Workshops

Kids After-school sewing course

Wednesday 22 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 22 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 23 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 23 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

Beginners Sewing Course XL

Thursday 23 May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Beginners sewing course XL is an extended version of the classic Beginners sewing course. It is a 6-week evening course, so there’s two extra projects to make. This extra sewing practice makes a huge difference to your sewing skill and confidence.

It is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while. 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’ve been sewing since I was a child and that’s a lot of years experience. During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book and learnt how to avoid them. Now you can 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.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine before)

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

Lapsed sewists (as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)

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 importance 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
How to make three great sewing projects to practice your new skills:
a lined reversible tote bag,
I-pad/tablet cover,
a zipped make-up bag,

Must be pre-booked at : https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/beginners-sewing-course-xl/
Enquiries to: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

General yoga classes

Friday 24 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

How to make your own curtains

Friday 24 May
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

It’s extremely useful to be able to make your own curtains. Ready-mades only come in a limited number of sizes, so they don’t always fit very well. Then you may want a specific colour or pattern to match your other decor.

Custom-made curtains are extremely expensive but they are actually quite easy to make yourself. You’ll be able to coordinate your soft furnishings in future at a fraction of the price of having them made. Once you can make your own, you’ll be able to alter ready-made curtains too. Curtain-making is also immensely satisfying but you do need to take accurate measurements and understand how to match patterns. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to make your own curtains.

Who is this aimed at?
Intermediate. You should have confident sewing skills.

What will I learn?
How to measure your windows
Calculating fabric quantities
Understand pattern repeats
Cutting lengths and matching patterns
Hemming techniques
Header treatments
Attaching lining

Due to time and space restrictions, you not be able to make an entire pair of curtains. But you will make samples of the techniques to take home and will have extensive notes from the class. So you will be equipped with the knowledge to confidently make your own at home.

Must be pre-booked at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/curtain-making-2/
Enquiries to: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

ContrastInfuision Lab

Friday 24 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 25 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

Improve Your Dressmaking

Saturday 25 May
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Improve your dressmaking is a one-day session that will help you obtain a better finish to your home-sewn garments.

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?
understanding pattern terminology and markings
how to choose your best pattern size and achieve a good fit.
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
how to attach a waistband

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/improve-your-dressmaking-2/
Enquiries to: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

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