Meet Our Teachers: Renée Callahan, knitting

We have lots of knitting classes coming up at our West Hampsted Shop for all levels of knitter with the lovely Renée Callahan! Renée will also be joining us once a month for our Thursday Knit Night to offer a free workshop and knitting clinic and you can find out more about those evenings here.

Renée loves textiles and the technical challenge of knitting whilst producing something both useful and beautiful. She studied fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins college and now creates new patterns with combinations of texture and colour as well as guiding knitters taking to the needles with a range knitting classes.

Renee Callahan Knitting

Who first taught you to knit?

Strangely enough, I didn’t start knitting until I began my degree in fashion design with knitwear. We learned on machines and I came to hand knitting on my own, with loads of help from youtube and a sympathetic tutor.

At college, I found a DVD of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s hidden in a back corner of the library and because craft was really not the cool thing in fashion college, I really believed I had discovered this super obscure video no one had ever seen. Little did I know…

Renee Callahan knitting

Where do you look for inspiration for your projects and patterns?

It is a cliché, but I find inspiration literally everywhere. I am constantly inspired by the natural world, which is all around even though I live in the extremely urban environment of East London. There are wonderful parks and gardens just minutes away. I also love people watching, and I live in a neighbourhood rich with weird and wonderful fashion; from the most colourful African batik to the achingly cool hipster hotspots. Inspiration abounds!
Renee Callahan

What is your most favourite yarn to work with and why?

I have so many! How to choose just one?!

I love natural fibres and am very excited about the proliferation of small batch, independently made yarns going on right now. But old favourites remain: who can resist a bit of Malabrigo??

Renée Callahan

You will be teaching hand knitting at our shop but you also have a machine knitting class on Craftsy. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the two techniques?

Machine knitting and hand knitting are a bit like apples and oranges; you can make a sweater with a machine and a sweater by hand, but both the process and end result will be very different. They are both great but for different reasons. I would argue that even the fastest hand-knitter would take many hours to make a sweater, and so the process itself must be enjoyable and enjoyed, whereas a machine knit sweater can be a speedy project, for example.

What is the one knitting gadget could you not live without?

My blocking set: blocking wires and foam mats make all the difference for a lacy shawl! I also love interchangeable circular needles… and ravelry.com! If a website could be a gadget, Ravelry is the best one of all!

Renee Callahan

Thanks Renée!

You can also find Renée on Instagram, find her website and check out her upcoming classes here!

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Two Truths and a Lie with Stacy Iest Hsu – the big reveal!

On Friday we posted three statements about Stacy Iest Hsu and asked you to guess which one is a lie. Here they are again, with the answers!

1. One of my most favorite jobs around the house is mowing the lawn.

True. I love mowing the lawn and doing yard work. It is how I unwind and relax. It is a job I had growing up on a farm and it has always been my favorite thing to do. I would do yard work over cleaning the house any day.

2. I have 8 bothers and sisters.

Lie. I have two younger brothers and that is all but my mom comes from a family of 9 and my dad comes from a family of 6 so I have a very large extended family. I had 34 cousins so there was always someone to play with and holiday parties were always big.

3. My name is pronounced Stacy East Shoe.

True. As crazy as it may seem, my last name, Iest Hsu is pronounced East as in the direction and Shoe as in the lovely things you wear on your feet. My family is Dutch and my husbands family is Chinese.

Here is our randomiser:
Random list generator

Out of 49 entries we had 22 correct guesses! The 11th correct guess was Beatriz! Congratulations, Beatriz, you’ve won this Just another Walk in the Woods Bundle!

Just Another Walk in the Woods by Stacy Iest Hsu

Thank you all for playing!

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Two Truths and a Lie with Stacy Iest Hsu

This giveaway is now closed! Find the answer here.

Here we are with another game of Two Truths and a Lie! This time we’re playing with the lovely Stacy Iest Hsu. Stacy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. She has been a textile and product designer for over ten years and has designed for some large retailers as well as recently branching out independently to market her own line of original creations. It has been a dream come true for her to work with Moda and we are currently stocking a selection from her adorable Just Another Walk in the Woods collection.

stacy Iest Hsu

So here is how you can play… Stacy will tell us three things about herself. Two are true and one is a lie. If you want to participate, tell us in the comments which statement you think is a lie. Enter by midnight on Sunday and on Monday we’ll put all the correct answers in randomizer and choose a winner.

The winner will win this super cute bundle of 10 fat quarters of Just Another Walk in the Woods and Kona Cotton Solids!

Just Another Walk in the Woods by Stacy Iest Hsu

Ready, Steady, Go!…

1. One of my most favourite jobs around the house is mowing the lawn.

2. I have 8 brothers and sisters.

3. My name is pronounced Stacy East Shoe.

Which is the lie? Tell us in the comments! Remember, the deadline to be entered in the prize draw is midnight on Sunday, 26 March. Anyone can play, but only entries in UK/Europe are eligible for this prize.

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Let’s get to know Saara and Laura Huhta and Named Patterns!

We are super happy to be now stocking the fantastic patterns by Named Clothing and we invited Founders Saara and Laura Huhta to join us for a quick Q&A so you could find out all about them! The sisters have followed their dream of turning a passion for designing clothing patterns into their career and want to encourage fellow fashion lovers to give sewing their own garments a try.

Saara and Laura Huhta and Named Patterns

Tell us about Named!

Named is a Finnish clothing pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta. Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. The aim of the collections is to bring a new perspective to making one’s own clothes and to support ethical and ecological consuming in contrast to a clothing industry focused on fast fashion. Named launches two collections a year, and the patterns have five levels of difficulty, which means that anyone from a beginner to a more experienced sewer can find patterns suited to their skill level.

Describe the style of your garments in three words:

Relaxed, Feminine, Simple.

Tell us about the woman you design for:

A Named woman likes to dress classic with a twist. She likes to experiment with new sewing techniques, interesting cuts and fun fabrics! She mixes casual styles with dressy, and follows her own style rather than trends. A Named woman likes to create her own unique look by making her own wardrobe.

What body shapes work best with your patterns?

We have lots of patterns that work with different body shapes. We have both fitted and lady-like pieces, and loose-fitting, casual styles. Our patterns are drafted for a 172 cm tall, slightly pear-shaped woman, but they can of course be altered according to one’s own measurements. We also have lots of casual styles that don’t require much fitting!

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?

Something that distinguishes us from many pattern labels is that we design our collections as ‘mini capsule wardrobes’, so to speak. We try to create collections that are easy to wear, easy to modify and also easy to combine. Our paper patterns are printed on a heavier paper instead of tissue paper, so they can be traced and used multiple times. The instructions include all necessary from measurements to fabric requirements to illustrated instructions, but we also often give additional tips and instructions by e-mail whenever needed.

You can find out more about Named on their website, follow them on Instagram and find Named patterns in our shop here.

 

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Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

We could not be more delighted by the arrival of Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel! A few years ago, Anna Rifle Bond was asked by Puffin Books to illustrate the 150th anniversary edition of the classic novel Alice in Wonderland.

Wonderland by Cotton and Steel

The Wonderland collection brings her nearly 80 hand paintings to Cotton and Steel fabrics, including quilting cottons, lawns, cotton/linen canvases and rayons.

Painted Roses in Orange Rayon from Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

In this beautiful collection, Alice falls into the rabbit hole to a world of tea parties and enchanted forests, meeting a well-known cast of characters along the way. Find Wonderland in the shop here.

SS Bluebird by Cotton and Steel

The follow up to last year’s Bluebird line, SS Bluebird is a collaborative collection that puts a nautical spin and fun red accents into the mix of blue-hued designs. We just adore the prints we’re stocking – the letters, the apples, the anchor-heart print. They are all so much fun! Find SS Bluebird in the shop here.

SS Bluebird by Cotton and Steel

Black and White 2017 by Cotton and Steel

This year’s collaborative Black and White collection features neon pink accents and some of our favourite designs – retro roller skates, pink-cheeked cats and curious bears! Find Black and White 2017 in the shop here.

Black and White 207 by Cotton and Steel

Cotton and Steel Basics restocked

We have restocked our favourite Cotton and Steel Basics – Netorious and Sprinkle – and added the new Add It Up basic! These handy fabrics coordinate with the Cotton and Steel collections and are perfect for quilt projects. Find all of our Cotton and Steel Basics in the shop here.

Add it Up by Cotton and Steel

Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts

Sleep Tight is a gender-neutral collection inspired by what babies might dream about, and it features lots of cute animals and pops of fun colours. We’re especially fond of this large scale panel, which can be used for whole cloth quilts (the one below is from the Sleep Tight booth at fall Quilt Market) and soft toys! Find Sleep Tight in the shop here.

Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block

We are thrilled that Emma Block will be teaching her contemporary brush lettering workshop at our West Hampstead shop in 19 April! This class 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 out more and sign up here.

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block

Sale!

This week use code KONASALE10 to save 10% on Kona Cotton Solids. You must buy a half metre minimum per colour to receive the discount. Offer good until 28 March. Start shopping here!

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March Baby Quilt Club reveal!

This bundle started with some fun prints I saw in a customer’s order – the bees from Maureen Cracknell‘s Garden Dreamer collection teamed with that pink herringbone from Hazelwood and the Honey Twist by Dashwood – such a perfect combination! I photographed them to remember for when we pulled this bundle together. This bundle is sophisticated, for sure, but it balances jewel tones with pastels for a quilt that will look so lovely in a little girl’s room.

Want to buy this bundle but you’re not in the club? We have a few limited edition bundles here.

March Baby Quilt Club Bundle from The Village Haberdashery

Clockwise from the top this bundle includes:
Kona Cotton Solids – Ivory (Robert Kaufman)
HazelwoodHerringbone in Coral by One Canoe Two (Moda)
Kona Cotton Solids – Primrose (Robert Kaufman)
Garden DreamerBumble in Buzz by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Sage (Robert Kaufman)
Garden DreamerMoment in Time in Dim by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Willow (Robert Kaufman)
SagePrickly Pear in Ruby by Bari J (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Bordeaux (Robert Kaufman)
TwistHoney (Dashwood Studio)
Kona Cotton Solids – Lemon (Robert Kaufman)
Mini Pearl BraceletsSand by Lizzy House (Andover)

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

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April Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead!

We are all loving our new studio in our lovely West Hampstead shop! Its is the perfect place to work! Our April schedule is jam packed with a huge range of classes, for every level, interest, and schedule!

New this month we have our first Make Like a Boss event with with the lovely ladies from The Fold Line! Make Like a Boss is a networking series for creative small businesses. Each free event will feature a Q&A with a small business owner followed by drinks and time to hang out, chat and meet new people! Our first event is on Wednesday, 26 April at 7pm. You can find out more about Make Like a Boss here, and sign up for the event in our shop here or on Eventbrite!

Make Like a Boss with the Fold Line

Our Knit Nights on Thursdays are proving very popular too. Come along with your knitting or handwork project and have a good natter! Need a little extra help with a knitting project? Why not join us on Thursday 27 April, 6:30pm – 9pm where our teacher Renee Callahan will be joining us for a free drop in clinic. She will spend an hour talking about knitting in the round followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges!

Thursday Knit Night

Read on to find out what else we have planned for April or browse all of our classes here.

Fitting for Beginners with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 1 April, and Sunday, 2 April, 10am – 5pm (£195)

Have your previous attempts at dressmaking been disappointing? Patterns are designed to fit an imaginary woman, but we are real people with different body types and shapes. We will use the Emery pattern to make a beautiful, well-fitting dress in the fabric of your choice. Taught over two full days, you will learn to make clothes that fit and flatter your body by taking accurate measurements and altering the pattern before even cutting the fabric. You will make a test garment (muslin) to check and adjust fit, before finally sewing a gorgeous dress made to fit and flatter your body. This class will cover taking accurate measurements, basic pattern adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening), evaluating fit, sewing a garment. Find out more and sign up here

Fitting for Beginners with Charlotte Newland

Paper Flower Making with Nancy Straughan
Monday, 3 April, 6:30pm – 9pm (£40)

Learn how to make three types of flowers completely from paper in this special paper craft workshop. Nancy Straughan will teach you everything there is to know about crafting paper flowers and how to manipulate a simple piece of paper into the prettiest bouquet. Find out more and sign up here.

Paper Flower Making with Nancy Straughan

Sew a Tote Bag with Judith Dahmen
Tuesday, 4 April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this class you’ll learn to sew a simple tote bag that can be used as a shopping tote or beach bag! You’ll learn to sew a bag with a lining or french seams (your choice!), how to box corners and how to make and attach bag straps and will leave with a fun and handy tote bag. A perfect for class for first-time-sewers or those who want a sewing machine refresher! Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Tote Bag with Judith Dahmen

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 5 April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Wednesday, 26 April, 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

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 5 April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Tuesday, 18 April, 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

English Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes
Friday, 7 April, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

Learn how to hand-piece beautifully using an English Paper Piecing technique. In this class our teacher Jenny Haynes will teach you the basics of English Paper Piecing and how to sew pieced shapes, both straight and curved, by hand whilst creating a beautiful little pin cushion or pouch to show off your new skills! Find out more and sign up here.

English Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes
Sunday, 9 April, 10am – 4pm (£95)

Conquer curved piecing and learn to machine-sew beautiful curves in this inspiring class! Our teacher, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten, will teach you how to cut, sew and press curves and create your own curvy quilted Sunflower Cushion by using her no-pin technique and custom Drunkards Path templates. Find out more and sign up here.

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes

Block Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan
Monday, 10 April, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

You will learn the art of block printing using professional printmaking tools in this special printmaking class. Block printing has been practiced for hundreds of years and Nancy will make it easy for you to achieve a set of traditionally printed napkins, tea towel or tote bag for you to take home with you. You will have a chance to mix your own professional fabric paint and learn how to build a beautiful printing block that will achieve a similar look to Indian block printed fabrics. This really is a fantastic class where you learn skills that will really inspire you to get creative with printing. Find out more and sign up here.

Block Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

Japanese Bookbinding with Nancy Straughan
Tuesday, 11 April, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (£35)

This class will guide you through the beautiful art of Japanese binding stitch techniques so you can create your very own book to take home.  All materials will be supplied so you can create your own soft cover book to take home with you. Find out more and sign up here.

Japanese Bookbinding with Nancy Straughan

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Thursday, 13 April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£50)

Want help with a dressmaking or quilting project or just want to sew in a social setting and pick up a few tips along the way? Our Guided Studio Time sessions were created for you to work on the project of your choice with the help of our talented instructor. You’re welcome to bring a project at any stage of completion for help. Find our more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Wednesday, 19 April, 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 Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood
Saturday, 22 April, 10am – 4pm (£80)

Join experienced Free Motion Quilter Trudi Wood in a hands on class to learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focussing on technique, this class will show you how to set yourself up for success by sharing tips and simple designs which will enable you to finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window! Find our more and sign up here.

Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, April 23, Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, 10am – 5pm (£295)

Have you ever dreamed of sewing yourself a pair of great-fitting jeans? The idea of sewing jeans can be intimidating for even the most experienced dressmakers, but in this class our talented teacher will guide you through every step, from trouser-fitting to inserting a zip-fly to top-stitching to installing jeans hardware. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Tuesday, 25 April, 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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Be part of our upcoming Wonderland display!

Calling all Knitters and Crocheters!

To celebrate the arrival of the much anticipated Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel (coming so soon!) we are planning a big Alice in Wonderland themed display for our West Hampstead shop and we need your help!
Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

We would love you to get your knitting needles and crochet hooks out and stitch us some tea party treats! We are looking for miniature cakes, biscuits, cookies, and tea cups, juice bottles…. you get the idea!

Crochet Cake Sachets Inseparable Cake

The only criteria is that they should be no bigger than 4 inches by 4 inches. Pick any colours you like – this is a great project for using up up your bits of left over yarn!

There are some great free patterns out there and you can find links to some good ones below. Or, of course, you can make up your own! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • For crocheters check out the totally adorable Crochet Cake Sachets by Normalynn Hood. The images that follow are from this collection!
  • For knitters we love Jean Greenhouse’s Tea Party Treats!

Crochet Cake Sachets Mini Cakes

Please drop off your finished goodies at our shop in West Hampstead or pop them in the post to us by 31 March (our new postal address is The Village Haberdashery, Unit 6, Hardy Building, Heritage Lane, NW6 2BR). We aim to reveal our displays at the beginning of April so we would love to receive your work before then if possible. But don’t panic – we can still add items to it if you don’t finish in time!

Crochet Cake Sachets Cat

Afterwards we will donate them all to The Children’s Society shop on West End Lane.

Have fun! And if you have any questions, contact us.

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Meet our Teachers: Elspeth Jackson, rag rugging

We are so excited to welcome Elspeth Jackson to our West Hampstead shop with her rag rugging classes! Elspeth is an avid crafter and she teaches craft-lovers all across the UK how to make beautiful rag rugs and upcycled pieces for the home. She is a regular in craft magazines at home and abroad.

Her first class with us is on Saturday, 20 May, 10am – 4pm and you can find out more and sign up here!

Rag Rugging with Elspeth Jackson

For those who haven’t heard about rag rugging before could you tell us a little about how it works?

Rag rugging is a very old British craft that involves turning old clothing and fabric offcuts into cosy rugs and other homeware. Absolutely any material can be used which means finding fabric is as easy as rummaging through your wardrobe or fabric hoard (it’s the ultimate thrifty craft!). Crafters who try rag rugging are always astounded by how easy it is to do – it’s done using a latch hook and hessian base and is extremely easy to pick up. Try it and you’ll soon be hooked.

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

I believe you have been rag rugging from a young age, how did you first discover this fun craft?

Every year my school used to put on a “Recycled Fashion Show” where thestudents had to make costumes out of recycled materials. My mum had been making beautiful rag rugs out of old clothing for years and I thought it would be a great medium for my outfit. My masterpiece took hours to make, weighed a tonne and was baking hot under the catwalk spotlights but won me a prize. By then I had caught the rag rug bug! Afterwards I began making rag rugs for myself and eventually for other people. My core rag rug pieces are for sale on my website (www.raggedlife.com) but I also undertake commissions for custom-made pieces. My mother is the original rag rug guru. I’ve learned new techniques, tips and tricks over the years but without my mum’s patience when I was learning as a youngster, Ragged Life would not exist today.

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

Is it just rugs that you can create with the technique or is it possible to create other items also?

One of the things I love most about rag rugging is how versatile it is. You don’t need to start out by making something large like a rug. Pretty much anything can be rag rugged… bunting, cushions, jam jar covers, pouffes, shopping bags… you name it, I’ve probably rag rugged it. I recommend that beginners start with a smaller project to get their confidence up before jumping into one of the large projects and I’ve got plenty of smaller projects in my new book “Rag Rugs, Pillows & More”.

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

Your book ‘Rag Rugs, Pillows & More’ looks great! How did you find the writing process?

I really enjoyed making the rag rug projects for “Rag Rugs, Pillows & More” but the writing process took a little getting used to. Generally when I embark on a new project I make up the steps and design as I go along (I’m self-taught and I’m pretty sure I’m the first person to ever try rag rugging certain items) so it was a bit of a learning curve remembering to write down exactly what I was doing as and when I did it. Once I got into the rhythm I found the writing really flowed. In many ways, it was easy to write the technique and design sections of the book because I knew what questions people would ask from the many workshops I’ve run. I’m already thinking about what projects I would put into my next book!

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

A lot of crafters dream of turning their hobby into a full time job. How did you know the time was right for you to take that step?

Although I’ve always made rag rugs, it wasn’t until 2014 that I took theleap of faith to make my passion, my work. In fact, most people are very surprised when they learn that I did Geography at university, not an art or textile degree. After university, I went straight to work for Unilever in London. I worked in Marketing for three years, working on incredible brands, including Persil, Flora and Lynx. Although I enjoyed what I did, I knew deep down that working for a large company just wasn’t for me. I knew the time was right to launch Ragged Life after noticing how many people wereinterested in learning how to rag rug. There were very few rag rug “experts” out there to teach and lots of crafty people looking to learn. I’d been looking for a creative outlet for a while so it was the perfect opportunity and timing.

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

Other than rag rugging what other crafts do you enjoy? Do you find time to craft for yourself as well as work?

Like most crafty people, I just love making things. I flit from one craft to another and have tried everything from modern calligraphy and pottery to cross stitch and lampshade making over the years. Aside from rag rugging, I love to crochet – I’m not the most competent at it but I do love hoarding wool and making snoods. I’m lucky that I still really enjoy rag rugging. I’ve come across some people who have fallen out of love with their craft after making it their career. Fortunately that’s no the case with me and there’s nothing I’d rather do on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

We are so excited for your classes in our new shop…what can the students expect?

Most of all students can expect to have lots of fun! We’ll be learning both the main rag rug techniques (loopy and shaggy) before applying them to one of a number of projects (a cushion, rug, shopping bag or wreath, for example). They’ll be plenty of 1-2-1 help and useful sections on designing for rag rug, hemming of hessian and finishing your pieces properly. I can’t wait to teach you!

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Habershashery

Thank you Elspeth!

You can also find Elspeth on on Instagram, find her website and check out her upcoming classes here!

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The colour of the month for March is orange!

This month our Colour of the Month Club members receive orange bundles! Is there anything more delicious than these? Such a fun selection of happy, mouth-watering shades from bright orange to peach in tiny dots, checks and florals!

Colour of the Month Club Designer Stash Builders Bundle

Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Checkers1/2″ Gingham in Coral (Cotton and Steel)
Saturday MorningCinnabar in Red by BasicGrey (Moda)
Honeycomb DotOrange (Riley Blake)
Farm FunWire in Pumpkin by Stacy Iset Hsu (Moda)
Hop, Skip and a JumpDitsy Daisy in Tangerine by American Jane (Moda)
Remix – Ovals in Tangerine by Ann Kelle (Robert Kaufman)
Rhoda RuthStarlight in Orange by Elizabeth Hartman (Robert Kaufman)
Sew and SewApron Strings in Orange Fizz by Chloe’s Closet (Moda)
Desert BloomBlossom in Coral by Sherri and Chelsi (Moda)
ArchitexturesCrosshatch in Creamsicle by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)

Colour of the Month Kona Cotton Solids Bundle

Clockwise from top our Kona Cotton Solids  selection is Goldfish, School Bus, Orange, Kumquat, Torch, Nectarine, Flame, Tangerine, Carrot, Persimmon.

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

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