Workshops

Kids After-school sewing course

Wednesday 13 March
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This Kids Sewing Course level 1 will teach your child foundation sewing skills. And they will make some easy sewing projects. Ideally your child will have completed my 2-hour introductory sewing class to learn how to use a sewing machine.

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.

Who is this aimed at?
Improvers aged 8-12 years. (Younger children will be considered). They must be able to reach the floor when sitting at a table 74cm in height (approx standard desk height)

What will my child learn?
>further sewing machine skills
>cutting and sewing fabric
>each project offers progressive challenges.
>Projects may include bunting, a lined tote bag, and an applique cushion.
>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 am insured and I hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate

Taught by a lifelong sewist since age 7. Recently rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/kids-sewing-course-level-1-6/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Japanese Pattern Cutting

Wednesday 13 March
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.

£150

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4056866

Dressmaking Course - 12 Weeks - Evenings

Wednesday 13 March
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: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-8/

Contact for enquiries: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Refresher Sewing Class

Thursday 14 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you used to sew but are a bit rusty, then this Refresher sewing class is a good starting point to brush up on your dressmaking techniques.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who needs to refresh their sewing techniques. You must be able to use a sewing machine confidently, and sew straight accurate seams. You should also be able to thread up, wind bobbins and understand sewing machine tension. If you need help with this, then please consider one of my Beginners classes first.

What will I learn?
I’ll take you through some common sewing tasks that you’ll need if you’d like to start dressmaking again. Plus there’s plenty of my tips to help you achieve a professional finish to your dressmaking projects.

The Refresher Sewing Class will cover:

various methods of neatening raw edges
trimming and pressing
whether to notch or clip curves
what is staystitching and why you should do it
when you need to use easestitching
how to make facings lie flat
how to sew couture-quality darts
how to sew in a zip
what does ‘stitch in the ditch’ mean, and when to do it.
edgestitching and topstitching to create impact.

The list above are all common dressmaking techniques if you want to achieve a neat-looking finish to your sewing projects. You may have forgotten how to do these, or perhaps you haven’t learned these before? In addition, if there’s a technique that you can’t seem to get to grips with, then please let me know in advance of the class, and I’ll try to cover it if there’s time. You will make samples of most of these techniques, and will have notes to take away so you will be able to use these as a reference for your future sewing.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/refresher-sewing-class-3/

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

Beginners Sewing Course

Thursday 14 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

Learn to Knit

Saturday 16 March
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Are you a complete knitting newbie? Or perhaps you have learned how to knit flat and would like to venture into the work of knitting in the round? While learning to knit a cowl, this class will introduce the indispensable technique of knitting with circular needles

Techniques to be covered:
Importance of tension
Cast on/off techniques
Changing colour
Weaving in ends

Materials needed:
100grams DK/Worsted weight wool
4.0mm or 4.5mm circular needle (40cm)
Darning needle
Stitch markers

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 on the website: https://gingertwiststudio.com/collections/workshops/products/learn-to-knit-saturday-16-march

Kids pendant/keyring making workshop

Sunday 17 March
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

** this one session workshop is also on Sunday 28th April 10am – 12.30pm**

This workshop suitable for kids aged 8+ and my studio allows 5 kids maximum (with or without an adult attending).
I will show you how to measure, saw, stamp and solder sterling silver wire sheet to create a personalized pendant or keyring using pattern and letter stamps, or texture it using different types of hammer or a rolling mill. The finished pieces will be polished up by the end of the session and ready to take home.
Kids can come alone or accompanied by an adult. If the adult wishes to make a piece too, there is an added charge for materials. If the adult is coming to help their child and not make anything, there is no extra cost.
You will be using a saw, hammers and a blowtorch (fully supervised) so full use of the hands is required for this workshop. Long hair must be tied back.

Contact me to book your place: leahbastiani@gmail.com or visit my website: www.leahbastianijewellery.co.uk

1 to 1 Jewellery Skills

Monday 18 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 18 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 18 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.

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