10:00 - 16:30 The Stables Causeway, Cromarty IV11 8XS
22 April; 9 September, The Stables A one-day WOOD SCULPTURE WORKSHOP, 10.00am - 4.30pm (run twice) making small sculptures from wood and natural materials found in Cromarty. Environmental artist, Leon Patchett, will demonstrate and guide participants through some basic techniques to assemble their own piece of art. Leon Patchett is a graduate of Central / St Martins College, London. He has been a practicing artist for the past decade and now works out of the Stables Studios in Cromarty. This beautiful and dramatic region of Scotland has inspired a new direction in his work. A simple walk on the beach presented a readily available free material to begin making sculpture from driftwood. The process has seen him exhibit widely and take part in a list international residencies including North Carolina USA, Macedonia, Spain & Finland.All ages and abilities welcome. "If you can use a small cordless drill, you can take part" says Leon! £50 - includes all materials. Please bring your own packed lunch. To book your space on any or all of the above workshops, please email email@example.com or call us on 01381 600354.
Please note: this course is now fully booked! If you would like to put your name down for similar potential future courses, please email us as demand is high and there will be others... This course is suitable for complete beginners or those who are looking to get back into sewing after a long break. It's designed to give you the confidence to start your own sewing projects at home. You will learn the basic of sewing including how to operate and navigate your way around a sewing machine, read and understand a basic sewing pattern, pinning and cutting out of fabric, using basic sewing tools and construction of projects. You will complete a number of projects over the two days. Each will introduce you to a new skill or technique and give you something to take home and be proud of! Projects include: Envelope Cushion - An envelope-backed cushion cover is a great beginner project. You will learn basic hems, how to turn a corner with your sewing machine and also how to form the perfect corner. This a great simple way to brighten up your home. Bunting - You will learn how to make a string of the ever popular bunting. This project is designed to increase your sewing confidence and introduces you to intricate pinning and stitching. Tote Bag - You will learn how to make a lined tote bag perfect for carrying your shopping (or sewing supplies!). This project is an introduction to construction, seam allowances, cutting and pinning techniques. Additionally - There will be time at the end to look over any sewing projects that you would like to start at home including looking at patterns that you may have. Depending on the speed of the first three projects we will also attempt to look at making a Zipped Make-up Bag. 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 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 allow you to learn and become familiar with your own machine. There will be a very limited amount of machines available if you do not have your own machine please enquire upon booking. Cost £45 per day Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided. Tutor - Rebecca Barbour Brought up in Cromarty, Rebecca is now based in the north of Glasgow. She is predominantly self taught and has been sewing and crafting from a young lass. She has taken her love of showing friends and family to learn this lifelong skill to teaching classes in her local community.
10:00 - 16:30 - The Old Brewery Burnside Place, Cromarty IV11 8XQ
2 - 7 October, The Stables A six-day foundation course in STONE LETTERING led by master craftsman, Robbie Schneider. Robbie returns for more instruction in cutting fine letters in stone and practising essential drawing and layout skills. Each day will run from 10am - 5.00pm. Robbie studied sculpture at Camberwell and Byam Shaw Art Schools in London and later specialised 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. £495 - includes lunch each day. All tools provided as well as a slab of stone to work on (if you wish to take this away at the end, an extra cost of £30 is charged). Accommodation is available in the Old Brewery at a special discounted rate: £180 for six days B&B (full cooked breakfast) rather than £216, i.e. one night free! To book your space , please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01381 600354.
09:30 - 17:00 - The Stables Causeway, Cromarty IV11 8XS
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