Come and join us in these lovely summer months in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop for one of our creative classes or events! We have something to suit every level, interest, and schedule!
Read on to find out what we have planned for July/August or browse all of our classes here. Plus, don’t forget about our fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6:30pm… just bring your knitting, we’ll supply the biscuits!
Sew a Kalle Shirt or Shirtdress with Rachel Pinheiro
Saturday, 1 July and Sunday, 2 July, 11am – 5pm (£165)
With a loose, body skimming silhouette, the Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress from Closet Case Patterns is the ultimate in chic, easy dressing. In this fun two-day class you’ll learn loads of new construction techniques, from from collars and shirt pockets to button plackets and buttonholes and more! You can choose to make the shirtdress, the tunic version or the cropped version. Find out more and sign up here.
Modern Blackwork Embroidery with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Sunday, 2 July, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£40)
Blackwork is a style of embroidery that uses counted thread work in lacy, geometric patterns. In this class you’ll learn the basics of this beautiful technique while making a colourful coaster using an oversize blackwork embroidery pattern. There are endless blackwork patterns so you could take your new skills and make a whole set of colourful coasters in different patterns! You’ll also be provided with options for finishing your coaster by hand or machine at home. Find out more and sign up here.
Make Your Own Espadrilles with Suzie Kemner
Monday, 3 July, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)
Spend a fun evening making your own strappy espadrilles, in a fabric of your choice. You’ll walk away with one completed sandal, with all the knowledge and skills to finish the second one (and many more pairs!) at home. Imagine all the fabrics you could use! Find out more and sign up here.
Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 5 July, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£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. Find out more and sign up here.
Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood
Saturday, 8 July, 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 out more and sign up here!
Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Sunday, 9 July, 11am – 1:30pm (£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 and sign up here.
Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 9 July, 10am – 5pm (£95)
This intensive one-day class is designed for students who know how to sew, but want to learn how to make a dress that fits beautifully. Working with the dress pattern of your choice, our experienced instructor will teach show you tips and techniques for taking accurate measurements, making a muslin, evaluating fit, basic pattern adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening) and altering your pattern. You’ll leave class with a finished muslin and a corrected pattern so you can make the dress of your dreams at home! Find out more and sign up here.
Paint a Planter Workshop with Mary-Ann Aveline
Wednesday, 12 July, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)
Get your creative juices flowing with our Paint a Planter Workshop. We will play with colour, pattern and mark making before painting our ceramic planters with specialist paint and experimenting with beautiful gold leaf. By the end of the class you will have created your very own waterproof ceramic planter which you can fill with either a cacti or succulent. Find out more and sign up here.
Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha
Saturday, 15 July, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£45)
Macrame is a form of textile-making that uses knots rather than weaving or knitting. In this class you’ll learn macrame basics, including how to get started, how to create square knots, how to use knots to create a pattern and how to customise or design your own pattern for future projects. You’ll leave class with a beautiful wall-hanging made from recycled t-shirt yarn and hand-collected local wood…and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here!
Stitch Improv with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Saturday, 15 July, 1pm – 5pm (£50)
In this class you will learn how to create a narrative on patchwork, combining it with embroidery, appliqué techniques and various embellishments. We will start the class by putting together a patchwork base and then we will transfer a floral/botanical pattern onto this base. You will be able to choose from three different patterns – or draw your own. Find out more and sign up here.
Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Sunday, 16 July, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£40)
This class is a fun and colourful introduction to hand embroidery that is designed for beginners or those who want a refresher. You will start by learning the tools of the craft, how to use a hoop and how to transfer a pattern. Next, we’ll explore a selection of stitches – running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, French knots and more – by creating a sweet modern sampler designed by Carina. You’ll leave with everything you need to know to complete your sampler at home and the confidence to try your next embroidery pattern independently! Find out more and sign up here.
Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Wednesday, 19 July, 6:30pm – 9pm (£35)
Cross stitch is portable, relaxing and seriously addictive! This one-evening class will cover the cross stitch basics from tools to techniques while you stitch a modern cross stitch design to take home! You’ll learn how to work with embroidery floss and the various types of cross stitch fabric, how to get started by anchoring your thread and reading a stitch chart, how to follow a pattern including basic stitches, working rows and changing colours and how to finish your work to display it at home. Find out more and sign up here.
Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 22 July, 10am – 4pm (£85)
Designed for intermediate and advanced quilters, this class will take you through the tricky bits of isosceles triangle patchwork. We will cover how to cut triangles with a ruler, deal with bias seams and sew precise and sharp points while working on a baby or lap-size pyramid quilt top. You’ll be able to keep your isosceles triangle ruler and you’ll leave with the confidence to complete your quilt top at home! Find out more and sign up here.
Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Tuesday, 25 July, 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 out more and sign up here.
Make Like a Boss July Event with Stitch & Story
Wednesday, 26 July, 7pm – 9pm – FREE
Make Like a Boss is a networking series for creative small businesses hosted at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, London. 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!
In July we’ll be chatting to Jenny Lam and Jen Hoang of Stitch & Story. Stitch & Story is a modern knitting brand founded by two friends whose passion for knitting gave them the inspiration to fill a gap they found in the market. They aim to make knitting simple and stress-free by offering all-in-one DIY kits with knitting patterns to reflect current fashion trends and lifestyle products. Find out more and sign up here.
Free Knitting Class and Clinic with Renee Callahan – Continental Knitting
Thursday, 27 July, 6:30pm – 9pm (Free)
In this special edition of our weekly Thursday Knit Night with our teacher Renee Callahan, we’ll spend an hour learning Continental knitting followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges! Find out more and reserve your place here.
Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 29 July, 10am – 5pm (£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 and sign up here.
Traveling Blooms Quilt with Anna Maria Horner
Sunday, 6 August, 10am – 5pm (£145)
Anna Maria designed this study in borders to feature her Floral Retrospective collection along with some choice pieces from her Loominous yarn dyed collections. This is a wonderful introduction to appliqué as well as a great refresher on half square triangles and other simple patchwork. Size and scale is easily customisable, the class it appropriate for all skill levels and a great stepping off point for variations. Find out more and sign up here.
Inspiration by Hand with Anna Maria Horner
Monday, 7 August, 6pm – 9:30pm (£70)
Drawing on her tireless passion for handwork, Anna Maria Horner will provide a survey of handwork details for quilt makers, including her hand quilting technique, several popular embroidery stitches to try on a sampler, and embellishment. With several diverse examples of her own explorations to share, Anna Maria will demonstrate a variety of stitch styles and show you how to look at fabric and materials in a new way. Find out more and sign up here.
Needle Felted Kitten with Gretel Parker
Saturday, 12 August, 10:30am – 5pm (£65)
Needlefelting is the simple art of hand-sculpting objects with wool roving by stabbing it with a barbed needle. You can make almost anything with needle felting – the only limit is your imagination! In this class, our expert teacher will guide us through the equipment and techniques involved with needle felting while teaching us how to make a sweet little felt cats! This project was recently featured on the cover of craft bible Mollie Makes. Find out more and sign up here.