the cushion
-finishing touches to give a professional look to your unique cushion


Contact: or  07739 397369

2 Week Introduction to Sewing Class

Thursday 28 February
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Beginners Sewing – 21st & 28th Jan – 6.30pm – 9pm

This practical sewing course will help you become familiar with the basics of machine sewing and help you build your confidence using a domestic sewing machine before moving on to a simple sewing project after which you can graduate onto another intermediate course offered by Edinburgh Sewcial Club.

Week one:

Threading Sewing Machine and winding & inserting bobbin in machine.
Confident driving skills
Learning about fabric qualities and various machine stitches

Week two:
Summary of previous week
Utilising the skills learned on week 1 for a small project – envelope cushion or tote bag.

Once you have completed the 2 week beginners class you will be able to confidently move on to a dressmaking class to progress further your new found skills.

spaces limited – please reserve your place here:

Make Your Own Wedding Rings

Friday 1 March
All Day

The dates are flexible, please contact tutor for availability:


This workshop is suitable for complete beginners. You will learn how to design and make your ring by using lost wax technique. First, you will play with different ideas and try various kinds of special waxes. You will learn basics of wax carving and sculpting. Then we decide on the final design which will be then casted in Sterling Silver (or other metal).

Workshop usually takes about 3 hours (but we won’t finish untill you are happy with your designs)​

All the material and tools will be provided.​

Finalised (casted, cleaned and finished) rings will be ready to pick up (or sent) in 3 weeks.​

It would be possible to make a different kind of jewellery such as bracelets or pendants to signify your relationship if you wish.​

Free-Motion Embroidery using Dissolving Fabrics

Friday 1 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn how to create delicate fabrics, lace effects and 3D items using stitch on dissolvable fabrics. Pieces can be crafted to apply to garments or other stitched pieces to build layers, give texture and depth. Jewellery can be stitched too for stunning and individual but featherweight items.

Then learn to make gorgeous little bowls and other vessels using fabric scraps and dissolving fabrics.

You should have free-motion embroidery experience and ideally have taken the original ‘Free-Motion Embroidery’ workshop to learn the foundation techniques.

Must be pre-booked :

Enquiries: or 0773 939 7369

Know Your Overlocker

Saturday 2 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Know your overlocker – 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 workshop teaches you to get to know your overlocker.

What will I learn?
Know what all the parts do
How to thread it and obtain the correct tension
Sewing knitted fabrics
Basic edging and seaming operations using 2, 3 & 4 threads
Flatlock and blind hemming
How to add decoration to your clothes
The afternoon session will give you time to review and practise the techniques covered in the morning.

You must be able to bring your own 4-thread overlocker.

Must be pre-booked:

Enquiries: or 0773 939 7369

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