New Year

Happy New Year to all & gosh didn’t the festive season fly by!

New Year & new things afoot but till I can blog about that I have put a few class dates & times on my Class Times page. Beginners sewing & dressmaking classes for those of you wanting to get started. If you’re looking for more of a challenge there’s Stays or Corsets to keep you busy. Of course if you want to do something else do let me know.

Have a look & get in touch if you want to sign up for something.

Happy Sewing for 2018

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Etsy Page

It’s that time of year when all independent makers go into overdrive making stock like busy little bees to send out to shops & galleries. I posted of a wee parcel of things to the lovely Fringe in Muswell Hill the other day.

Aside from that did you know my lovely apprentice Hannah has been setting up an Etsy shop for me. Most of the things I do are by commission so never actually attached a shop to my website, I felt it was something I’d do eventually, like so many things!!!

At the moment it’s just wee pieces like my purses, birdies brooches & needle cases, all great Christmas pressies. We will be gradually adding new things to the page. Do let me know what you think & pass on to anyone who might be interested.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MairiBstitching

Happy Sewing

 

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Up coming corset class

Next Saturday is day 1 of corset making & there is space for one more person.

If you fancy making your own based on 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. A full description is on my Classes page.

Day 1 is on 28th October & day 2 on 11th Nov, this gives you time to do any homework!

Pass on to anyone you think might be interested or get in touch if you would like to come yourself.

Happy Sewing

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Pad Production Day!

Whats Pad Production Day I hear you ask??

I was recently contacted by Alison Wood, a Edinburgh Uni student who is calling for a Day of Action. As part of her dissertation research she was in Rachuonyo, a rural part of Kenya & discovered the hard truth for many young women there.

Life in rural Kenya is especially tough for young women. Faced with very low family incomes and with the ambition to stay in school, some girls are forced into having sex with older men in exchange for sanitary products. This is a sad and sobering fact of life, so when Alison arrived back in the UK she looked for potential solutions to this problem and found that reusable sanitary pads can be easily handmade.

Pad Production Day is all about developing a sustainable and affordable solution for these young women. They will be making reusable sanitary pads out of everyday products and then sending them to The Mango Tree, a non-profit organisation in rural Kenya. The event will be held in 2.06 Appleton Tower, Edinburgh University on 7th October between 10am – 4pm. On the day all the necessary materials will be provided, however it will be very helpful if you can bring your own pair of scissors. Absolutely no craft or sewing experience is needed, and all the help is greatly appreciated. Feel free to bring friends along.

If you have any questions you can email Alison at padproduction@hotmail.com , join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/events/1545925035428673/ and look at the attached poster.21740380_10214344583797504_8332560094889024787_n

Happy Sewing

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The Corset – Date Change

Due to other work committments the Corset class I am running has changed dates to be on 28th Saturday (day1) and 11th Saturday (day2) from 11am-5pm.

There is still a space if anyone is interested in coming along, there are more details on my classes page and don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

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Class times

Hello all, I’ve just added a couple of class times on the page for the next few months.

By popular demand I’m running a machine embroidery class on 2nd September so if you fancy learning the technic go on give it a go.  As Kirsty Allsopp once said it’s “the crack cocaine of craft”

Those of you looking for more of a challenge why not try making a corset. Run over 2 sessions & with time in between to do your homework, in this class 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 garment.

Happy Sewing

 

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Dressmaking from Scratch

The next blocks of sewing classes start onWednesday. If you want to join one email me to check availability.

Dressmaking from Scratch
July 26th (Wednesday) or 31st (Monday)  7-9pm  (4 week block) : £70                                    If you are a beginner or just want improve your dressmaking skills then this is a good class for you. I will take you through general dressmaking & sewing techniques helping you work out any of those tricky bits in your pattern.  Zips, collars, setting in sleeves, I will tailor the course to each person’s individual needs & aim to give a good finish to your garment.

Sewing for Beginners
12th Aug (Saturday) – Sewing for Beginners 10.30-12.30pm   Fee:  £25
This class is for absolute beginners to dressmaking and sewing. You will discover how to use the sewing machine, make seams and understand pattern instructions.
If you have a machine of your own please feel free to bring it with you to learn on.
Recommended Abilities:  Absolute beginners

Free Machine Embroidery
12th Aug (Saturday) 1.30-5pm  Fee: £50
Ever wanted to try free machine embroidery?
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 embroidery foot.
Free machine embroidery can be used to embellish the garments and accessories that you make and is great fun to do.
Material Costs: Threads & fabric provided but feel free to bring materials of your own if you wish.
Recommended Abilities:  Suitable for sewers of all abilities

Happy Sewing

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