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Save 25% when you book two classes

Want to learn something new? How about two things? We’re running a promotion on our classes until the end of the month – book two (or more) places and save 25% on both. You can book two classes for yourself or share the offer with a friend! Pop into the shop or buy online using code STITCH2.

Our class schedule just keeps getting better! We’ve recently added these gems:

To find out more about our classes, download our newest flyer below, visit our website, or come down to the shop!

 

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Quilt Market!

As you might have heard, I just had a baby. So that really put a cramp in my Quilt Market plans! I’m disappointed not to be going to Portland because it’s such a great city and is very close (well, relatively) to my home town of Seattle. But it just wasn’t meant to be this time.

However, I’m lucky enough to have the brilliant Laura Jane of Needles, Pins and Baking Tins is representing The Village Haberdashery at the show! She’ll be taking over our Twitter stream and has promised to take loads of pictures so those of us stuck in cold, rainy London can live vicariously. Thank you Laura Jane!

I admit I’m getting a little edgy – what will I miss?? I’ll have to read my own tweets to find out what’s happening! Is there anything you want Laura Jane to check out for you while she is at the show? Let me know in the comments!

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Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter

Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter is now in stock!

Great news for Lotta Jansdotter fans: Glimma has arrived! We’re stocking the entire collection, including the six Glimma Canvas prints. Feast your eyes…

Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter

You can find Glimma here and Glimma Canvas here. Our build a bundle includes both weights for the fastest Glimma shopping possible!

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Win a place in Katy’s Modern Quilting Sampler class!

Win a place in Katy’s Modern Quilting Sampler class!

We’re giving away a spot in Katy Jones‘ fabulous Modern Quilting Sampler class over on the London Modern Quilt Guild blog! To win you have to comment on this post by 6pm tomorrow so scoot over there quick or you’ll miss your chance! The class will be held over two days – 10am-4pm on Saturday18th and 25th May at our shop in West Hampstead.

Katy’s class is an introduction to the world of modern quilting using the half square triangle piecing technique! Half square triangles are one of the most important building blocks of patchwork – and the variations of blocks you can create using them are endless.

Day one will be cutting fabrics and assembling the half square triangles; you will learn how to piece accurately and trim effectively. Once all the units are pieced you can play around with layouts, creating six blocks – that part is the fun bit, like colouring in or playing with shapes in nursery school! Here are some of the blocks you will learn to create:

Modern quilting with Katy Jones
Day two is creating a quilt top – choosing a setting and a layout. Katy will teach you how to plan your quilt top and how to make the most of your blocks to create an individual and striking modern sampler. You’ll leave with a gorgeous finished quilt top and the skills you need to complete your quilt at home.

If you don’t want to risk it you can reserve a place in the class here!

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Make a baby quilt

Updated class schedule – new classes and dates added

We’ve been busy organising lots of new classes! Read on to find out what’s coming and visit our class page and calendar for complete details and registration information. Or just pop into the shop and sign up on the spot! All sewing classes include the use of our Janome machines and all of the tools you need.

New classes and updated information!

Introduction to Crochet with Elisalex de Castro Peake – £45
One-day class: Wednesday, 15 May, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Spend a fun and relaxing evening learning how to crochet! During the first half of the class we will focus on learning basic stitches and getting familiar with crochet pattern lingo. During the second half of the class you’ll be provided with a choice of projects to start during class and continue at home.

Introduction to Crochet

Modern Quilting Sampler with Katy Jones – £125
Two-day class:  Saturdays, 18 & 25 May, 10am – 4pm

Led by popular quilting blogger and author Katy Jones, this class will provide you with an exciting introduction to the world of modern quilting using the half square triangle piecing technique! Half square triangles are one of the most important building blocks of patchwork and the variations of blocks you can create using them are endless. On day one we will be cutting fabrics and assembling the half square triangles; you’ll learn how to piece accurately and trim effectively. Once all the units are pieced you can play around with layouts, creating six blocks. Day two is creating a quilt top. Katy will teach you how to plan your quilt top and how to make the most of your blocks to create an individual and striking modern sampler. You’ll leave with a gorgeous finished quilt top and the skills you need to complete your quilt at home.

Modern quilting with Katy Jones

Make an iPad Cover with Judith Dahmen – £45
One-day class: Wednesday, 22 May, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Holiday time is fast approaching and besides the beach towel, bikini and swim trunks we love to take our favourite gadgets with us! In one fun evening workshop, Judith will teach you how to sew a padded cover for your Kindle, iPad or laptop to keep it protected and looking great.

Make a Baby Quilt with Judith Dahmen – £125
Three-day class: Wednesdays, 19 and 26 June and 3 July, 6:30 – 9:30pm

A baby quilt is a wonderful way to welcome a little one into the world and is the perfect size for learning to quilt! In this three-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 beautiful finished baby or mini quilt measuring 36” by 40”.

Make a baby quilt

New dates and times added!

Learn to Sew: Gingham Embroidered Apron with Marilyn Lewin – £55
One-day class: Saturday, 11 May, 10am – 2pm

A perfect course for complete beginners and those looking to refresh their skills after a few years away from the sewing machine! In this two-day class you’ll sew a vintage-style gingham apron whilst learning the basics of using sewing machine, from winding the bobbin to threading the machine to straight stitching. You’ll also have a chance to experiment with cross stitch to embellish your apron. Participants will leave with a great foundation for our dressmaking and quilting courses.

Learn to sew: Tilly’s Bow Belt with Tilly Walnes – £45
One-day class: Wednesday, 29 May, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Led by Tilly Walnes from The Great British Sewing Bee, this class will introduce novice stitchers – or those who need a refresher – to the basics of sewing, from threading the machine to stitching curves and corners. After getting to grips with the sewing machine, we will make a gorgeous 1950s inspired bow belt for you to take home.

Knitting Workshop with Monica Russel – £75
Ongoing: Workshop runs 10am – 12pm on Mondays or 7 – 9pm on Tuesdays and is booked in blocks of three.
Because instruction is personalised to each student’s skill level, you may take it as many times as you like!

This unique knitting workshop is open to students at all levels! With the guidance and support of our experienced instructor, beginners will learn the basics in the first lesson so that they become confident with a project. Participants who already have knitting skills will learn new techniques such as working with cables, knitting fair isle patterns and using intarsia in projects as well as learning to read patterns.

The Hollyburn Skirt with Karen Ball – £85
Two-day class: Mondays, 3 & 10 June, 6:30 – 10pm

The Hollyburn Skirt by Sewaholic is a wardrobe essential aimed at beginners and designed for maximum figure flattery. In this class you’ll complete a Hollyburn Skirt under the careful guidance of experienced dressmaker, Karen Ball. You’ll learn how to understand and follow a sewing pattern, and how to fit a skirt as well as techniques and top tips for constructing and finishing garments. You’ll leave the two-evening course with a finished skirt, your own copy of the Hollyburn Skirt pattern and confidence in your dressmaking skills.

Modern Machine Appliqué with Julie Fagan – £45
One-day class: Saturday, 15 June, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Learn the basics of machine appliqué by creating a cheerful linen tea towel with Julie, the designer behind Kip & Fig. You’ll learn how to follow an appliqué pattern, how to position and sew an appliqué design and ways to customise a pattern to make the design your own! All students will leave the class with a finished tea towel.

Quilted and Bound Cushion with Judith Dahmen – £75
One-day class: Saturday, 22 June, 10am – 4pm

Learn 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 and finally how to attach binding. In short almost everything required to start making quilts!

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Bank Holiday clearance sale – 50% off sale fabrics

Bank Holiday clearance sale – 50% off sale fabrics

Our shop is bursting and we have lots of new fabric and yarn collections on the way, so it’s time to clear the sale shelves! Today only, use code SALE50 to save 50% off all sale fabric. To use the code, click My Cart before you check out and enter the code in the coupon box on the right side of the page.

Sale collage

Please note that when inventory moves this quickly online and offline, our system sometimes can’t keep up. We’ll fill orders on a first come first served basis and alert you as soon as possible if any items go out of stock.

Happy shopping!

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The Village Haberdashery

Weekday opening hours!

We’ve been unofficially open quite a bit during the week over the past couple of months, and it’s time that we finally announce our weekday schedule! Going forward, the shop will be open from 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday, plus evenings during scheduled class times.* Little Harvey will be with me in the shop most week days and he’s offering a free cuddle with every purchase over £100 (kidding!) Hope to see you in the shop soon!

The Village Haberdashery

*You can find our class calendar here, but please do remember to confirm times on the day in case there are any changes.

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Learn to sew

Meet our teachers: Marilyn Lewin, sewing instructor

I’m so proud of the quality of instructors we have lined up to teach our classes at The Village Haberdashery! Many of them are a little bit famous in certain sewing or knitting circles, but since they may be new to you I thought I’d make introductions in a little series called Meet our teachers.

Marilyn Lewin is one of our sewing instructors. She has loved making craft items since childhood, leading to a career as a Needlecraft Teacher and Garment Quality Controller. She now designs and makes a variety of craft items, which she sells at various craft fairs. She is also an active member of her local Women’s Institute Craft Group.

Marilyn and I have developed some great sewing classes for you! Her Gingham Embroidered Apron class is perfect for complete beginners and will give you the chance to learn basic sewing and cross-stitch skills. You’ll leave with a sweet vintage-style apron and the foundation you’ll need to move on to any of our quilting or dressmaking classes. She is also teaching our Sewing Girls Clothes and Sewing Boys Clothes classes, in which you’ll make a Green Bee Iris Dress or Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt.

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The Village Haberdashery: You have been crafting your entire life which led to a career as a needlecraft teacher. Why are you passionate about teaching people how to make things?

Marilyn Lewin: It gives me great pleasure to share the sewing skills that I have learned over the years, with others, and to watch their confidence grow as they master something new. Sewing can be challenging at times, but none the less, a very pleasant and satisfying way to spend some time, especially so, amongst a group of other like-minded people! As you learn so much from each other, which is why I enjoy being an active member of my local WI Craft Group. It’s great to see the craft of sewing, in all it’s forms, having such a massive new following over the last few years. Long may it last!
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TVH: As a garment quality controller for various fashion houses and magazines, you must have an eye for detail! Any advice for making a handmade project look more polished?
ML: To achieve a more polished finish to whatever it is you are making, my top tips would be, paying attention to detail, finishing areas off properly [inside and out], ironing each section as it is completed, and lastly, that all important FINAL PRESS. Happy sewing!
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TVH: Today you sell many of your handmade creations at craft fairs. What are your most popular projects?

ML: My handmade items are sold at various local craft fairs, and I have gradually built up a bit of a following, which has resulted on several occasions in private commissions. The items I design and make vary from, Oilcloth & Designer Cotton Bags, to Aprons, Cushion Covers, Reading/Sunglasses Cases, Embroidery Hoop Pictures, I-Pad Cases, Tapestry Pin Cushions etc etc. I like to introduce several new items each season to ring the changes. At present I’m working on some monochrome cross stitch greetings cards, and rubber stamping onto laser-cut wooden shapes and fabric, amongst other things. As no two craft fairs are ever alike, judging what will sell best is always a matter of luck, so I always take a little of everything!

Learn to sew

TVH: Tell us what students will learn in your first class at The Village Haberdashery, learning to sew a Gingham Embroidered Apron!

ML: During the course of making the Gingham Embroidered Apron at the Village Haberdashery, each student will learn how to thread a sewing machine and the bobbin, do straight and reverse  stitching, change a needle, attaching ric rac trim, and how to embroider a simple cross stitch pattern on the pocket and hemline of the apron. Once finished, they will look every inch the ultimate domestic goddess!
Sign up for Marilyn’s classes here!
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Claiming my blog on Bloglovin

I now understand why everyone has been writing posts like this – Bloglovin makes you do it! Anyway, I hereby claim my blog.

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Learn to knit

Knitting Workshop is moving to mornings!

Our Monday knitting workshop is moving to mornings! Fancy learning to knit or trying out a new technique with the guidance and support of our experienced instructor? Starting with this Monday’s workshop, our sessions will run from 9:30am – 11:30am so you can drop in right after the school run for tea, coffee and knitting around our new community table.

Learn to knit

Our unique knitting workshop is open to students at all levels. Beginners will learn the basics in the first lesson so that they become confident with a project. Participants who already have knitting skills will learn new techniques such as working with cables, knitting fair isle patterns and using intarsia in projects as well as learning to read patterns. After you register, our instructor will help you choose a project to match your skills which you can work on at your own pace in the workshop time and practice at home.

This workshop is ongoing and booked in blocks of three. There are still places remaining in our next series, so drop into the shop this weekend to reserve your place or sign up online here.

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