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Reminder…Our special event with the V&A is this Saturday!

Reminder…Our special event with the V&A is this Saturday!

This Saturday (25 November) we’ll be hosting a special event to celebrate two beautiful new books from the V&A! At 2pm, we’ll be toasting the first two volumes in the V&A Maker’s Guide series, Patchwork and Quilting and Embroidery, with an afternoon of show and tell by some of our favourite contributors to the series.

V&A Maker's Guides

Many of the projects from the books will be on display and you’ll be able to see them up close, hear from the designers and get your book signed. It’s going to be so much fun! This quilt is one of the projects by our teacher, Jenny Haynes, from the Patchwork and Quilting book.

The V&A Maker’s Guide series is completely different to any other craft books we’ve seen. Each volume includes 15 step-by-step projects shown side by side with the museum objects that inspired them. Drawing from a range of handcraft traditions from around the world, these books will make you want to try so many new things. They are exactly what we love – a fresh, modern spin on traditional craft.

V&A Makers Guides

Please note this event is free but it is ticketed – we are expecting a full house so please reserve your place via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. You can also pre-order a book (or both books!) with your ticket to ensure you have one for signings on the day!

See you there!

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A close up on our Narnia Vignette!

Christmas is approaching and our first seasonal shop display is up! We decided to go for a Winter Wonderland / Narnia theme for our first this year and we love it!

When searching for a winter quilt pattern I (Kym) came across the Quilting in Black and White book and this amazing pattern! Just perfect for our Narnia forest scene.

The Michael Miller Woodland Winter collection was the obvious fabric choice here, it is so pretty! The trees are in Trees and Birds in Winter Grey,  Winter Birds and Berries in Snowdrop Grey, and Flurry – Black Spot (by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio).

The sweet appliqué birds and the binding are Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic – Copper. I just love how it sparkles and gives it a real festive Christmas feel!

The border is Architextures – Crosshatch in Charcoal by Carolyn Friedlander. With advice from our teachers Charlotte and Jenny, I decided on diagonal lines quilting on the Kona Cotton Solids – White background.

On the back I have used Winter Friends in Grey, also from the Woodland Winter collection.

Our Snow Queen is wearing the Mimosa poncho from I Am Patterns, a pattern company that we will be stocking very soon! Yes that is the red Colette Myrtle dress from our Valentines Day vignette you can spot underneath!

Fabric is Wool – Chanel Tweed in Dove Grey and Cream and is so super cosy for chilly winter days.

I especially love the big cowl neck and welt pockets.

This pattern is perfect for sewists of all levels with different options depending on your experience.

The hem is bound with some Ivory Bias Binding for an elegant finish and some winter berries finish off her outfit just lovely!

Guys! It is snowing in our store! I had such fun making these snowy pom poms with some yarn from my stash using the Large Clover PomPom maker!

Our forest floor is littered with some winter berries, acorns, mushrooms, twigs and snow! The snowy floor is Poly/Spandex/Lurex Jersey – White.

The Snow Queen has also brought along a box of Turkish Delight to tempt you into our store!

Our wooden wall charms are the perfect finishing touch to the display. I released my inner child with the gold paintglitter, and Mod Podge here!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our Narnia vignette as much as we enjoyed creating it. Keep an eye out for more Christmas themed displays coming soon!

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November Baby Quilt Club reveal!

Our Baby Quilt Club members this month will be receiving these super sweet bundles. Our starting point was the cute Luna collection from Dear Stella. With its adorable foxes and starry night sky fabrics, combined with a couple of our favourite basics and our selection of Kona Cotton Solids, this would make the perfect baby quilt!

We have a couple of extra bundles this month and you can find these here.

November 2018 Baby Quilt Club Bundle from The Village Haberdashery

Clockwise from the top this bundle includes:

Kona Cotton Solids – Navy
LunaNight Sky in Navy by Dear Stella
Kona Cotton Solids – Denim
Chroma BasicsScallop Dot in Powder by Dear Stella
Kona Cotton Solids – Blue
LunaFox Tales in White by Dear Stella
Kona Cotton Solids – White
Cotton + Steel BasicsNetorious in Melody and Pink (Cotton + Steel )
Kona Cotton Solids – Woodrose
Clouds in Pink and Yellow – Quilting Cotton
Kona Cotton Solids – Meringue
LunaLuna in Navy by Dear Stella


Want an awesome bundle of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Why not join one of our monthly clubs.

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Tutorial! Vegan leather notebook cover

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the second of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find the first tutorial here.

Take it away Laura…

Vegan Leather Mini Notebook

Make a mini notebook with a faux leather cover to keep it protected in your bag or pocket! These little notebooks are simple to make, and you can easily remove and reuse the leather cover once the notebook is full.

To make the notebook you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* The notebook templates page one and page two – follow the links here and here to download and print the PDFs
* Coloured card (I used one of the blank cards from this pack)
* Plain or scrap paper
Sewing thread to match the card
* 90 cm yarn in a co-ordinating or contrasting colour (I used Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Berry). You could alternatively use embroidery thread or narrow ribbon.
Scissors for cutting paper and card
* A large, sharp sewing needle
* A ruler

To make the notebook:

Use the card cover template to cut a piece of blank card, then fold it in half – or just select a card from the pack I linked to. Then use the page template to cut eight pages from plain or scrap paper and fold these in half as well.

Use a large, sharp needle to poke three holes in the fold of the card, measuring their position with a ruler. Make one hole right in the centre of the fold then one above and one below it, each 3cm from the central hole.

Then poke holes in the pieces of paper (two sheets at a time) in the same positions as on the cover.

Line up the pages and the card cover, and sew them together using a double thickness of sewing thread to match the card. I started in the central hole of the card cover, leaving a length of spare thread hanging loose then returned to the centre after stitching the pages and card together, knotting the two ends of thread together securely then trimming away the excess.

Use the leather cover template to cut out a piece of the synthetic leather. Place the paper template on the back of the leather, trace around it with an air-erasable fabric marker pen or a felt tip then cut out the shape with sewing scissors.

Wrap the cover around the notebook until you’re happy with it, then unfold it and open the notebook to the first page. Use the holes in the card as a guide to pierce three matching holes through the leather.

Cut a 90 cm piece of yarn (or embroidery thread or narrow ribbon). Use the large needle to thread the yarn through the two outer holes as shown, threading it through the leather and the card of the notebook. Pull the yarn through the holes so there is an even length of yarn at each side.

Thread both ends through the central hole, pulling the yarn tight. Knot the yarn to secure the notebook and leather cover together.

Close the notebook and leather cover as shown, wrapping the yarn around it and tying a bow to secure it.

Vegan Leather Mini Notebook

Thanks Laura!

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Our favourite modern origami inspiration and tutorials

We have so many cute origami supplies in store right now and we thought we would share our latest pin board with you for some super fun paper folding ideas and inspiration!

Origami Pinboard

Here is a quick round up of a few of our favourite projects…

This origami cornucopia roundup by The House that Lars Built is blowing our minds. We have colourful origami paper in neon, pastel and basic colours so you can get a colourful assortment of produce for your own festive tabletop display!

Origami Cornicopia from The House that Lars Built

How cute are these paper dresses by jillianinitaly.com! These would make perfect cards and bunting for dressmakers. Check out her video tutorial here! The Tropical Spring and Romantic Flowers Origami Papers would works brilliantly for these! Our Paper Pads are another fun choice for these with some super cute patterns available!

liagriffith.com has an excellent tutorial for this sweet paper Geode Garland. The perfect embellishment for lots of occasions! How awesome would some neon ones be using this paper set! We also have a great selection of twine to hang your garland with too!

Lia Griffith Geode Garland


Kids will love these flying origami birds to hang in their room. deliacreates will show you how!

Deliacreates Paper Crane Tutorial

We hope we have got you inspired to get in a paper folding frenzy! Head over to our Origami Pin Board for even more ideas and find all of our Origami Supplies here!

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