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Reminder: Make Like a Boss with Suzie Dicker of À L’aise on Wednesday!

Make Like a Boss is back this Wednesday! Hosted at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, Make Like a Boss is our monthly networking evening for creative small businesses. Each 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. The events are free and drinks and snacks are provided!

Make Like a Boss with Suzie Dicker from À L'aise

This month we’ll be chatting to Suzie Dicker from À L’aise! À L’aise is a luxury stationery and leather goods brand that launched in 2015 and is stocked in stores such as Anthropologie, Fenwicks and The Design Museum. Suzie also does calligraphy for brands such as Aspinal of London, Clinique and House of Fraser. We’ll be talking to Suzie about launching and building her company and how her product range has grown and evolved plus we’ll get her advice for getting your products manufactured and how to work with working with big brand clients. You can sign up for our May event on Eventbrite.

Suzie Dicker from À L'aise

Here are the quick facts for the May event:

Date: Wednesday, 24 May
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Guest: Suzie Dicker from À L’aise
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or to [email protected]

Good to know: 

Save the date for our June event on 21 June with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons!

Our Facebook Group is now active, so if you missed the first event you can get in on the conversation and connect with other creative small business women by joining the group.

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

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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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Attention, Makers! Join us for Make Like a Boss on 24 May featuring a Q&A with Suzie Dicker from À L’aise

Our Make Like a Boss networking series for creative small businesses kicked off last Wednesday with a great first event featuring Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line and it was such a success! Minor technical difficulties aside, everyone had a great time and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again in May. Plus, our Facebook Group is now active, so if you missed the first event you can get in on the conversation and connect with other creative small business women by joining the group.

Hosted at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, each Make Like a Boss 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. The events are free and drinks and snacks are provided!

Make Like a Boss with Suzie Dicker from À L'aise

In May, we’ll be chatting to Suzie Dicker from À L’aise! À L’aise is a luxury stationery and leather goods brand that launched in 2015 and is stocked in stores such as Anthropologie, Fenwicks and The Design Museum. Suzie also does calligraphy for brands such as Aspinal of London, Clinique and House of Fraser. We’ll be talking to Suzie about launching and building her company and how her product range has grown and evolved plus we’ll get her advice for getting your products manufactured and how to work with working with big brand clients. You can sign up for our May event on Eventbrite.

Suzie Dicker from À L'aise

Here are the quick facts for the May event:

Date: Wednesday, 24 May
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Guest: Suzie Dicker from À L’aise
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or to [email protected]

Plus, save the date for our June event on 21 June with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons!

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

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Save the date for World Wide Knit in Public Day!

We are so excited to tell you that 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!

World Wide Knit in Public Day

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. The event has been running every year on the second Saturday in June since 2005. There were 1015 events last year in 57 countries. Wow!

So save the date, start planning a knitting project that travels well (we’ll have more ideas for you on that soon!) and tell your friends! We can’t wait to take over West Hampstead Square with you!

Here is what you need to know about our event:

Date: Saturday, 10 June
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: West Hampstead Square (in front of The Village Haberdashery)
How to register: Find out more about our event and sign up here or email us at [email protected]
How to get there: We are just steps from the West Hampstead Underground, Overground and Thameslink stations. The 139, 328 and C11 buses stop in front.
Lunch options: There is an M&S on the square, and several cafes nearby to grab a bite
Questions? Email [email protected] [email protected]

Remember – it’s important that you sign up and we have your email so we can keep you informed about any changes to the plans due to rain!

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Reminder: Make Like a Boss with The Fold Line next Wednesday, 26 April!

Super important reminder time: We are kicking off our new monthly networking series for creative small businesses called Make Like a Boss on Wednesday, 26 April at our West Hampstead shop!

Make Like a Boss with The Fold Line

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!

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.

Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line

We have a big new space in West Hampstead that is super easy to get to, and you can find directions and travel info here.

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]k

You can also save the date for our next two events – we’ll be releasing ticket info for May and June very soon but put these in your diary:

Wednesday, 24 May with Suzie Dicker from À L’aise

Wednesday, 21 June with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and The Buttons

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

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Next week is World Craft Week!

We’re super excited to be a part of World Craft Week 2017! Hosted on Facebook during 3-9 April by the team that brings you Mollie Makes, World Craft Week will celebrate the very best in crafting, here in the UK, and all around the world.

World Craft Week

Click here to receive a free downloadable magazine with 25 craft projects for World Craft Week plus discount codes to use to buy supplies at participating shops (including The Village Haberdashery!)

World Craft Week

You can also take part in the World Craft Week challenge and win one of 10 £50 vouchers to Not on the High Street. All you have to do is post a photo, or share a short crafting video, of something you’ve made on our Facebook and tag who (or what) inspires you most, encouraging them to take up the World Craft Week Challenge. Remember to hashtag #worldcraftweek.

For more information and inspiration follow World Craft Week on Facebook and Instagram!

 

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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.

Make Like a Boss

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line

Here are the quick facts of the first event:

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

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

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

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

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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!

we moved to West Hampstead Square

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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