Save the date for World Wide Knit in Public Day!

We are so excited to tell you that we’re teaming up with Yarn in the City (the awesome ladies who bring you the Great London Yarn Crawl, among other fabulous events) to host a World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPDAY) event on West Hampstead Square!

World Wide Knit in Public Day

WWKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. The event has been running every year on the second Saturday in June since 2005. There were 1015 events last year in 57 countries. Wow!

So save the date, start planning a knitting project that travels well (we’ll have more ideas for you on that soon!) and tell your friends! We can’t wait to take over West Hampstead Square with you!

Here is what you need to know about our event:

Date: Sunday, 10 June
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: West Hampstead Square (in front of The Village Haberdashery)
How to register: Find out more about our event and sign up here or email us at [email protected]
How to get there: We are just steps from the West Hampstead Underground, Overground and Thameslink stations. The 139, 328 and C11 buses stop in front.
Lunch options: There is an M&S on the square, and several cafes nearby to grab a bite
Questions? Email [email protected] [email protected]

Remember – it’s important that you sign up and we have your email so we can keep you informed about any changes to the plans due to rain!

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April Baby Quilt Club reveal!

We couldn’t resist doing a red, white and blue nautical bundle for our Baby Quilt Club members with all of the fun sea-worthy fabric in the shop at the moment! We love this trend and we were able to incorporate lots of different collections into the mix. If you love this bundle you can find limited edition extras here!

April 2017 Baby Quilt Club bundle from The Village Haberdashery

Clockwise from the top this bundle includes:

By the Sea Main in Navy by Dani Mogstad (Riley Blake)
Kona Cotton Solids – Copen (Robert Kaufman)
IntermixDot Weave in Indigo (Blank Quilting)
Kona Cotton Solids – Dusty Blue (Robert Kaufman)
Kujira & StarSchool in Salt Water by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cotton and Steel)
Kona Cotton Solids – Iron (Robert Kaufman)
Little RubyBliss Dot in Red by Bonnie & Camille (Moda)
Kona Cotton Solids – Cardinal (Robert Kaufman)
Cotton and Steel Basics Paper Bandana, Add it Up in Bone by Alexia Abegg (Cotton and Steel)
Kona Cotton Solids – Snow (Robert Kaufman)
SS BluebirdYou’re My Anchor in Natural (Cotton and Steel)
Kona Cotton Solids – Indigo (Robert Kaufman

Want an awesome bundle of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Why not join one of our monthly clubs!

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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Outback Wife by Gertrude Made presale!

Outback Wife is the debut collection of Cathi Bessell-Browne, the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made. Each fabric has been a labour of love and they have taken more than a year to complete. The stunning hand-painted floral designs printed on an exclusive cotton barkcloth base are an ode to the strength, passion and courage of rural women across Australia.

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made

Inspired by the beautiful floral barkcloth fabrics of the 1940s and 1950s, each detail of this collection has been meticulously and sincerely considered to create a range with an authentic vintage voice. We hope you love our selection as much as we do! You can place your pre-sale order here.

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made

Kalle Shirt and Shirt Dress by Closet Case Patterns

We love the new shirt dress pattern by Closet Case Patterns! With a loose, body skimming silhouette and a number of interchangeable features, the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress is the ultimate in chic, easy dressing.

Kalle Shirt and Shirt Dress by Closet Case Patterns

View A is cropped with a wide faced hem, View B is a tunic length shirt inspired by classic men’s oxfords, and View C is a stylish shirtdress with a high-low hem. All versions feature a subtly curved yoke, kimono sleeves with arm cuffs, and a dramatically shaped hem.

Kalle Shirt and Shirt Dress by Closet Case Patterns

You can personalise your Kalle with a standard or band collar, an optional breast pocket, an inverted or box pleat, and button, popover or hidden placket. Find Kalle in the shop here.

Kalle Shirt and Shirt Dress by Closet Case Patterns

Crochet Tie Kits from DMC

Crochet a hipster-worthy tie for the dude in your life! These rad new kits from DMC come in five colours and are a perfect beginner crochet project. And wouldn’t this make a great Father’s Day gift? Find them in the shop here.

DMC Crochet Hipster Tie

Meri Meri gift wrap

We have such a fun selection of gift wrap from Meri Meri! Rainbows, pineapples, cacti and chevrons in neon and pastel colours – how could they possibly not make you smile? Find them in the shop here.

Meri Meri Gift Wrap

Make a Leather Notebook with Nancy Straughan

Learn to work with leather and paper to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own special leather journals at home. The techniques that we will cover include the classic saddle stitch and how to craft a leather cover. These leather notebooks make excellent gifts and can be used for photo books, journals, travel diaries – the possibilities are endless! Find out more and book a place here.

Leather Notebook

Sale!

Stock up on cotton voile and lawn for your spring and summer wardrobe! Save 10% with code VOILE10 until 2 May. Start shopping here!

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A Year of Wreaths: April Felt Flower Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the April wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her beautiful Felt Flower Wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here. Take it away, Laura!

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

This month’s wreath is all about bright and zingy spring colours! The layered felt flowers and embroidered green leaves really pop against a wreath base wrapped in neutral linen-blend fabric. You could easily adapt this design by adding more flowers and leaves, or by using different shades of wool blend felt to change the mood of the wreath. The individual felt flowers would also make great brooches or hair clips.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

You’ll find all the supplies you need in The Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the April wreath kit.

You will need:
*The template sheet (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Half a metre of Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed fabric in Flax
*Wool blend felt in the following colours: Chartreuse, Hallows Eve, Cotton Candy and Wisteria
*Co-ordinating embroidery thread in orange, pink and purple
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Sewing needle and pins
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: a piece of twine or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath

To make the wreath:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out the flower and leaf pieces from wool blend felt in Hallows Eve (orange), Candy Floss (pink), Wisteria (purple) and Chartreuse (green).

Cut the flower pieces in the following colours and quantities:

Flower A: 1 x orange, 2 x purple.
Flower B: 1 x pink, 1 x orange.
Flower C: 1 x orange, 2 x pink, 2 x purple.
Flower D: 1 x orange, 1 x pink.
Circle E: 1 x orange, 1 x pink, 1 x purple.
Circle F: 2 x purple.
Circle G: 3 x purple, 1 x orange, 1 x pink.
Circle H: 1 x orange, 1 x pink.

Layer the pieces to assemble seven flowers, using the photos as a guide. Then cut out 24 green leaves: 12 large and 12 small.

Tip: Embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out fiddly felt shapes!

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

2. Embroider the leaves with half strands of embroidery thread (i.e. for six-stranded embroidery thread, just use three strands). Use three shades of embroidery thread to match the felt flowers (orange, pink and purple), and decorate a third of the leaves with each colour (so, four large and four small leaves for each shade). Sew a line of stitching down the centre of each leaf, finishing your stitching neatly at the back and trimming any excess threads. Use backstitch or sew a line of running stitches then sew back in the opposite direction to fill the gaps and create a continuous line of stitches.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

3. Sew the flowers together with contrasting embroidery thread, as shown. Use half strands of thread, sewing radiating stitches from the centre of each flower. I stitched nine stitches for each of the the larger flowers, and six for the smaller flowers.

Tip: Use the position of the flower petals as a guide when spacing your stitches.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

4. Use the template provided to cut out 25 pieces from the Essex Yarn Dyed fabric for wrapping the wreath base. You may need to cut a few more strips later to finish wrapping the wreath, but it’s better to cut fewer strips to start with than end up wasting fabric!

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

5. Add the fabric strips to the wreath base one by one, using a glue gun to secure the ends at the back of the wreath. Overlap the fabric strips so there are no gaps where the polystyrene base can show through. For each fabric strip, add a dab or two of hot glue to the back of the wreath then carefully press the fabric into position. If required use the template to cut more fabric strips, adding them until the whole base is covered in fabric.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

The wreath base will now look something like this:

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

6. Arrange the felt leaves on the wreath as pictured, covering up the section where you started and finished wrapping the wreath. Start with six small leaves in the centre then add three pairs of large leaves either side, and then a trio of small leaves at each end of the arrangement. Alternate the thread colours, so you get a nice mix of the three shades across the leaves. Pin the leaves in position with one pin towards the bottom end of each leaf. Place the flowers on top to check that you’re happy with the final arrangement, make any adjustments needed then set the flowers aside.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

7. Use the glue gun to attach the leaves to the wreath. Work inwards, holding a leaf back and applying a small dab of glue to the wreath then lightly pressing the outer / top half of the leaf down so it sticks in place. Then remove the pin from the bottom of the leaf and glue the lower half. When you reach the central cluster of leaves, glue all the outer / top halves of the leaves then remove the central pins and glue the inner / bottom halves of the leaves one by one. With the leaves glued in place, the wreath will now look like this:

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

8. Position the flowers on top of the leaves so they overlap as shown, then use the glue gun to glue them in place.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

9. If needed, cut a length of twine or co-ordinating ribbon and knot it securely around the top of the wreath. Use this to hang the wreath in your chosen spot, or just hang the wreath directly onto a hook or nail.

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

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May Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Our May class schedule is jam packed with a huge range of classes, for every level, interest, and schedule! Come and join us in our beautiful studio in our West Hampstead shop! Its is the perfect place to learn and get inspired. Read on to find out what else we have planned for May or browse all of our classes here.

Studio

Plus, don’t forget we are open until 9pm on Thursdays for shopping and our weekly Knit Night! Come along with a knitting, crochet, or hand work project!

Knit Night Plus Free Drop in Clinic at The Village Haberdashery

Make a Leather (or Vegan Leather) Notebook with Nancy Straughan
Tuesday, 2 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

This class will guide you through the beautiful art of classic book binding techniques so you can create your very own book to take home. Find out more here.

Make a leather or vegan leather notebook with Nancy Straughan

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 3 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Tuesday, 16 May, 10am – 1pm (£45)

This class will introduce aspiring stitchers – or those who need a refresher – how to use a sewing machine! In this comprehensive three hour class, you’ll get sewing machine-savvy and leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start making your own projects at home! Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 3 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Wednesday, 24 May, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£45)

Do you want to learn to knit or need a refresher on the basics? This class is for you! In this class, experienced knitting teacher and knitwear pattern designer Renée Callahan will start from the very beginning and cover everything you need to know to get started knitting: knit stitch, purl stitch, casting on and off. All materials are included. Find our more and sign up here.

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan

Sew a Quilted Cushion with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 6 May, 10am – 4pm (£85)

In this class you’ll learn many of the steps to making a patchwork quilt by sewing a quilted cushion! Participants will learn how to use a rotary cutter, how to machine piece patchwork pieces together using a ¼ inch foot on a sewing machine, how to machine quilt the front of the cushion, how to sew a zip. Students will also have the option of learning how to attach a binding. In short almost everything required to start making quilts! Find out more here.

Sew a Quilted Cushion with Judith Dahmen

MT Washi Tape Workshop with Caroline Garcia
Sunday, 7 May, 10:30am – 12:00pm (Free, £10 deposit)

Join us for a free workshop sponsored by MT and washi tape may become your next crafty obsession! For this workshop, MT will be providing us with loads of fabulous washi tape and you’ll be able to experiment with making gift boxes, cards and more and kids can have fun decorating animal masks. We will take a £10 deposit for this class that you’ll receive back as a credit to spend in the shop on class day. See photos from our last workshop here and find out more here.

MT Washi Tape Workshop with Caroline Garcial

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen
Tuesdays, 9, 16 and 23 May and 6 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£165)

In this four-evening course you will learn all the techniques that are required to make a quilt starting from the design process to piecing, machine or hand quilting and finishing with the all important binding that gives the quilt its frame. At the end of the course, you’ll leave with a gorgeous finished lap or baby-sized quilt measuring 36″ by 40″. Find out more here.

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 10 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this fun class we’ll take the fear out of knitting lace patterns! Led by our expert teacher, you’ll learn how to work basic lace stitches and how to read a lace chart, plus the Garter Tab cast on and a stretch cast off. The pattern is included with the class. Find out more here.

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renee Callahan

Knit Night Plus Free Drop In Clinic with Renee Callahan
Thursday, 11 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (Free)

In this special edition of our weekly Thursday Knit Night with our teacher Renee Callahan, we’ll spend an hour talking about cast off methods, including the three-needle bind off, followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges! Find out more here.

Cast off

Sew an Asaka Kimono with Rachel Pinheiro
Saturday, 13 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

The Asaka Kimono by Named Clothing is an open-front kimono with a relaxed fit, wide-cut sleeves, a long belt and a longline hem. Learn to sew with lightweight, slippery fabrics while you make a beautiful kimono! It is designed for a light fabric with good drape; choose a lightweight cotton lawn or try your hand with a more challenging fabric, such as silk satin, crepe or rayon. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew an Asaka Kimono with Rachel Pinheiro

Sew an Inari Tee Dress with Rachel Pinheiro
Sunday, 14 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

Inari by Named Clothing is a loose-fitting tee dress with an uneven hemline, side-slits, short sleeves with a rolled-up effect and an optional neck-band. A wardrobe staple you’ll make again and again. In this fun class you’ll learn to sew a tee dress using your choice of knit or woven fabric. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew an Inari Tee Dress with Rachel Pinheiro

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe with Rachel Pinheiro
Mondays, 15 and 22 May and 5, 12, 19 and 26 June, 6pm – 9pm (£265)

In this exciting class you’ll learn all the skills you need to begin sewing your own clothes! Over the six week course, we’ll make three wardrobe staples – a top, a skirt and a shift dress – in your choice of style. We’ll cover fabric selection, working with a commercial pattern, cutting your fabric, fitting, construction and finishing techniques. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe at The Village Haberdashery

Screenprinting for Beginners with Nancy Straughan
Wednesday, 17 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this workshop you will learn how to print and make your own silk screen from scratch! Using silk organza fabric and embroidery hoops you will be taught all the ins and outs of the screen printing process. You will have a chance to mix your own professional fabric paint to print a personalised tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! This really is a fantastic class where you learn not one but three skills that will really inspire you to get creative. Fins out more here.

Screenprinting for Beginners at The Village Haberdashery

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Wednesday, 17 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£40)

Learn to crochet while creating a fun and endlessly useful crochet basket out of recycled t-shirt yarn! This class will introduce you to the basics of crochet, how to follow a crochet pattern, how to change colours and how to finish a crochet project. All materials are included in the class fee. Find out more here.

Crochet Basket Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Saturday, 20 May, 10am – 4pm (£75)

Learn to turn old rags into upcycled homeware with the beautiful craft of rag rugging! Our beginners’ workshop is designed to give you all the skills you need to be able to start any rag rug project for yourself at home. Find out more here.

Rag Rugging Class at The Village Haberdashery

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 27 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

Learn to sew with knits whilst making yourself the stylish and comfy Colette Moneta Dress! In this class we’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, plus you’ll learn handy techniques like how to use clear elastic for gathering. You’ll also have the opportunity to try sewing knits on an an overlocker! Find out more here.

Sew a Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 28 May, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to make a beautiful skirt in the fabric of your choice. You will learn standard sewing terms and techniques that you can apply to other patterns and gain the confidence to sew your own clothes. This class will cover taking accurate measurements, accurate cutting and invisible zip insertion. Find out more here.

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Tuesday, 30 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Taught by illustrator Emma Block, this contemporary brush lettering workshop will focus on developing skills and learning techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own brush lettering style. We’ll start with exercises to practice making shapes, creating lines of different thicknesses and using different brushstrokes. You’ll then practice writing the alphabet, words and phrases with plenty of help and guidance on hand. You will be given a complete set of materials which you can take away after class, including guide sheets, a brush and a pot of indian ink. Plus you’ll learn how to photograph your brush lettering using just your iPhone to create a unique piece of digital artwork! Find our more and sign up here.

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Tuesday, 31 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Modern calligraphy is perfect for all; its relaxed approach enhances your natural hand writing style to create a unique and beautiful lettering form that is totally individual. Led by Suzie Dicker, founder of luxury stationery brand A L’aise, this beginner’s workshop will guide you through making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall at home! Whether you are a bride-to-be wanting to learn so you can address your wedding invitation envelopes, or you are the creative sort wanting to learn a new skill; this class is the one for you! Find our more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

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Reminder: Make Like a Boss with The Fold Line next Wednesday, 26 April!

Super important reminder time: We are kicking off our new monthly networking series for creative small businesses called Make Like a Boss on Wednesday, 26 April at our West Hampstead shop!

Make Like a Boss with The Fold Line

Each free event features a Q&A with a small business owner followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. Drinks and snacks will be provided!

Our first event on 26 April will feature Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line! The Fold Line is an online hub for the sewing community to socialise, review dressmaking patterns and keep up-to-date with the latest news and sewing pattern releases. Since launching in late 2015, the site has grown like crazy and the team have won a Mollie Makes Handmade Award and a British Craft Award for their contribution to the industry. We’ll be talking to Rachel and Kate about the challenges of launching a website, the thrill of seeing those user numbers grow and making the leap to running the website full time.

Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line

We have a big new space in West Hampstead that is super easy to get to, and you can find directions and travel info here.

Here are the quick facts of the first event:

Date: Wednesday, 26 April
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery
Guest: Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite, via our website or to [email protected]k

You can also save the date for our next two events – we’ll be releasing ticket info for May and June very soon but put these in your diary:

Wednesday, 24 May with Suzie Dicker from À L’aise

Wednesday, 21 June with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and The Buttons

Want to receive email reminders about our upcoming events? Email me at [email protected]

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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery!

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Magical Summer stationery by Rico

We are mad for Rico’s new Magical Summer collection! Our order is starting to roll in and this week we’re featuring some of the fun stationery products we’ve received – pencils, washi tape, iridescent tape and a stamp and ink set. These are the perfect products to decorate your planner, get crafty or just make you smile. Find our selection of Magical Summer products here and check back for new stock often!

Ava Rose by Deena Rutter

Ava Rose is a bouquet of bold and dainty florals, colourful geometrics, textural designs and a script print make for a romantic collection that’s ready to make your spring projects bloom. These prints will be popular for dressmaking, but we think our selection will make a beautiful quilt! You can find the coordinating Kona Cotton Solids here.

Ava Rose by Deena Rutter

New Sevenberry garment fabrics

We have a handful of quirky new Japanese fabric from Sevenberry! They include these pandas on double gauze, cute whales on double gauze and a tie-dye print on quilting cotton. Just what you need for a summer frock? Find them in the shop here.

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renée Callahan

In this fun class we’ll take the fear out of knitting lace patterns! Led by our expert teacher, Renée Callahan of East London Knit, you’ll learn how to work basic lace stitches and how to read a lace chart, plus the Garter Tab cast on and a stretch cast off. Find out more and sign up here or browse all of our knitting classes and free knitting workshops here.

Sale!

Select wool blend fabrics have been added to the sale section at 40% off to make room for more summer weight fabrics! Start shopping here.

wool fabric

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Kona matching! What goes with Ava Rose by Deena Rutter

Ava Rose by Deena Rutter is fresh and pretty, mixing southwestern-inspired florals, bold geometrics and delicate script. We have the perfect selection for a springy quilt and we know you need the solids to match, so here we go. From top to bottom, the Kona Cotton Solids colours we chose to match this pretty collection are Smoke, Mustard, Flesh, Orange, Pool, Teal Blue and Celestial. You can find all of these colours in one place right here.

Kona Cotton Solids to coordinate with Ava Rose by Deena Rutter

And here is our selection of Ava Rose so you can see how they look all together!

Ava Rose by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake

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Meet our teachers: Emma Block, brush lettering

Emma Block is a London-based illustrator whose work can be found in children’s books, packaging, magazines, greetings cards and books for adults. She has worked for clients including Stylist Magazine, Random House Canada, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, UNIQLO, Orla Kiely, Anthropologie, Mollie Makes and Time Out. She teaches brush lettering workshops at our West Hampstead shop.

Emma Block

Q. We are really looking forward to welcoming you for your upcoming brush lettering workshops. For those who do not know, what is brush lettering?

A: Brush lettering is the art of creating beautiful lettering using a brush and ink. It’s a bit like calligraphy but more organic and expressive. I find practising brush lettering to be really relaxing and mediative, and of course the results are beautiful.

Brush Lettering with Emma Block

Q. How did you first discover your arty talents?

A: I’ve always been creative and knew that I wanted a career in the arts. After doing my GCSEs I studied a national diploma in art and design instead of A-levels and then studied illustration at University. After graduating I started working as a freelance illustrator full time.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Q. What was the first image you ever painted?

A: I’m not sure. When I was at nursery school used to paint horses that were just rectangles with legs!

Emma Block

Q. On your website it says that you provide live illustrations at corporate event and parties. This sounds like lots of fun! What sort of things do you do for this?

A: Live illustration is really fun but really intense. I paint portraits of people live as they stand in front of me using watercolours. Each portrait takes about eight minutes to complete, and live illustration is always very popular, so If I’m working at a party or event I’m always very busy. Doing live illustration teaches you to work very quickly and become very decisive and confident in your painting. It also helps develop your observational skills.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Q. What would your dream commission be?
A: I would love to do range of packaging for a company like Marks & Spencer’s or Fortnum & Mason’s. It would be so lovely to design biscuit tins and boxes of tea.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Follow Emma on Instagram at @emmablockillustration and check out her website to find out more!

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The colour of the month for April is dark blue!

This month our Colour of the Month Club members receive beautiful dark blue bundles! We love blue so much and generally have so much blue in stock that we split the colour into two months. This month, our stash builders range from navy to cobalt to slate and there are so many beauties in there! We have made a few extras of this bundle and you can find them in the shop here.

Colour of the Month Club Designer Stash Builders Bundle - April 2017

Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Desert BloomSpring in Midnight by Sherri and Chelsi (Moda)
Checks PleaseLagoon and Ocean (Cloud 9)
Around the BlockFlower Bed in Navy by Heather Moore (Skinny laMinx) (Cloud 9)
Cotton + Steel BasicsSprinkle in Peacock (Cotton and Steel)
Hop, Skip and a JumpDitsy Daisy in Blueberry by American Jane (Moda)
ArchitexturesCrosshatch in Cadet by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)
HazelwoodHerringbone in Sky by One Canoe Two (Moda)
Garden DreamerTwinklestar in Blue by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)
Cotton + Steel BasicsAdd It Up in Shibori (Cotton and Steel)
By The SeaSea Arrow in Navy by Dani Mogstad (Riley Blake)

Colour of the Month Club Kona Cotton Solids Bundle - April 2017

Clockwise from top our Kona Cotton Solids  selection is Regatta, Windsor, Navy, Storm, Nightfall, Marine, Royal, Surf, Delft and Cadet.

Want a hand-picked bundle of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Join one of our monthly clubs!

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