Workshops

Beginners Sewing Course

Thursday 7 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fast-track your sewing journey with this comprehensive introduction to sewing. Learn to use a sewing machine and gain some foundation sewing skills. How to sew seams and take up hems, plus a choice of easy sewing projects.

This course prepares you to move onto dressmaking or soft furnishings, or as a refresher if you’re a bit rusty. This Beginners sewing course will teach you expert 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, learning 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.

I learned to sew as a child and since then, I’ve made every mistake in the book. So fast-track your sewing journey as you benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro as I share my expert tips. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I started to sew.

This course runs 2 hours per week for 4 weeks.

Who is this aimed at?

>Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine)

>Novice sewists (if you’ve just recently learned but would like to know a bit more)

>Lapsed Sewists (as a refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while and are a bit rusty).

What will I learn?

>How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently

>How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine

>Understand the mysteries 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 take up a hem >Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip

>Make a lovely craft project to gain experience measuring, cutting and sewing fabric.

Taught by a lifetime sewist with over 4 decades of experience across dressmaking, tailoring and bridalwear and recently rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh. Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/beginners-sewing-course-7/ Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Creative Machine Embellishing

Friday 8 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Creative machine embellishing will teach you how to use your embellishing machine in ways you’ve probably not explored yet. Embellishers are also known as felting machines, and they work using barbed needles to ‘felt’ fabrics and fibres. You can create interesting coloured and textured surfaces to use on their own, or as a base for free-motion embroidery.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who hasn’t been able to fully-exploit the creative potential in needlefelting using their embellisher machine.

What will I learn?
Lots of ways to make different needlefelted surfaces for textile art and decorative projects:

how to use wool roving to add decoration to clothes
making felt fabric from merino wool tops
add texture to non-wool fabrics
add decoration to plain chiffon scarfs
creating new fabrics from fabric and felt scraps, and thread trimmings
creating braids and trims
how embellishing machines can be used to make surfaces as a base for hand or machine embroidery
easy felting project: how to make a needlebook using needle-felting.
learn how to create natural textures such as bark, stone & water using textiles

Course arrangements
You will need to bring your own embellisher machine.

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

To book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/machine-embellishing/

Learn to Knit Socks

Saturday 9 March
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Skills required: You should be able to knit and purl with confidence and have an understanding of increases and decreases.

This is a 4 hour class with a 30 minute break for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided but you might like to bring a packed lunch. There is a cute cafe opposite the building as well.

You will learn how to:
* Work a short row toe or an ‘easy’ toe using double pointed needles.
* Work in the round using 5 double pointed needles.
* Work a short row heel.
* Cast off the cuff using a selection of stretchy techniques.

We will aim to complete a ‘mini’ sock during the class to enable you to try all the techniques.

Notes will be provided

Materials required:
* Set of 5 double pointed 3mm needles
* 4ply sock yarn
* 3mm crochet hook (for the crochet chain used in toe cast on)

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

Booking available on the website: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/learn-to-knit-socks-satuday-9-march

1 to 1 Jewellery Skills

Monday 11 March
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

Learn to Crochet (March)

Monday 11 March
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Is this class for me?
This workshop is for you are new to crochet or if you just need a wee refresher! The workshop will run with a maximum of 4 people to allow you to learn at your own pace in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

What do I need to bring?
NOTHING! A 4mm crochet hook and a ball of yarn are included in the price. As are tea/coffee and biscuits!

When is the class?
It will run on all of the Mondays in the month (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March) from 2pm to 4:30pm, so you’ll have a total of 10 hours of tuition.

What will I learn?
We’ll cover
– foundation chains for straight work and sliding loops for circular work and “granny squares”
– the main crochet stitches
– how to increases and decrease
– how to join a new ball or colour
– how to read basic crochet patterns and charts
– tips to make (crochet) life easier and some troubleshooting if things don’t go to plan!

Travel to St Margaret’s House
There are lots of buses that stop alomst outside the door LRT 4, 5, X5, X7, 26, X26, 44, 45, 104, 113 & 124. The main pedestrian entrance is on London Road via a footbridge with two sets of steps. Parking during the day is available on the surrounding streets and around the building from 6pm. The vehicle entrance is via Restalrig Road South (aka Smokey Brae) and you have to follow the road round both buildings and the blue door is the entrance. Please use the lifts to floor 2 and follow the cat’s face to studio 2.03!

Booking is essential as there are only 4 places available. Book via the link below or on Eventbrite by searching for “Crochet for Beginners (March”

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crochet-for-beginners-march-tickets-54351411535

Contact Jane Buxton on 07469 887 958 or at jane@wildcatcrafts.co.uk if you have a query about the course. Follow me on
Facebook – Wild Cat Crafts
Instagram – wildatcrafts
or visit my Etsy shop – WildCatCraftsShop

Intuitive Painting Course

Monday 11 March
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: Mon 11th of March – Mon 22nd of April, 6-8pm (6 weeks course – please note that there is no class on the 25th of March and that is why we have an extra week in April)
WHERE: Edinburgh Palette Studio G5, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 6AE
EXCHANGE: £130.00 All the materials are included.

For more information and to book your space simply visit https://www.creativeflowart.com/intuitive-painting-class or phone 07556575645.

Learn to Knit (March)

Monday 11 March
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Is this class for me?
This workshop is for you if you have never knitted before or if you just need a wee refresher! The workshop will run with a maximum of 4 people to allow you to learn at your own pace in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

When is the class?
It will run on all Mondays in the month (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March) from 2pm to 4:30pm, so you’ll have a total of 10 hours of tuition.

What will I learn?
We’ll cover
– casting on and casting off
– knit and purl stitches
– how to combine knit and purl stitches to create lovely fabrics, including cable and lace
– how to increases and decrease
– how to join a new ball or colour
– how to decipher basic knitting patterns
– tips to make (knitting) life easier and some troubleshooting if things don’t go to plan!

What do I need to bring?
NOTHING! A pair of 4mm knitting needles and a ball of yarn are included in the price. As are notes to take home with you and tea/coffee and biscuits during the workshop!

How do I book a place?
Booking is essential as there are limited places. Book on Eventbrite via the link below or search thier site for “Knitting for Beginners (March)”

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/knitting-for-beginners-march-tickets-54348438643

Contact Jane Buxton on 07469 887 958 or at jane@wildcatcrafts.co.uk if you have a query about the course. Follow me on
Facebook – Wild Cat Crafts
Instagram – wildcatcrafts
or visit my Etsy shop – WildCatCraftsShop

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 12 March
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.

Write Rite - creative writing sessions

Tuesday 12 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 12 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!

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