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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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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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A close up on our blue, orange and ivory vignette!

This vignette is my absolute favourite and it’s right in the front of our West Hampstead shop when you walk in, with a gorgeous antique mirror behind it looking like it belongs in everybody’s dream home! Again, it was one of those ideas that brewed for months while we waited to figure out when on earth we were going to get to move in. I knew we needed an upholstered chair in the shop, with a chunky knitted throw on top, and these pieces came together better than I could have dreamed!

Blue, red and white vignette at The Village Haberdashery

This chair is just so gorgeous! I love it so much. The plan is to upholster it in new fabric about every six weeks but it’s going to be so hard to let it go! It is an Ikea Ekenäset Armchair and the fabric is Daisy Fields in Blue from Trinket Canvas by Melody Miller for Cotton and Steel. The only thing that makes me feel better is that it is destined to be covered in Wonderland Canvas by Rifle Paper Co. next!

Chair upholstered in Trinket Canvas by Melody Miller

This chunky throw is the Montauk Blanket by Loopy Mango knitted up in Big Loop Merino in Ivory. It’s so great to have it on display because it really demonstrates what a show stopper this yarn is. We have kits for this blanket and they knit up in just a few hours!

Loopy Mango Big Loop Montauk Blanket

Our lady is wearing a Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress in Checkers Gingham in 1″ Gingham in Navy from Cotton and Steel. It was super windy the day we had to take these pictures so we didn’t get the best shots, but this dress is so cute, so soft, and just going to be a dream to wear one day (by me, I hope!)

Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen in Checkers by Cotton and Steel

Finally we added a lampshade! These are a quick and fun make using one of our kits and this one is made up in Check It in Tangerine (sold out, sorry!) from Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

Lampshade in Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander

Apart from the blanket on loan from Loopy Mango, the samples were all made by Kym!

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Survey time! Cozy, Lil’ Monsters and Noel by Cotton and Steel

We have three surveys for you today! Cotton and Steel have three collaborative collections coming out for autumn and winter sewing – Cozy, Lil’ Monsters and Noel. All collections are on quilting cotton, plus both Cozy and Noel include designs on super soft brushed cotton twill. And this brushed twill is the good stuff, guys – it costs more but it stays soft wash after wash so it is amazing for quilt backs and pyjama bottoms!

There are three surveys and you can earn 25 Stash Points for each one you fill out before Sunday, 19 March!

Cozy is wintry but not Christmasy, and in an unexpected palette in shades of violet, tangerine and mint.

Cozy by Cotton and Steel

Lil’ Monsters is a Halloween collection filled with spooky, kid friendly designs in a saturated rainbow to teal to citron to purple.

Lil' Monsters by Cotton and Steel

Noel is Cotton and Steel’s next Christmas collection with whimsical designs in both classic and modern Christmas colours and metallic gold ink.Noel by Cotton and Steel.

 

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A Year of Wreaths: March Daffodil Wreath by Laura Howard

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

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

This month’s wreath is all about joyful spring colour: fresh spring green yarn paired with bright felt daffodils and narcissi. The subtle variations in colour of the hand-dyed Malabrigo yarn create a gorgeous stripy effect around the wreath, and the felt flowers add a vibrant pop of cheerful colour.

As well as making the March wreath you could adapt this tutorial to make floral brooches or headbands, or add stems to the flowers to create a felt bouquet. All the supplies you’ll need to make the wreath are available from the Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the February wreath kit.

You will need:
*The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in Banana Cream, White and Hallows Eve
*Orange and yellow stranded embroidery thread
*Orange and yellow sewing thread
*One skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Lettuce
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Pinking shears
*Sewing needles and pins
*A large, sharp needle
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: an air-erasable fabric marker

To make the wreath:

  1. Decorate the wreath base with Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarn in Lettuce.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use the templates provided to cut out the felt pieces for each of the flowers. To make the exact wreath pictured you will need five daffodils and seven narcissi. For each flower, cut two petal pieces, one trumpet piece and one circle from the appropriate colours (yellow for the daffodils, orange and white for the narcissi).

When you cut each trumpet cut along three sides of the template with sewing scissors and along the remaining (long) side with pinking shears – just above the edge of the paper template. If you don’t have any pinking shears you could use embroidery scissors to cut a zigzagged edge, or just cut a straight edge.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Add some embroidery to each felt circle. Cut a length of embroidery thread to match the felt, and separate half the strands (so for six-stranded thread use three strands). Use the embroidery thread to sew single stitches radiating from the centre of each circle, as shown. Sew seven or eight stitches for the daffodils, and five or six stitches for the narcissi.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Join the trumpet and circle pieces together with whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Make sure that the embroidered side of the felt circle will be visible inside the finished trumpet and that the knot of your thread will be hidden underneath it.

Sew the long straight edge of the trumpet piece to the edge of the circle, then trim any excess felt from the trumpet piece. Sew up the side seam of the trumpet with more whip stitches, then back down the seam to finish your stitching neatly underneath.

Repeat for all the trumpets.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Sew the petal pieces together. Position the pairs of petals on top of each other, as pictured, and secure each of them with a couple of stitches of sewing thread. You can use matching thread for this if you want but as long as the stitches are small and in the centre of the petals they’ll be hidden on the finished flower.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Tip: if you want to use this tutorial to make flower brooches, etc., now’s the time to sew the trumpet to the petals. Whip stitch in matching sewing thread would work well. If you’re making the wreath leave the pieces unattached (you’ll be gluing them in position later).

You should now have lots of flowers ready to add to your wreath.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Arrange the flowers on the wreath base and pin them in position. You can use the photo as a guide, or create your own arrangement.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use a glue gun to attach the flowers to the wreath. Think about the order you’re going to glue the flowers before you begin – remember that if two flowers overlap each other you’ll need to glue the bottom flower to the wreath base then attach the top flower.

One by one, remove the pins holding the flowers in place and secure them with a few dabs of hot glue. To attach the petals, add some glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt petals down into position on top. To attach each trumpet, add a dab of glue directly to the bottom of the trumpet then place it in the centre of the flower and use your finger (or the unsharpened end of a pencil) to carefully press the trumpet in position.

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.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

  1. Your wreath is now finished! Add a length of yarn or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath, or hang it directly from a hook or nail.

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

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Announcing Make Like a Boss! Networking for creative small businesses

I’m so excited to finally announce something I’ve been wanting to launch for months now! On Wednesday, 26 April, we’ll be kicking off a monthly networking series for creative small businesses called Make Like a Boss.

Make Like a Boss

Speaking from my own experience, if you run a small business there are always questions, challenges, new things to figure out and it’s often hard to know where to get advice. Getting out of your own head and hearing how other people are doing things –  whether it is a technical challenge or a branding-building one (or any number of things in between!) – can be extremely helpful. Plus sometimes it’s so nice to be able to complain about a bad day to someone else who really gets it.

I’m not physically alone in my work all day, because I own a shop and usually do my work there, but I know a lot of creative small business owners spend a lot of the day alone. Social media is really helpful for interaction and for fostering community, but meeting face to face can be so energising and inspiring! A couple of times a year I (try to) go to Quilt Market in the States on a buying trip and I love getting a chance to talk about work with the friends I’ve made there. I wondered why I hadn’t done a better job of building a network of people like that here. Which brings me back to…Make Like a Boss!

We have a big new space in West Hampstead that is super easy to get to, and we want to get you here to meet, chat, learn, share, moan and hopefully come away with some new contacts and ideas. The format of each event will be a short Q&A with business owner followed by time for you to hang out and chat. Wine 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.

If you aren’t in the London area or can’t make it to the event, we’ll be streaming the interview on Facebook Live and posting it here on The Daily Stitch after the event. We’ve also created a Facebook Group to provide you with an ongoing way to share advice, ideas and inspiration.

Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line

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]

If you have any questions you’d like us to ask Rachel and Kate, or business owners you want us to interview in the future, please let us know!

Plus, here are a few topics we want to chat about soon so if you feel like a boss in one of these areas, or know someone who is, please nominate them to speak at an upcoming event: hiring, delegating and working with employees; creating a video marketing strategy; designing and manufacturing physical products.

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A close up on our neon vignette!

We have such a fun neon vignette in our West Hampstead shop, and we’re finally sharing it with you! As you know, we love neon so much around here we’ve given you a special place on our site to find all the neon!

Neon Vignette

So let’s have a look at these fun samples, shall we? First up, we have this awesome Super Cropped Cardigan on loan from Loopy Mango knit up in Merino No. 5 in Spicy Hot Pink. We have this pattern as a digital download that we can share with you when you purchase yarn for the project! Everyone in the shop has tried it on and it’s so fun. The denim skirt is a Grainline Moss Skirt in Selvedge Denim by Robert Kaufman. The skirt was sewn by Zoe Edwards.

Loopy Mango Super Cropped Cardigan and Grainline Moss Skirt in Selvedge Denim

Loopy Mango Super Cropped Cardigan

Our little girl is wearing an Oliver + S Roller Skate Tunic in XOXO in Lightening from the Cotton and Steel Basics collection sewn by Kym. The ribbon is a cotton twill ribbon in Ivory. The little shorts are Green Bee Anya shorts in chambray sewn by Charlotte that have previously been seen in this window and this window.

Neon Oliver + S Roller Skate Top

Neon Oliver + S Roller Skate Top

Finally, we have these fabulous neon macrame plant hangers! Caroline, Kym and I made these with Susana Cunha for this display and I just adore them. It’s hard to get a good photo where they are in front of the window, but they look amazing! Exactly what I imagined when I dreamt up this vignette months ago.

If you want to learn macrame, Susana has a tutorial for these plant hangers on The Daily Stitch here and a class coming up on 25 March that you can sign up for here!

Neon macrame plant hangers

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March classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Our March schedule is filled with such a fun range of classes, for every level, interest, and schedule! The studio in our new shop at West Hampstead Square is filled with natural light and is such an inspiring place to learn. Plus, we’re now just steps from the West Hampstead underground, overground and Thameslink stations.

Plus, we started up our Knit Night last Thursday, so you can come in with your knitting or handwork project and work on it in a social setting. Last week kicked this event off with these super fun ladies and we’re hoping the group will continue to grow!

Knit Night at The Village Haberdashery

And on Thursday evenings after 6pm when we don’t have Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland or one of our upcoming Free Knitting Clinics with Renee Callahan scheduled, you’ll also be able to book a place in our sewing studio and sew for half price (£4 per hour)!

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

Zippered Pouches with Judith Dahmen

One evening: Tuesday, 7 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this class we’ll take the fear out of sewing zips by making handy flat bottom pouches! In under three hours you’ll be sewing zips like a pro and addicted to making these cute bags. Find out more and sign up here.

Zip Pouches with Judith Dahmen

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 8 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£35)

In this special paper craft workshop you will be taught two techniques so you can learn how to personalise your own greetings cards, envelopes and paper to create a beautiful collection of designed stationery. In this class you will take away a collection of handmade greetings cards, envelopes, gift tags and loose paper sheets to give to loved ones or decorate your home. Specifically, this class will cover dip-dying and paper embossing techniques. Find out more and sign up here.

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro

One morning: Saturday, 11 March, 10am – 1:30pm (£60)

In this essential class, you’ll learn to sew a t-shirt in your choice of style using a knit fabric! The class will cover everything you need to know about sewing knits on a home sewing machine, including tricks for getting professional-looking necklines, sleeves and hems. You will also have the opportunity to try out an overlocker and use a twin needle to finish your t-shirt. For this class you get to choose from the Grainline Lark (pictured), the Megan Nielsen Briar and the Cashmerette Concord. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro

 

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

One day: Sunday, 12 March, 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 and sign up here.

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

Screen Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 15 March, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Screen Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

Introduction to Bias Tape Appliqué

One evening: Friday, 17 March, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

Bias tape appliqué is an easy way to create curves without piecing! In this fun one-evening class, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will talk you through how to cut, shape and machine-sew curves using bias tape and sew a handy zip pouch in the process. Find out more and sign up here

Introduction to Bias Appliqué with Jenny Haynes

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

Saturday, 18 March, 10am – 4pm (£95)

In this exciting class we will explore different ways to use pieced strips in improvised patchwork, how to cut and assemble strips of fabric and different effects you can achieve with stripes. Depending on your level and pace, you’ll finish a quilt top for a lap or baby-sized quilt or you can use your work as the start of a bigger quilt to finish at home. Plus, you’ll leave class full of inspiration and with a new foundation for bringing your own unique style into your quilting. Find out more and sign up here.

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes

One day: Sunday, 19 March, 10am – 4pm (£95)

Take your quilting to the next level with four new techniques for machine and hand-piecing curves! In this class we’ll cover needle applique, bias binding, EPP and the six-minute circle. Students can choose to make four different blocks of follow our teacher Jenny Haynes’ pattern for using all four techniques in one block! Find out more and sign up here.

Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

One morning: Tues, 21 March, 10am – 1pm (£45)
OR One evening: Weds, 5 April, 6:45pm – 9:45pm (£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! You’ll learn everything there is to know about owning, operating and maintaining a sewing machine and we’ll practise each element to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

Introduction to Macrame: Wall-Hanging with Susana Cunha

One morning: Saturday, 25 March, 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.

Introduction to Modern Macrame with Susana Cunha

A Special Event with Cloud9 Fabrics

One morning: Sunday, 26 March, 11am – 12:30pm (Free!)

We are delighted to welcome Cloud9 co-founders Gina Pantastico and Michelle Bencsko back to the shop! Cloud9 is one of the fastest growing organic fabric companies in the industry. Have you ever wondered what it means to buy organic fabric? Gina will give a talk on the difference between organic and conventional fabric manufacturing and its impact on the environment and your health. Plus, Michelle will share a preview of all of the upcoming collections and there will be drinks and nibbles and a 10% discount on Cloud9 fabrics. The event is free but please RSVP online or to [email protected]

Gina and Michelle from Cloud9 Fabrics

Make a Leather (or Vegan Leather) Keychain or Wallet with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Tuesday, 28 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£40)

Join designer Nancy Straughan to learn how to work with leather and make your own beautiful accessories! In just a few hours, you’ll walk away with an enviable wallet or keyring that will look as though you bought them from your favourite fancy store. Learn to work with leather and metal hardware to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own leather goods at home. A selection of high quality beautiful coloured leathers and faux leather will be provided and no experience is necessary. Find out more and sign up here.

Make a Leather Key Chain or Wallet with Nancy Straughan

Stencil Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 29 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

In this workshop you will learn how to design, cut and print with your very own stencils from scratch. You will learn how to design a motif suitable for printing and use that design to create a repeat pattern. You will also be taught how to correctly cut out professional stencils to hand print your own beautiful tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! Plus, you’ll have a chance to blend your own professional fabric paint. Find out more and sign up here.

stencilled-cushion

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers

One evening: Wednesday, 29 March, 6:30pm – 9:00pm (£45)

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.

Crochet Basket Workshop

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

One evening: Thurs, 30 March, 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 out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan

One evening: Wednesday, 5 April, 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. All materials are included.

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan

For kids!

After School Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

Six Thursday afternoons: Spring Term B runs 23 February to 30 March, 4:30-5:30pm, (£75)

In our After School Craft Club for kids age 6+ we’ll experiment with a different craft activity each week! We will cover crafts like embroidery, stamping, card making, fabric painting, mask-making (for Halloween!) and more. Class fee includes all materials. No need to bring anything except your creativity! Find out more and sign up here.

Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

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Peppered Cottons 108″ shot cottons

Peppered Cottons are a timeless classic and a favourite for quilters and now they are available in 108″ wide widths! These are yarn-dyed shot cottons, meaning the weft and warp are two different colours, giving the fabric a beautiful depth.

These shot cottons are a little heavier weight that others on the market. They are perfect for quilting and will fit up to a queen size quilt back. They also work well in dressmaking, in any pattern where you’d use a chambray or medium weight cotton. When planning your garments, keep in mind you can usually about half the fabric requirement for your pattern – often as little as 75cm! Find our new Peppered Cottons 108″ in the shop here.

Peppered Cottons 108" shot cottons

Intermix wovens by Blank Quilting

Our new Intermix wovens are pretty woven cottons with lovely texture and drape. They are just right for shirt dresses, skirts and tops and will add interest to your quilt projects! Find them in the shop here.

Intermix woven cottons

Yellow Owl Workshop lapel pin cards

A stellar choice for those looking for a card and gift combo! These Yellow Owl Workshop risograph cards are printed in San Francisco in brilliant colour and have a 22-karat gold gilt magnetic lapel pin. The magnetic backing is flat so you can drop them in the mail using a standard stamp. Find them in the shop here.

Yellow Owl Workshop lapel pin cards

Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Kettle-dyed Maxima from Manos del Uruguay comes in the most saturated colours and is squishy soft! This worsted-weight yarn knits up like a dream in scarves, hats, jumpers and more. You can find Maxima in the shop here and find knitting and crochet inspiration for on Pinterest, Instagram and Ravelry!

Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro

Our super fun Sew a T-Shirt Class with Rachel Pinheiro is coming up again next Saturday, 11 March and you can still grab a place! In this essential class, you’ll learn to sew a t-shirt in your choice of style using a knit fabric. The class will cover everything you need to know about sewing knits on a home sewing machine, including tricks for getting professional-looking necklines, sleeves and hems. You will also have the opportunity to try out an overlocker and use a twin needle to finish your t-shirt. Find out more and sign up here.

Grainline Lark

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Wool and Needle Flannels are a beautiful collection of cotton flannels textured with bold stripes and plaids. These soft fabrics are suitable for quilting and garment sewing – think jackets and trousers, guy-friendly quilts and bedding and more! Find them in the shop here.

Wool and Needle Flannels by Moda

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