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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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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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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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Meet our Teachers: Susana Cunha, macrame

Susana Cunha is the founder of bohemian-inspired brand Tent Living. She uses traditional macrame and weaving techniques with a modern, contemporary and romantic spin to create unique wall-hangings that incorporate natural materials. Susana teaches Macrame classes at our West Hampstead shop. She also shared a macrame plant hanger tutorial on The Daily Stitch earlier this year.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. Where does your brand name Tent Living originate from?

A. I wanted a name that was evocative of a certain bohemian spirit, exotic travels, fun but also a little bit romantic and Tent Living just ticked all the boxes.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. How did you first discover Macrame?

A. I first discovered macrame through Instagram and inspired by all the beautiful images I decided to go on a macrame workshop. There I learnt the basic macrame knots and then just researched and practiced a lot!

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. What are your favourite textiles to work with and why?

A. I love working with different textures, cotton rope and cotton fabric is one of my favourite combinations – the roughness of the rope and the delicacy of the fabric work so well together and make a piece that little bit more interesting.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. What five words best describe your style?

A. Bohemian, fun, romantic, colourful, unique.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. Are there any crafts other than Macrame that you enjoy?

A. Yes! I’ve recently started weaving and am completely in love with the process. Everything, from choosing a color palette to warping the loom is a pleasure.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Want more? You can follow Susana on Instagram, visit her shop and find her upcoming classes here.

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May Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Our May class schedule is jam packed with a huge range of classes, for every level, interest, and schedule! Come and join us in our beautiful studio in our West Hampstead shop! Its is the perfect place to learn and get inspired. Read on to find out what else we have planned for May or browse all of our classes here.

Studio

Plus, don’t forget we are open until 9pm on Thursdays for shopping and our weekly Knit Night! Come along with a knitting, crochet, or hand work project!

Knit Night Plus Free Drop in Clinic at The Village Haberdashery

Make a Leather (or Vegan Leather) Notebook with Nancy Straughan
Tuesday, 2 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

This class will guide you through the beautiful art of classic book binding techniques so you can create your very own book to take home. Find out more here.

Make a leather or vegan leather notebook with Nancy Straughan

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 3 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Tuesday, 16 May, 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

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 3 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Wednesday, 24 May, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£45)

Do you want to learn to knit or need a refresher on the basics? This class is for you! In this class, experienced knitting teacher and knitwear pattern designer Renée Callahan will start from the very beginning and cover everything you need to know to get started knitting: knit stitch, purl stitch, casting on and off. All materials are included. Find our more and sign up here.

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan

Sew a Quilted Cushion with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 6 May, 10am – 4pm (£85)

In this class you’ll learn many of 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. Students will also have the option of learning how to attach a binding. In short almost everything required to start making quilts! Find out more here.

Sew a Quilted Cushion with Judith Dahmen

MT Washi Tape Workshop with Caroline Garcia
Sunday, 7 May, 10:30am – 12:00pm (Free, £10 deposit)

Join us for a free workshop sponsored by MT and washi tape may become your next crafty obsession! For this workshop, MT will be providing us with loads of fabulous washi tape and you’ll be able to experiment with making gift boxes, cards and more and kids can have fun decorating animal masks. We will take a £10 deposit for this class that you’ll receive back as a credit to spend in the shop on class day. See photos from our last workshop here and find out more here.

MT Washi Tape Workshop with Caroline Garcial

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen
Tuesdays, 9, 16 and 23 May and 6 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£165)

In this four-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 gorgeous finished lap or baby-sized quilt measuring 36″ by 40″. Find out more here.

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 10 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this fun class we’ll take the fear out of knitting lace patterns! Led by our expert teacher, you’ll learn how to work basic lace stitches and how to read a lace chart, plus the Garter Tab cast on and a stretch cast off. The pattern is included with the class. Find out more here.

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renee Callahan

Knit Night Plus Free Drop In Clinic with Renee Callahan
Thursday, 11 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (Free)

In this special edition of our weekly Thursday Knit Night with our teacher Renee Callahan, we’ll spend an hour talking about cast off methods, including the three-needle bind off, followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges! Find out more here.

Cast off

Sew an Asaka Kimono with Rachel Pinheiro
Saturday, 13 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

The Asaka Kimono by Named Clothing is an open-front kimono with a relaxed fit, wide-cut sleeves, a long belt and a longline hem. Learn to sew with lightweight, slippery fabrics while you make a beautiful kimono! It is designed for a light fabric with good drape; choose a lightweight cotton lawn or try your hand with a more challenging fabric, such as silk satin, crepe or rayon. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew an Asaka Kimono with Rachel Pinheiro

Sew an Inari Tee Dress with Rachel Pinheiro
Sunday, 14 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

Inari by Named Clothing is a loose-fitting tee dress with an uneven hemline, side-slits, short sleeves with a rolled-up effect and an optional neck-band. A wardrobe staple you’ll make again and again. In this fun class you’ll learn to sew a tee dress using your choice of knit or woven fabric. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew an Inari Tee Dress with Rachel Pinheiro

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe with Rachel Pinheiro
Mondays, 15 and 22 May and 5, 12, 19 and 26 June, 6pm – 9pm (£265)

In this exciting class you’ll learn all the skills you need to begin sewing your own clothes! Over the six week course, we’ll make three wardrobe staples – a top, a skirt and a shift dress – in your choice of style. We’ll cover fabric selection, working with a commercial pattern, cutting your fabric, fitting, construction and finishing techniques. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe at The Village Haberdashery

Screenprinting for Beginners with Nancy Straughan
Wednesday, 17 May, 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. Fins out more here.

Screenprinting for Beginners at The Village Haberdashery

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Wednesday, 17 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£40)

Learn to crochet while creating a fun and endlessly useful crochet basket out of recycled t-shirt yarn! This class will introduce you to the basics of crochet, how to follow a crochet pattern, how to change colours and how to finish a crochet project. All materials are included in the class fee. Find out more here.

Crochet Basket Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Saturday, 20 May, 10am – 4pm (£75)

Learn to turn old rags into upcycled homeware with the beautiful craft of rag rugging! Our beginners’ workshop is designed to give you all the skills you need to be able to start any rag rug project for yourself at home. Find out more here.

Rag Rugging Class at The Village Haberdashery

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 27 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

Learn to sew with knits whilst making yourself the stylish and comfy Colette Moneta Dress! In this class we’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, plus you’ll learn handy techniques like how to use clear elastic for gathering. You’ll also have the opportunity to try sewing knits on an an overlocker! Find out more here.

Sew a Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 28 May, 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 here.

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Tuesday, 30 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Taught by illustrator Emma Block, this contemporary brush lettering workshop will focus on developing skills and learning techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own brush lettering style. We’ll start with exercises to practice making shapes, creating lines of different thicknesses and using different brushstrokes. You’ll then practice writing the alphabet, words and phrases with plenty of help and guidance on hand. You will be given a complete set of materials which you can take away after class, including guide sheets, a brush and a pot of indian ink. Plus you’ll learn how to photograph your brush lettering using just your iPhone to create a unique piece of digital artwork! Find our more and sign up here.

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Tuesday, 31 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Modern calligraphy is perfect for all; its relaxed approach enhances your natural hand writing style to create a unique and beautiful lettering form that is totally individual. Led by Suzie Dicker, founder of luxury stationery brand A L’aise, this beginner’s workshop will guide you through making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall at home! Whether you are a bride-to-be wanting to learn so you can address your wedding invitation envelopes, or you are the creative sort wanting to learn a new skill; this class is the one for you! Find our more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

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Meet our teachers: Emma Block, brush lettering

Emma Block is a London-based illustrator whose work can be found in children’s books, packaging, magazines, greetings cards and books for adults. She has worked for clients including Stylist Magazine, Random House Canada, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, UNIQLO, Orla Kiely, Anthropologie, Mollie Makes and Time Out. She teaches brush lettering workshops at our West Hampstead shop.

Emma Block

Q. We are really looking forward to welcoming you for your upcoming brush lettering workshops. For those who do not know, what is brush lettering?

A: Brush lettering is the art of creating beautiful lettering using a brush and ink. It’s a bit like calligraphy but more organic and expressive. I find practising brush lettering to be really relaxing and mediative, and of course the results are beautiful.

Brush Lettering with Emma Block

Q. How did you first discover your arty talents?

A: I’ve always been creative and knew that I wanted a career in the arts. After doing my GCSEs I studied a national diploma in art and design instead of A-levels and then studied illustration at University. After graduating I started working as a freelance illustrator full time.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Q. What was the first image you ever painted?

A: I’m not sure. When I was at nursery school used to paint horses that were just rectangles with legs!

Emma Block

Q. On your website it says that you provide live illustrations at corporate event and parties. This sounds like lots of fun! What sort of things do you do for this?

A: Live illustration is really fun but really intense. I paint portraits of people live as they stand in front of me using watercolours. Each portrait takes about eight minutes to complete, and live illustration is always very popular, so If I’m working at a party or event I’m always very busy. Doing live illustration teaches you to work very quickly and become very decisive and confident in your painting. It also helps develop your observational skills.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Q. What would your dream commission be?
A: I would love to do range of packaging for a company like Marks & Spencer’s or Fortnum & Mason’s. It would be so lovely to design biscuit tins and boxes of tea.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Follow Emma on Instagram at @emmablockillustration and check out her website to find out more!

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Meet Our Teachers: Renée Callahan, knitting

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

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

Renee Callahan Knitting

Who first taught you to knit?

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

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

Renee Callahan knitting

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

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

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

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

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

Renée Callahan

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

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

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

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

Renee Callahan

Thanks Renée!

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

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April Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead!

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

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

Make Like a Boss with the Fold Line

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

Thursday Knit Night

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

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

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

Fitting for Beginners with Charlotte Newland

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

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

Paper Flower Making with Nancy Straughan

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

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

Sew a Tote Bag with Judith Dahmen

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 5 April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Wednesday, 26 April, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£45)

Do you want to learn to knit or need a refresher on the basics? This class is for you! In this class, experienced knitting teacher and knitwear pattern designer Renée Callahan will start from the very beginning and cover everything you need to know to get started knitting: knit stitch, purl stitch, casting on and off. All materials are included. Find our more and sign up here.

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 5 April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Tuesday, 18 April, 10am – 1pm (£45)

This class will introduce aspiring stitchers – or those who need a refresher – how to use a sewing machine! In this comprehensive three hour class, you’ll get sewing machine-savvy and leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start making your own projects at home! Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

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

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

English Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes

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

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

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes

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

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

Block Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

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

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

Japanese Bookbinding with Nancy Straughan

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

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

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Wednesday, 19 April, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Taught by illustrator Emma Block, this contemporary brush lettering workshop will focus on developing skills and learning techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own brush lettering style. We’ll start with exercises to practice making shapes, creating lines of different thicknesses and using different brushstrokes. You’ll then practice writing the alphabet, words and phrases with plenty of help and guidance on hand. You will be given a complete set of materials which you can take away after class, including guide sheets, a brush and a pot of indian ink. Plus you’ll learn how to photograph your brush lettering using just your iPhone to create a unique piece of digital artwork! Find our more and sign up here.

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block

Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood
Saturday, 22 April, 10am – 4pm (£80)

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

Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood

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

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

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Tuesday, 25 April, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Modern calligraphy is perfect for all; its relaxed approach enhances your natural hand writing style to create a unique and beautiful lettering form that is totally individual. Led by Suzie Dicker, founder of luxury stationery brand A L’aise, this beginner’s workshop will guide you through making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall at home! Whether you are a bride-to-be wanting to learn so you can address your wedding invitation envelopes, or you are the creative sort wanting to learn a new skill; this class is the one for you! Find our more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

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Meet our Teachers: Elspeth Jackson, rag rugging

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

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

Rag Rugging with Elspeth Jackson

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Habershashery

Thank you Elspeth!

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

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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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