Workshops

Kids After-school sewing course

Wednesday 15 May
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This Kids After-school Sewing Course is a suitable follow-on from the Kids introductory sewing class. It will build your child’s foundation sewing skills. And they will make some easy sewing projects. Introductory classes are held during school holidays or can be arranged on a 1:2:1 basis.

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.

There is a term-time after-school course of 1.5 hour sessions over 6 weeks.

Who is this aimed at?
Children aged 8-12 years. For their own safety, children must be able to place their feet flat on the floor when sitting on a chair 45cm in height. If they can’t, they will not have full control of the sewing machine and will not be able to take the class.

What will my child learn?
further sewing machine skills (completion of a 2-hour introductory class is required)
cutting and sewing fabric
each project offers progressive challenges.
Projects may include bunting, tote bags, cushions, machine and hand embroidery.
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 can advise on buying a sewing machine either for your child or yourself.
I am insured and I hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence for Best Sewing classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and more than 20 years in a teaching role

Dressmaking Course - Evening

Wednesday 15 May
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 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

Taught by a lifelong sewist with over 40 years experience across dressmaking, tailoring and bridalwear. Recently rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-10/

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

Dressmaking Course - Afternoons

Thursday 16 May
1:00 pm - 3:00 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. Students work on their own choice of project, and I tailor your tuition accordingly.

Artisan Stitch has won a certificate of Excellence and has been rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh’. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching role.

Limited places available. Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-4/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Beginners Sewing & Dressmaking Course

Thursday 16 May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This 8-week evening class in foundation sewing skills will not only teach you how to use a sewing machine, but also some foundation dressmaking skills.

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence and rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners. No previous sewing experience is required.
If perhaps you’ve had a long break from sewing and would like a refresher, then this class is suitable for you too or try my Refresher Sewing Class.

What will I learn?
how to use a sewing machine
how to sew straight lines, curves and turn corners
basic seam types
how to take up hems
how to insert zips and make machined buttonholes
a mini-project to give you experience measuring and cutting fabric.

A simple pencil or A-line skirt is a good first dressmaking project once you’ve learned how to use a sewing machine. A pencil skirt has a few challenges. It will teach you the following foundation dressmaking techniques:

  • how to measure yourself and find the right size of pattern
  • understanding pattern markings, laying out and cutting fabric
  • how to sew darts
  • sewing seamshow to neaten raw edges
  • how to sew a zip
  • using interfacing to stabilise the fabric
  • how to attach a waistband
  • how to take up a hem

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

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

Make a Messenger Bag

Thursday 16 May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Messenger bags can be made in one of three sizes: the cute little one, just big enough to take an I-pad mini. The middle size is 27 x 22.5 x 5cm which is a useful everyday size, and is a portrait-format. the middle size makes a fantastic and useful bag for holidays and day trips. Its just big enough to hold your sunglasses, suncream, map and water bottle. The large messenger bag dimensions are 28 x 36 x 7 cm and is a landscape-format. So it’s useful as a laptop bag, easily holding an I-pad, a 15″ MacBook, or a 14″ windows laptop.

The bag has a front flap with magnetic closure, a front pocket, and two inside pockets. One of these inside pockets has a zip to keep your valuables safe. The exposed zip is common in bag-making so it’s a great thing to know how to do. The bag doesn’t take much fabric either so it’s useful for using up small quantities of leftovers for the flap and pocket linings. The main body of the bag is made in denim or cotton drill, while the contrast used for the flaps and pockets can be made from craft cotton. I’ll advise the fabric requirements when you book.

The shoulder strap is made in fabric or you can use purchased webbing. It’s stitched in to the sides so there’s no tricky hardware to fiddle with.

Who is this aimed at?
This is an achievable project if you have confident sewing skills. The challenges here include zipped pockets, adding a lining and decorative topstitching. Once you’ve made one messenger bag, you’ll understand how to alter the size too so you can make others at home.

What will I learn? Lots of valuable craft sewing skills:

how to make a lined front flap and pocket
making and attaching lined patch pockets
creating rounded corners and gusset
a inner lined, exposed zipped pocket
attaching a magnetic fastening

Contact: 07739 397369 or jen@artisanstitch.co.uk for more information.

General yoga classes

Friday 17 May
9:45 am - 11:00 am

These General Iyengar yoga classes are suitable for students of all levels.
Fridays 09:45 – 11:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30.

Spring Term passes cost £80 for 10 classes and can be used at any 10 classes within the 10 week term (including evening classes). Single classes cost £12

Iyengar yoga is suitable for everyone. Regular practice can help with many minor health conditions and is very helpful for athletes in preventing strain and injury. All of our teachers have completed many years’ training and can help you progress, whatever your level of experience.

Please note there is no Saturday class on 27 April, 8 June, 29 June.
Book online
https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Cushion-making with Zips and Piping

Friday 17 May
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

Who is this aimed at?
Intermediate sewists. You need to have confident sewing machine skills.

What will I learn? This workshop will cover:

measuring & cutting your fabric
matching patterns
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

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence for Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years of seing experience and more than 20 years in a teaching role.

Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/cushions-zips-piping/
Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

ContrastInfuision Lab

Friday 17 May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

ContrastInfusion Lab is an Italian theatre workshop takes place at Edinburgh Palette every Friday from 22/03/2019 to 31/05/2019 for adults and young people.

Please feel free to contact us at federica.molina.shak@gmail.com for more info.

General yoga classes

Saturday 18 May
9:45 am - 11:00 am

These General Iyengar yoga classes are suitable for students of all levels.
Fridays 09:45 – 11:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30.

Spring Term passes cost £80 for 10 classes and can be used at any 10 classes within the 10 week term (including evening classes). Single classes cost £12

Iyengar yoga is suitable for everyone. Regular practice can help with many minor health conditions and is very helpful for athletes in preventing strain and injury. All of our teachers have completed many years’ training and can help you progress, whatever your level of experience.

Please note there is no Saturday class on 27 April, 8 June, 29 June.
Book online
https://www.yoganowstudio.co.uk

Icon Painting/ Egg Tempera Weekend

Saturday 18 May
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed for people with different to non artistic experience. Either you are looking for a new inspiration in your artistic practise, or you would like to introduce new technique/style to your work or you would like to start being more creative. Maybe you are looking for quiet, meditative practice. This workshop is for you.

It is a lot about providing quiet space of stillness and a chance to work with your hands and switch of your mind.

No previews experience is required. Participants will be supported individually in developing their art work.

You are welcome to work on a design that you bring with you to the workshop.
Please visit my website for some examples of contemporary icon painting.
basiamindewicz.weebly.com

Participants will be guided through initial stages of the process of creating an icon. With short introduction to tradition of iconography. Students will explore the technique off egg tempera. Learn to make egg yolk binding medium and mix paints using dry pigments.
All paintings will be created on mdf panels covered with thin layers of gesso. Panels will be provided.
Students who decide to book only one weekend will learn basic principle of the technique.

Preparation of egg yolk binding medium.
How face futures are built in iconography, eyes, nose and lips.
Russian method brush work and thin layering to achieve smooth surface
Dry brush work; using dry on dry method
Unique method of building shapes with light where the image emerges from darkness.
Gold gilding for those interested.

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