September Make Like a Boss with Rosa and Dominique of Suzy Magazine

Make Like a Boss is back on 13 September with Dominique Major and Rosa Riddington of Suzy Magazine! Suzy is an independent sewing magazine for fashion forward sewists published here in London. After a successful Kickstarter campaign and launch in 2016, Suzy is going strong with issue three in shops now. We’re excited to find out all about what it’s like to run a print magazine and what’s next for Suzy! Plus, we’ll get some tips on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. You can grab a ticket to this free event here.

Dominique and Rosa

Make Like a Boss is a networking series for creative small businesses that we host at our West Hampstead shop. Each super fun, free event features a Q&A with a small business owner (or in this case, owners) 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 nibbles are provided!

Make Like a Boss with Suzy

Here are the quick facts for the September event:

Date: Wednesday, 13 September
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Guest: Dominique Major and Rosa Riddington of Suzy magazine
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or to [email protected]

Good to know: 

Our Facebook Group is now active, so even if you can’t make it to the events you can get in on the conversation and connect with other creative small business women by joining the group.

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Meet the Maker: Amelia Flower

Welcome to our latest edition of Meet the Maker! We are so happy to stock so many great products from small businesses in the UK and we really want to show them off. We will be creating features on different designers, companies and crafters so you can find out more about them and their fantastic products. This time we have been chatting to the lovely Amelia Flower!

Amelia Flower

Kym: We are totally smitten with your quirky designs, tell us about how your brand began.

Amelia: I have always just wanted to draw, it’s all I ever do. Last Summer, I printed a few cards as a way of selling my illustrations and did a local craft fair. I was really nervous, and convinced myself that no one would buy anything. They did, and my cards have kept on selling rapidly since then! I graduated from University two years ago, and worked for two different large creative companies, before deciding to work full-time on my illustration work in March this year. Im in the early stages of my business, so I’m really excited to develop new products and focus more on the freelance side of my work, too!

Amelia Flower

Kym: We love to hear about people taking that leap to create a business, it is so cool that it all started at a local craft fair, they are the best! Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Amelia: You can probably tell that I love to draw people. I get inspiration from everywhere, but mainly by sketching characters when I’m out and about. I always carry a small Moleskine sketchbook with me and draw interesting people or outfits when I’m on a bus or train, or wherever I may be.

Amelia Flower

Kym: People watching is so fun isn’t it! When was it that you first discovered your passion for art?

Amelia: It’s not a very interesting answer, but I really have always been drawing. It’s what I do for fun, and now for work too. I used to always take a sketchbook to school with me and draw in lessons, and I remember more than once having notes from teachers on my work telling me to stop decorating the margins and drawing on everything.

Amelia Flower

Kym: Haha! Love it! What are the major steps in your creative process and what medium do you prefer to work in to create your illustrations?

Amelia: Most of my ideas start as really terrible scribbles in my notebook. As I mentioned previously, I always have my notebook with me so that I can quickly write down an idea that comes to me. When I’m designing cards, I’ll look back through my notebook and choose which idea I’d like to work on. This way, I’m never stuck for a starting point, and don’t have to waste time trying to think of something to draw. I used to use Adobe Illustrator, but now I work solely on my iPad Pro. It’s great because I can carry it with me everywhere I go, and work from anywhere!

Amelia Flower

Kym: I see from your website that you also take illustration commissions. What has been your most bizarre request?!

Amelia: I haven’t had anything particularly bizarre unfortunately, but I have something exciting coming out soon that I can’t mention yet- that’s a very dull answer, sorry!

Amelia Flower

Kym: Oooo, very mysterious… looking forward to hearing more soon! What do you consider to be your biggest achievement to date?

Amelia: This was definitely when Liberty placed their first order for my cards. I was so excited when I went to visit my cards in the shop, and I hovered around the till watching a customer buy one. I couldn’t believe it!

Amelia Flower

Kym: That sounds so exciting! I would have done the same! We love how environmentally friendly your products are. Tell us about how you have achieved this.

Amelia: I am very environmentally conscious in my everyday life, and so using disposable plastic sleeves for my cards made me feel so hypocritical and guilty because it didn’t fit with my personal beliefs. I searched for a long time for a solution and finally found some fantastic compostable and biodegradable display sleeves. They’re great- you can throw them away, and they completely biodegrade! I’m still phasing-out the old packaging to use up stock, but my Christmas cards will be the first to use fully compostable packaging. I’m hoping to become as plastic-free as possible over the next few months.

Amelia Flower

Kym: That is so inspirational! Thank you very much for chatting to me Amelia, just for fun to finish off, how would you describe your style in three words?

Amelia: Colourful, contemporary, fun.

Amelia Flower

You can purchase Amelia’s cards in our West Hampstead store or shop online here! Also check out her awesome website!

Let us know in the comments below who you would like to see featured in Meet the Maker next time!

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Stitch & Story meet and greet and trunk show on 9 September!

We are super excited to announce that Jen and Jen from Stitch & Story will be joining us on Saturday, 9th September for a meet and greet and trunk show!

Stitch & Story

This is an awesome chance to see samples of the garments and accessories from all of their gorgeous knit kits, including their new Sophie la Giraffe collaboration!

Stitch & Story and Sophie la girafe

Stitch & Story have teamed up with global baby brand Sophie la girafe, makers of that beloved and ubiquitous teether (mamas, you know what I’m talking about!), to create exclusive knitting kits using their superfine merino baby yarns. The kits are beautifully designed and packaged in London and are perfect for gifts for new mums and baby. Look at this giraffe baby hat – could you die??

Stitch & Story and Sophie la Girafe

Plus we’ll have this year’s new colour of The Chunky Wool – Sangria!

Stitch & Story Sangria

We’re timing this event with the Great London Yarn Crawl 2017, the fifth annual tour of London’s best yarn and haberdashery shops. Unfortunately tickets to the Yarn Crawl are now sold out, but you can still pop in to our shop between 10am – 4pm for the Stitch & Story event plus cold drinks and nibbles!

 

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Dates for your diary: upcoming events at The Village Haberdashery!

We have some really exciting things happening at The Village Haberdashery over the next few months and there will be lots more to tell you about absolutely everything but I thought we’d give you a quick list of dates for your diary so you don’t miss out on anything!

Saturday, 9 September – Great London Yarn Crawl and Stitch & Story trunk show

You can still grab tickets to this awesome event here and even if you can’t go on the crawl, you can visit our shop on the day for a meet and greet and trunk show with meet Jen and Jenny from Stitch & Story! They’ll have samples from all of their gorgeous knit kits, including the super fun new collaboration with the beloved Sophie la GirafeThe Great London Yarn Crawl

Saturday, 30 September – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

Join us for coffee, cake, games, crafts and giveaways to raise funds Macmillan! This will be our second year participating and you can see some highlights of last year’s event here.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Sunday, 1 October – the first of our Makers Market designer maker pop ups

On Sundays from 1 October to 17 December we’ll be hosting a series of pop ups in our shop! Our call for trader applications closes on 31 August, so we’ll be announcing the schedule soon. You’ll be able to shop handmade or locally produced products straight from the designer makers themselves and we couldn’t be more excited!

Makers Market

Friday, 15 December – Meet Santa at The Village Haberdashery

Oh yes, Christmas is coming! We had so much fun when Santa visited our shop last year so we’ve decided to make it a tradition to host Santa on the last day of school before the Christmas holidays. And we can’t wait to decorate in our new shop and share this fun tradition with you! See highlights (including a video!) of last year’s event here.

Meet Santa at The Village Haberdashery

Stay tuned for more info and even more events coming up – we’re going to be busy this autumn and winter!

 

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The colour of the month for August is White and Low Volume!

This month our Colour of the Month Club members receive bundles of low volume, white on white and neutral stash builders! These are great background fabrics and perfect for adding subtle texture and interest to your quilts. We have a couple of limited edition bundles left over, click here to grab your own.

Cotton + Steel BasicsNetorious in White (Cotton + Steel)
TwistTwist in Almond (Dashwood Studio)
Modern Backgrounds LusterShakespeare in White and Metallic Gold by Zen Chic (Moda)
Knock on WoodPlus in Cream by Deena Rutter (Riley Blake)
Hashtag in Black (Riley Blake)
Farm FunWire in Milk by Stacy Iset Hsu (Moda)
Desert BloomSpring in Ivory by Sherri and Chelsi (Moda)
FriedlanderGreen Wall in Garden by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)
Ava RoseScript in Cream by Deena Rutter (Riley Blake)
EuclidReflect in Natural by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)

Clockwise from top, our Kona Cotton Solids bundle includes Bone, Natural, Tan, Sand, Cream, Eggshell, Latte, White, Snow, Bleach White

Want a hand-picked selection of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Sign up for our one of our monthly clubs!

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Beautiful floral cotton lawn fabric from Lady McElroy

New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Beautiful floral cotton lawn fabric from Lady McElroy

We’ve had the most beautiful new floral cotton lawn fabrics by Lady McElroy arrive in the shop, and we can’t wait to see what you make with them!

Beautiful floral cotton lawn fabric from Lady McElroy

This delicate Camelia design is available in two colours, Ocean and Blush, and is perfect for a 50s style skirt or dress.

Cotton Lawn - Camellia in Ocean

This colourful Watercolours design features painterly poppies, and would make a lovely summery top.

Cotton Lawn - Watercolours

We absolutely love this stunning Springtime Haze design, with colourful illustrated flowers on a dove grey background.

Cotton Lawn - Springtime Haze

And this stunning Perennial Splendour in Navy is just waiting to be made into a statement dress.

Cotton Lawn - Perennial Splendour in Navy

We also love the colourful floral design of this Circle of the Orient cotton lawn.

Cotton Lawn - Circle of the Orient

You can shop all our new Lady McElroy fabrics here.

Art Sketch viscose spandex luxury jersey

We love this stunning viscose and spandex blend luxury jersey fabric, with a painted ‘Art Sketch‘ design. With its bold colour palette of purple, pink, and yellow, this fabric would look amazing as a wrap dress or drapey top.

Viscose/Spandex Jersey - Art Sketch

Shop the Art Sketch viscose spandex jersey here, and shop all our knit fabrics here. You can also find all of our sewing patterns for knit fabrics here.

Pineapple Farm quilt and pillow pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

Use your favourite fat quarters or 10″ fabric squares to piece these sweet and colourful patchwork pineapples!

Elizabeth Hartman - Pineapple Farm Quilt and Pillow Pattern

This Pineapple Farm pattern by Elizabeth Hartman includes instructions for three quilt sizes, including a picnic quilt, and a 20″ x 20″ quilted pillow cover.

Elizabeth Hartman - Pineapple Farm Quilt and Pillow Pattern

Shop the Pineapple Farm pattern here, and shop all Elizabeth Hartman quilt patterns here.

Origami papers by Paper Poetry

These fun origami paper sets by Paper Poetry contain 60 sheets (20 each of 10x 10cm, 15x 15cm and 20x 20cm squares), in twelve gorgeous designs printed on 70g/m2 paper.

Origami papers by Paper Poetry

The Tropical Spring set features flamingos, watermelons, pineapples, and cacti, and the Romantic Flowers set features floral, polka-dot and love heart designs. Shop all our origami papers here.

Paper Parties by Erin Hung from BerinMade

For inspirational paper craft projects have a look at the ‘Paper Parties‘ book by Erin Hung.

Kraft gift tags & waxed cotton string

Dress up your gifts with these round kraft gift tags with waxed cotton string. Each pack contains 30 kraft round gift tags and six metres of black waxed cotton string. Includes 10 each of 4.2cm, 5.2cm and 6.2cm sized tags.

Kraft Gift Tags and Waxed Cotton String - Round

We also have kraft gift tags in Rosette and Ornament designs. Shop all our gift tags here.

Holographic Rainbow washi tape

Add rainbows to everything with this Holographic Rainbow washi tape!

Washi Tape - Magical Summer in Rainbows

Washi tape is practical and fun because it’s strong but easy to remove from most surfaces and comes in an endless variety of colours and patterns. Use it to decorate gift wrap, cards, notebooks, even furniture… the possibilities really are endless! Shop the Holographic Rainbow washi tape here, and shop all our washi tape here.

September quilting classes with Jenny Haynes

The super talented Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten is back in our studio next month with three brilliant classes for quilters!

September quilting classes with Jenny Haynes

  • On Friday evening, 15 September, Jenny will teach an introduction into the mystery called Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)!
  • On Saturday, 16 September, we’ll conquer curved piecing and learn to machine-sew beautiful curves while making Jenny’s curvy River Quilt.
  • On Sunday, 17 September, learn how to cut, shape and machine-sew curves with bias tape while making Jenny’s Slalom Quilt (pictured).

Find out more and book your place in one of Jenny’s classes here.

Special offer!

Save an extra 25% on everything in the sale section, no code necessary! We’ve recently added new fabric, stationery, craft supplies and sewing patterns to the sale, and there are some seriously good deals to be found. Start shopping here!

25% off already reduced sale items!

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Tutorial: Patchwork Rainbow Cloud wall hanging

Earlier this week we posted the images of our Great British Summer Outing shop display and as promised, here is the tutorial for how to make the patchwork cloud that features in it.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

I have to admit, when I was making this I was just kind of making it up as I went along! As this is a project you can make in any size I have not given and exact measurements.

What you will need:
A plain grey fabric for the background and the backing. (I used Manchester Yarn Dyes – Steel)
Long strips of fabric in rainbow colours (skinny quarters of Kona Cotton Solids work great for this)
Co-ordinating thread
Wadding or Toy Filling (whichever you prefer)
General sewing supplies

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

1. Draw your shape out on a piece of paper making sure it is about half an inch larger than you want the finished cloud to be to allow for seam allowances.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

2. Cut out your shape. This is now your template.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

3. Draw 8 evenly spaced lines out to mark out where your rainbow stripes will go.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

4. Cut out long strips of the coloured fabrics twice as wide as the rainbow stripes, plus 1 inch. Don’t worry too much about the length, just make sure they are a bit longer than the lines you have drawn on your template. Then iron these strips in half longways. This automatically finished one of their edges.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

5. Find matching threads for each of your colours. (It is up to you how fussy you want to be about how well they match).

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

6. One at a time, layer your stripes by overlapping them in ‘rainbow order’. You are aiming for the visible parts of the stripes to be the same width as the lines you drew on the template.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

7. Top stitch them together 1/4inch from the fold of the top piece. I used the 1/4inch seam foot on my machine to help with this.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

8. You should end up with a block of coloured stripes with a neat fold at one side and raw edges at the other.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

9. Cut half of your main cloud front fabric in half diagonally so you have a piece for either side of the cloud. (Make sure you leave enough for the backing). Overlap the bottom side of the rainbow over the corresponding diagonal main cloud front piece.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

10. Top stitch 1/4inch from the fold to join them.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

11. Place the raw edge of the rainbow right sides together with the other corresponding diagonal side of the main cloud fabric. Stitch with a 1/2inch seam and press the seam towards the cloud.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

12. Your should now have something that looks something like this…

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

13. Place your paper cloud template on top and pin it down.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

14. Cut around your template to get your final shape.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

15. Cut out a second cloud shape from your cloud backing fabric. Place your cloud backing and cloud front right sides together and pin. Sew all the way around with a 1/2inch seam allowance leaving a gap for turning and stuffing. You will need to pivot at the corners.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

16. Clip the curves and snip into the troughs and turn right sides out. Press.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

17. Fill with toy stuffing or wadding and sew up the gap. You can also top stitch around the whole shape if you like or even quilt it.

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

18.You can then hang up your cloud with invisible thread if you wish or use it as something else… a cushion perhaps?

Patchwork Cloud Tutorial

The sun and the raindrops are made simply by cutting out two of each shape, placing them right sides together, sewing around them leaving a gap and then turning to the right side and finishing. Easy!

We would love to see your versions of our rainbow cloud. Share your makes with #thevillagehaberdashery.

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September Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Come and join us this September in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop for one of our creative classes or events! We have something to suit every level, interest and schedule!

Read on to find out what we have planned for September or browse all of our classes here. Plus, don’t forget about our fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6:30pm… just bring your knitting, we’ll supply the biscuits!

Studio

Want to work on your own project in our studio? Check out out studio bookings page to book a slot! Also many of our classes can be booked as private parties for groups of 8 to 18. Get in touch at [email protected] with your requirements!

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Tuesday, 26 September, 7pm – 9pm (£45)

In this fun two hour workshop, Suzie Kemner will lead you through the process of turning a fabric of your choice into a beautiful drum lampshade. You’ll learn how to line up the fabric, attach it to specialist lampshade vinyl (glow tested and certified) and then craft it into a 30cm lampshade that can be hung from a ceiling rose or mounted on a standard lamp. Once you’ve learned the technique, you’ll be able to create lampshades of your own in different sizes. This workshop is perfect if you want to create a beautiful, lovingly made lampshade to brighten up your home, and is a wonderful, relaxing way to pass the evening. You don’t need any experience at all as Suzie will take you through every step of the process. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to Make a Lampshade

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sophia Palmer
Saturday, 23 September, 10:30am – 1:15pm or 2:30pm – 5:15pm (£40)

Do you want to learn a completely new and unique way of using your sewing machine? This workshop will give you a new expressive way to decorate and create. Mixing free motion thread sketching with fabric appliqué to create totally individual pieces of art! You’ll learn how to draw with thread, tips for the perfect fabric appliqué and how to trace your own designs into fabric art. Find out more and sign up here.

Freehand Machine Embroidery

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker 
Monday, September 18, 7pm – 9:30pm or Friday, 29 September, 10:30am – 1pm (£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 out more and sign up her.

Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Tuesday, 5 September, 10:30am – 1pm, or Wednesday, 27 September, 7pm – 9:30pm (£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

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Tuesday, 12 September, 11am – 2pm, or Saturday, 16 September, 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! You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes. Please contact us if you have any questions! Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 2 September, 10am – 5pm (£95)

This intensive one-day class is designed for students who know how to sew, but want to learn how to make a dress that fits beautifully. Working with the dress pattern of your choice, our experienced instructor will teach show you tips and techniques for taking accurate measurements, making a muslin, evaluating fit, basic pattern adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening) and altering your pattern. You’ll leave class with a finished muslin and a corrected pattern so you can make the dress of your dreams at home! Find out more and sign up here.

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland

Free Knitting Class and Drop In Clinic with Renee Callahan – Knitting in the Round
Thursday, 28 September, 6:30pm – 9pm (FREE!)

In this special edition of our weekly Thursday Knit Night with our teacher Renee Callahan, we’ll spend an hour learning how to knit in the round followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges! This is a free event but please reserve a place here to help us keep track of numbers.

Renee Knitting

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Thursday, 7 September, 6.30pm – 9pm (£40)

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

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes
Friday, 15 September, 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 out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes

Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 9 September, 10am – 4pm (£95)

Designed for intermediate and advanced quilters, this class will take you through the tricky bits of isosceles triangle patchwork. We will cover how to cut triangles with a ruler, deal with bias seams and sew precise and sharp points while working on a baby or lap-size pyramid quilt top. You’ll be able to keep your isosceles triangle ruler and you’ll leave with the confidence to complete your quilt top at home! Find out more and sign up here.

Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 20 September, 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 and sign up here.

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares
Tuesday, 12 September, 7:00pm – 9:00pm or Tuesday, 26 September, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£35)

Learn to crochet the classic granny square! In this two hour class, you’ll learn to create a granny square that can be used as a drinks coaster or as the start of a blanket, accessory or anything else you can dream up! We’ll cover basic crochet stitches, how to finish a square and how to connect squares to create larger projects plus how to follow a crochet pattern or chart. All materials are included in the class fee. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here!

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares

Machine Pieced Curves: River Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Saturday, 16 September 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 with Jenny Haynes

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Sunday, 10 September, 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. With plenty of help from our expert instructor throughout the day, you will learn how to use rag rug equipment, how to work with hessian, how to choose and prepare materials, how to design for rag rug, how to do the two different types of rag rugging (loopy and shaggy) and how to finish your work. During the session you will get the opportunity to begin a rug, cushion or smaller project (depending on how ambitious you’re feeling!). All the rag rug materials are provided on the day and you’ll get a latch hook to take home with you! Find out more and sign up here.

Rag Rugging with Elspeth Jackson

Slalom Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Sunday, 17 September, 10am – 4pm (£95)

Learn how to cut, shape and machine-sew curves with bias tape! In this class Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will talk you through three different ways of using bias tape, discussing which technique works best for what project and how to get a neat finish. Plus, you’ll get to put your techniques to work by making a start on The Slalom Quilt. This is a quick and fun pattern that offers an easy way to create curves without piecing. Find out more and sign up here.

Slalom Quilt with Jenny Haynes

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 6 September, 6:30pm – 9:30pm or Wednesday, 13 September, 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! This workshop is focussed solely on the skill of sewing and the entire three hours will be spent practising each element below to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

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Let us host your company’s next team-building workshop!

We are now offering company team-building workshops! Get out of the office and kickstart your team’s creativity by learning a new craft or book a workshop as a Christmas treat. We’ve hand-picked the classes for these packages to suit diverse groups and all skill levels.

Calligraphy Class at West Hampstead

Packages start at £45 per person for a three hour workshop at either 10am or 2pm. Each package includes expert instruction, all materials, a welcome glass of prosecco and coffee and tea. If you’d like additional refreshments, we can organise that too. Events take place in our sunny West Hampstead studio.

The Village Haberdashery West Hampstead Studio

We’ve refreshed our website with a dedicated area for team-building workshops and there is a printable version below (click the picture to open as a PDF) to show your team or HR director. And right now if you book a workshop you’ll get a £20 voucher to the shop for referring your company! Just make sure the person who books gives us your name if you don’t book yourself.  Any questions? Just email [email protected]Team Workshops at The Village HaberdasheryTeam Workshops at The Village Haberdashery

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Pop-Up Weaving Loom

New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Pop-up weaving looms and kits from Hawthorn Handmade

New in the shop this week is this awesome pop-up weaving loom by Hawthorn Handmade, perfect for those new to weaving as well as experienced weavers!

Pop-up weaving looms and kits from Hawthorn Handmade

Lovingly made from high quality laser cut birch plywood, the loom comes as a flat piece. Simply snap the sections apart and follow the simple instructions to build your loom!

Pop-Up Weaving Loom

The pop-up weaving loom is very mobile, can be used with a variety of materials such as yarn, thread and wool, and is ideal for creating wall-hanging pieces.

Pop-Up Weaving Loom

We also stock weaving supply kits to help kickstart your weaves even further, in a variety of colours of yarn and wool. Shop the new pop-up weaving loom and all our weaving supplies here.

Weaving Supply Pack - Lime & Pink

And if you want to get started weaving in a class setting at our West Hampstead shop, we have the talented Amy Ilić joining us again this autumn! Find her Introduction to Modern Weaving classes here.

Merino wool bundles for felting and weaving

Spark your imagination with a handpicked selection of merino wool tops ideal for needle felting, weaving, and other craft projects in a beautiful range of colours. Each bundle contains 100g of ethically sourced 100% Merino wool. Choose from Pastels, Autumn shades, Ocean shades, Brights, and more.

Merino wool bundles for felting and weaving

We also stock a beautiful British Breeds bundle, with a selection of 100% British wool. Shop all the Wool Bundles here.

British Breeds bundle

Super fun cotton fabrics by Rico

Cute new fabric alert! We love these fun new prints from Rico‘s Magical Christmas collection, featuring shimmery gold ink. Get crafty with the sweet Stars in Gold and super fun Stars in Neon & Gold, perfect for making fun zip pouches, children’s clothing or quilts.

Super fun cotton fabrics by Rico

And start your Christmas crafting early with Acorns in Gold, featuring black and white acorn and leaf illustrations. With hints of gold for sparkle, this print is perfect for all your Christmas home decor accents. Shop all our Rico fabrics here.

Flamingo & Cacti iron-on motif set

Customise your garments and craft projects with these fun iron-on motifs! The Flamingo and Cacti iron-on motif set would look great on a denim jacket or dungaree dress, or use them to customise a zip pouch or pencil case.

Flamingo & Cacti iron-on motif set

We also love this super cute Cherries iron-on motif, the perfect finishing touch to your 50s style dress! Shop all our iron-on patches here.

Iron-on glitter sheets in silver & gold

Design and create your own motifs with our iron-on glitter sheets, available in silver and gold! Simply cut out a shape from the glitter sheet and iron onto clothing, accessories, and fabric!

Iron-on glitter sheets in silver & gold

We also have these iron-on letters in gold glitter script, to further personalise your clothes and accessories. You can shop all our textile art range, including textile paints, here.

Gold wire clips

Add some glamour to your workspace with these gold wire clips by Rico! Available in two sizes – Small 19mm and Large 32mm – these clips are super useful in the office, at home, and even for sewing vinyl.

Gold wire clips

Shop all our stationery range, including planners, greeting cards, colourful tape, pens, pencils and desk accessories, here.

Make Your Own Espadrilles with Suzie Kemner

Our espadrilles workshop has been so popular we’ve added another date, on Tuesday 22nd August. Spend a fun evening making your own strappy espadrilles, in a fabric of your choice.

Make Your Own Espadrilles with Suzie Kemner

You’ll walk away with one completed sandal, with all the knowledge and skills to finish the second one (and many more pairs!) at home. Find out more and book your place here.

Special offer

This week save 25% on all of our party supplies! We have some super fun products, from garlands to lanterns to cake picks. Use code PARTY25 to save but don’t delay! The offer is only good until 16 August. Start shopping here.

Save 20% on party supplies!

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