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June Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

June is coming! Why not make the most of the long days to learn a new skill in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop! When the sun is shining we fling open the windows and it’s such a lovely place to be. We have classes to suit every level, interest and schedule.

West Hampstead Studio

Want some extra space to work on your own projects? Need to use an overlocker? You can book sewing time in our studio! Check out our studio bookings page to book a slot! We can also host our classes as private parties. Fill in our Private Party Enquiry Form to start planning your event with us now.

Birthday party at The Village Haberdashery

That’s not all! Don’t forget about our weekly events, including our Crafty Mamas Coffee Morning on Thursday mornings at 10:30am, our fun, free drop in Knit Night and our super popular Sewing Social evenings every Thursday! You can find out more about these events and lots of free happenings on our Thursday nights page!

Read on to find out what we have planned for the next few weeks or browse all of our classes here.

Katagami Stencilling with Indigo with Rob Jones
Sunday, 24 June, 10:30am – 4:30pm

The Japanese craft of Katagami (stencil cutting) has been around for hundreds of years, with craftsmen making the most delicate and detailed patterns and representations of nature. Katagami stencils are made from Japanese washi paper, soaked and bonded together by the juice of the Persimmon fruit and then dried and smoked to create an almost entirely waterproof paper, ideal for stencil work. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 3 June, Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 June, 10am – 5pm

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. The Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files is a classic 5-pocket jeans sewing pattern with a modern and flattering cut designed for stretch denim. You can choose from a comfortable low rise fit with narrow stovepipe legs or a sexy and high-waisted pair with skinny legs and a tummy-slimming pocket stay. Find out more and sign up here.

Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland

Crochet a Flower Wreath with Annie Windley
Monday 4 June, 7pm – 9pm (£38)

Learn how to crochet a beautiful floral wreath! Aimed at crocheters who are confident in the basics, this class will teach you all the techniques you need to make a wide range of flowers and different types of leaves. You’ll also learn how to crochet the wreath base including how to make increases and decreases in your work. In the two hour class you’ll make a great start on your wreath and leave with the skills to complete it at home. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 6 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£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. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a sewing machine

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 2 June, 10am – 5pm

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process whilst you make a beautiful skirt in the fabric of your choice. You will learn standard sewing terms and techniques that you can apply to other patterns and gain the confidence to sew your own clothes. This class will cover taking accurate measurements, accurate cutting and and construction methods. Find out more and sign up here.

Made by Rae Cleo skirt

Crochet an Amigurumi Cactus with Zoe Bateman
Wednesday, 27 June, 6:30pm – 9pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. In this fun class you’ll learn the amigurumi method of crochet while making a crochet cactus! Everything is included in your class fee. Perfect for students who are comfortable with crochet basics and want to try a new technique! Find out more and sign up here.

Crochet a Cactus

Advanced Embroidery with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Saturday, 30 June, 10:30am – 1:30pm

This class is designed for students who have mastered the basics of hand embroidery and would like to learn more advanced stitches! With the guidance of our talented teacher, you’ll learn spider web roses, pistil stitch, buttonhole heart, fishbone stitch and star stitch while you create a beautiful embroidered wreath design. All materials are included. Find out more and sign up here.

Advanced Embroidery Class
Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Wednesday 13 June, 10.30am – 1pm (£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 phone to create a unique piece of digital artwork! Find out more and sign up here.

Learn the art of brush lettering with Emma Block

Patchwork Techniques: Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes
Sunday 10 June, 10am – 5pm

Take your quilting to the next level with four new techniques for machine and hand-piecing curves! In this class we’ll cover needle applique, bias binding, EPP and the six-minute circle. Students can choose to make four different blocks of follow our teacher Jenny’s pattern for using all four techniques in one block! Find out more and sign up here.

Knitting Clinic for Beginners and Improvers with Renée Callahan
Wednesday 6 June , 7.00pm – 9:30pm (£45) or Wednesday 27 June, 10:00am – 12:30pm (£45)

Our Knitting Clinic is open to students at all levels who want to learn to knit or learn a new knitting technique! In this class, experienced knitting teacher and knitwear pattern designer Renée Callahan will give you personalised instruction on any project you want to work on, whether you’re picking up needles for the first time or tackling a tricky pattern. Techniques we can cover in this class include: knitting basics; garment fit adjustments; cable knitting; knitting in the round; double knitting; stranded colourwork; how to steek your knitting; brioche stitch; and lace knitting. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to knit

Sew a Zip Pouch with Judith Dahmen
Tuesday 26 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

n this class we’ll take the fear out of sewing zips by making handy flat bottom pouches! In under three hours you’ll be sewing zips like a pro and addicted to making these cute bags. Find out more and sign up here.

Macrame Plant Hanger with Zoe Bateman
Tuesday 5 June, 6:30pm – 9pm

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, the three most common macrame knots that are the basis for most macrame designs, 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 plant hanger and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here.

Macrame Plant Hanter

 

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Tuesday 5 June, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Monday 18 June, 7pm – 9.30pm (£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 here.

Modern Calligraphy

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Saturday 30 June, 10am – 5pm

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.

Finish that Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Friday 8 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Have a quilt that is stuck in WIP purgatory? This class is for you! Bring in your project to get help, encouragement and inspiration from our experienced teacher and finish that quilt! Jenny can help you with everything from how to baste your quilt, different ways to quilt your quilt (either machine stitching using your walking foot or hand sewing with luscious Perle Cotton) and how to bind your quilt (get the perfect mitred corner, how to do the invisible hand finish). Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Tuesday 12 June, 11am – 2pm (£40) or Saturday 16 June, 2pm – 5pm (£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! Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for beginners

Beginners Shibori: Stitching and Binding with Rob Jones
Tuesday 19 June, 6:30pm – 9pm (£50)

In this class you will learn basic shibori stitching and binding techniques before dyeing your work in the indigo vat. Over the 2.5 hour workshop you’ll master the following stitching and binding skills and learn all about indigo, including: the basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work; how to make the kumo (spiderweb), bai (seashell), and tesugi (stripes) patterns using binding; the three basic stitches – running stitch, ori nui (teeth) and maki nui (twist stitch); how to create filled shapes (maki-age) using stitching and binding; and how to dye your fabrics in a genuine indigo vat! Find out more and sign up here.

Kels O’Sullivan Cushion with Jenny Haynes
Saturday, 9 June 10am – 5pm

Make a cushion with great graphics and gentle curves! In this workshop, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will cover all the elements of piecing a Kels O’Sullivan block and sewing a cushion. Everything from how to sew curves, get perfect corners to inserting a zip. The design is based (with permission) on a painting by Kels O’Sullivan. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares with Annie Windley
Tuesday 26 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm (£38)

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. Adults and teenagers are welcome! Find out more and sign up here.

Crochet Granny Squares

Sew a Rope Bowl with Sarah Jeffrey
Wednesday 13 June, 7pm – 9pm (£40)

Sarah Jeffrey creates beautiful rope bowls for her brand Haar East and now you can learn to make them too! In this fun class you’ll learn how to sew a rope bowl on a home sewing machine, picking up tips on how to manipulate the rope into different shapes and how to use thread colours to create different results. You’ll be able to finish one medium-sized bowl or two small bowls in class – perfect for a gift or a treat for yourself! All equipment and materials are included and no experience with a sewing machine is necessary. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew rope bowls

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Monday 11 June or Monday 25 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£48)

Work on the sewing or quilting project of your choice with the expert guidance of 2016 Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland! You’re welcome to bring a project at any stage of completion to receive personalised instruction. Classes are kept small so you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time. This class is for you if you: *Want Charlotte to hold your hand whilst you set sleeves, insert an invisible zip or tackle a fly front, *Feel frustrated that you can’t get your home-sewn garments to fit right and want to learn how to adjust a pattern for your body, *Are interested in trying out reverse appliqué, foundation paper piecing, improv or any other quilting technique, *Love the look of one of Charlotte’s classes, but the date doesn’t work for you, *Or just want to hand-stitch your quilt binding and eat cake whilst listening to Charlotte tell rude jokes! Find out more and sign up here.

Sew with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland!

Crochet Granny Squares: Next Steps with Annie Windley
Tuesday 12 June, 7pm – 9pm (£38)

If you know how to crochet a basic granny square, this intermediate class is perfect to take your crochet to the next level. In the first part of the two-hour lession, you will learn a number of different variations on the basic square: such as starting with a circular motif, adding clusters for texture, and incorporating 3-dimensional effects like petals to give your project design some added interest and texture. You’ll also learn the principles behind creating a granny square variation so that you’ll be able to design a granny square of your very own. In the second part of the lesson you’ll learn a number of different ways to join your finished squares together: invisible methods, sewn and crocheted ones, a way to join squares as you go and also some decorative finishes to add a whole new layer of interest to your finished project. Find out more and sign up here.

Granny squares level 2

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Kona matching! What goes with Life’s Journey from Dashwood Studio

From the designer who brought us the super popular Birdsong collection Joanne Cocker is back with her brand new collection for Dashwood Studios and we totally love it! Life’s Journey was inspired by people’s lives, community and the different friendships made along the way.

Here are our selection of Kona Cotton Solids to match up with. From top to bottom we recommend Cantaloupe, Grellow, Teal Blue, Azure, Deep Blue, Snow, Silver, Coal and Cobblestone. You can find all of these colours in one place here.

Kona Cotton Solids for Life's Journey

And here is the Life’s Journey collection so you can see how they look all together!

Life's Journey

 

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Meet our teachers: Stephanie Carswell, weaving

We are super happy to welcome the lovely Stephanie Carswell to our talented teaching team. Stephanie is an avid crafter who began teaching 8 years ago. In 2013 she launched Hawthorn Handmade and today the brand’s needle felting, weaving and embroidery craft kits are now sold around the world (we stock her weaving supplies!). This year she was shortlisted for the Needlecraft Designer of the Year at the DMC and Sew&So Needlecraft Awards and in 2017 the Hawthorn Handmade Pop Up Loom was shortlisted for the Mollie Makes Product of the Year.

Read on to find out more about Stephanie and her upcoming class in our West Hampstead shop!

An interview with Stephanie Carswell of Hawthorn Handmade

Q: How did you first get into crafting?

A: I used to craft all the time as a kid. I drew constantly, and had kits to make everything from candles and ceramics to pressed flowers and that 90’s favourite, friendship bracelets. I also used to go on crafting holidays with my family where my Mum and I would try our hand at things like enamelling, etching and jewellery making. The first craft I tried to create a business out of was making beaded jewellery and I even took a silversmithing course whilst at University. Textiles came much later, but I still can’t knit or sew very well!

A weaving by Stephanie Carswell of Hawthorn Handmade

Q: Tell us about your company Hawthorn Handmade. How did it come to be?

After a brief stint working in music and arts festivals I became self-employed and opened my own contemporary craft gallery and haberdashery in Dorset in 2010. I had first come across needle felting online and it was still very niche in the UK so I bought a kit from the US to have a go at. The main aim was to make little bits for the window displays and give me something to do on the quiet days. Fast forward a year and I was selling my own needle felted pieces at shows and galleries around the UK and running workshops. I put together a little starter needle felting kit in 2012 and sold them in the gallery. They did really well, so I began to develop a range of animal kits and launched them officially in May 2013. A year later, the kits were doing so well I chose to go full time and close the gallery. After a few moves via some yellow door storage units and my spare room I moved into our current unit on a beautiful farm in rural Dorset and have been here ever since, growing the business and my team. There are now 4 of us here day to day plus my Mum Mary who helps at shows and with business advice as needed!

Interview with Stephanie Carswell Hawthorne Handmade

Q: What do you consider to be the companies biggest achievement?

It’s not one specific achievement, but the fact that we’re still here after 5 years and that we’re growing every year is what keeps me so excited and energised about the business.

Weaving by Stephanie Carswell Hawthorne Handmade

Q: We are really looking forward to your upcoming classes. What can students expect?

I’m going to be covering the basics of weaving including demystifying the jargon; how to warp your loom; how to start and finish a weave and most importantly, lots of fun techniques to create some gorgeous textures and effects using different stitches and materials. By the end, everyone will have created their own beautiful weave ready to hang in their home and will have the skills to carry on weaving themselves.

Weaving classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Q: Do you ever find time to craft for your yourself in your spare time?

Very occasionally! I’m currently working on a set of three handmade yarn lampshades for my house; but I’m over a year in an have only finished two so far! I also love getting out in my garden and though it’s not crafting, the creative part of planning the plants, colours, layout etc is really fulfilling.

Pop up weaving loom by Hawthorn Handmade

Q: What one crafting tool could you not live without?

It would have to be my hands! I need so many tools to create all the different designs for the kits that I couldn’t pick just one, but every craft needs my hands. I’m really careful about them as well, taking care not to do anything that might put me out of action! Coming in close second would be my sofa where the majority of my design work is done… My comfiness has a direct correlation to the success of a creation!

Interview with Stephanie Carswell Hawthorne Handmade

You can find out more about and book Stephanie’s upcoming classes here and her weaving products here. Check out the Hawthorn Handmade website  and follow her on Instagram at @hawthornhandmade!

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Free Rainbow Orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris!

We are so excited to have our embroidery teacher Carina Envoldsen-Harris on The Daily Stitch today to share a project from her new book, Mandalas to Embroider!

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris from Polka and Bloom

In this gorgeous book, Carina has carefully created 24 exquisite, meditative mandalas that will delight and inspire anyone who loves embroidery and making beautiful things. With Carina’s guidance you’ll learn to embroider 12 large and 12 small mandalas, using just 10 stitches, Following the delicate patterns in these stunning motifs will help soothe your mind and treat yourself to some tranquility.

Carina and the lovely people at Search Press have a pattern from the book to share with you: the Rainbow Orbit! In this imaginary Solar System, you can begin with the star in the centre, and then work your way outwards, or start with the circles and then add the other stitches. Maybe savour working one colour at a time before moving on to the next.

Take it away, Carina…

Free rainbow orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Hello!

I hope you enjoy this pattern from Mandalas to Embroider. It is actually one of my favourites, but don’t tell the rest of the mandalas that I said that! 🙂 This pattern is fun to stitch using lots of colours, or a few or even in white on a solid background as in this sample cushion from the book.

Click here for the pattern

Click here for the stitch guide

Photo credit: Christine Asbridge @chrissie_crafts

If you are making your cushion cover from scratch, do the embroidery before sewing up your cover. However, if you want to embroider a cushion cover you bought ready made, it can be a bit awkward because you only have one “access point” to the embroidery. When I embellish a shop bought cushion cover, I like to turn the cover inside out and rip one of the side seams and/or the top seam so I have better access to do the embroidery. Once the embroidery is done, I simply sew the seams together again on my sewing machine – or you can do it by hand if you don’t have a machine. Either way, it won’t take long to sew together and the easier access to doing the embroidery will save you a lot of frustration.

The Rainbow Orbit pattern fits in a 6″ embroidery hoop but you can easily add more “orbits” to it if you like. If you have a compass that can make a large enough circle, simply use that to draw a larger circle around the pattern. But if you don’t have a compass, here’s a way to add another orbit circle to the pattern…

Print the pattern in the middle of the page and set aside. On a different sheet of paper, draw a circle using the inside of the inner hoop (6″) as your guide.

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Draw two lines in a cross from edge to edge on this circle. In the centre, draw a 1″ diameter circle.

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Cut out the small circle and then cut away the paper around the large circle. On the pattern, draw a cross in pencil going through the centre.

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Lay your cut out circle over the pattern. Use the small circle to find the centre of the pattern. Line up the two crosses and stick down the circle using a bits of washi/masking tape in the centre.

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Draw all the way around the circle and then remove the circle and tape. The circle you just drew will be the baseline for the new “orbit”.

Add stitch symbols to fill in the new orbit. Dots for French knots, Vs for fly stitch etc. The baseline can be stitched with back stitch or running stitch.

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Draw your new orbit in pencil at first, so it’s easy to make changes. Once you are happy with your new design, go over everything with a black pen and then rub out any pencil marks that you don’t need.

Stitching suggestions: Work the continuous stitches first: back stitch, chain stitch and running stitch. Then, move onto the rows of individual stitches: French knot, lazy daisy and star

Thank you, Carina!

Find signed copies of Mandalas to Embroider in the shop here! Carina also teaches our Embroidery for beginners classes at our West Hampstead shop.

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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery!

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The Life’s Journey collection from Dashwood Studios!

From the designer who brought us the super popular Birdsong collection Joanne Cocker is back with her brand new collection for Dashwood StudiosLife’s Journey was inspired by people’s lives, community and the different friendships made along the way. Read on to find out more about our selection!

Life's Journey fabric collection

How sweet are these little trees in lovely pastel colours. Just imagine pairing up with all those Kona Cotton Solid matches here…. this would look amazing in a patchwork piece.

Life's Journey Fabric collection

We do love a little house print and this one is totally adorable!

Life's Journey fabric collection

The Dash print is a great stash builder on it’s own and the more subtle print in our selection.

Life's Journey fabric collection

Flocking Bird is very similar to a print from the Birdsong collection and Joanne has incorporated it into this collection too…. we are so glad she did because we love it so much!

Life's Journey fabric collection

You can shop all our Life’s Journey fabrics online here or in person at our West Hampstead shop.

Sublime Stitching T-Shirt Stabiliser

Want to embroider on a t-shirt or babygro? Not without this stuff, you don’t! Iron it onto your fabric to avoid it from stretching while you stitch. Then, simply tear it away when finished embroidering. Don’t worry, it comes with full instructions telling you exactly what to do with it. TOP TIP: Can also be used topside on dark or difficult fabrics – apply patterns onto the stabiliser instead of the fabric. Find it in the shop here.

Sublime Stitching t shirt stabilizer

KAM plastic snaps from Hemline

Kam Snaps are perfect for adding a professional finish to baby and children’s garments! They are non-rust, washable, colour-fast, lightweight, strong and easy to use snap fasteners which are available in 12 glossy colours. Perfect for medium to heavier weight fabrics and projects like baby bibs, diapers, children’s clothing and accessories. Also good for soft furnishings such as cushions, quilt covers, craft and bags. Find them in the shop here. You can also find the Snap Pliers for attaching them to your makes here.

Kam snaps

Gold and iridescent pencils

Add some glam to your desk with these super fun sets of pencils. We have them in gold and in iridescent colourways for you to choose. These also make great gifts! Find them in the shop here.

Funky pencils

Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Charlotte Newland

Foundation paper piecing is an addictive patchwork technique that enables you to sew intricate shapes accurately and achieve precise points perfectly! In the first half of this class, you’ll learn the technique by creating two different quilt blocks using foundation paper piecing patterns. In the second half, you’ll get to work on the pattern of your choice with Charlotte’s expert help. You’ll leave with the know-how to tackle any foundation piecing pattern and several finished blocks that you’ll be able to turn into cushions, tote bags or the basis for an entire quilt! Find out more and book here.

Foundation paper piecing with Charlotte Newland

STASH POINTS!

Don’t forget to spend your Stash Points by Monday or they will expire! If you have any questions, just let us know and we’ll help you get your order in. If you’ve been saving your Stash Points for something special, spend them this weekend!

Stash points ending

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