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  • Writer's pictureLynn Powell

Festive workshops at the Arienas Collective, Edinburgh

Halloween is over. November is here. So we think it's safe to mention the C word...

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and there are only 4 more weeks of workshops here at The Arienas Collective before we close our doors until 2020.

But don't worry, we've packed lots of fantastic workshops into those 4 weeks (and of course you'll still be able to book for next year and buy Gift Vouchers!).

If you'd like to combine learning a new skill with making gifts and decorations, or just fancy a little bit of creative time out for yourself in the run-up to Christmas, then we've got just the thing for you.

Take a look at some of our special festive-themed creative workshops below. And why not consider coming along with friends as an alternative Christmas night out?


Make your own decorations

Festive felt ornaments with Lauren Smith

Wednesday 20th November, 6-8pm

Come along to this fun and festive evening workshop and create your own felt ornament with our brand new embroidery tutor.


Festive macramé workshop  Tuesday 19th November, 6-9pm

We're taking on a festive theme for the November macramé workshop. As well as learning the basic macramé knots you need to know to make plant hangers and wall hangings, you'll learn how to create Christmas decorations, gift tags and small gifts like key rings. A perfect combo of learning a new skill while ticking a few truly hand made gifts off this year's Christmas list.


Handmade gifts

Personalised letterpress notebooks

Sunday 10th November, 1-4pm

On this printing workshop you will personalise up to 6 spiral bound notebooks using a printing press. Bring along your favourite sayings and quotes - these will make great stocking filler gifts this Christmas. How about - it's the most wonderful time of the year?


Silver clay jewellery festive themed workshop with Anna Campbell Tuesday 12th November, 6-9pm

Join our jewellery tutor for a workshop with a difference! Learn to make your own wine or gin glass charms perfect for your Christmas lunch guests! With an added chain or bracelet, these lovely wee charms double up as personalised pendants or bracelet charms.

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Soap making and skincare with Jenny from the Scottish Soapworks Sunday 17th November, 10.30-4.30pm

Make organic glycerine soaps, moisturising lip balm and nourishing creams using a selection of essential oils as perfect natural skincare gifts, or as a treat for yourself this Christmas!


BRAND NEW COURSE: Shampoo bars with Jenny from the Scottish Soapworks Tuesday 26th November, 6-8.30pm

On this festive-themed mini shampoo bar workshop with local designer-maker Jenny Smith of The Scottish Soapworks you will learn how to make your own eco-friendly, plastic-free option to buying bottled shampoos. These are perfectly-sized for travelling, or as stocking fillers and gifts. If you are mindful of your plastic consumption, and the products you use, then this is a great workshop option.


Introduction to Traditional Soap Making with Jenny from the Scottish Soapworks Saturday 16th November, 10-5pm

On this workshop you will learn how to make traditional cold-process soap as well as melt and pour organic glycerine soap.


Make your own giftwrap and tags

Festive lino printing workshop with Suzanne Kemplay Saturday 9th November 10-4pm

Ready to wrap up the gifts you've made? Join artist Suzanne Kemplay and have a fun day creating simple, striking images suitable for printing onto your own greeting cards, gift tags, wrapping paper and gifts.

This is a great choice if you want to be more mindful about your Christmas consumption by upcycling plain Kraft papers, tags and cards while creating unique stationery.


Christmas Art and Wine Evening with Suzanne Kemplay 29th November, 6-9pm

Why not suggest an alternative to a christmas meal with friends this year? Join us for an evening of Art & Wine. Suzanne is offering you the opportunity to choose from any of the artists she has featured in her workshops during 2019. So you can opt to paint a Scottish Colourist, Georgia O'Keeffe or Impressionist!



The Arienas Collective Open Day will be on Saturday 23rd November, 12-7pm Drop in anytime!

We would love to invite you to our FREE Open Day. Join us for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, chat to some of our artists, watch free workshop demonstrations, browse our mini shop of artists work, and find out more about any classes you have your eye on!

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