Workshops

Furniture Painting Class - Upcycle Furniture and Mix your own Chalk Paint

Saturday 15 August
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Relax and have some creative fun with an old or unloved piece of furniture that’s needing a new look. Guidance from an experienced tutor through out.

Our furniture painting class is a great opportunity to relax and have some creative fun with an old or unloved piece of furniture that’s needing a new look. We reckon you’ll be amazed at what a lick of paint can do bring a piece back into style and make it lovable again!

You’ll be welcomed into our studio, a creative space with a friendly and supportive environment. We’ll guide you through the process of furniture painting, including giving you our hints and tips on the products that we prefer using, how to improve your brushwork and how to avoid and fix the common mistakes that happen when you’re painting furniture.

Please bring a small item of wooden furniture to paint or you can pre-order a piece for £20 and we will source it for you e.g. a small side table, coffee table, magazine rack, dining chair, small cabinet or a stool.

What will you do in this class?
During the class, you’ll learn how to prepare your furniture for painting and about the different types of paints that can be used. You’ll mix up your own chalk paint and we’ll help you practice and refine your brush work skills.
You’ll learn the basic techniques required to achieve a clean, finished look for your furniture. For those interested in the shabby chic look, you’ll be shown how to distress your furniture and how to use two tones if you want to work with a couple of contrasting colours. If you want a more funky or retro look, we can show you how to use masking tape to create colourful designs.Finally you’ll finish and protect your furniture with a soft furniture wax or a varnish.

Why take the furniture painting class?
You’ll gain access to paints, brushes, waxes and varnishes and can experiment in a friendly and supportive environment. This is a relaxed and social class.
Learn from our experienced tutors knowledge, experience and helpful tips, including the most common mistakes and challenges that furniture painters face and how to fix them. Best of all you get to transform a transform a piece of your furniture and see how others transform their pieces too.

By the time you finish our furniture painting class, you’ll be fully equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to confidently use the paints and waxes on your own to upcycle more furniture. Be warned… furniture painting is addictive!

Light refreshments will be provided on the day and you are welcome to share our vegan lunch for a small donation.
You’ll also be given the remainder of one small pot of chalk paint that you’ve mixed and instructions to take home with you. Join us and learn more about the art of upcycling!

Book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/rose-the-slow-agent-27913191099

or email slowagents@gmail.com for more information and gift vouchers.

One-On-One Glass Jewellery Making Class

Saturday 15 August
11:00 am

The glass jewellery making classes are back!

For the time being they will be held as one-on-one workshops, once a week, to keep all of us safe. You can come with one other person as long as it is a family member or someone from your close social ‘bubble’.

If you are new to glass, but would like to design and make few pieces of your own bespoke jewellery, then this class is for you. You don’t need any prior skills or knowledge, just imagination and creativity. We will use colourful fusable glass, which incorporates metals and is perfect for making sparkling jewellery, and both a microwave and a larger glass kiln.

In this class you will learn:

  • the basics of fusing glass
  • how to cut and layer glass in preparation for fusing
  • how to fuse glass in a kiln
  • post-fusing processing, such as grinding and polishing
  • how to attach jewellery findings to glass

At the end of the class you should be able to take home a finished pendant (or two) and a pair of earrings (or two) of your own design. You are welcome to bring your ideas or follow a pre-designed project. The skills that you will learn will help you start making your own glass jewellery at home or in a studio setting. Tools, and materials will be provided, but please bring an apron with you and wear a mask.

To inquire or book a place please email 523.glassart@gmail.com

Crochet Granny Squre Online (Beginners Welcome)

Sunday 16 August
10:00 am - 12:00 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 2 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

Please note this is an online workshop run on Zoom. You will be given the meeting details after you book your spot.

Book online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/crochet-granny-square-sunday-16-august

Know Your Overlocker

Thursday 20 August
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many overlocker owners are frightened to take them out the box, or only use them for neatening edges. Yet they can do so much more…

Improve Your Dressmaking

Friday 21 August
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Improve your dressmaking

Does your home dressmaking look a bit – well – ‘homemade’? This 1-day session that will help you obtain a better fit and professional ‘handmade’ finish to your home-sewn garments.

Course description

Do you enjoy dressmaking but aren’t happy with the finish? Do you have bumps at the bottom of your zips. Or do your facings just refuse to lie flat? Would you like to improve your dressmaking but don’t have the time to commit to a course? In this class, I’ll share a few techniques you can use to improve the look of your dressmaking. Instead of wrestling with making a whole garment, we’ll concentrate on learning some foundation dressmaking techniques by making samples of each technique. There are yours to take home for future reference.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who has struggled with dressmaking techniques and would like to learn some tips to achieve a better finish to their work. You must be able to use a sewing machine confidently, sew accurate seams, and have some dressmaking experience.

What will I learn?

  • how to choose your best pattern size and achieve a good fit.
  • understanding pattern terminology and markings
  • How to make some common pattern adjustments
  • pressing and trimming techniques
  • why you should staystitch, and how to do it
  • how to apply a facing
  • what is understitching and when do you use it
  • how to insert a concealed zip

Places are limited so advance booking is essential: Improve Your Dressmaking
Enquiries to: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Useful links:

For even more tips and techniques to make your home sewing more ‘designer’ than disaster’, then why not try the 3-day ‘Better Dressmaking‘ intensive sewing course from Artisan Stitch.

Guide to Sewing tips and techniques

One-On-One Glass Jewellery Making Class

Saturday 22 August
11:00 am

The glass jewellery making classes are back!

For the time being they will be held as one-on-one workshops, once a week, to keep all of us safe. You can come with one other person as long as it is a family member or someone from your close social ‘bubble’.

If you are new to glass, but would like to design and make few pieces of your own bespoke jewellery, then this class is for you. You don’t need any prior skills or knowledge, just imagination and creativity. We will use colourful fusable glass, which incorporates metals and is perfect for making sparkling jewellery, and both a microwave and a larger glass kiln.

In this class you will learn:

  • the basics of fusing glass
  • how to cut and layer glass in preparation for fusing
  • how to fuse glass in a kiln
  • post-fusing processing, such as grinding and polishing
  • how to attach jewellery findings to glass

At the end of the class you should be able to take home a finished pendant (or two) and a pair of earrings (or two) of your own design. You are welcome to bring your ideas or follow a pre-designed project. The skills that you will learn will help you start making your own glass jewellery at home or in a studio setting. Tools, and materials will be provided, but please bring an apron with you and wear a mask.

To inquire or book a place please email 523.glassart@gmail.com

Magic Loop Knitting Technique Online

Saturday 22 August
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Drop those double-pointed pins! Magic Loop is a fab technique for using a long circular needle to work on something with a small circumference such as socks, sleeves and more! It is a really handy and versatile technique.

Materials Required:

  • 100grams of worsted or Aran weight wool
  • 5.0mm circular needle (80cm)
  • Stitch marker
  • Darning needle
  • You should already know how to knit and purl comfortably to get the most out of this workshop.

Please note this is an online workshop held on Zoom. You will be given the meeting details once you book your spot.

Book online: https://gingertwiststudio.com/products/magic-loop-online-saturday-22-august

MYO Beeswax Wraps Class - Join the Zero Waste Revolution

Wednesday 26 August
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to make Beeswax Food Wraps and go home with a new skill, 3 wraps and feeling empowered to cut down on your plastic use.

What are beeswax food wraps?
They’re a natural eco-friendly alternative to cling film and tin foil for wrapping food, cheese, bread, covering bowls and jars. Perfect for school lunch boxes and food on the go. They keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused, refreshed and composted at end of life.
Your upcycled cotton wraps will be made using organic ingredients: beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin.

What will you do at the workshop?
We have done all the hard work so you don’t have to. Rose will guide you step-by-step through choosing fabric, the ingredients, applying the wax mixture, setting, finishing and maintenance. By the end of the workshop you’ll be making wraps like a pro. It’s learning in a social, fun and relaxing way with like-minded people.

Why take a beeswax wrap workshop?
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste to landfill, reduce chemical-laden plastic food packaging or looking for ways to become more zero waste then this is for you.

Rose has trained over 1000 people to make their own wraps with her tried and tested recipe and method. If you would like to arrange your own private group, she is happy to host groups of 6 – 12 people at her studio or will travel to you. Larger groups can be accommodated.
Lets banish cling film from the kitchen and benefit our health and the planet.
This is a fun and educational creative experience.

Book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/rose-the-slow-agent-27913191099
or email slowagents@gmail.com

Free-Motion Embroidery

Thursday 27 August
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free-Motion Embroidery

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.

Course Description

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.  Free-machine embroidery (or free-hand machine embroidery) can be done on a standard sewing machine and doesn’t need sophisticated equipment. Neither do you need any art or drawing experience.  Find out why Kirsty Allsopp calls this the ‘Crack-cocaine of craft’.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. This workshop is tutored by Jen Skedd who is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Group Twelve Textile artists. She has exhibited and sold her embroidery work.

Who is this aimed at?

Quilters, Would-be textile artists, dressmakers or crafters looking for something a bit different! You must have sewing machine experience and be able to wind bobbins and thread the machine competently without assistance.

What will I learn?

This workshop aims to teach you the basic techniques of free-machine embroidery:

  • setting up the machine
  • 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

Sewing machines are available but you can bring your own if you wish.  Please remember  your power cable/foot control, bobbins, accessories and instruction manual.  You will need to fit a free-motion/darning foot.

Limited number of places so must be pre-booked at: Free-Motion Embroidery
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Useful links :

How to choose the correct sewing machine needles

One-On-One Glass Jewellery Making Class

Saturday 29 August
11:00 am

The glass jewellery making classes are back!

For the time being they will be held as one-on-one workshops, once a week, to keep all of us safe. You can come with one other person as long as it is a family member or someone from your close social ‘bubble’.

If you are new to glass, but would like to design and make few pieces of your own bespoke jewellery, then this class is for you. You don’t need any prior skills or knowledge, just imagination and creativity. We will use colourful fusable glass, which incorporates metals and is perfect for making sparkling jewellery, and both a microwave and a larger glass kiln.

In this class you will learn:

  • the basics of fusing glass
  • how to cut and layer glass in preparation for fusing
  • how to fuse glass in a kiln
  • post-fusing processing, such as grinding and polishing
  • how to attach jewellery findings to glass

At the end of the class you should be able to take home a finished pendant (or two) and a pair of earrings (or two) of your own design. You are welcome to bring your ideas or follow a pre-designed project. The skills that you will learn will help you start making your own glass jewellery at home or in a studio setting. Tools, and materials will be provided, but please bring an apron with you and wear a mask.

To inquire or book a place please email 523.glassart@gmail.com

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