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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Outback Wife Barkcloth by Gertrude Made

We adore the debut fabric collection by Cathi Bessell-Browne, the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made!

Outback Wife Barkcloth by Gertrude Made

Inspired by the beautiful floral barkcloth fabrics of the 1940s and 1950s, each detail of this collection has been meticulously considered to create a range with an authentic vintage voice.

Outback Wife Barkcloth by Gertrude Made

The stunning hand-painted floral designs, printed on an exclusive cotton barkcloth base, are perfect for making vintage-inspired dresses and skirts.

Outback Wife Barkcloth by Gertrude Made

You can shop our Outback Wife Barkcloth fabrics here.

Whimsical quilting cottons by Rae Ritchie

The outdoors come alive in Rae Ritchie‘s whimsical fabric designs for Dear Stella. Take a stroll though a magical twilight garden with the celestial moon phases print, and gear up for a natural adventure with mason jars full of fireflies. Perfect for quilting, apparel, and home decor accents, shop these whimsical cotton fabrics here.

Whimsical quilting cottons by Rae Ritchie

Illustrated greeting cards by Amelia Flower

We love these super cute illustrated greeting cards by London-based Amelia Flower. Tell that person how you feel with the ‘I Like You More Than Food‘ card, congratulate the happy couple with the ‘Yes!‘ wedding card, or celebrate their Birthday with the ‘Party Time‘ card. You can shop all our Amelia Flower cards here.

Illustrated greeting cards by Amelia Flower

Issue 2 of Suzy Magazine

She’s back! The long awaited second issue of your favourite fashion sewing magazine is finally here. Bigger and better than before, Suzy is back with more chats with your favourite sewing bloggers, a look behind the scenes of Tilly and the Buttons HQ, a fun flow chart to help with your spring sewing, a gorgeous editorial fashion spread of handmade clothing, and much more. Find out more and order your copy here.

Issue 2 of Suzy Magazine

Ban.do 2017-2018 agendas

We’re pretty excited that the new Ban.do 2017-2018 agendas have arrived! Not just your average planner, the Ban.do agenda is also an art gallery, a cheerleader, a top secret document, a personal assistant, and a best friend. Available in three sizes and various designs, shop for your perfect Ban.do agenda here.

Ban.do 2017-2018 agendas

Traveling Blooms Quilt Kit by Anna Maria Horner

Pre-order this kit containing the pattern and all of the fabric you need to make Anna Maria Horner’s stunning Traveling Blooms Quilt! The kit includes almost 11 metres of fabric including binding. Pre-order the quilt kit here. We are thrilled that Anna Maria Horner will be teaching a class in our West Hampstead shop on this beautiful quilt in August. Find out more and book your place here.

Traveling Blooms Quilt Kit by Anna Maria Horner

Watercolour Brush Lettering with Emma Block

Develop your own brush lettering style in this contemporary brush lettering workshop taught by illustrator Emma Block using beautiful watercolours! You will be given a complete set of materials which you can take away after class, including guide sheets, a brush, and a tube of watercolour paint. Find out more and sign up here.

Watercolour Brush Lettering with Emma Block

Special offer

Stock up on washi tape this week at 10% off with code WASHI10! Start shopping here.

Stock up on washi tape this week at 10% off with code WASHI10!

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Reminder! June Make Like a Boss with Tilly Walnes is tonight!

A quick reminder that the June event in our Make Like a Boss networking series for creative small businesses is tonight at 7pm at our West Hampstead Shop! This month we’re excited to chat with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons about her journey from learning to sew to international sewing pattern brand in just a few years. Our Q&A will be followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. Drinks and snacks will be provided! Book your place here and read on for more info.

Make Like a Boss with Tilly Walnes

Tilly designs award-winning sewing patterns that are sold in shops around the world, including Liberty of London and John Lewis. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Love at First Stitch, was a contestant in BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee and was named ‘Favourite Sewing Personality’ in the British Sewing Awards the last two years in a row. We’ll be talking to Tilly about turning her sewing blog into a full-time job, how to expand from a one-woman business into a team, writing a book (she has another one on the way!) and more.

Tilly Walnes

Here are the quick facts for the June event:

Date: Wednesday, 21 June
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Guest: Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or to [email protected]

Good to know: 

Save 26 July for our next event with Jennifer Chan and Jen Hoang of Stitch & Story! You can grab your ticket here.

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.

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

 

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Tropical fabrics for summer dressmaking!

New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Tropical fabrics for summer dressmaking!

The summer weather has us feeling totally tropical at The Village Haberdashery! Just for fun, we’ve rounded up all of the tropical-themed fabric in one place (think flamingos, pineapples and palms) here.

Tropical fabrics for summer dressmaking!

A few of our faves pictured above include the Flamingo-Print Popcorn Crepe in coral, from British design house Lady McElroy, which is light and floaty with a fun texture. Also from Lady McElroy is the Tropical Stems Cotton Lawn, perfect for all your Summer dressmaking. And we’d really love to see you one of you make a wrap dress with this stunning Tropical Jersey in Dusky Pink!

Tropical fabrics for summer dressmaking!

Pictured here, we’re also loving this fun Flamingo and Toucan Party print and the Tropical Beach Print in Indigo on quilting cotton and this fun Pineapple Print Seersucker that is the ultimate sundress fabric!

You can shop all our favourite tropical print fabrics here.

Cards and wrapping paper by BerinMade

BerinMade’s new range of exotic and adventurous cards are a great addition to your stationery stash. Featuring beautifully hand illustrated zebras, toucans and tropical leaves, the new collection includes Birthday, Friendship, and Thank You cards, as well as a range of gorgeous wrapping paper. Shop the new BerinMade collection here.

Cards and wrapping paper by BerinMade

Vintage metallic stab-stitch ribbons

We have some really lovely vintage style metallic ribbons in the shop. Featuring a cute stab stitch detail, these ribbon trims make a great addition to your sewing project. Each vintage style spool has 3m of 10mm wide ribbon. The ribbons are available in five neutral metallic colours, including silver, gold, bronze, champagne, and a delicate rose gold. Shop the vintage metallic ribbons here.

Vintage metallic stab-stitch ribbons

Organic Worsted Cotton Yarn by Blue Sky Fibres

We love these light and lofty organic cotton yarns by Blue Sky Fibres, available in a candy shop of colours! Perfect for baby blankets, these work really well for little washcloths too, and you can knit them up in a mix of different patterns for a beautiful gift. Shop all the organic worsted cotton yarns here.

Organic Worsted Cotton Yarn by Blue Sky Fibres

Espadrille soles by Prym

Make your own espadrilles with these durable rubber soles from Prym. Available in EU sizes 36-42 (UK 3-8). You can learn how to make your own espadrilles at our workshop with Suzie London in July! Find out more and book your space here, and shop for the Prym espadrille soles here.

Espadrille soles by Prym

Colourwork Magic with Renée Callahan

Learn the magic of colourwork knitting in this fun one-evening class! In this class you’ll learn techniques for knitting stranded colourwork that you can apply to any stranded colourwork pattern. Our expert teacher will guide you through reading fairisle charts, working with two colours and working the Magic Loop method for small circular knitting. Find out more and sign up here.

Colourwork Magic with Renée Callahan

Plus join us for Renée’s next FREE class during our Knit Night on Thursday, 22 June, when she’ll be showing us how to knit cables!

Free Fat Quarter Week is back!

For every £10 you spend on fabric online or in our West Hampstead shop you’ll receive a free fat quarter of fabric! If you make your purchase online we’ll choose for you and it will be a fun surprise! If you shop in store, we’ll let you choose from our basket of free fat quarters.

There is no coupon necessary for this offer. The offer is valid on sales placed between 12am on Wednesday, 14 June, and 11:59pm on Tuesday, 20 June. 

Free Fat Quarter Week

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Announcing our July Make Like a Boss Event with Jen and Jenny from Stitch & Story

Make Like a Boss is a networking series for creative small businesses that we host at our West Hampstead shop. Each free event features a Q&A with a small business owner followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. Drinks and nibbles are provided!

Make Like a Boss with Jen and Jenny of Stitch & Story

In July we’ll be chatting to Jenny Lam and Jen Hoang of Stitch & Story. Stitch & Story is a modern knitting brand founded by two friends whose passion for knitting gave them the inspiration to fill a gap they found in the market. They aim to make knitting simple and stress-free by offering all-in-one DIY kits with knitting patterns to reflect current fashion trends and lifestyle products.

Jenny Lam and Jen Hoang

Here are the quick facts for the July event:

Date: Wednesday, 26 July
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Guest: Jenny Lam and Jen Hoang of Stitch & Story
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or to [email protected]

Good to know: 

Our June event with Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons is coming up next week on Wednesday, 21 June. It’s going to be good so sign up here if you haven’t already!

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.

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

 

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Five unexpected no-sew ways to use fabric in your home

We’re starting a new series on The Daily Stitch with interior designer Sarah Sparrow from The Bahay Club! Sarah will be writing about DIY style for your home and offering new ideas to inspire us! In her first post here she’s rounded up five awesome ideas for using fabric in your home in totally unexpected ways. Take it away, Sarah!

Five unexpected ways to use fabric in your home
“A piece of fabric can get me going”

Anna Sui

As an interior designer, I can really relate to Anna Sui and her above quote. I absolutely love fabric and could spend hours browsing the different patterns and colours.

I believe that the right fabric can provide inspiration for a whole room design or it can simply bring in a pop of colour or a bold pattern that will bring an otherwise neutral room, to life.

Now, I bet that when you read the above, you were imagining curtains in a room or even a cushion on a sofa but who is to say this is the only place you can use fabric in your home?

Read on to discover some amazingly fun and inexpensive ways to use your favourite fabrics in different ways in your home.

1. Fabric on walls

Apartment Therapy

Fabric on walls, you say?  You must be mad!  However, this is known as a being an “army wife” trick and you can see in the above image, from Apartment Therapy, that it really does work!  It does take a little bit of practice and time but it is a great, and bold, way to introduce fabric into your room.  It is perfect for people who like to change their interior spaces regularly or renters as, unlike wallpaper, it can be applied easily without damaging the wall underneath and can be removed when you leave!  See this website for step-by-step instructions.

How about starting small and using this fabric from the Village Haberdashery on the inside of your fitted wardrobe to really make you smile on that miserable Monday morning?

Fiesta Fun by Dana Willard

2. Fabric on furniture 

This opens up a plethora of different ways you can use fabric in your home.  One of my favourites, however, is using a plastic or wooden chair to cover in fabric.  One of both Annie’s and my favourite US interior designers, Emily Henderson, has demonstrated how this can really add a pop of colour to the room.

Designer Trapped

I, for one, am utterly amazed at how great this can look and how you can recreate the pattern on an upholstered chair that may be way out of your budget, as Designer Trapped did.

Another great way to use fabric is to update a sideboard such as below.  If you look at Design Sponge’s project below, you can see how this fabric makeover can transform a knackered chest of drawers to a modern and stylish sideboard.

Design Sponge

I love this fabric for a study chair – it is fun and quirky and will really add some interest to a room.

Buck Forest in Twilight by Bonnie Christine

3. Fabric on mirrors

This is a really lovely way to create an unusual mirror; a real talking point in the room.  I love the idea of using a rather bright colour here to add a pop to the room instead of perhaps the traditional way of using cushions.  See here on Just a Girl’s blog how such a simple thing can change the whole aesthetic of the room. The picture below is from Creekline House.

Creekline House

A fabric such as the below would look great on a mirror for a fun and colourful playroom.

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot

4. Fabric as Art

This is a fabulous and inexpensive way to introduce your favourite fabric into your room.  I absolutely love Rifle Paper Company Fabrics and have done this in my own home – it really adds something different to the room that people do not expect.  See here for the easy instructions – if I can do it, so can you!

 

Glitter and Glue

When framing fabrics, I really like combining patterns but keeping a common thread such as a colour, as below.

All three of these fabrics are available at The Village Haberdashery – why not pop in and see what combinations you can put together as art work?

Frame your fabric like art prints!

5. Fabric on Door Knobs

This is another incredibly easy and cheap way to update a knackered chest of draws or wardrobe.  I suggest using smaller print patterns for this, such as the Cath Kidston prints used in the photo above by Livinator, so you can really appreciate the design.

See here for step-by-step instructions on how to do this cheap and easy update.

I love the below fabric for door knobs – it’s cheerful and will brighten up the drabbest piece of furniture.

Frolic by Sarah York

Some other great ideas are:

I hope the above has given you all a little bit of inspiration and please do let me know if you try any of them out – I’d love to see the results!

Thanks, Sarah! You can follow Sarah on Instagram at @thebahayclub and contact her on [email protected]

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Treat yourself to some ME time and try something new in three hours or less in these four fun workshops

Grab a friend or schedule some solo ME time and get crafty at our West Hampstead shop! All of the workshops that follow require no prior experience, include all materials, and will have you walking out the door with a finished project. Think you’re too busy? These are all sessions of three hours or less that will give you the chance to try something totally new and exercise your creative muscles without committing to a brand new hobby, unless, of course, you want to! Sound amazing? Read on!

Create Your Own Stationery
Tuesday, 20 June, 6:30pm – 9pm (£35)

In this special paper craft workshop you will be taught two techniques – dip dying and paper embossing – so you can learn how to personalise your own greetings cards, envelopes and paper to create a beautiful collection of designed stationery. You will take away a collection of handmade greetings cards, envelopes, gift tags and loose paper sheets to give to loved ones or decorate your home.

Create Your Own Stationery

Crochet a Basket
Sunday, 9 July, 11am – 1:30pm (£40)

Learn to crochet while creating a fun and endlessly useful crochet basket out of recycled t-shirt yarn! This class will introduce you to the basics of crochet, how to follow a crochet pattern, how to change colours and how to finish a crochet project.

Crochet a Basket

Paint a Planter
Wednesday, 12 July, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

Get your creative juices flowing with our Paint a Planter Workshop! We will play with colour, pattern and mark making before painting our ceramic planters with specialist paint and experimenting with beautiful gold leaf. By the end of the class you will have created your very own waterproof ceramic planter which you can fill with either a cacti or succulent.

Paint a Planter

Make a Macrame Wall Hanging
Saturday, 15 July, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£40)

Macrame is a form of textile-making that uses knots rather than weaving or knitting. In this class you’ll learn macrame basics, including how to get started, how to create square knots, how to use knots to create a pattern and how to customise or design your own pattern for future projects. You’ll leave class with a beautiful wall-hanging made from recycled t-shirt yarn and hand-collected local wood.

Make a Macrame Wall Hanging

To browse our full class schedule, click here. For more information about finding our shop, click here.

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Reminder! World Wide Knit in Public Day is next Saturday

We are so excited that World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPDAY) is next Saturday, 10 June! And we are teaming up with Yarn in the City (the awesome ladies who bring you the Great London Yarn Crawl, among other fabulous events) to host a  event on West Hampstead Square from 11am – 2pm.

World Wide Knit in Public Day

WWKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. The event has been running every year on the second Saturday in June since 2005. There were 1015 events last year in 57 countries. Wow!

So grab your knitting project (need ideas? We’ve got some here!) and join us on 10 June. We can’t wait to take over West Hampstead Square with you! There will be door prizes, free samples of Soak and cold drinks on hand!

Here is what you need to know about our event:

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

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

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Sevenberry fruit print fabric

New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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New denims in stock!

We can’t get enough denim! With so many great patterns for sewing with denim, we are seeing more and more of our customers taking the plunge to sew their own jeans and other denim garments. We just had a delivery of new denim fabric in a wide range of colours, weights and stretch, our denims are perfect for sewing not just jeans, but skirts, jackets, dresses and dungarees!

New denims in stock!

You can find our full range of denim here and check out a round up of pattern ideas for denim here. Stay tuned for a longer post on The Daily Stitch with even more denim sewing inspiration! Plus, if you’re ready you can sign up to learn to make a pair of jeans with Charlotte Newland here.

New denims in stock!

Hoooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn

You guys love Hoooked Zpagetti so in our latest order we added lots more colours and four sizes! Use them to make yourself home accessories like macrame plant hangers and crochet baskets. Zpagetti is the original 100% recycled textile yarn made of superior quality recycled textile selvedges and remnants. You can find all sizes and colours of our Hoooked Zpagetti here.

Hoooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn

Sevenberry fruit print fabric

Go bananas for our fun new fruit print novelty fabrics from Japanese brand Sevenberry. Choose from the fun Bananas print in white and the super cute Strawberries print in pink. Perfect for little girl dresses and quilts. Shop all our Sevenberry fabrics here.

Sevenberry fruit print fabric

Botanical greeting cards by Natalie Lea Owen

These beautiful greeting cards by Natalie Lea Owen feature botanical illustrations with vibrant colours and bold graphic lettering. Perfect for someone special, the cards are A6 in size and left blank inside for your own message. Shop our Natalie Lea Owen greeting cards here.

Botanical greeting cards by Natalie Lea Owen

Ban.do agenda pre-sale!

We’re super excited that Ban.do‘s 2017-2018 agendas are due in early July and are now available for pre-sale! Agendas from this fun LA-based brand are highly sought after and are both extremely cool and playfully functional. View all our Ban.do stationery and pre-order the new collection here!

Ban.do agenda pre-sale!

Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day at West Hampstead Square!

We are so excited that we’re teaming up with Yarn in the City (the awesome ladies who bring you the Great London Yarn Crawl, among other fabulous events) to host a World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPDAY) event on West Hampstead Square! WWKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. The event has been running every year since 2005 and last year there were more than 1000 events in 57 countries. Wow! Sign up here to join us for our even on Saturday, 10 June, 11am – 2pm. There will be knitting, prizes and refreshments and it’s totally cool to come on your own!

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Sale!

We have been working hard to catch up on listing our bolt ends! There are so many fun fabrics listed now and you can get them before they are gone at 10% off. Plus check back often as we’ll be adding more daily! Find our bolt ends here.

Fabric bolt ends

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June Make Like a Boss with Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons!

The next event in our Make Like a Boss networking series for creative small businesses will take place at our West Hampstead Shop on 21 June! This month we’re excited to chat with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons about her journey from learning to sew to international sewing pattern brand in just a few years. Our Q&A will be followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. Drinks and snacks will be provided! Book your place here and read on for more info.

Make Like a Boss with Tilly Walnes

Tilly designs award-winning sewing patterns that are sold in shops around the world, including Liberty of London and John Lewis. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Love at First Stitch, was a contestant in BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee and was named ‘Favourite Sewing Personality’ in the British Sewing Awards the last two years in a row. We’ll be talking to Tilly about turning her sewing blog into a full-time job, how to expand from a one-woman business into a team, writing a book (she has another one on the way!) and more.

Tilly Walnes

Here are the quick facts for the June event:

Date: Wednesday, 21 June
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Guest: Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite or to [email protected]

Good to know: 

Save 26 July for our next event with Jennifer Chan and Jen Hoang of Stitch & Story! Tickets will be available soon.

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.

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

 

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

Make Like a Boss is back this Wednesday! Hosted at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, Make Like a Boss is our monthly networking evening for creative small businesses. Each event features a Q&A with a small business owner followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. The events are free and drinks and snacks are provided!

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

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

Suzie Dicker from À L'aise

Here are the quick facts for the May event:

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

Good to know: 

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

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

Want email updates about Make Like a Boss events? S

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