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MORE Wonderland by Rifle Paper Company sewing inspiration!

We still have a great selection of the amazing Rifle Paper Company Wonderland fabric collection on our shelves, including those hard to find fat quarter bundles, and in case you were short of ideas of what to stitch it up into we thought we would share some makes from social media to get you inspired!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton and Steel

We love the Rose Garden print in the Moss Metallic colour-way so much. How amazing does @colleenwynn look in her top and skirt!

Wonderland Inspiration

Cameos in Green is another fantastic green. @224acres has made this awesome bag…

Wonderland Inspiration

…and @somethingsewsweetofficial has created this simple but effective cushion cover. A great first project idea!

Wonderland Inspiration

Cameos also come in a Rose colour-way. This sweet apron by @missamandawilliams is perfect for baking those jam tarts!

Wonderland Inspiration

@chickietails has made these really lovely made everyday dresses in Cameos in Rose and Mad Tea Party in Neutral. How cute would a Geranium Dress be in these prints too!

Wonderland Inspiration

Speaking of things that are cute… what about this baby romper by @elisehuguette in Procession in Neutral!

Wonderland Inspiration

This skirt in the same by @stitchologyabq is so fun!

Wonderland Inspiration

The Painted Roses in Black Rayon fabric is so nice to work with and has a stunning drape. @cablesandcalico has cleverly ‘hacked together’ the Washi Dress and the Bettine Dress to create this stunner!

Wonderland Inspiration

This tunic by @kimaboxer works so well….

Wonderland Inspiration

…and she even had fabric left over for her daughter to make a mini dress too!

Wonderland Inspiration

@urbanspools looks super happy with her massive tote in Rose Garden in Crimson Metallic! Tote bags are great first projects for beginners!

Wonderland Inspiration

Don’t forget this fabric comes in Red too! Here is our By Hand London Flora Dress.

Wonderland Inspiration

Another one of the lovely rayons here with @missmake looking chic in her Green Bee Patterns Frances dress in Magic Forest in Ruby. This is also available in blue
Wonderland Inspiration

…and in a quilting cotton weight in Neutral (this fab bag is by @somethingsewsweetofficial)…

Wonderland Inspiration

…and Midnight Metallic! This skirt by @thuthu929 is awesome with it’s big bow!

Wonderland Inspiration

Looking for a simpler or quick sew perhaps…? How about a Willow Tank? This one is by @kimaboxer and fabric is Follow Suit in Navy Metallic Lawn. This fabric is extremely comfortable to wear!

Wonderland Inspiration

Check out this Deer and Doe Belladone dress in the same fabric by @joeycraftworkz.

Wonderland Inspiration

How about this Tie by @thuthu929. This fabric is great for the fellas too!

Wonderland Inspiration

@thesewingbeebee has designed this super cool yoga mat bag in Caterpillar Dots in Cobalt Metallic!

Wonderland Inspiration

This teapot quilt block by @quiltsbydenise in Garden Party in Navy is so fitting!…

Wonderland Inspiration

I wish our Colette Rue dress in this fabric fitted me!

Wonderland Inspiration

I hope our little round up of ideas has got you inspired to create your own Wonderland masterpieces! Share your makes with us using #thevillagehaberdashery. Check our more ideas by searching for#wonderlandfabric#riflepapercofabric and#riflepapercowonderland!

Find our remaining stock here. Get it quick before it disappears down a rabbit hole!

Pssst! We also still have some of Rifle Paper Co‘s other collection Les Fleurs Rayon left in stock including this stunning Birch Floral in Navy (This lovely cami top is by @somethingsewsweetofficial).

Les Fleurs Rayon

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Survey time! Cotton and Steel Spring 2017 collections

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

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

Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co.

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

Lagoon by Rashida Coleman-Hale

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

Sienna by Alexia Abegg

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

Snap to grid by Kim Kight

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

Magic Forest by Sarah Watts

Beauty Shop by Sarah Watts and Melody Miller

New Cotton and Steel Basics

Spring 2017 Cotton and Steel Basics

 

 

 

 

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Wonderland vignettes in our West Hampstead Shop!

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

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

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

The Tea Party

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

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

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

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

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

Mad Tea Party

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

Mad Hatter Hat

Alice and the White Rabbit

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

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

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

Darling Ranges Dress

Darling Ranges Dress

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

Darling Ranges Buttons

Quilt Garden

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

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

And of course not forgetting her trademark paw print signature.

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

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

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

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

Painting the Roses

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

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

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

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

Painted flowers ladder

Paper Flowers

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

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For the kids! Easter Weekend competition at our West Hampstead shop

Tonight we’ll be setting up our Alice in Wonderland display at our West Hampstead shop featuring fabrics from the Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Co.! If you want to be one of the first to see you can find our Easter Weekend opening hours here (the main thing is we’re closed on Easter Sunday).

To make things extra fun for the kids, on Saturday and Monday we’ll be playing a game in the shop! The winner will receive a £5 gift voucher and everyone who participates will get a chocolate. Read on to find out what we have planned…

Alice in Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co

The King of Hearts is in a panic and needs your help this Easter! He sent this message:

Happy Easter, West Hampstead! Please can you help me?

I am in a bit of a pickle here: All of our playing cards are hiding because they are scared that the Queen of Hearts will chop off their heads for planting the wrong colour roses in the garden! We need to find them all quickly so they can paint them the right colour before she sees them!

Also see if you can find the Knave of Hearts. He has stolen her Tarts again!

They can’t have gone far. Have a look around the shop to see if you can see them!

Thank you!

There are playing cards hiding throughout the shop and each card has a letter written on it. Unscramble the letters to spell an Easter word and you’ll be entered to win the prize! You can pop in any time on Saturday or Monday to play.

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Be part of our upcoming Wonderland display!

Calling all Knitters and Crocheters!

To celebrate the arrival of the much anticipated Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel (coming so soon!) we are planning a big Alice in Wonderland themed display for our West Hampstead shop and we need your help!
Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

We would love you to get your knitting needles and crochet hooks out and stitch us some tea party treats! We are looking for miniature cakes, biscuits, cookies, and tea cups, juice bottles…. you get the idea!

Crochet Cake Sachets Inseparable Cake

The only criteria is that they should be no bigger than 4 inches by 4 inches. Pick any colours you like – this is a great project for using up up your bits of left over yarn!

There are some great free patterns out there and you can find links to some good ones below. Or, of course, you can make up your own! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • For crocheters check out the totally adorable Crochet Cake Sachets by Normalynn Hood. The images that follow are from this collection!
  • For knitters we love Jean Greenhouse’s Tea Party Treats!

Crochet Cake Sachets Mini Cakes

Please drop off your finished goodies at our shop in West Hampstead or pop them in the post to us by 31 March (our new postal address is The Village Haberdashery, Unit 6, Hardy Building, Heritage Lane, NW6 2BR). We aim to reveal our displays at the beginning of April so we would love to receive your work before then if possible. But don’t panic – we can still add items to it if you don’t finish in time!

Crochet Cake Sachets Cat

Afterwards we will donate them all to The Children’s Society shop on West End Lane.

Have fun! And if you have any questions, contact us.

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Our favourite flamingo products for every maker!

Flamingos are so fun and popular, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon! We get so excited when we see a new flamingo product and we know you do too. So we created a secret flamingo section on our website for the truly committed!

Whatever your craft addiction, I bet we have a flamingo for you! Here is a peek at some of our favourite flamingo products.

flamingo-knits

Organic cotton interlock knits from the Sidewalk fabric collection by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9. These are the Lawn Ornament print in Ivory and Coral.

Flamingo and Pineapple Stamp Set

Flamingo and Pineapple Stamp Set by San Francisco, California-based Yellow Owl Workshop.

midday-at-the-oasis

Michael Miller‘s Midday at the Oasis quilting cotton collection.

 

Sophia the Flamingo crochet amigurumi kit by Toft UK

Sophia the Flamingo crochet amigurumi kit by Toft UK.

Hokkoh Flamingo cotton single gauze

Japanese Flamingo-print cotton single gauze from Hokkoh.

Flamingo washi tape

Tropical Spring washi tape set.

flamingo-lawn

Cotton lawn flamingo fabric from the Les Fleurs collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel.

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Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. pre-sale starts now!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. pre-sale starts now!

A few years ago, Anna Rifle Bond was asked by Puffin Books to illustrate the 150th anniversary edition of the classic novel Alice in Wonderland. Now, the Wonderland collection brings her nearly 80 hand paintings to 32 high quality Cotton and Steel fabrics, including quilting cottons, lawns, canvases and rayons. Alice falls into the rabbit hole to a world of tea parties and enchanted forests, meeting a well-known cast of characters along the way!

The entire Wonderland collection is now available for pre-sale! We expect it to arrive in March/April 2017 but you can order now to ensure your bundle is among the very first we cut and ship.

Shop the full collection, pick up a fat quarter bundle or a half metre bundle of the quilting cottons or build a bundle of your faves!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

 

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Survey time! Cotton and Steel Fall 2016 collections

It’s that time again! Time for you to weigh in on all the brand new Cotton and Steel collections and help us decide what to stock. You can earn 25 Stash Points for each survey you complete by end of day on Friday, 4 November and there are a total of eight surveys! So grab a cup of hot chocolate and settle in for some imaginary shopping. I *think* all of the collections are hitting stores in January, except for Wonderland which will ship in March.

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Company – A few years ago, Anna Rifle Bond was asked by Puffin Books to illustrate the 150th anniversary edition of the classic novel Alice in Wonderland. The Wonderland collection brings her nearly 80 hand paintings to 32 high quality Cotton and Steel fabrics, including quilting cottons, lawns, canvases and rayons. Alice falls into the rabbit hole to a world of tea parties and enchanted forests, meeting a well-known cast of characters along the way.

Jubilee by Melody Miller

Jubilee by Melody Miller – Jubilee is inspired by a retro neighborhood block party and it has the fun vintage flair that Melody is known for.

Yours Truly by Kim Kight

Yours Truly by Kim Kight – For her new collection, Kim started with love-themed motifs from her extensive vintage fabric collection and created prints the celebrate sewing as an act of love. The colours include a bit of pink neon and metallic gold heart action. Plus there’s a love poem on the selvedge that you can use for quilt labels and tags.

Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts

Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts – Sleep Tight is a gender-neutral collection inspired by what babies might dream about, and it features lots of cute animals and a sophisticated color palette that is on trend with modern nurseries.

Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg

Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg – Flower Shop is inspired by the sights of an outdoor Mexican flower market. This collection at its heart is really Print Shop 2; Alexia continued with the same techniques and sense of play she used in Print Shop but expanded and added more of watercolours into the mix.

Kujira and Star by Rashida Coleman-Hale

Kujira and Star by Rashida Coleman-Hale – Kujira (which means whale in Japanese) tells the story of a whale and starfish duo that set off to explore the waters off the coast of Japan, and all the fun things and landmarks they discover along the way.

Plus there are surveys for SS Bluebird and Black and White 2017!

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New shop window featuring Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton and Steel

It’s time to show you our new West Hampstead shop window and I’m so excited! The samples (and the fabrics) in this window are some of my all time favourites. I knew we’d do a window all around Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co when the collection arrived from Cotton and Steel. We love it and you love it so we wanted to have some fun with it! Read on to find out all about these projects.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co shop window at The Village Haberdashery in London

Now on to the dresses! We went with all girls for this window. Lots of lovely florals and pretty gathers all around. Kym made all of these garments for the window and she did a great job.

I’m really sorry to say that a lot of these fabrics are totally sold out, but I think there is still loads of inspiration to be found here! When we planned this window we picked fabrics that we still had loads of…but they went fast.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Deer and Doe Sureau Dress

Our lady is wearing a sleeveless Deer and Doe Sureau Dress in Birch in Periwinkle and I am bonkers crazy about it. This is one of my favourite dress patterns and this is one of my favourite fabrics from the collection. You love it too…we’ve gone through three bolts and it’s back on pre-order for October delivery. I can’t wait for this dress to be MINE!

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Deer and Doe Sureau Dress

Did you know that you can now purchase Deer and Doe patterns online in our shop? It’s so exciting!

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Deer and Doe Sureau Dress

Our littlest is wearing the Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse and Skirt. The blouse is sewn up in Carousel in Pink and the skirt is in Netorious in Anna Peach, one of the new Cotton and Steel Basics designed to coordinate with Les Fleurs.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse and Skirt

The top has a sweet ruffle hem and flutter sleeves. We couldn’t resist adding a spotty button on the back.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse and Skirt

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse and Skirt

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse and Skirt

This skirt is a smart twist on a simple elastic-waist gathered skirt with pleats in the front and a gathered back. Kym’s currently working on a adult-size version for herself!

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse and Skirt

Our older girl is wearing the Oliver + S Garden Party Dress in Rosa in Navy (sadly sold out but it also comes in lovely Periwinkle and Peach!) with accents in Sprinkle in Anna Blue, the other new Cotton and Steel Basic designed to coordinate with Les Fleurs.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Garden Party Dress

There is something just so darling and old-fashioned about this little dress.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Garden Party Dress

Those little sleeves and button-back details are adorable!

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Garden Party Dress

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Oliver + S Garden Party Dress

Caroline made that colourful half-square triangle quilt! To make this playmat size, she used a fat eighth of every quilting cotton in the collection (there were 13) plus the new Basics and a mix of the coordinating Kona Cotton Solids.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Half Square Triangle Quilt

This packs a lot of colour and pattern, but I think it is so fun. We all have favourite squares.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Half Square Triangle Quilt

And of course, Caroline’s signature paw print is on the back!

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co Half Square Triangle Quilt

Finally, that garland! We have had paper flower making supplies in the shop for a couple of months and they are so fun to make. On Friday we took a little craft break in the shop and whipped up a few to use in a paper flower garland for this display. Seemed appropriate for a Les Fleurs window, right?

Paper Flower Making Supplies

Caroline took more supplies home and went wild playing with different styles. She used chopsticks for the stems on these! Don’t they look amazing?

Paper Flower Making Supplies

This peony style flower is my favourite. She didn’t use a template for this one – she just made it up! Once you figure out how the paper, glue, wire and tape work together, you can totally go freestyle and it pretty much always comes out gorgeous.

Paper Flower Making Supplies

So…any favourites from this window? Or do you love it all?

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co dresses

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Kona matching! What goes with Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel arrived this week and we had a record number of pre-orders, so we’re certain that you guys are ready to get to work on some amazing projects! All of the pre-orders have shipped so we grabbed a free moment to match up Kona Cotton Solids with this gorgeous collection.

From top to bottom, the colours we recommend are Ivory, Pale Flesh, Ice Peach, Primrose, Bubble Gum, Poppy, Persimmon, Zucchini, Yarrow, Teal Blue, Blue Bell, Periwinkle, Cadet, Prussian, Nightfall and Black. You can find all of these colours in one place here.

As usual with Cotton and Steel collections, there are so many colours! If you need any help working out which Konas you need to go with a specific colour in a specific fabric, just get in touch and we’ll help you out!

Kona Cotton Solids to coordinate with Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

Here are the 13 Les Fleurs quilting cottons so you can see how they stack up!

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co. Quilting Cotton

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