A Few Words About Artisan Stitch
We’re based at:
Studio 1 Cockenzie House
22 Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie
East Lothian EH32 0HY
Artisan Stitch as founded in January 2015 to provide sewing classes and creative textile art workshops. I have classes for all levels of ability and specialise in helping people lose their fear of sewing machines. My most popular class is the Beginners Sewing Course. I also teach Dressmaking and Pattern cutting so you can learn to make your own clothes to a professional standard.
However I also want to show that sewing machines are not just for taking up hems and boring stuff like that. So I offer lots of creative workshops such as Free-Motion Embroidery and Felting. I have a passion for upcycling fabric so my ‘Rags to Ritches’ workshop shows you how to make stunning new fabrics from a pile of scraps. I’ve designed these techniques to be easy for anyone to learn so you don’t need to be particularly artistic to be able to create something beautiful. Why not join me on my textile journey…?
I’m told that I made my first dress at the age of 4; OK so it was only a dress for my doll, but I did start sewing my own clothes before High School and haven’t stopped sewing since.
My qualifications are:
HND Stitched Textiles & Fashion – Edinburgh’s Telford College
BA (Hons) Textile Design – Heriot Watt University
After graduation, I worked in knitwear manufacturing for a top end cashmere producer in the Scottish Borders. Then I spent some time selling my own range of knitted and felted accessories. These sold direct to the public and to around 44 galleries and craft shops around the UK. My knitwear designs have been bought by high street chains and the Italian fashion house, Valentino.
I have studied tailoring, couture dressmaking techniques and bridalwear. My embroidery work has been exhibited widely and has sold to private collectors. I am a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Group Twelve Textile Artists
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need my own sewing machine?
If you already have a machine and can bring it along, then I recommend it particularly if you’re attending any of my Beginners level classes, so you can learn to use it.
However, I have machines in the studio if you don’t have (or are unable to bring) your own. I’m happy to advise about buying a machine if you’re considering it so please don’t rush out to buy one to use in class. Take your time to consider if you’re even going to enjoy sewing, and what you’ll need your machine to do.
What do i need to bring?
For most classes, you’ll just need your sewing machine (if you have one), a pair of small embroidery scissors, and a notebook. I’ll advise you when you’ve booked if there’s anything else you need to bring.
If you are bringing your own machine, please ensure it’s in working condition, and that you also bring the power cable/foot control, accessories, bobbins and instruction book.
What happens if I have to cancel?
If you are not able to attend a booked session, please let me know as soon as possible. I can then arrange a full or partial refund accordingly. You may be able to send someone else in your place. For further details, please read my Booking Terms.
Which payment methods are accepted?
I use the STRIPE secure payment system and accept most major debit and credit cards.