Upcoming Selling Shows

Well that time of year when all us makers show their individually made treasures in the hope you lovely people will buy them for Christmas gifts. With that in mind I have a few shows coming up.

At the end of this month on Saturday 30th Nov I will be at the Humbie Winter Market . Never done this one before but sometimes the local ones are the best & I believe the elves will have a pop up cafe. Very family orientated & looks like a fun day.

Then in a contrast to the village hall, the next day I will be at Edinburgh Printmakers  for their first Christmas Market in the new building. Its a fabulous new space for printmakers in Edinburgh with exhibition & work spaces & a cafe to keep you filled up for a look round.  So Sunday the 1st December this is where I’ll be & do come by to see us.

I then have a week to replenish my stocks before GLOW on the 7th & 8th December. In the gorgeous Dovecot Studio  I will be among the makers showing work on the viewing  balcony. Organised by fellow maker James Donald & over 2 days whats not to like. Live top tunes from DJ Tonia (I would imaging not your traditional Xmas ones) & again a great cafe on the ground floor.

Here’s a few of the things I will be showing & selling. Always happy to take commissions if your looking for something specific.

Happy Sewing

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Machine Embroider Class

You all know my specialty is free machine embroidery which I then use on all kinds of things from bodices to cushions & purses. See the stages of a butterfly on tweed below.

If you’ve ever wanted to try the technique I have a class planned for next Sunday 20th Oct, running from 1.30 to 5pm.
This afternoon class explains how to drop the feed dogs on your machine and then work within a frame to create your own designs. We will also look at working with an standard embroidery foot.
Your embroidery can be kept as a sample or incorporated into something else.
Threads & fabrics provided but feel free to bring materials of your own if you wish.
Recommended Abilities:  Suitable for sewers of all abilities

Course Fee: £60

There are still a couple of spaces so do get in touch if you fancy an afternoon off fun stitching in the studio. Tea & biscuit fueled!!

 

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Open Doors & October Classes

OPEN DOORS                                                                                                                                Coming up this weekend are the Open Doors event all over Scotland. As part of that there will be tours around the Drill Hall where my studio is based. If you haven’t been before it’s worth a visit, here’s the link for info http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/places/edinburgh/out-of-the-blue-drill-hall/

I will have my studio open & there is also a Makers Market in the main hall so lots to see.

SEWING CLASSES                                                                                                                               I have a few sewing classes planned for October at the studio. If your a complete beginner & want to become friends with your sewing machine then on the morning of the 12th I have a 2 hour starter session. We will take you through working on the machine & make a needle case to learn a few sewing techniques. As my classes are small, max 3 people it fills up fast so do get in touch if you want to join. Class cost is £25 per person.

If you want to expand your skills then Dressmaking from Scratch is the one for you.        This month over 2 Saturday afternoon’s on the 12th & 19th we can work on your own project, tackling all those tricky bits & come pick my brain.                                                      It’s really time for you to do whatever you want. Class runs from 1 to 4.30pm on both days & costs £80.

The last class in my October diary is on the Sunday 20th & it’s an afternoon learning free machine embroidery. This fabulously creative technique is what I use in most of my work & I describe it as painting with thread & is a free flowing way of drawing with your machine. Either bring your own machine to learn on or use one of mine. Run from 1.30 to 5pm it costs £60.

If you would like to attend any of the above get in touch & I can send a booking form out.

Happy Sewing

 

 

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CommunityED enrollment

Gosh where has the year gone! This is just a quick message to remind my community Ed pattern cutting students that enrollment for new term is this week, the 7th Aug.

Here’s the link to their website for all Class info

Happy Pattern Cutting

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Corsets & Stays

You all know how I love passing on sewing knowledge and no more so than in making Corsets & Stays.  If you want to check out one of my previous student make, have a look at Jane’s lovely linen corset on her Instagram page, you’ll have to scroll back a few pictures but that’s never a problem, here’s the link pinkminis67

I’ve planned a Stay class for May/June but its already full but here the info on the Corset class to.                                                                                                                                                  Using your own measurements the class is planned for Saturday 25th May & 15th June. Two days with a few weeks in between as you will need time to do homework!

Here’s the details and do contact me if you want more info.

The Corset
Time: 2 Days : 11am – 5pm (5 ½ hrs)
Course Fee: £170.00
The corset is a wonderful garment to wear giving you a fabulous hour-glass shape and can take inches off your waist!  Originally designed and worn by the Victorians as underwear, this garment has come right up to date and is now worn as outerwear.
On this two-day workshop you will work with a Victorian corset pattern c1890,
We will look at construction, boning techniques & inserting a busk.
From a toile altered to fit, through to your finished corset.
NB. You will have the opportunity to cover your corset in a fabric of your choice if you so wish. Silk dupion type fabrics are ideal. You may bring your own fabric or purchase from me on the day.
Material Costs: Approx £30.00, plus top fabrics and interfacing.
Recommended Abilities: Must have confident sewing skills, able to work reasonably quickly and accurately

Happy Sewing

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Up coming classes

As my evenings become clear from my CommunityED classes I can do more evening base ones in the studio. I do love these as the numbers are limited to 3 students per class which means we can real focus of each persons needs.                                                                                All helped along by a pot of tea or coffee, surely the best way to learn.

So what’s planned I hear you ask?

General Dressmaking                                                                                                                      30th March & 6th April, Saturday – Dressmaking from scratch 1.30-5pm.                              Over 2 afternoons, plenty of time to put together a simple skirt or work through a sticky section of a garment you’ve been making already.                                                                         If that time doesn’t suit then you can also do it over 4 Monday evenings starting on 8th, Mondays – Dressmaking from scratch 7-9pm (4 week block)                                                Both these classes cost £80 for either the 2 Saturdays or 4 evenings.

Pattern Cutting                                                                                                                                     If you have been making clothes from commercial patterns then this is the next step in developing your skills by learning to draft up your own patterns.                                               7th April Saturday – Pattern Cutting (Skirt) 11-5pm £80 + £5 for card & calico
Using metric pattern cutting techniques learn how to draft a skirt block using your measurement & make a calico mock-up to check the fit.
We then explore manipulation of the basic block to create various skirt design.

If you wanted to develop your skills further I’ve also an evening class planned.                     9th April Tuesdays – Pattern Cutting 7-9pm (4 week block) £80

Beginners Class                                                                                                                                Still a space left on this coming Saturdays class, the 16th March.                                                Bring your new sewing machine & spend the morning making friends with it & starting your sewing journey.

Do get in touch if you need any information or want to book one of the above.

Happy Sewing

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Corset Class

Corsets what’s not to love, undergarments or over garments there fascinating.

I remember looking at them 30 years ago in the costume gallery at Platt Hall, Manchester and being desperate to try making one. The way they moulded the form, the lines, the busk, fabulous.

Over the years I have worked with various different patterns but never tire of going back to my original inspirational book.

Corsets & Crinolines by Norah Waugh. Finding it in the library all those years ago was a game changer for me. I starting drafting up patterns for stays and gradually moving onto corsets.

Today there is so much info on-line but I still love to get books to work from.                    The other ones I often refer to are Corsets by Jill Salen and Stays& Corsets by Mandy Barrington. Both are good source books for a budding corset maker.

Nothing beats trial and error when you start making your first one and they can be quite addictive. Everyone has their own method of construction and in my classes I can only show you my way. I do love making them & enjoy sharing my process.

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If you are interested in try it I have a class planned on Sunday 17th & 31st March.              Two days with a week or so in between as you will need time to do homework!

Here’s the details and do contact me if you want more info.

The Corset
Time: 2 Days : 11am – 5pm (5 ½ hrs)
Course Fee: £160.00
The corset is a wonderful garment to wear giving you a fabulous hour-glass shape and can take inches off your waist!  Originally designed and worn by the Victorians as underwear, this garment has come right up to date and is now worn as outerwear.
On this two-day workshop you will work with a Victorian corset pattern c1890,
We will look at construction, boning techniques & inserting a busk.
From a toile altered to fit, through to your finished corset.
NB. You will have the opportunity to cover your corset in a fabric of your choice if you so wish. Silk dupion type fabrics are ideal. You may bring your own fabric or purchase from me on the day.
Material Costs: Approx £30.00, plus top fabrics and interfacing.
Recommended Abilities: Must have confident sewing skills, able to work reasonably quickly and accurately

Happy Sewing

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