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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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Announcing Make Like a Boss! Networking for creative small businesses

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

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

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

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

Our first event on 26 April will feature Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line! The Fold Line is an online hub for the sewing community to socialise, review dressmaking patterns and keep up-to-date with the latest news and sewing pattern releases. Since launching in late 2015, the site has grown like crazy and the team have won a Mollie Makes Handmade Award and a British Craft Award for their contribution to the industry. We’ll be talking to Rachel and Kate about the challenges of launching a website, the thrill of seeing those user numbers grow and making the leap to running the website full time.

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

Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line

Here are the quick facts of the first event:

Date: Wednesday, 26 April
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery
Guest: Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite, via our website or to [email protected]

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

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

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Reminder! This weekend is our grand opening celebration!

Reminder! This weekend is our grand opening celebration!

This weekend is THE weekend! We hope you’ll join us for our Grand Opening celebration this Saturday and Sunday. We have so much fun stuff planned for you!

We moved to West Hampstead Square

We are so thrilled with our new space and the positive feedback from our customers has been so overwhelming!

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The first 25 customers each day will get goody bags! We’ll be filling up our new totes with loads of fun things, plus all day customers will be able to enter to win door prizes! Awesome contributions have been coming in from many of our favourite suppliers, including Mollie MakesAndover, Soak, Cotton + Steel, Cloud9, Stitch & Story, Colette Patterns, Rico, Dashwood Studio, Art Gallery Fabrics, BerisfordsTombow, Buttonbag, Toft, Aurifil, Janome and more!

Make Something Amazing Tote Bag

Hope to see you there!

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Save the date: 4 & 5 March is our Grand Opening Celebration Weekend!

Now that we’ve moved in to our new shop at West Hampstead Square, we finally feel safe putting another date in the diary to celebrate our Grand Opening! Save the date for 4 & 5 March because we have so much fun stuff planned for you!

We moved to West Hampstead Square

If you haven’t yet come to see our new shop, or even if you have, you should definitely come down the first weekend in March! We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to.

we moved to West Hampstead Square

We’ll be filling up our new totes with goodies for the first 25 customer through the door each day, plus all day customers will be able to enter to win door prizes! Awesome contributions have been coming in from many of our favourite suppliers, including Andover, Soak, Cotton + Steel, Cloud9, Stitch & Story, Colette Patterns, Rico, Dashwood Studio, Art Gallery Fabrics, BerisfordsTombow, Buttonbag, Toft, Aurifil, Janome and more!

Make Something Amazing Tote Bag

Hope to see you there!

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Santa’s visit to The Village Haberdashery

On Friday, Santa visited The Village Haberdashery! I was on the building site all week and was not involved in decorating the shop at all, so when Harvey and I arrived we got to experience it as customers and were so delighted! Here is a video I took of Santa’s arrival (click to open in a new tab). They are out of frame, but Caroline and Kym are tossing confetti at Santa!

Santa comes to The Village Haberdashery

Despite our shop being so super tiny and bursting with stock. the flow of things felt just fine. Harvey marched up to tell Santa exactly what he wanted ‘a robot arm with a dinosaur on the front’ (he saw these at the Natural History Museum gift shop). He didn’t quite like the idea of sitting on Santa’s lap, so I hopped in for a picture. Love these snaps! Harvey is wearing one of the elf hats I got for the girls to wear.

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Our Santa was excellent and Caroline and Kym did an amazing job running our little grotto!

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And huge thanks to Caroline and her husband for putting up lights around the shop the night before! How cool does that look?

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Thank you to everyone who came to the shop to see Santa! To find out more about our special Christmas classes for kids at the shop today and tomorrow click here.

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Meet Santa on 16 December at The Village Haberdashery! Plus festive holiday classes for kids

We are thrilled to have some really fun Christmas activities coming up for kids at our West Hampstead shop! Bookings for Santa can be made online here and class bookings can be made here. We hope to see you!

Christmas events for kids at The Village Haberdashery

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A NEW SAVE THE DATE for our opening weekend at West Hampstead Square plus some pics

We have a new date for our grand opening weekend so please update your calendars for the 7 & 8 January 2017! We are planning such a fun weekend for you, with prizes, goody bags, bubbly and more!

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Despite more delays, there has been some very noticeable progress on the building site over the past two weeks. Trees have been planted! Trees don’t look their best in the dead of winter, but these will be lovely in the spring.

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Hopefully they won’t block all our soon-to-exist beautiful window displays, though!

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The square is still very much a construction site.

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But concrete is being poured!

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Here is a closer look. Behind those white brick pillars is where you’ll enter the new M&S, which will now be opening in February.

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So…that is where we are. Thank you for rolling with us as the timeline changes yet again!

 

 

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Sew Saturday 2016! Celebrate Christmas in October at our West Hampstead shop

We are a last-minute addition to the Sew Saturday extravaganza on 15 October 2016! Organised by Sew Magazine, Sew Saturday is a celebration of the independent fabric store and haberdasher and it’s a way of showing some love for your local bricks and mortar stores.

There are events happening all over the country and to lure you into our West Hampstead shop on this super fun day, we’ve decided to throw an early Christmas party! We will have Christmas music and festive treats plus 20% off all Christmas fabric in store only! It’s a great chance to stock up on everything you need for handmade decorations, party dresses and Christmasy quilts

Save the date for 15 October 2016 and get ready to get in the Christmas spirit!

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The images in our graphic were designed by Freepik

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A recap of our Macmillan Coffee Morning!

Yesterday we participated in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan. Our newest team member Kym planned this event at our West Hampstead shop and did such an amazing job!

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Here is a recap of our morning (or…cake porn). We had delicious donations from our neighbours The Kitchen Table and Gail’s and Kym did loads of baking herself too.

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But it wasn’t all cake. We also got to learn finger knitting and make Macmillan bracelets!

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And guess how many felt balls were in the jar to win a voucher to the shop!

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Thank you to everyone who dropped in and had a cake or made a finger-knitted bracelet! We were so thrilled with the turnout and happy to surpass our modest goal of raising over £100 raise over £150 for this incredibly worthy organisation (donations still coming in!) To find out more about Macmillan click here.

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Reminder: Macmillan Coffee Morning this Sunday at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Don’t forget! This Sunday, 2 October, The Village Haberdashery is hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at our West Hampstead shop from 10am – 1pm! We will have cake, coffee and hot chocolate, giveaways and, of course, crafts! We’ll have supplies on hand for finger knitting with Macmillan-green t-shirt yarn so it will be a fun morning for both kids and adults. Cake is being generously provided by our neighbours The Kitchen Table and Gail’s.

As a reminder, the shop is located at 47 Mill Lane, West Hampstead, London NW6 1NB. We’re about a 10-15 min walk from the West Hampstead Underground, Overground and Thameslink stations and the C11 bus stops right out front.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer and events are happening all over the UK. Last year alone £25 million was raised through through Coffee Mornings!

There are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer. By 2030, it will be 4 million people. One in three of us will get cancer, and Macmillan’s goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone. They provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. Find out more about Macmillan here.

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