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Meet our teachers: Rachel Rogers, crochet

Rachel Rogers is a Hackney-based designer and maker of crochet homeware and accessories. She uses chunky recycled cotton yarn in an array of vibrant colours to add a modern aesthetic to her products, and each of her pieces is made unique as a result of the processes used to create them. Rachel teaches our Crochet Basket classes at our West Hampstead shop which are super fun and popular!

Rachel Rogers

Question: Where did the idea for your crochet business first come from?

Answer: There was no light bulb idea moment really it grew organically from friends showing an interest in my makes. It really came about when at a friends house during one of our regular craft nights. I had just discovered T Shirt yarns and was half way through making a basket which I completed there, my friend loved it and placed an order for two there and then! I had always dreamn’t of having my own business and at the time was freelancing and struggling with paying for childcare and the unpredictability of it all, so as the orders came in the decision to focus solely on setting up my business and see where it could take me felt like the right path and one that I had been in search of for a long time. It was important that I could work around my kids doing something I loved – crochet definitely hits the spot!

Rachel Rogers Crochet Basket

Q:Your Etsy shop looks amazing! How did you find the process of setting up your shop?

Thank you! It was not an easy task setting up shop, there are so many elements that have to be brought together before you can even think about pressing OPEN SHOP! It was quite nerve racking and opening it made it all feel very real. I literally thought I couldn’t open the shop without having every last detail in place, thinking that I would be inundated with orders! This wasn’t the reality and it turns out you have to put a huge amount of work into making Etsy work – firstly getting your head around the SEO of it, mean’t reading forum after forum and hours of tweaking. It still needs work and new products to be added but it works for now as my shop front, I’m in the process of working on my own website which is really exciting.
Crochet baskets by Rachel Rogers

Q:We are super excited about your crochet classes at our West Hampstead shop, what can students expect?

You and me both!! There is nothing better than sharing my passion for crochet with new students. So far there isn’t one workshop that I have taught where someone hasn’t grasped it .. many have gone on and caught the crochet bug. Students can expect to learn the basics so that they could take this knowledge and apply it to many different future crochet projects. Its not only about learning to crochet its about the amazing t shirt yarns we will use to create the basket, they are all offcuts from textile factories which helps the environment enormously, there is something really special about creating a new practical product out of materials that would otherwise be waste.

Rachel Rogers Crochet Baskets

Q:What is the most unusual / interesting commission you have been set?

My first commission was probably the most interesting which was to crochet lampshades. They were to go in a newly designed meeting room at a friends Architects practice. We would talk crochet and design at the school gates – I was hugely excited! They loved the t shirt yarns and told me they wanted big and bold so I just went for it!

Crochet Lampshade by Rachel Rogers

Q:Do you still find time to crochet for yourself or do you have any other crafty hobbies?

I do crochet for myself still as I actually use all my products – no better way to test them! It is not unknown for me to be whipping up a crochet clutch bag last minute for a wedding, a new shopper bag just because or a basket to try to bring more order into my home! I generally fall in love with every product I make and find it impossible to not hold a few products back for myself. Not surprising when friends come over and mention there is a lot of crochet going on in my house!!! I recently did a wall weaving workshop which I really loved and would love to have more time to take this further, instead I will continue to be inspired by all those incredible weavers out there.

Rachel Rogers

Q: What is your favourite material to work with and why?

A: I am 100% in love with t-shirt yarns. Each and every cone you buy is different in thickness, stretch and texture making everything you make unique. I never know exactly what the yarn will be like until it gets delivered so there is always an element of surprise. Even when the order arrives and you fall head over heals for a particular yarn there is very little chance you will ever be able to buy that same yarn again, this really is the unique selling point of each product. T Shirt yarns are all recycled (as I mentioned before), I just love that I am creating practical and useful products out of something that would otherwise end up on a waste site – I am a firm believer that we should be upcycling as much as possible not only for today but for future generations to come.

T shirt Yarn

Thanks Rachel! You can find Rachel’s Etsy shop here and follow her on Instagram at @rachelrogersmakes. You can also check out our full range of t-shirt yarns here.

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A Year of Wreaths: May Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

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

Felt Foxgloves Wreath by Laura Howard

When I think of May, I always think of flowers and especially of foxgloves. They are such beautiful, striking flowers and it was a lot of fun making a felt version for this month’s tutorial.

The felt foxgloves will take you a bit of time to make, but they don’t need any advanced sewing skills just some patience. I hope you’ll agree that the end result is worth it!

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

All the supplies you’ll need to make the felt foxgloves wreath are available from the Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the May 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 Fuchsia, Cotton Candy and Pea Soup
*Sewing thread to match the felt (bright pink, light pink and green)
*Two paper covered floral wires
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Sewing needle and pins
*A black permanent marker pen
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*A small amount of toy stuffing
*An orange stick or other narrow tool for adding the stuffing

To make the wreath

1. Use the template provided to cut the felt strips for wrapping the wreath: cut eight strips from each felt colour.

2. Lay the strips on top of the wreath in colour order (bright pink, light pink, green), overlapping them slightly so that none of the polystyrene ring base will show through at the edges of the wreath. When you’ve added all the pieces and are happy with the arrangement, insert pins to hold the felt in position then turn the wreath over. One by one, wrap the felt pieces around the wreath inserting pins to hold the felt in place.

The back of your wreath will now look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

3. Use a glue gun to secure the ends of the felt at the back of the wreath. Work on one piece of felt at a time, removing the pin(s) holding it in place and folding the felt back slightly. Carefully add a dab or two of hot glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt down into 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.

Once the glue has dried, turn the wreath over and remove the pins from the front. The front of your wreath will now look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

4. Use the templates provided to cut out the foxglove pieces. Cut six buds, nine large flowers and three small flowers from bright pink felt. Cut six buds and nine small flowers from light pink felt. Then cut 27 caps from green felt.

Tip: embroidery scissors are perfect for cutting out small felt shapes!

5. Add a random pattern of dots to all the flower pieces (the large and small pink pieces, but not the pink buds) using a black permanent marker pen. Test out the pen on a piece of scrap felt before you start decorating the flowers. The ink may soak through the felt, so place a piece of paper under the flowers as you work to protect your table.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

6. Now it’s time to start sewing the flowers. Each small and large flower is sewn the same way, using matching sewing threads. Begin by folding the flower so that the dots are on the outside, as shown. Sew along the straight edge with whip stitch in matching pink sewing thread. Start at the top and work down, leaving large gaps between the stitches.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

Then sew back up again, sewing between the gaps and finishing your stitching at the top. Take care not to sew your stitches too tightly!

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

Then carefully turn the flower the right side out, flattening the seam to make a trumpet-like flower shape.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

7. Thread your needle with green sewing thread, and pass it up through the centre of one of the green cap pieces. Place the cap over the hole at the top end of the flower (so the knot is underneath the cap).

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

Sew down through the centre of the cap, then up through the flower and cap as shown below.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

Make a small stitch holding the “leaf” of the cap in place, then pass the needle back up through the centre of the cap.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

Repeat this process for the other three “leaves” of the cap, sewing it in place around the end of the flower. You will need to pinch the end of the flower slightly (especially with the small flowers) to get the cap to fit neatly around it. Finish your stitching neatly at the top of the cap.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

8. To sew the buds, use whip stitch and matching sewing thread to join two bud pieces together. Begin sewing from the top, stuffing the shape with small pieces of toy stuffing as you sew up the second side.

Tip: Adding the toy stuffing can be a bit fiddly as the buds are quite small. Use something narrow like an orange stick (the ones used for manicures) to poke the stuffing into the bud.

Once you’ve sewn and stuffed each bud, add a cap piece to the top following the same method as in step 7.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

9. When all the flowers and buds are finished, use the stalk templates to cut two stalk pieces from green felt: one long and one short.

Fold the long stalk piece in half and join the edges with whip stitch and matching green sewing thread, leaving one end unstitched as shown. Bend one of the floral wires, folding it in half. Insert the wire into the stalk and sew up the bottom edge with more whip stitches.

Repeat this process to make the short stalk, this time folding the wire in thirds.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

10. Time to attach the flowers and buds to the stalks! This can be a bit fiddly, so take your time and do your best to keep the front of the foxgloves free from glue. Before you glue each piece, position it and look at the points of contact – i.e. where the piece you’re adding will touch what you’re gluing it to. Then remove the piece and add glue to those points, either on the piece you’re adding or where you’re attaching it (whichever is easiest at the time!).

Start by arranging the central flowers along the stalk, as pictured. For the large foxglove add three large flowers then a small flower on top. For the small foxglove, add three small flowers. Glue the flowers in position one by one, working upwards.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

Then add the other two flowers in each row.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

Finally, add the three buds to the top of the foxglove.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

The finished foxgloves should look something like this:

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

11. Once the foxgloves have fully dried, position them on the wreath. When you’re happy with their placement, use the glue gun to attach them – adding a dab of glue at the top and bottom of the stalk where it will touch the wreath.

A Year of Wreaths: May – Felt Foxgloves Wreath By Laura Howard

 

Thanks for another great tutorial Laura!

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May Baby Quilt Club reveal!

Our Baby Quilt Club members this month are in for a real treat with this super super cute girl bundle! Our starting point was the lovely Goldilocks collection by Jill Howarth (Riley Blake) and we went from there. If you love this bundle you can find limited edition extras here!

May Baby Quilt Club Bundle

Clockwise from the top this bundle includes:
GoldilocksGoldi Main in Teal by Jill Howarth (Riley Blake)
Kona Cotton Solids – Bluegrass (Robert Kaufman)
Sugar PieSprinkle in Teal by Lella Boutique (Moda)
Kona Cotton Solids – Bright Pink (Robert Kaufman)
Window DressingChecks Please in Bubblegum and Magenta (Cloud9)
Kona Cotton Solids –Peony (Robert Kaufman)
GoldilocksGoldi Floral in Coral by Jill Howarth (Riley Blake)
Kona Cotton Solids – Butter (Robert Kaufman)
Farm GirlHay Stack in Cream by October Afternoon (Riley Blake)
Kona Cotton Solids – Bleach White (Robert Kaufman)
Sugar PiePosies in Aqua by Lella Boutique (Moda)
Kona Cotton Solids – Baby Blue (Robert Kaufman)

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

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Survey time! Cotton and Steel Spring 2017 collections

It’s that time again! Cotton and Steel have just revealed the Spring 2017 collections and we can’t wait to hear what you think! Help us decide what to stock and you can earn 25 Stash Points for each survey you complete by end of day on 20 May.

Menagerie, designed by Rifle Paper Co., features some of Rifle’s latest jungle inspired art, along with lots of other well-loved Rifle imagery. There are lots of metallics and a ton of substrates in this collection, including our brand new cotton/rayon lawn, which has the handling ease of cotton and the flowy drape of rayon.

Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co.

Rashida Coleman-Hale‘s next collection, Lagoon, is inspired by an imaginary jungle of lush foliage filled with fun characters like mischievous lemurs and tiny tigers.

Lagoon by Rashida Coleman-Hale

Sienna by Alexia Abegg is inspired by the colours and imagery of the high desert. It features the hand painting and stamping that Alexia’s fabrics are known for. It also includes a lot of garment-friendly substrates, including our brand new cotton/rayon lawn, which has the handling ease of cotton and the flowy drape of rayon.

Sienna by Alexia Abegg

Kim Kight is a vintage fabric expert, and her collection Snap to Grid is inspired by the ’80’s! It’s a mix of super fun and happy basics prints that have endless possibilities, with lots of black and white, electric blue, splashes of neon pink and neon yellow.

Snap to grid by Kim Kight

Magic Forest by Sarah Watts is filled with Sarah’s whimsical illustrations of magic furry friends and glowing flowers you might find in an enchanted woods.

Magic Forest by Sarah Watts

Beauty Shop by Sarah Watts and Melody Miller

New Cotton and Steel Basics

Spring 2017 Cotton and Steel Basics

 

 

 

 

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The colour of the month for May is pink!

This month’s Colour of the Month Club members will be receiving these cute pink bundles! Some flowery, some dotty and even some cheeky flamingos!

Colour of the Month Club May - Pink!

Clockwise from the top our selection is:

GoldilocksGoldi Hatch in Coral by Jill Howarth (Riley Blake)
Stitch Check – Quiet by Jane Makower
Rhoda RuthStarlight in Valentine by Elizabeth Hartman (Robert Kaufman)
Sevenberry Novelty – Tiny Flamingos in Pink by (Sevenberry)
Sew and SewApron Strings in Strawberry by Chloe’s Closet (Moda)
TwistRose by Dashwood Studio
Grand Canal Fiori in Fig by Kate Spain (Moda)
Cotton + Steel BasicsSprinkle in Petal (Cotton and Steel)
Millie Fleur – Chandelier Sweets by Bari J. (Art Gallery)
HazelwoodHerringbone in Coral by One Canoe Two (Moda)

Colour of the Month Club May - Pink!

Clockwise from top our Kona Cotton Solids  selection is Carnation, Med Pink, Primrose, Pink, Flesh, Shell, Watermelon, Honeysuckle, Deep Rose and Melon.

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

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Wonderland vignettes in our West Hampstead Shop!

Today Kym is taking over the blog to share all of the gorgeous samples we have in the shop using fabric from the Wonderland fabric collection from Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel! We got some great snaps of these garments and quilts, but in the shop they really tell the Alice in Wonderland story so we hope you’ll come in to see them all in person. It’s so much fun in here!

When I heard that we were about to receive the stunning Wonderland collection from Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel I was so excited and my head started buzzing with ideas! I have always loved the Alice in Wonderland story and it was a dream come true to have the opportunity to create a shop full of themed displays.

Our new shop is the perfect setting for our cute vignettes and I had great fun creating a little scenes in each area. Annie and I popped out onto one of the pretty roof gardens behind our shop for the photoshoot. We hope you like our new backdrops.

The Tea Party

Is there a more perfect dress for afternoon tea than the Colette Rue Dress in a beautiful Garden Party print fabric?

I just love the v shaped bodice (you can just about see it on the below image) and pleated skirt. Such an elegant shape! This dress is also fully lined in Kona Cotton Solids Indigo.

Just like in our blue, orange and ivory vignette we re-covered this Ikea Ekenäset Armchair in a new fabric. This time the Wonderland Canvas in Light Blue Metallic was the obvious option as it is so gorgeous and I just love how it has turned out! A big thanks to @electricsmoke for helping me out with the staple gun when putting it together!

Last time we didn’t share the back of the chair with you but here it is! It has two YKK 22inch Standard zips mimicking the original Ikea upholstery underneath.

I had a lovely couple of afternoons at local ceramic painting shop Art for Fun because you simply can’t have a tea party without a teapot! I painted this one in a Cheshire Cat theme with matching tea cup. The little Doormouse asleep inside is knitted up in Cascade 220 in Walnut Heather and this pattern from Ravelry.

Mad Tea Party

I spotted this tutorial online to make a Mad Hatter’s Hat and @chefgreg took up the challenge. Isn’t it fab! It is amazing what you can create with cardboard, paper and the all important Mod Podge!

Mad Hatter Hat

Alice and the White Rabbit

The first window you come to in the shop is the home of the White Rabbit! He is looking very smart in the Oliver + S Art Museum Vest in Magic Forest in Neutral and Cotton + Steel Basics – Netorious in Black Cat. I love how well these fabrics go together. The fastenings are Black Kam Snaps!

His bow tie is in Kona Cotton Solids Black and made using this tutorial. I created his fluffy tail using a ball of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Natural and the really fun Multipom pom pom maker! The shorts are Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts in Robert Kaufman‘s Manchester in Charcoal and the shirt is our usual go-to white button down Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt.

In this vignette we also have Alice looking very pretty in her Megan Neilsen Darling Ranges Dress stitched up in Caterpillar Dots in Cobalt Metallic.

Darling Ranges Dress

Darling Ranges Dress

I had a great time making the self covered buttons with Cotton + Steel BasicsNetorious in Goldilocks and Silver. They are so easy to make!

Darling Ranges Buttons

Quilt Garden

On our quilt swings in the shop we have two fabulous quilts! The first has been stitched by Caroline in a fabulous Backgammon design. The pattern is the Melody Miller Playful Quilt and can be downloaded from the Cotton + Steel website.

It is so cool how she has used the selvedge in the piecing!

And of course not forgetting her trademark paw print signature.

Our second beautiful quilt was stitched by our teacher and friend Jenny Haynes. She has taken inspiration from a Double Drunkard’s Path block quilt block to create this striking design which is called ‘Five Impossible Things’.

The background print is Magic Forest in Midnight Metallic and I just love how the gold shines!

Jenny has created a no binding effect on the quilt edges which gives it a really clean modern finish.

The back of quilt is a great neutral contrast to the front and really shows off her exquisite quilting!

Painting the Roses

Our Queen of Hearts is wearing the simply stunning By Hand London Flora Dress in the Painted Roses in Orange Rayon. (This print also comes in a stylish black colourway). The rayon has such a lovely feel to it and do not fear, it is not as slippery to work with as you might think! I just used some finer needles to compliment when stitching, Schmetz Universal Needles – Size 60/8 worked great.

The full circle skirt on this pattern creates such a lovely silhouette and she looks so chic in our window!

Our little girl is wearing the super cute Merchant and Mills The Skipper Dress. How sweet is she! Fabric is Follow Suit in Orange Metallic.

I couldn’t resist making some paper roses from our paper flower making supplies. The Queen of hearts is not going to be happy with me… we had better get painting those roses red!

Painted flowers ladder

Paper Flowers

I hope you enjoyed reading all about our Wonderland displays. We would love to see what you have all made with the collection. Tag your makes with #thevillagehaberdashery. Happy Sewing!

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June Classes and Events at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

We have so many exciting classes lined up in June with something to suit every level, interest, and schedule! Our beautiful studio in our West Hampstead shop is the perfect place to learn and get inspired. Come and join us! Read on to find out what we have planned for June or browse all of our classes here. Plus, we have a fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6:30pm – no booking required.

Studio

Don’t forget you can book our studio to work on your own project! Come and use our sewing machines and spread out in this great space! Find out more and book your session here.

Sew a Kalle Shirt or Shirtdress with Rachel Pinheiro
Saturday, 3 June and Sunday, 4 June, 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.

Sew a Kalle Shirt or Shirtdress with Rachel Pinheiro

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 7 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Tuesday, 20 June, 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

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Saturday, 10 June, 11am – 2pm (Free)

We’re teaming up with Yarn in the City (the awesome ladies who bring you the Great London Yarn Crawl, among other fabulous events) to host a World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPDAY) event on West Hampstead Square! WWKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers and there were 1015 events last year in 57 countries. So save the date, start planning a knitting project that travels well and tell your friends. We can’t wait to take over West Hampstead Square with you! Find out more about our event and sign up here or email us at [email protected]

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 10 June, Sunday, 11 June and Saturday, 24 June, 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. The Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files is a classic 5-pocket jeans sewing pattern with a modern and flattering cut designed for stretch denim. You can choose from a comfortable low rise fit with narrow stovepipe legs or a sexy and high-waisted pair with skinny legs and a tummy-slimming pocket stay. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland

Zippered Pouches with Judith Dahmen
Tuesday, 13 June, 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.

Zippered Pouched with Judith Dahmen

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Wednesday, 14 June, 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.

Cross Stitch for beginners with Kym Armstrong

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes
Friday, 16 June, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

This one-evening course is an introduction into the mystery called Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)! This technique is used to piece precise shapes by sewing your fabric onto a printed paper template which is removed when your block is completed. In this class your teacher Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will talk you through how to make her curved FPP boulders and give you the knowledge and confidence to explore other FPP patterns and maybe even design your very own FPP pattern! Find our more and sign up here.

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Hayned

Machine Pieced Curves: River Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Saturday, 17 June 10am – 4pm (£95)

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

River Quilt

Kels O’Sullivan Cushion with Jenny Haynes
Sunday, 18 June 10am – 4pm (£95)

Make a cushion with great graphics and gentle curves! In this workshop, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will cover all the elements of piecing a Kels O’Sullivan block and sewing a cushion. Everything from how to sew curves, get perfect corners to inserting a zip. The design is based (with permission) on a painting by Kels O’Sullivan. Find out more and sign up here.

Kels o'Sullivan cushion with Jenny Haynes

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Sunday, 18 June, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£40)

The 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.

Embroidery for Beginners

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan
Tuesday, 20 June, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Create your own stationary with Nancy Straughan

Make Like a Boss with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons
Wednesday, 21 June, 7pm – 9pm (Free)

Make Like a Boss is a monthly networking series for creative small businesses! 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 June, we’ll be chatting to Tilly Walnes from award-winning pattern company Tilly and the Buttons about turning her sewing blog into a full-time job, how to expand from a one-woman business into a team, writing a book (she has another one on the way!) and more. Find out more and sign up here.

Make Like a Boss

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 25 June, 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

Watercolour Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Tuesday, 27 June, 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 tube of watercolour paint. Find out more and sign up here.

Watercolour Brush Lettering with Emma Block

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Wednesday, 28 June, 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

Colourwork Magic with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 28 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

In this class you’ll learn techniques for knitting stranded colourwork that you can apply to any stranded colourwork pattern! Our expert teacher will guide you through reading fairisle charts, working with two colours and working the Magic Loop method for small circular knitting. Find out more and sign up here.

Colourwork Magic with Renee Callahan

 

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Portable knitting projects by Allison and Rachel from Yarn in the City!

We’re excited to have Allison and Rachel from Yarn in the City writing some yarn-focused blog posts for us to help inspire you with your knitting and crochet projects. We’ve also got an event planned to make use of the big West Hampstead Square space right in front of the shop! Yarn in the City will be joining us for World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, 10th June (click the link for more details or RSVP to join us – it’s free!).

With WWKIP Day in mind, we asked Allison and Rachel to suggest some portable projects for their first blog post that would be perfect for a day out of knitting in the sunshine. Take it away Allison and Rachel!

Yarn in the City evolved from the Great London Yarn Crawl, our first event, which began in 2013 and saw almost 100 knitters and yarn lovers traveling to yarn shops around the city on public transport. The inspiration for the event was our own experience with spending lots of time on the Tube and the bus, knitting as as way to pass the time.

As you can imagine, working on a project while you’re on the go means that space is a consideration. You might be hopping on or off public transport or be carrying something else as well, so small, travel-friendly projects that aren’t too complicated are the way to go. And even If you’ve only got a chance to steal a few stitches here and there, they can really add up when you’re stitching on the move! Here’s some of our favourite options:

Socks
Socks are probably one of the smallest projects you can carry with you. Aside from shaping the toe and the heel, most patterns are pretty straight forward and you can get into a groove with your project whether you’re using DPNs, magic loop or a crochet hook!

Rye socks by Tin Can Knits

If you’re new to socks then a great one for getting started are the Rye socks by Tin Can Knits. They knit up quickly in worsted weight yarn while teaching you each component of sock construction. The sizing runs from baby to big so you can make them for the whole family. A great family-friendly yarn that washes like a dream is the Spud & Chloe Sweater. Plus, Tin Can Knits have great tutorials on their website to talk you through each step in case you get stuck.

Broken Seed Stitch Socks

The Broken Seed Stitch Socks by Hanna Leväniemi are a gorgeous option for showing off a variegated yarn and Malabrigo Sock would be perfect. We love the contrast heels and toes, which are a great way to use up scraps that may be lurking in your stash at home.

Zen Yoga Socks by Melissa Medaglia

For the crocheters out there, why not whip up a pair of yoga socks now that the weather is getting warm enough for sun salutations in the garden? These Zen Yoga Socks by Melissa Medaglia would be delicious in organic Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton – and would make cute pedicure socks too!

Stuff for Babies and Toddlers
If garments are more your thing then projects for the small people in your life are easy to carry with you!

Girl’s Smocked Tunic and Leggings by Tina Barrett

This Girl’s Smocked Tunic and Leggings by Tina Barrett is a darling option for new arrivals. We love the versatility of it working as a dress first and a tunic later as baby grows. Cumbria Fingering from The Fibre Co. seems the obvious choice here as the soft merino and masham wool blended together would make this a stunning heirloom.

Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down

The Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down is the essential baby cardi that all mums will want to keep in their nappy bags just in case of a chill. With only two baby sizes available (0-6 and 6-12mo) and knit in a worsted/Aran weight yarn such as Cascade 220, this little sweater will be finished in no time.

Crochet Baby Converse by Suzanne Resaul

Not exactly a baby garment but definitely cute as a button, we couldn’t not include these adorable Crochet Baby Converse by Suzanne Resaul. The attention to detail is second to none and we love the bright colours. The Rico Essentials Aran are a great budget-friendly choice here.

Shawls
Okay, so depending on the shawl pattern, they can get kind of big! What we’re thinking of here are shawls that focus mainly on garter stitch, with minimal patterning to break things up and keep your interest. BIG shawls have been the trend for the last 18 months or so and show no sign of slowing down with designers putting together patterns that call for three, four or even five skeins of yarn! The colour combinations are endless and can provide a lot of inspiration for finding yarns that complement what you might already have in your stash.

Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade

Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade has been all the rage this spring. It’s a lot of comfortable garter stitch knitting with shaping and eyelets to keep things interesting. The pattern calls for 7 colours, but the total yardage is only 4 full skeins making it easy to adapt to your own creativity. Many projects have already been made using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which is another great suggestion for Starting Point, a mystery knit-a-long by Joji Locatelli that gets underway on May 12th.

These (and shawls in general) are bigger projects but are still good in terms of portability, especially in the earlier stages.

Of course, sometimes it’s just as easy to get inspiration from seeing what others around us are working on like at a knit night, or on Ravelry.

And we have our own knit night right here in the shop on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm to help spark your own creativity. Will we see you there? A big thanks to Allison and Rachel for this fab post!

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Classes with Anna Maria Horner at The Village Haberdashery!

We are thrilled and excited that the lovely and super talented Anna Maria Horner is coming to our West Hampstead shop where she’ll be teaching her very first ever classes in the UK!

Anna Maria Horner

To many the Anna Maria brand means colour and inspiration in the form of craft, sewing, needlework, books and friendly how-to. Since 2006, her fabric collections have delighted makers around the globe while enlivening their patchwork and sewing projects. Anna Maria’s fresh and modern perspective within the creative handcraft community continues to inspire new directions in making as well as earn her a unique place within it.

Anna Maria Horner

Join us for one of these special classes:

Folk Flower Block
Saturday, 5 August, 10am – 5pm (£145)

In this one-day class, Anna Maria Horner shares how to use machine reverse appliqué to create this simple but stunning floral block that can be combined very specifically with others, or more sporadically with some solid blocks for a varied look. She also offers tips of scaling the block to suit each quilter’s hopes for their finished design. Find out more and sign up here.

Folk Flower Block with Anna Maria Horner

Folk Flower Quilt by Anna Maria Horner

Traveling Blooms Quilt
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.

Traveling Blooms Quilt by Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Inspiration by Hand
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.

Inspiration by Hand with Anna Maria Horner

You can find all of Anna Maria’s classes here and her fabric here!

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Kona matching! What goes with Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique

The Sugar Pie collection by Lella Boutique for Moda is full of sugar and spice for your fabric stash. With sweet posies, whimsical roses, and a pinch of candied lace all in luscious colours! Here are our selection of Kona Cotton Solids to match up with. From top to bottom we have Kale, Azure, Carrot, Pink, Snow, Silver and Steel. You can find all of these colours in one place here.

Kona Cotton Solids to coordinate with Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique

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

Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique

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