09:30 - 17:00 - The Stables Causeway, Cromarty IV11 8XS
An intensive, six-day workshop in cutting fine lettering in stone. The focus will be equally on tools and cutting technique, and essential drawing skills. The object of the course is to give students a firm foundation in letter carving in stone. Through drawing and carving, the students begin to understand the structure of letter forms and the relationship between these two fundamental aspects of fine lettercutting. The course will also cover the beginnings of a sense of good spacing and touch on laying out an inscription. Stone and all tools will be provided. Tutor Robbie Schneider studied sculpture at Camberwell and Byam Shaw Art Schools in London and later specialized in lettering. He is a full member of Letter Exchange and of the Scottish Lettercutters Association and an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Robbie exhibits widely and does many public and private commissions. His work can be found throughout Britain, from Kent in the South to Shetland in the far North. Robbie works primarily in stone but he also works in wood, metals and other materials. £515 includes delicious, home-made lunch each day, all materials and tools. If you wish to purchase your stone at the end of the course, this costs a further £35. We require a 25% deposit to reserve your place - email or tel 01381 600354.
This masterclass is suitable for those who have completed the Beginners Sewing weekend or who are comfortable with a sewing machine and looking to improve their sewing skills. We will work together to produce a pair of pyjama trousers and a messenger or handbag with zipped pockets and adjustable strap. In addition to this we will take time to look at other techniques and also how to make adjustments or add pockets to existing clothing (Please feel free to bring along items of your own clothing) Skills that you will learn: Measuring yourself and choosing the correct pattern size Cutting out patterns & fabric accurately Sewing pockets Sewing zipped pockets Buttonholes Sewing Bias Binding Adjustable straps Time allowing I will introduce you to applique and adding embellishments to garments also. After this class you will be able to apply these different techniques to all those projects you have lined up! The Basic Sewing Kit It would be helpful to have a basic sewing kit for this course, but not essential as there will tools available for use. Fabric scissors Seam ripper Dressmaking pins Hand sewing needles Threads Dressmaking tape measure Sewing gauge Bobbins, zipper foot and buttonhole foot suitable for your machine Temporary markers - this could be tailor's chalk, fade or wash-away pen Sewing Machine You will be required to bring your own sewing machine (which can be left securely overnight within the sewing room) this allows you to learn and become familiar with your own machine. There will also be a limited amount of extra machines available if you do not have your own machine please enquire upon booking. Fabric Fabric will be supplied however you may decide that you would like to pick your own fabric for your pyjama trousers and/or your bag. If this is the case please advise when booking and we will send you details of requirements. £100 - includes tea & coffee and most materials. Please bring a packed lunch each day. We require 25% deposit to reserve your place - email or tel 01381 600354. Please note, this course is also running on 5 & 6 May.
10:00 - 16:30 - The Old Brewery Burnside Place, Cromarty IV11 8XQ