Another Month Flown Past!
Christmas-Themed Sewing Classes
Yikes it’s almost December. November has flown past! It’s been a busy month at Artisan Stitch, what with the Christmas-themed sewing classes running and the end of another term for the Dressmakers. Dana, a dressmaking novice, completed her first ever skirt and it’s absolutely lovely. She even attempted a concealed zip and totally nailed it! Ann is using the class to learn patterncutting and has made her own trouser pattern, and Julie is making a ballgown in red silk.
There’s been a number of christmas-themed sewing classes where the students have made bottle bags. So there’s going to be lots of gifts of festive spirits, I think. They’ve also made lovely vintage-style Christmas stockings to hang up waiting for Santa. On the felting front, we’ve created a bouquet of gorgeous flower brooches in glowing colours in a Wetfelting workshop. These make lovely handmade gifts for Mums, Grannies, Aunties or a special friend whilst a room-full of 10-12 year olds needlefelted their own Festive Friends (Santa, Elves, Rudolf, Polar Bears and Robins). These cute little characters will take pride of place at the Christmas table, hang from the tree, or be worn as brooches or hair decorations.
Open Studio Day
An Open Studio weekend gave me the chance to welcome lots of new people in to see some of what goes on at Artisan Stitch. And I’ve joined up with a some very talented friends to form MADE in East Lothian, to promote our work outwith the House. We’ve already held 3 pop-up shops and are planning lots more so watch out for us out and about East Lothian. So please come along to buy handmade gifts, cards and decorations or book our various workshops in Furniture Upcycling, Sewing & Textile arts. We’ll be continuing these throughout the New Year too so come along to support our initiative.
Edinburgh’s Christmas ’24 Days of Advent’
Our next event is another Open day at Cockenzie House on Friday 11 December (11-4 pm) as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas ’24 Days of Advent’ Doors Open Day where the city is being turned into a giant Advent Calendar. So ditch the bland commercialism of the High Street and grab those last minute handmade gifts! Or just come along for some sewing chat and ask any sewing-related questions. If you’ve never sewn before, why not come and have a little go on a machine? Also learn more about my range of Beginners Sewing classes or childrens sewing classes? See you there!