A Stitch in Time

A  sewing group, led by Artist Jessica Howarth, meets online in fun and relaxed bi-weekly sessions on Thursday mornings at 10am. The next session is on Thursday 22 April at 10am.

You’ll get a chance to learn and develop your machine sewing skills, hand embroidery and needle felting skills. All sessions are free. No previous sewing experience is required, only the willingness to learn and explore.

All online sessions are free and places are available to local residents of Muirhouse and Pilton. For more information and to sign up, please email admin@northedinburgharts.co.uk. You can also keep in touch with your fellow Stitchers via our Facebook Group

  • Develop and learn sewing skills
  • Grow your creativity
  • Meet local residents
  • Share and create with others

In 2020 A Stitch In Time has created a vibrant and eclectic community quilt with every panel representing the work of each group member. During the lockdown, we continued to meet as a group on zoom on a weekly basis. It was a fantastic way to keep in touch with each other and keep the creative energy of the group going. Everyone’s skill level has come on so far from initially using a few stitches at the beginning of the project to now creating whole fabric scenes and stitched text panels. A Stitch in Time has not only created a beautiful quilt but contributed to the National Galleries community mask-making this summer and collaborated with Royston Wardieburn community creative writing group at Granton Library to produce stitched poems.

For this year A Stitch In Time is going to create textiles pieces based on the theme of Scottish tales and folklore. We are looking forward to having various artists and makers visit us in 2021 alongside hopefully being able to visit The Scottish Storytelling Center and The Dovecot Studios. 

“In June 2020, Jess and I got in touch with each other to link up our separate groups through poems and stitching. What a wonderful connection to happen during lockdown between the Granton Writers’ Group and A Stitch In Time. The groups met each other online, shared poems, chat and sewing. Then ideas about how poems could be stitched onto the community quilt. It’s been really wonderful working with Jess and the stitchers. The talents from both groups have merged and come to life with needles, thread and colour in the community quilt. The poets were further enthused and have now produced a booklet entitled Small Pebbles, Big Ripples.”

Lifelong Learning Worker, Granton Writers’ Group, Lorrane Borwick  Lorrane.borwick@ea.edin.sch.uk 

The above panels were created by A Stitch in Time participants: Anna Baran, Kirsty Bell, Debi Mills, and Anna Philips.

A Stitch in Time is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.