DENIM MASTERCLASS: HOW TO MAKE A BAG

TAUGHT BY CHRISTINA FIGUR

Christina Figur is a Norwegian fashion designer based in London. For the last 8 years she has followed her passion for sharing authentic Nordic hand crafting and design as a teacher and mentor. Christina’s Norwegian background brings a wonderful authentic aesthetic to her work and her enthusiasm for making and sharing is infectious, bringing real pleasure and fulfilment to her students.

Christina studied Tailoring and Fashion Design in Norway, Italy and England before working as a designer for the likes of Top Shop and Paul Smith. In 2011 Christina set up The Nordic Make Lounge to teach sewing, pattern making and craft skills both independently and collaborating with Blackhorse Lane Ateliers and Stitch Club.

Working with both mainstream fashion and high-end designer brands has enabled Christina to have a first-hand understanding of the industry and its impact on the environment and consumers. By sharing the skills required to make self-made and upcycled clothes has not only ethical benefits; there is also a wonderful, less quantifiable sense of pleasure and achievement which comes with hand crafting, repairing and re-designing your own garments.

“I have always made things and had a need to create. Nothing beats the invigorating feeling and sense of happiness that comes from creating something useful; except when it is also both beautiful and wearable.”

HOSTED BY BLACKHORSE LANE ATELIERS

Denim Masterclass – How To Make A Denim Bag.
Hosted by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Taught by Christina Figur

 

Dates available:
Saturday 18th January 10.30am-1.30pm
Wednesday 5th February 6pm-9pm

Maximum class size: 4 people

Cost: £60

Level: Beginners to using industrial machines; domestic sewing machine experience required

– Never used an industrial machine before ? This is a great class to learn and gain confidence using one.
– Please note, it’s required that you have basic sewing experience on domestic machines as industrial machines tend to be faster.
– Never sewn before? Our friends at Ray Stitch offer beginner and intermediate sewing courses.

Join our bag-making class to create your very own denim tote bag. This class is aimed at sewers who would like to gain confidence using an industrial sewing machine, or are looking to take our 5-pocket jean masterclass (for which industrial sewing machine experience is required).

Purchase the Masterclass here.

Course outline:

3-HOUR MORNING COURSE
10:15 Please arrive at 10:15
10:30 Course starts! Health & safety instructions / sign forms
11:00 Cut out your bag.
11:30 Start sewing / machine overview
13:00 Attach the straps
13:30 Finish

3-HOUR EVENING COURSE
17:45 Please arrive at 17:45
18:00 Course starts! Health & safety instructions / sign forms
18:30 Cut out your bag.
19:00 Start sewing / machine overview
20:30 Attach the straps
21:00 Finish

What you’ll learn:
You will leave with a bag made from selvedge denim, personally made by you. You will also have mastered using an industrial sewing machine and had a fantastically productive morning or evening with like-minded denim enthusiasts and be ready for your next challenge: Our 5-pocket jean masterclass!

Getting to us:
King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground (Victoria, Northern, H&C, Circle, Metropolitan Lines plus National Rail Services including the Eurostar). Follow the brightly coloured Coal Drops Yard signs out of the station concourse towards Regent’s Canal. Follow it around to the left down the bank (keep the fountains to your right) and after a minute or so you’ll find us under the covered walkway in between two sets of stairs.

Purchase the Masterclass here.

DENIM MASTERCLASS: HOW TO MAKE AN APRON

TAUGHT BY CHRISTINA FIGUR

Christina Figur is a Norwegian fashion designer based in London. For the last 8 years she has followed her passion for sharing authentic Nordic hand crafting and design as a teacher and mentor. Christina’s Norwegian background brings a wonderful authentic aesthetic to her work and her enthusiasm for making and sharing is infectious, bringing real pleasure and fulfilment to her students.

Christina studied Tailoring and Fashion Design in Norway, Italy and England before working as a designer for the likes of Top Shop and Paul Smith. In 2011 Christina set up The Nordic Make Lounge to teach sewing, pattern making and craft skills both independently and collaborating with Blackhorse Lane Ateliers and Stitch Club.

Working with both mainstream fashion and high-end designer brands has enabled Christina to have a first-hand understanding of the industry and its impact on the environment and consumers. By sharing the skills required to make self-made and upcycled clothes has not only ethical benefits; there is also a wonderful, less quantifiable sense of pleasure and achievement which comes with hand crafting, repairing and re-designing your own garments.

“I have always made things and had a need to create. Nothing beats the invigorating feeling and sense of happiness that comes from creating something useful; except when it is also both beautiful and wearable.”

HOSTED BY BLACKHORSE LANE ATELIERS

Denim Masterclass – How To Make A Denim Apron.
Hosted by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Led by Christina Figur.

 

Dates available:
Sunday 19th January 2020, 12pm-4pm

Maximum class size: 4 people

Cost: £80

Level: Beginners to using industrial machines; domestic sewing machine experience required

– Never used an industrial machine before ? This is a great class to learn and gain confidence using one.
– Please note, it’s required that you have basic sewing experience on domestic machines as industrial machines tend to be faster.
– Never sewn before? Our friends at Ray Stitch offer beginner and intermediate sewing courses.

Join our 4 hour apron-making class to create your very own denim apron. This class is aimed at sewers who would like to gain confidence using an industrial sewing machine, or are looking to take our 5-pocket jean masterclass (for which industrial sewing machine experience is required).

Purchase the Masterclass here.

Course outline:

4-HOUR DAYTIME COURSE
11:45 Please arrive at 11:45
12:00 Course starts! Health & safety instructions / sign forms
12:30 Cut out your apron fabric and trims
13:00 Start sewing / machine overview
15:15 Attach the pocket and straps
16:00 Finish

What you’ll learn:
You will leave with an apron made from selvedge denim, personally made by you. You will also have mastered using an industrial sewing machine and had a fantastically productive afternoon with like-minded denim enthusiasts and be ready for your next challenge: Our 5-pocket jean masterclass!

What’s included:
– Sewing tuition
– All notions and fabric
– Refreshments: tea, coffee, biscuits

Getting to us:
King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground (Victoria, Northern, H&C, Circle, Metropolitan Lines plus National Rail Services including the Eurostar). Follow the brightly coloured Coal Drops Yard signs out of the station concourse towards Regent’s Canal. Follow it around to the left down the bank (keep the fountains to your right) and after a minute or so you’ll find us under the covered walkway in between two sets of stairs.

Purchase the Masterclass here.

DENIM MASTERCLASS: HOW TO MAKE A 5-POCKET JEAN

TAUGHT BY CHRISTINA FIGUR

Christina Figur is a Norwegian fashion designer based in London. For the last 8 years she has followed her passion for sharing authentic Nordic hand crafting and design as a teacher and mentor. Christina’s Norwegian background brings a wonderful authentic aesthetic to her work and her enthusiasm for making and sharing is infectious, bringing real pleasure and fulfilment to her students.

Christina studied Tailoring and Fashion Design in Norway, Italy and England before working as a designer for the likes of Top Shop and Paul Smith. In 2011 Christina set up The Nordic Make Lounge to teach sewing, pattern making and craft skills both independently and collaborating with Blackhorse Lane Ateliers and Stitch Club.

Working with both mainstream fashion and high-end designer brands has enabled Christina to have a first-hand understanding of the industry and its impact on the environment and consumers. By sharing the skills required to make self-made and upcycled clothes has not only ethical benefits; there is also a wonderful, less quantifiable sense of pleasure and achievement which comes with hand crafting, repairing and re-designing your own garments.

“I have always made things and had a need to create. Nothing beats the invigorating feeling and sense of happiness that comes from creating something useful; except when it is also both beautiful and wearable.”

HOSTED BY BLACKHORSE LANE ATELIERS

Denim Masterclass – How To Make A Pair of 5-Pocket Jeans.
Hosted by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Led by Christina Figur.

 

Dates available:
February 14th-16th 2020
March 13th-15th 2020

This is a 3-part course covering a Friday evening 6pm-8pm, Saturday full day 9am-5.30pm, and Sunday full day 9am-5.30pm. It is intensive and you must be able to make all sessions in order to complete the course.

Maximum class size: 4 people

Cost: £350

Level: Advanced; must have industrial sewing machine experience

– Never used an industrial machine before, or not very confident with a domestic machine? Please first take one of our introduction to industrial machine courses such as the denim bag or apron
– It’s preferable that you have basic industrial sewing machine experience, but if you’re an advanced domestic sewer, that should be ok (email us to check)

Join our weekend jeans-making class to create your very own pair of five-pocket denim jeans. This intensive class is aimed at sewers who would already know how to use an industrial sewing machine, or are very confident on domestic machines, and would like to take the step into creating jeans. We use techniques that appear and have the durability of industrial jeans production, but that can be transferable to domestic machines for when you’re at home.

Purchase the Masterclass here.

Course outline:

DAY 1
 (Friday evening)
17:45 Please arrive at 17:45
 for a prompt start
18:00 Course starts! Health & safety instructions / sign forms
18:30 Select block by trying on styles (men’s E5, men’s E8, men’s NW3, women’s WC2) as well as your selecting your denim (options between weights 12 and 15oz)
19:00 Cut out your jean
20:00 Finish

DAY 2
 (Saturday)
08:45 Please arrive at 08:45 for a prompt start
09:00 Course starts!
 Overview of workshop
10:00 Sew back pockets, felling, yoke and pocket bags
13:00 Lunch {Coal Drops Yard has many options on offer
}
14:00 Doing the fly
16:00 Felling inseam
17:30 Finish

DAY 3
 (Sunday)
08:45 Please arrive at 08:45 for a prompt start
09:00 Course starts!
 Follow up from previous session
09:30 Finishing outside leg seam
, attach waistband
13:00 Lunch {Coal Drops Yard has many options on offer}
14:00 Belt loops, buttons, rivets, bar tacks and trimming
18:00 Finish – Your jeans are ready to take home
!

Please note, these timings are provisional and will always depend on the speed of sewing from the group.

What you’ll learn:
You will leave with a pair of classic five-pocket jeans made from raw selvedge denim, personally made by you. You will also have mastered using an industrial sewing machine and tricky techniques that you can tranfser to other advanced sewing projects. You’ll have also had a fantastically productive – and intense – weekend (and a bit) with like-minded denim enthusiasts.

What’s included:
– Sewing tuition
– All notions, trims and fabric
– Refreshments: tea, coffee, biscuits (lunch is not included)

Getting to us:
King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground (Victoria, Northern, H&C, Circle, Metropolitan Lines plus National Rail Services including the Eurostar). Follow the brightly coloured Coal Drops Yard signs out of the station concourse towards Regent’s Canal. Follow it around to the left down the bank (keep the fountains to your right) and after a minute or so you’ll find us under the covered walkway in between two sets of stairs.

Purchase the Masterclass here.

DENIM REPAIR AND BORO WORKSHOP

TAUGHT BY LIZA MACKENZIE OF INDIGO WORKS

Indigo Works was founded by Liza Mackenzie in 2015. She studied Indigo, known as Aizome, under a Master Craftsman whilst living in Japan for four years. She is a textile designer and researcher with a specialism in Japanese craft textiles and sustainable dyes. She is currently on residency at Makerversity researching sustainable ways of dyeing and printing fabrics using a mix of lost and forgotten textile techniques and updating them for the modern age.

Colour inspires and informs my work from looking at how pigments were discovered, traded and used across the globe historically to modern colour inventions and discoveries. Unearthing these mysteries and exploring the worlds paint box endlessly fascinates me.

HOSTED BY BLACKHORSE LANE ATELIERS

Introduction to denim repair techniques. Hosted by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Taught by Indigo.Works.

 

Dates available:
The first Tuesday evening of every month, 19:00-21:00
February 4th 2020
March 3rd 2020
April 7th 2020
May 5th 2020
June 2nd 2020

Maximum class size: 10 people

Cost: £35

Level: Beginner

Join us in our Coal Drops Yard store for a two-hour workshop learning traditional repair techniques from textile designer Liza. Whether you’re looking for practical understanding of repair, are interested in the history of boro and indigo production, or want to spend a couple of hours in a different setting, this course is for you.

Course outline:

18:45 Arrive for a prompt 19:00 start
19:00 Introduction from Liza with presentation on Boro
19:30 Get stuck in
21:00 Finish

Please arrive early if you would like to make purchases from our shop, including haberdashery and notions.

What you’ll learn:
You’ll learn about the history of Japanese boro and traditional mending. Learn new stitching ‘sashiko’ techniques to repair your garments and spend quality time looking after and giving new life to your clothes. It’ll also give you the basics for any type of mending, exploring the dexterity of your fingers!

‘Boro’ is a type of textiles made of fabric which has been patched many times. Boro is a bit like the Japanese equivalent of the British ‘make do and mend’ mentality. When cloth became tattered and worn out, people would patch up garments using old scraps of cloth.

‘Sashiko’ literally translates as “little stabs”, and is a type of quilting where hemp or cotton thread is sewn in a running stitch to quilt together layers of fabric. It is both functional and decorative.

What’s included:
– Natural indigo-dyed fabric for patching
– Threads and needles for stitching
– Refreshments (wine, soft drinks, hot drinks, biscuits)

Get your tickets here!

Studio Marvelry Pop-Up Portrait Experience

PHOTOGRAPHED BY AGENDA BROWN

Agenda Brown, as the creative protagonist of Visual Marvelry™ and generator of visual stories, possesses a rare ability to capture his subjects in a discerning manner, whilst evoking empathy for his subjects. He is a natural observer of commonality and differences in all of us.

Agenda has successfully developed a substantial imprint as an original photographic commentator and an authentic observer of active and dynamic cosmopolitan artists, creatives, and social entrepreneurs.

The style of Agenda’s imagery positions individuals in a larger context, whilst preserving their specific personality and reflects on the intimate scale of their individual context and humanity.

HOSTED BY BLACKHORSE LANE ATELIERS

Portrait Experience Pop-Up Studio. Hosted by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Photographed by Agenda Brown.

 

Open from:
17th – 23rd February 2020 11am-5pm.
Drop in appointment.

You are invited to the Studio Marvelry Pop-Up portrait experience at our Coal Drops Yard store.

Come and be a part of this creative experience. Have your photographic portrait created in the trademark intimate and cinematic style of Agenda Brown; at the same time browse our craft denim and enjoy a cup of tea and great conversation with good people. 

This experience is open to everyone: everyone should have a Studio Marvelry image in their collection.

The cost for the pop-up experience starts at £80.00* (Normal prices for portrait sessions start at £350.00). Agenda will accept the following methods of payment: Paypal / Card (Please note that payment is required on the day of the shoot).

The pop-up coincides with the official opening of the Studio Marvelry portrait space at The Blackhorse Lane Ateliers factory on Blackhorse Lane by Agenda Brown, founder of Studio Marvelry and Visual Marvelry.

Images during the event will be featured on the Studio Marvelry Pop-Up web page.

*The basic package will include a choice of one image selected from the portrait shoot which will last between 15-30 minutes. The chosen cinematic image will be retouched and delivered by email within 2-3 days of the date of the shoot. Extra images are charged at £40 per image.

For more information, contact Agenda Brown directly:-

Email: hello@visualmarvelry.com
Phone: 07786 888 238

Agenda Brown’s Creative World
Studio address: 114B Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6AA
Website: www.visualmarvelry.com
Instagram: @studiomarvelry @storiesbyagenda

ONE MACHINE DENIM JEAN MASTERCLASS

TAUGHT BY PAUL KRUIZE

Paul Kruize is a Dutch tailor making informal bespoke garments, specialising in jeans. Paul started to study fashion design at ArtEZ, University of the Arts, but soon changed to interior design in which he graduated and got his BA. He worked as a furniture and interior designer for years, but in 2013 it was time for a change. He then
started his one man company focussing on creating bespoke jeans, yet doing this in the purest form, working with only one machine.
Not being trained in the industry he developed his own system for making bespoke jeans patterns, taking a minimalistic approach with all details there for a reason, not for decoration: “form follows function”. All seams are either selvedge, hand fell or bound with cotton tape, and the buttonholes are sewn by hand; Paul believes the jeans should look as good on the inside as they do on the outside.

“I want to grow my skills as a tailor, not the size of my company. I want to work for individuals, not for companies. I am driven by the tailor’s attitude: mastering and personally executing the entire process, from measuring to making”.

Visit the website for more info and to watch a video on making a pair of jeans: https://www.paulkruize.com/

HOSTED BY BLACKHORSE LANE ATELIERS

Denim Masterclass – How To Make A Pair Of One-Machine Jeans.
Hosted by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Taught by Paul Kruize.

 

Dates available:
April 24th-26th 2020

This is a 3-part course covering a Friday evening 6pm-8pm, Saturday full day 9am-5.30pm, and Sunday full day 9am-5.30pm. It is intensive and you must be able to make all sessions in order to complete the course.

Maximum class size: 4 people

Cost: £350

Level: Advanced; must have industrial sewing machine experience but there will also be hand work

– Never used an industrial machine before, or not very confident with a domestic machine? Please first take one of our introduction to industrial machine courses such as the denim bag or apron
– It’s preferable that you have basic industrial sewing machine experience, but if you’re an advanced domestic sewer, that should be ok (email us to check)

Join our weekend jeans-making class to create your very own pair of five-pocket denim jeans with master tailor Paul Kruize. This intensive class is aimed at sewers who would already know how to use an industrial sewing machine, or are very confident on domestic machines, and would like to take the step into creating jeans – but that would also like to learn how to do this on one machine with hand-techniques. Paul will take you through machine and hand techniques that appear and have the durability of industrial jeans production, but that can be transferable to domestic machines for when you’re at home.

Purchase the Masterclass here.

Course outline:

DAY 1
 (Friday evening)
17:45 Please arrive at 17:45
 for a prompt start
18:00 Course starts! Health & safety instructions / sign forms
18:30 Select block by trying on styles (men’s E5, men’s E8, men’s NW3, women’s WC2) as well as your selecting your denim (options between weights 12 and 15oz)
19:00 Cut out your jean
20:00 Finish

DAY 2
 (Saturday)
08:45 Please arrive at 08:45 for a prompt start
09:00 Course starts!
 Overview of workshop
10:00 Sew back pockets, felling, yoke and pocket bags
13:00 Lunch {Coal Drops Yard has many options on offer
}
14:00 Doing the fly
16:00 Felling inseam
17:30 Finish

DAY 3
 (Sunday)
08:45 Please arrive at 08:45 for a prompt start
09:00 Course starts!
 Follow up from previous session
09:30 Finishing outside leg seam
, attach waistband
13:00 Lunch {Coal Drops Yard has many options on offer}
14:00 Belt loops, buttons, rivets, bar tacks and trimming
18:00 Finish – Your jeans are ready to take home
!

Please note, these timings are provisional and will always depend on the speed of sewing from the group.

What you’ll learn:
You will leave with a pair of classic five-pocket jeans made from raw selvedge denim, personally made by you. You will also have mastered using an industrial sewing machine and tricky techniques that you can tranfser to other advanced sewing projects. You’ll have also had a fantastically productive – and intense – weekend (and a bit) with like-minded denim enthusiasts.

What’s included:
– Sewing tuition
– All notions, trims and fabric
– Refreshments: tea, coffee, biscuits (lunch is not included)

Getting to us:
King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground (Victoria, Northern, H&C, Circle, Metropolitan Lines plus National Rail Services including the Eurostar). Follow the brightly coloured Coal Drops Yard signs out of the station concourse towards Regent’s Canal. Follow it around to the left down the bank (keep the fountains to your right) and after a minute or so you’ll find us under the covered walkway in between two sets of stairs.

Purchase the Masterclass here.