Workshops

Learn to Knit (March)

Monday 18 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
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or visit my Etsy shop – WildCatCraftsShop

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 19 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 19 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 19 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!

Kids After-school sewing course

Wednesday 20 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 20 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 20 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

Beginners Sewing Course

Thursday 21 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

Paper Fabric - Creative Textiles workshop

Friday 22 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Is it Paper? Is it fabric? Sometimes it’s neither. Contemporary embroidery has banished all the traditional methods and constrictions about what you can and can’t do. I often include substances such as paper, plastic and metal in my mixed-media textile art. This unusual mixed-media textile workshop will teach you how to create stitchable surfaces from paper and other non-conventional materials. Most of them are already lying about the house. Learn how to create colour and pattern, decorate with stitch (hand or machine), then use your stitched work to make a book or tablet cover.

No drawing experience is required. Free-motion embroidery experience would be an advantage but is not essential.

Must be pre-booked: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/paper-fabric-2/
Enquiries: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Beginners Sewing Day

Saturday 23 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Beginners Sewing Day is a quick and easy introduction to sewing. It provides the starting point to learn some foundation 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, learn 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.

Then there’s an easy sewing project to make so you can practice your new skills. (Projects may vary, but will be specified for each event.)

I’ve been sewing since I was a child and that’s a lot of years experience. In that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book. During the Beginners Sewing Day, I’ll be sharing lots of my tips. So you can benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I was starting out.

Who is this aimed at?
Beginners (if you’ve not used a sewing machine before or if you’ve only recently learned).

What will I learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
How to wind bobbins and thread up the machine
Understand the importance of correct thread tension
How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
How to take up a hem
An easy sewing project

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/beginners-sewing-day-5/

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

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