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Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

We could not be more delighted by the arrival of Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel! 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.

Wonderland by Cotton and Steel

The Wonderland collection brings her nearly 80 hand paintings to Cotton and Steel fabrics, including quilting cottons, lawns, cotton/linen canvases and rayons.

Painted Roses in Orange Rayon from Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

In this beautiful collection, 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. Find Wonderland in the shop here.

SS Bluebird by Cotton and Steel

The follow up to last year’s Bluebird line, SS Bluebird is a collaborative collection that puts a nautical spin and fun red accents into the mix of blue-hued designs. We just adore the prints we’re stocking – the letters, the apples, the anchor-heart print. They are all so much fun! Find SS Bluebird in the shop here.

SS Bluebird by Cotton and Steel

Black and White 2017 by Cotton and Steel

This year’s collaborative Black and White collection features neon pink accents and some of our favourite designs – retro roller skates, pink-cheeked cats and curious bears! Find Black and White 2017 in the shop here.

Black and White 207 by Cotton and Steel

Cotton and Steel Basics restocked

We have restocked our favourite Cotton and Steel Basics – Netorious and Sprinkle – and added the new Add It Up basic! These handy fabrics coordinate with the Cotton and Steel collections and are perfect for quilt projects. Find all of our Cotton and Steel Basics in the shop here.

Add it Up by Cotton and Steel

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 pops of fun colours. We’re especially fond of this large scale panel, which can be used for whole cloth quilts (the one below is from the Sleep Tight booth at fall Quilt Market) and soft toys! Find Sleep Tight in the shop here.

Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block

We are thrilled that Emma Block will be teaching her contemporary brush lettering workshop at our West Hampstead shop in 19 April! This class 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 out more and sign up here.

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block

Sale!

This week use code KONASALE10 to save 10% on Kona Cotton Solids. You must buy a half metre minimum per colour to receive the discount. Offer good until 28 March. Start shopping here!

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March Baby Quilt Club reveal!

This bundle started with some fun prints I saw in a customer’s order – the bees from Maureen Cracknell‘s Garden Dreamer collection teamed with that pink herringbone from Hazelwood and the Honey Twist by Dashwood – such a perfect combination! I photographed them to remember for when we pulled this bundle together. This bundle is sophisticated, for sure, but it balances jewel tones with pastels for a quilt that will look so lovely in a little girl’s room.

Want to buy this bundle but you’re not in the club? We have a few limited edition bundles here.

March Baby Quilt Club Bundle from The Village Haberdashery

Clockwise from the top this bundle includes:
Kona Cotton Solids – Ivory (Robert Kaufman)
HazelwoodHerringbone in Coral by One Canoe Two (Moda)
Kona Cotton Solids – Primrose (Robert Kaufman)
Garden DreamerBumble in Buzz by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Sage (Robert Kaufman)
Garden DreamerMoment in Time in Dim by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Willow (Robert Kaufman)
SagePrickly Pear in Ruby by Bari J (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Bordeaux (Robert Kaufman)
TwistHoney (Dashwood Studio)
Kona Cotton Solids – Lemon (Robert Kaufman)
Mini Pearl BraceletsSand by Lizzy House (Andover)

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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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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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Meet our Teachers: Elspeth Jackson, rag rugging

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

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

Rag Rugging with Elspeth Jackson

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Haberdashery

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

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

Rag Rugging Class with Elspeth Jackson at The Village Habershashery

Thank you Elspeth!

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

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The colour of the month for March is orange!

This month our Colour of the Month Club members receive orange bundles! Is there anything more delicious than these? Such a fun selection of happy, mouth-watering shades from bright orange to peach in tiny dots, checks and florals!

Colour of the Month Club Designer Stash Builders Bundle

Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Checkers1/2″ Gingham in Coral (Cotton and Steel)
Saturday MorningCinnabar in Red by BasicGrey (Moda)
Honeycomb DotOrange (Riley Blake)
Farm FunWire in Pumpkin by Stacy Iset Hsu (Moda)
Hop, Skip and a JumpDitsy Daisy in Tangerine by American Jane (Moda)
Remix – Ovals in Tangerine by Ann Kelle (Robert Kaufman)
Rhoda RuthStarlight in Orange by Elizabeth Hartman (Robert Kaufman)
Sew and SewApron Strings in Orange Fizz by Chloe’s Closet (Moda)
Desert BloomBlossom in Coral by Sherri and Chelsi (Moda)
ArchitexturesCrosshatch in Creamsicle by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)

Colour of the Month Kona Cotton Solids Bundle

Clockwise from top our Kona Cotton Solids  selection is Goldfish, School Bus, Orange, Kumquat, Torch, Nectarine, Flame, Tangerine, Carrot, Persimmon.

Want a hand-picked bundle of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Join one of our monthly clubs!

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A close up on our blue, orange and ivory vignette!

This vignette is my absolute favourite and it’s right in the front of our West Hampstead shop when you walk in, with a gorgeous antique mirror behind it looking like it belongs in everybody’s dream home! Again, it was one of those ideas that brewed for months while we waited to figure out when on earth we were going to get to move in. I knew we needed an upholstered chair in the shop, with a chunky knitted throw on top, and these pieces came together better than I could have dreamed!

Blue, red and white vignette at The Village Haberdashery

This chair is just so gorgeous! I love it so much. The plan is to upholster it in new fabric about every six weeks but it’s going to be so hard to let it go! It is an Ikea Ekenäset Armchair and the fabric is Daisy Fields in Blue from Trinket Canvas by Melody Miller for Cotton and Steel. The only thing that makes me feel better is that it is destined to be covered in Wonderland Canvas by Rifle Paper Co. next!

Chair upholstered in Trinket Canvas by Melody Miller

This chunky throw is the Montauk Blanket by Loopy Mango knitted up in Big Loop Merino in Ivory. It’s so great to have it on display because it really demonstrates what a show stopper this yarn is. We have kits for this blanket and they knit up in just a few hours!

Loopy Mango Big Loop Montauk Blanket

Our lady is wearing a Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress in Checkers Gingham in 1″ Gingham in Navy from Cotton and Steel. It was super windy the day we had to take these pictures so we didn’t get the best shots, but this dress is so cute, so soft, and just going to be a dream to wear one day (by me, I hope!)

Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen in Checkers by Cotton and Steel

Finally we added a lampshade! These are a quick and fun make using one of our kits and this one is made up in Check It in Tangerine (sold out, sorry!) from Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

Lampshade in Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander

Apart from the blanket on loan from Loopy Mango, the samples were all made by Kym!

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Survey time! Cozy, Lil’ Monsters and Noel by Cotton and Steel

We have three surveys for you today! Cotton and Steel have three collaborative collections coming out for autumn and winter sewing – Cozy, Lil’ Monsters and Noel. All collections are on quilting cotton, plus both Cozy and Noel include designs on super soft brushed cotton twill. And this brushed twill is the good stuff, guys – it costs more but it stays soft wash after wash so it is amazing for quilt backs and pyjama bottoms!

There are three surveys and you can earn 25 Stash Points for each one you fill out before Sunday, 19 March!

Cozy is wintry but not Christmasy, and in an unexpected palette in shades of violet, tangerine and mint.

Cozy by Cotton and Steel

Lil’ Monsters is a Halloween collection filled with spooky, kid friendly designs in a saturated rainbow to teal to citron to purple.

Lil' Monsters by Cotton and Steel

Noel is Cotton and Steel’s next Christmas collection with whimsical designs in both classic and modern Christmas colours and metallic gold ink.Noel by Cotton and Steel.

 

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A Year of Wreaths: March Daffodil Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the March wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her delightful Daffodil Wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here. Take it away, Laura!

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

This month’s wreath is all about joyful spring colour: fresh spring green yarn paired with bright felt daffodils and narcissi. The subtle variations in colour of the hand-dyed Malabrigo yarn create a gorgeous stripy effect around the wreath, and the felt flowers add a vibrant pop of cheerful colour.

As well as making the March wreath you could adapt this tutorial to make floral brooches or headbands, or add stems to the flowers to create a felt bouquet. All the supplies you’ll need to make the wreath are available from the Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the February wreath kit.

You will need:
*The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Wool blend felt in Banana Cream, White and Hallows Eve
*Orange and yellow stranded embroidery thread
*Orange and yellow sewing thread
*One skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Lettuce
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors
*Pinking shears
*Sewing needles and pins
*A large, sharp needle
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
*Optional: an air-erasable fabric marker

To make the wreath:

  1. Decorate the wreath base with Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarn in Lettuce.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use the templates provided to cut out the felt pieces for each of the flowers. To make the exact wreath pictured you will need five daffodils and seven narcissi. For each flower, cut two petal pieces, one trumpet piece and one circle from the appropriate colours (yellow for the daffodils, orange and white for the narcissi).

When you cut each trumpet cut along three sides of the template with sewing scissors and along the remaining (long) side with pinking shears – just above the edge of the paper template. If you don’t have any pinking shears you could use embroidery scissors to cut a zigzagged edge, or just cut a straight edge.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Add some embroidery to each felt circle. Cut a length of embroidery thread to match the felt, and separate half the strands (so for six-stranded thread use three strands). Use the embroidery thread to sew single stitches radiating from the centre of each circle, as shown. Sew seven or eight stitches for the daffodils, and five or six stitches for the narcissi.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Join the trumpet and circle pieces together with whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Make sure that the embroidered side of the felt circle will be visible inside the finished trumpet and that the knot of your thread will be hidden underneath it.

Sew the long straight edge of the trumpet piece to the edge of the circle, then trim any excess felt from the trumpet piece. Sew up the side seam of the trumpet with more whip stitches, then back down the seam to finish your stitching neatly underneath.

Repeat for all the trumpets.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Sew the petal pieces together. Position the pairs of petals on top of each other, as pictured, and secure each of them with a couple of stitches of sewing thread. You can use matching thread for this if you want but as long as the stitches are small and in the centre of the petals they’ll be hidden on the finished flower.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

Tip: if you want to use this tutorial to make flower brooches, etc., now’s the time to sew the trumpet to the petals. Whip stitch in matching sewing thread would work well. If you’re making the wreath leave the pieces unattached (you’ll be gluing them in position later).

You should now have lots of flowers ready to add to your wreath.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Arrange the flowers on the wreath base and pin them in position. You can use the photo as a guide, or create your own arrangement.

March Daffodil Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use a glue gun to attach the flowers to the wreath. Think about the order you’re going to glue the flowers before you begin – remember that if two flowers overlap each other you’ll need to glue the bottom flower to the wreath base then attach the top flower.

One by one, remove the pins holding the flowers in place and secure them with a few dabs of hot glue. To attach the petals, add some glue to the wreath base then very carefully press the felt petals down into position on top. To attach each trumpet, add a dab of glue directly to the bottom of the trumpet then place it in the centre of the flower and use your finger (or the unsharpened end of a pencil) to carefully press the trumpet in position.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Tip: you may find it helpful to test glue a couple of scrap pieces of felt before you start, so you can see how much glue you need to use to hold each piece in place.

  1. Your wreath is now finished! Add a length of yarn or co-ordinating ribbon for hanging the wreath, or hang it directly from a hook or nail.

Daffodil Felt Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

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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.

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