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May Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Our May class schedule is jam packed with a huge range of classes, for every level, interest, and schedule! Come and join us in our beautiful studio in our West Hampstead shop! Its is the perfect place to learn and get inspired. Read on to find out what else we have planned for May or browse all of our classes here.

Studio

Plus, don’t forget we are open until 9pm on Thursdays for shopping and our weekly Knit Night! Come along with a knitting, crochet, or hand work project!

Knit Night Plus Free Drop in Clinic at The Village Haberdashery

Make a Leather (or Vegan Leather) Notebook with Nancy Straughan
Tuesday, 2 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

This class will guide you through the beautiful art of classic book binding techniques so you can create your very own book to take home. Find out more here.

Make a leather or vegan leather notebook with Nancy Straughan

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 3 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Tuesday, 16 May, 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

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 3 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Wednesday, 24 May, 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

Sew a Quilted Cushion with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 6 May, 10am – 4pm (£85)

In this class you’ll learn many of the steps to making a patchwork quilt by sewing a quilted cushion! Participants will learn how to use a rotary cutter, how to machine piece patchwork pieces together using a ¼ inch foot on a sewing machine, how to machine quilt the front of the cushion, how to sew a zip. Students will also have the option of learning how to attach a binding. In short almost everything required to start making quilts! Find out more here.

Sew a Quilted Cushion with Judith Dahmen

MT Washi Tape Workshop with Caroline Garcia
Sunday, 7 May, 10:30am – 12:00pm (Free, £10 deposit)

Join us for a free workshop sponsored by MT and washi tape may become your next crafty obsession! For this workshop, MT will be providing us with loads of fabulous washi tape and you’ll be able to experiment with making gift boxes, cards and more and kids can have fun decorating animal masks. We will take a £10 deposit for this class that you’ll receive back as a credit to spend in the shop on class day. See photos from our last workshop here and find out more here.

MT Washi Tape Workshop with Caroline Garcial

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen
Tuesdays, 9, 16 and 23 May and 6 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£165)

In this four-evening course you will learn all the techniques that are required to make a quilt starting from the design process to piecing, machine or hand quilting and finishing with the all important binding that gives the quilt its frame. At the end of the course, you’ll leave with a gorgeous finished lap or baby-sized quilt measuring 36″ by 40″. Find out more here.

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 10 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this fun class we’ll take the fear out of knitting lace patterns! Led by our expert teacher, you’ll learn how to work basic lace stitches and how to read a lace chart, plus the Garter Tab cast on and a stretch cast off. The pattern is included with the class. Find out more here.

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renee Callahan

Knit Night Plus Free Drop In Clinic with Renee Callahan
Thursday, 11 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (Free)

In this special edition of our weekly Thursday Knit Night with our teacher Renee Callahan, we’ll spend an hour talking about cast off methods, including the three-needle bind off, followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges! Find out more here.

Cast off

Sew an Asaka Kimono with Rachel Pinheiro
Saturday, 13 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

The Asaka Kimono by Named Clothing is an open-front kimono with a relaxed fit, wide-cut sleeves, a long belt and a longline hem. Learn to sew with lightweight, slippery fabrics while you make a beautiful kimono! It is designed for a light fabric with good drape; choose a lightweight cotton lawn or try your hand with a more challenging fabric, such as silk satin, crepe or rayon. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew an Asaka Kimono with Rachel Pinheiro

Sew an Inari Tee Dress with Rachel Pinheiro
Sunday, 14 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

Inari by Named Clothing is a loose-fitting tee dress with an uneven hemline, side-slits, short sleeves with a rolled-up effect and an optional neck-band. A wardrobe staple you’ll make again and again. In this fun class you’ll learn to sew a tee dress using your choice of knit or woven fabric. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew an Inari Tee Dress with Rachel Pinheiro

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe with Rachel Pinheiro
Mondays, 15 and 22 May and 5, 12, 19 and 26 June, 6pm – 9pm (£265)

In this exciting class you’ll learn all the skills you need to begin sewing your own clothes! Over the six week course, we’ll make three wardrobe staples – a top, a skirt and a shift dress – in your choice of style. We’ll cover fabric selection, working with a commercial pattern, cutting your fabric, fitting, construction and finishing techniques. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe at The Village Haberdashery

Screenprinting for Beginners with Nancy Straughan
Wednesday, 17 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this workshop you will learn how to print and make your own silk screen from scratch! Using silk organza fabric and embroidery hoops you will be taught all the ins and outs of the screen printing process. You will have a chance to mix your own professional fabric paint to print a personalised tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! This really is a fantastic class where you learn not one but three skills that will really inspire you to get creative. Fins out more here.

Screenprinting for Beginners at The Village Haberdashery

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Wednesday, 17 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£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. All materials are included in the class fee. Find out more here.

Crochet Basket Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Saturday, 20 May, 10am – 4pm (£75)

Learn to turn old rags into upcycled homeware with the beautiful craft of rag rugging! Our beginners’ workshop is designed to give you all the skills you need to be able to start any rag rug project for yourself at home. Find out more here.

Rag Rugging Class at The Village Haberdashery

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 27 May, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85)

Learn to sew with knits whilst making yourself the stylish and comfy Colette Moneta Dress! In this class we’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, plus you’ll learn handy techniques like how to use clear elastic for gathering. You’ll also have the opportunity to try sewing knits on an an overlocker! Find out more here.

Sew a Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 28 May, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to 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 invisible zip insertion. Find out more here.

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Tuesday, 30 May, 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 Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Tuesday, 31 May, 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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Meet our teachers: Emma Block, brush lettering

Emma Block is a London-based illustrator whose work can be found in children’s books, packaging, magazines, greetings cards and books for adults. She has worked for clients including Stylist Magazine, Random House Canada, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, UNIQLO, Orla Kiely, Anthropologie, Mollie Makes and Time Out. She teaches brush lettering workshops at our West Hampstead shop.

Emma Block

Q. We are really looking forward to welcoming you for your upcoming brush lettering workshops. For those who do not know, what is brush lettering?

A: Brush lettering is the art of creating beautiful lettering using a brush and ink. It’s a bit like calligraphy but more organic and expressive. I find practising brush lettering to be really relaxing and mediative, and of course the results are beautiful.

Brush Lettering with Emma Block

Q. How did you first discover your arty talents?

A: I’ve always been creative and knew that I wanted a career in the arts. After doing my GCSEs I studied a national diploma in art and design instead of A-levels and then studied illustration at University. After graduating I started working as a freelance illustrator full time.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Q. What was the first image you ever painted?

A: I’m not sure. When I was at nursery school used to paint horses that were just rectangles with legs!

Emma Block

Q. On your website it says that you provide live illustrations at corporate event and parties. This sounds like lots of fun! What sort of things do you do for this?

A: Live illustration is really fun but really intense. I paint portraits of people live as they stand in front of me using watercolours. Each portrait takes about eight minutes to complete, and live illustration is always very popular, so If I’m working at a party or event I’m always very busy. Doing live illustration teaches you to work very quickly and become very decisive and confident in your painting. It also helps develop your observational skills.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Q. What would your dream commission be?
A: I would love to do range of packaging for a company like Marks & Spencer’s or Fortnum & Mason’s. It would be so lovely to design biscuit tins and boxes of tea.

Emma Block Brush Lettering Workshop at The Village Haberdashery

Follow Emma on Instagram at @emmablockillustration and check out her website to find out more!

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Meet Our Teachers: Renée Callahan, knitting

We have lots of knitting classes coming up at our West Hampsted Shop for all levels of knitter with the lovely Renée Callahan! Renée will also be joining us once a month for our Thursday Knit Night to offer a free workshop and knitting clinic and you can find out more about those evenings here.

Renée loves textiles and the technical challenge of knitting whilst producing something both useful and beautiful. She studied fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins college and now creates new patterns with combinations of texture and colour as well as guiding knitters taking to the needles with a range knitting classes.

Renee Callahan Knitting

Who first taught you to knit?

Strangely enough, I didn’t start knitting until I began my degree in fashion design with knitwear. We learned on machines and I came to hand knitting on my own, with loads of help from youtube and a sympathetic tutor.

At college, I found a DVD of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s hidden in a back corner of the library and because craft was really not the cool thing in fashion college, I really believed I had discovered this super obscure video no one had ever seen. Little did I know…

Renee Callahan knitting

Where do you look for inspiration for your projects and patterns?

It is a cliché, but I find inspiration literally everywhere. I am constantly inspired by the natural world, which is all around even though I live in the extremely urban environment of East London. There are wonderful parks and gardens just minutes away. I also love people watching, and I live in a neighbourhood rich with weird and wonderful fashion; from the most colourful African batik to the achingly cool hipster hotspots. Inspiration abounds!
Renee Callahan

What is your most favourite yarn to work with and why?

I have so many! How to choose just one?!

I love natural fibres and am very excited about the proliferation of small batch, independently made yarns going on right now. But old favourites remain: who can resist a bit of Malabrigo??

Renée Callahan

You will be teaching hand knitting at our shop but you also have a machine knitting class on Craftsy. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the two techniques?

Machine knitting and hand knitting are a bit like apples and oranges; you can make a sweater with a machine and a sweater by hand, but both the process and end result will be very different. They are both great but for different reasons. I would argue that even the fastest hand-knitter would take many hours to make a sweater, and so the process itself must be enjoyable and enjoyed, whereas a machine knit sweater can be a speedy project, for example.

What is the one knitting gadget could you not live without?

My blocking set: blocking wires and foam mats make all the difference for a lacy shawl! I also love interchangeable circular needles… and ravelry.com! If a website could be a gadget, Ravelry is the best one of all!

Renee Callahan

Thanks Renée!

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

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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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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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March classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Our March schedule is filled with such a fun range of classes, for every level, interest, and schedule! The studio in our new shop at West Hampstead Square is filled with natural light and is such an inspiring place to learn. Plus, we’re now just steps from the West Hampstead underground, overground and Thameslink stations.

Plus, we started up our Knit Night last Thursday, so you can come in with your knitting or handwork project and work on it in a social setting. Last week kicked this event off with these super fun ladies and we’re hoping the group will continue to grow!

Knit Night at The Village Haberdashery

And on Thursday evenings after 6pm when we don’t have Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland or one of our upcoming Free Knitting Clinics with Renee Callahan scheduled, you’ll also be able to book a place in our sewing studio and sew for half price (£4 per hour)!

Read on to find out what we have planned for March or browse all of our classes here.

Zippered Pouches with Judith Dahmen

One evening: Tuesday, 7 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In 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.

Zip Pouches with Judith Dahmen

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 8 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£35)

In this special paper craft workshop you will be taught two techniques so you can learn how to personalise your own greetings cards, envelopes and paper to create a beautiful collection of designed stationery. In this class 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. Specifically, this class will cover dip-dying and paper embossing techniques. Find out more and sign up here.

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro

One morning: Saturday, 11 March, 10am – 1:30pm (£60)

In this essential class, you’ll learn to sew a t-shirt in your choice of style using a knit fabric! The class will cover everything you need to know about sewing knits on a home sewing machine, including tricks for getting professional-looking necklines, sleeves and hems. You will also have the opportunity to try out an overlocker and use a twin needle to finish your t-shirt. For this class you get to choose from the Grainline Lark (pictured), the Megan Nielsen Briar and the Cashmerette Concord. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro

 

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

One day: Sunday, 12 March, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to 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 invisible zip insertion. Find out more and sign up here.

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

Screen Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 15 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this workshop you will learn how to print and make your own silk screen from scratch! Using silk organza fabric and embroidery hoops you will be taught all the ins and outs of the screen printing process. You will have a chance to mix your own professional fabric paint to print a personalised tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! This really is a fantastic class where you learn not one but three skills that will really inspire you to get creative. Find out more and sign up here.

Screen Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

Introduction to Bias Tape Appliqué

One evening: Friday, 17 March, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

Bias tape appliqué is an easy way to create curves without piecing! In this fun one-evening class, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will talk you through how to cut, shape and machine-sew curves using bias tape and sew a handy zip pouch in the process. Find out more and sign up here

Introduction to Bias Appliqué with Jenny Haynes

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

Saturday, 18 March, 10am – 4pm (£95)

In this exciting class we will explore different ways to use pieced strips in improvised patchwork, how to cut and assemble strips of fabric and different effects you can achieve with stripes. Depending on your level and pace, you’ll finish a quilt top for a lap or baby-sized quilt or you can use your work as the start of a bigger quilt to finish at home. Plus, you’ll leave class full of inspiration and with a new foundation for bringing your own unique style into your quilting. Find out more and sign up here.

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes

One day: Sunday, 19 March, 10am – 4pm (£95)

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 Haynes’ pattern for using all four techniques in one block! Find out more and sign up here.

Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

One morning: Tues, 21 March, 10am – 1pm (£45)
OR One evening: Weds, 5 April, 6:45pm – 9:45pm (£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! You’ll learn everything there is to know about owning, operating and maintaining a sewing machine and we’ll practise each element to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

Introduction to Macrame: Wall-Hanging with Susana Cunha

One morning: Saturday, 25 March, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£45)

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…and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Macrame with Susana Cunha

A Special Event with Cloud9 Fabrics

One morning: Sunday, 26 March, 11am – 12:30pm (Free!)

We are delighted to welcome Cloud9 co-founders Gina Pantastico and Michelle Bencsko back to the shop! Cloud9 is one of the fastest growing organic fabric companies in the industry. Have you ever wondered what it means to buy organic fabric? Gina will give a talk on the difference between organic and conventional fabric manufacturing and its impact on the environment and your health. Plus, Michelle will share a preview of all of the upcoming collections and there will be drinks and nibbles and a 10% discount on Cloud9 fabrics. The event is free but please RSVP online or to [email protected]

Gina and Michelle from Cloud9 Fabrics

Make a Leather (or Vegan Leather) Keychain or Wallet with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Tuesday, 28 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£40)

Join designer Nancy Straughan to learn how to work with leather and make your own beautiful accessories! In just a few hours, you’ll walk away with an enviable wallet or keyring that will look as though you bought them from your favourite fancy store. Learn to work with leather and metal hardware to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own leather goods at home. A selection of high quality beautiful coloured leathers and faux leather will be provided and no experience is necessary. Find out more and sign up here.

Make a Leather Key Chain or Wallet with Nancy Straughan

Stencil Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 29 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

In this workshop you will learn how to design, cut and print with your very own stencils from scratch. You will learn how to design a motif suitable for printing and use that design to create a repeat pattern. You will also be taught how to correctly cut out professional stencils to hand print your own beautiful tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! Plus, you’ll have a chance to blend your own professional fabric paint. Find out more and sign up here.

stencilled-cushion

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers

One evening: Wednesday, 29 March, 6:30pm – 9:00pm (£45)

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. All materials are included in the class fee.

Crochet Basket Workshop

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

One evening: Thurs, 30 March, 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 out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan

One evening: Wednesday, 5 April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£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.

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan

For kids!

After School Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

Six Thursday afternoons: Spring Term B runs 23 February to 30 March, 4:30-5:30pm, (£75)

In our After School Craft Club for kids age 6+ we’ll experiment with a different craft activity each week! We will cover crafts like embroidery, stamping, card making, fabric painting, mask-making (for Halloween!) and more. Class fee includes all materials. No need to bring anything except your creativity! Find out more and sign up here.

Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

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Meet our teachers: Nancy Straughan, printmaking, paper crafts and more

Nancy Straughan is teaching so many exciting classes in our new shop in March and April, from screen printing to leatherwork to stationery design! We are thrilled to have her on our team and to be able to offer you loads of new ways to inspire your creativity in fun, beginner-friendly, one-evening classes. Nancy spends her days producing beautiful homewear and accessories crafted from her own range of organic printed fabrics inspired by the motifs seen in Scandinavian and 1960s textiles. Read on to find out more about Nancy and browse all of her upcoming classes here.

Nancy Straughan

Tell us about yourself and your business!

Well I live in lovely North London and I’m a pattern designer. I work as a freelance designer but I also design for my own homeware business too.

Nancy Straughan

Have you always wanted to work for yourself and how did you make that happen?

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do until I graduated university. I thought I wanted to work in the fashion industry but after doing a few internships I realised it wasn’t for me. I organically set up my own business which started with me selling my fabrics on Etsy and it’s grown from there. I have been running my brand for the past five years and It has taken a lot of trial and error, however I feel now that I have finally cracked It and I know exactly what I want my brand to be!

Nancy Straughan

Your textiles are gorgeous. How would you describe your aesthetic and your design process? Is textile design the main part of your business?

Thank you! I’m very inspired by the 1960s and Scandinavian design. My work has a lot of texture which is important as I don’t like my designs to feel flat and lifeless. I always start my work with some sketches or paper cutouts which I will then scan into my computer and edit on photoshop. I’ve recently been exploring more painterly textures and I have become obsessed with watercolours!

Nancy Straughan

You’ve worked with some really well-known clients, including Marks and Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Debenhams and Graham & Brown wallpapers. Do you have any advice for designers who are trying to strike up collaborations with major brands?

Working with brands is a real mix of hard work and luck. I recommend having a really good and diverse portfolio online, so on a blog or a more professional website. Social media has been a really important part of my business too and I’m lucky that my Instagram following has been rapidly growing over the past few years. I find that Instagram in particular is a great free resource to show your work and also get feedback from potential customers too. Some designers have an agent who will send work to clients but I prefer to do all that work myself as I’m quite a control freak!

Nancy Straughan

When your work is creative, do you find any time for creative projects that aren’t for your business or do you pursue other hobbies in your down time? And do you have down time?!

I try to paint and draw something at least twice a week. I regularly meet up with my fiance in the pub after work to do a little bit of writing, reading or drawing which really helps to separate my mind from all the other creative work I have going on with clients. Whenever I get stressed from all the admin work I grab a sketchbook and some paints and spend 10 or 15 minutes doing something creative.

Nancy Straughan

You are going to be teaching so many different projects at The Village Haberdashery. Where did you learn to do all of these crafts?

I used to manage a creative events company, It was my job to organise a lot of the creative events for the V&A and Natural History museums so I had to be skilled in a lot of different crafts. I’ve always been very creative and I would much rather try and make something myself rather than buying it. Crafting is all about trying something new and having fun, even if it fails at least you’ve done something creative for yourself!

Nancy Straughan

Are there any crafts you’re dying to try, but haven’t had a chance yet?

I would absolutely love to learn more about leathercraft and more professional bookbinding techniques. I also really interested in traditional paper marbelling, It looks like magic!

Nancy Straughan

Who do you love to follow on Instagram? Do you have any favourite podcasts?

I tend to follow a lot of other bloggers and creative people on Instagram a view of my favourite people are @hanbullivant, @thelovelydrawer and @peggyandkate . With regards to your podcasts I am hugely into true crime so at the moment I am listening to Criminal and In The Dark which are both beautifully produced if not a little creepy!

Want more Nancy? You can follow her on Instagram, find her website and take a class with her!

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February and March classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead!

In case you missed it, we moved our shop to a bigger, brighter new space at West Hampstead Square! Our new shop is just steps from the West Hampstead underground, overground and Thameslink stations and we have a beautiful new studio for our classes. And wow, do we have a packed class schedule for you! We’ve added new classes in print making, paper crafts, book binding, leather work and so much more.

Plus, we’ll be starting up our Knit Night again on Thursdays starting 2 March, so you can come in with your knitting or handwork project and work on it in a social setting. And on the Thursday evenings after 6pm when we don’t have Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland scheduled, you’ll also be able to book a place in our sewing studio and sew for half price (£4 per hour)!

Have a look at what we’ve got on the calendar! What will you learn? Read on or browse all of our classes here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

One evening: Tuesday, 7 February, 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 out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Woods

One day: Saturday, 11 February, 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 out more and sign up here.

Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Woods

February Half Term Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

Runs daily from 13 – 17 February, 10:30am – 11:30am (£50)

In our Half Term Craft Club we’ll experiment with a different craft activity each day! We will cover crafts like embroidery, stamping, card making, fabric painting, seasonal decorations and more. Class fee includes all materials. No need to bring anything except your creativity! There is a 10% discount for sibling bookings. Please drop in or contact us to book siblings, or contact us after booking online to request the discount as a refund. It is possible to drop in for a single class, but we need to know at least 24 hours in advance in order to prepare materials. Find out more and sign up here.

Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

Introduction to Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić

One morning: Wednesday, 15 February, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75)

In this inspiring workshop, experienced weaver Amy Ilić will teach you how to make your own woven wall hanging using a table/lap loom! You will learn how to set up your loom, make knots to start and end your weaving and use weaving tools. You will play with texture and colour through different techniques including Rya knots (tassels), twining, soumak, and learn how to add a 3D sculptural element to your weaving. You will leave class confident to set up and weave on your own and with your own gorgeous hand-woven wall hanging that you can put up in your home or give away as a generous handmade gift! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe with Rachel Pinheiro

Six evenings: Mondays, 20 and 27 February and 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 6pm – 9pm (£265)

In this exciting class you’ll learn all the skills you need to begin sewing your own clothes! Over the six week course, we’ll make three wardrobe staples – a top, a skirt and a shift dress – in your choice of style. We’ll cover fabric selection, working with a commercial pattern, cutting your fabric, fitting, construction and finishing techniques. This class is designed for competent sewers who are ready to dive into garment sewing. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Handmade Wardrobe with Rachel Pinheiro

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

One morning: Tues, 21 February, 10am – 1pm (£45)
One evening: Weds, 1 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)
One morning: Tues, 21 March, 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! You’ll learn everything there is to know about owning, operating and maintaining a sewing machine and we’ll practise each element to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen

Four evenings: Tuesdays, 21 and 28 February and 14 and 21 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£165)

In this four-evening course you will learn all the techniques that are required to make a quilt starting from the design process to piecing, machine or hand quilting and finishing with the all important binding that gives the quilt its frame. At the end of the course, you’ll leave with a gorgeous finished lap or baby-sized quilt. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to Make a Quilt with Judith Dahmen

After School Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

Six Thursday afternoons: Spring Term B runs 23 February to 30 March, 4:30-5:30pm, (£75)

In our After School Craft Club for kids age 6+ we’ll experiment with a different craft activity each week! We will cover crafts like embroidery, stamping, card making, fabric painting, mask-making (for Halloween!) and more. Class fee includes all materials. No need to bring anything except your creativity! Find out more and sign up here.

Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes

One evening: Friday, 24 February, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

This one-evening course is an introduction into the mystery called Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)! This technique is used to piece precise shapes by sewing your fabric onto a printed paper template which is removed when your block is completed. In this class your teacher Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will talk you through how to make her curved FPP boulders and give you the knowledge and confidence to explore other FPP patterns and maybe even design your very own FPP pattern! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes

Slalom Quilt with Jenny Haynes

One day: Saturday, 25 February, 10am – 4pm (£95)

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

Slalom Quilt with Jenny Haynes

Clamshell Quilt with Jenny Haynes

One day: Sunday, 26 February, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Feeling adventurous or looking for a challenge? Learn to machine-piece beautiful curves by making a clamshell quilt! Our teacher, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten, will teach you how to cut, sew and press curves and get you started making your own clamshell quilt top. This fun pattern is perfect for showing off favourite fabrics and looks great in solids too! Find out more and sign up here.

Clamshell Quilt with Jenny Haynes

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

One evening: Thurs, 2 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£50)
One evening: Thurs, 30 March, 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 out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

Zippered Pouches with Judith Dahmen

One evening: Tuesday, 7 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this class we’ll take the fear out of sewing zips by making two handy zippered pouches. One will be a simple, small flat pouch and one will be a bigger flat bottom pouch. In under three hours you’ll be sewing zips like a pro and addicted to making pouches! Find out more and sign up here.

Zip Pouches with Judith Dahmen

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 8 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£35)

In this special paper craft workshop you will be taught two techniques so you can learn how to personalise your own greetings cards, envelopes and paper to create a beautiful collection of designed stationery. In this class 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. Specifically, this class will cover dip-dying and paper embossing techniques. Find out more and sign up here.

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro

One morning: Saturday, 11 March, 10am – 1:30pm (£60)

In this essential class, you’ll learn to sew a t-shirt in your choice of style using a knit fabric! The class will cover everything you need to know about sewing knits on a home sewing machine, including tricks for getting professional-looking necklines, sleeves and hems. You will also have the opportunity to try out an overlocker and use a twin needle to finish your t-shirt. For this class you get to choose from the Grainline Lark (pictured), the Megan Nielsen Briar and the Cashmerette Concord. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro

Introduction to Macrame: Wall-Hanging with Susana Cunha

One morning: Saturday, 25 March, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£45)

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…and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Macrame with Susana Cunha

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

One day: Sunday, 12 March, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to 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 invisible zip insertion. Find out more and sign up here.

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

Screen Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 15 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

In this workshop you will learn how to print and make your own silk screen from scratch! Using silk organza fabric and embroidery hoops you will be taught all the ins and outs of the screen printing process. You will have a chance to mix your own professional fabric paint to print a personalised tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! This really is a fantastic class where you learn not one but three skills that will really inspire you to get creative. Find out more and sign up here.

Screen Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

Introduction to Bias Tape Appliqué

One evening: Friday, 17 March, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

Bias tape appliqué is an easy way to create curves without piecing! In this fun one-evening class, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will talk you through how to cut, shape and machine-sew curves using bias tape and sew a handy zip pouch in the process. Find out more and sign up here

Introduction to Bias Appliqué with Jenny Haynes

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

Saturday, 18 March, 10am – 4pm (£95)

In this exciting class we will explore different ways to use pieced strips in improvised patchwork, how to cut and assemble strips of fabric and different effects you can achieve with stripes. Depending on your level and pace, you’ll finish a quilt top for a lap or baby-sized quilt or you can use your work as the start of a bigger quilt to finish at home. Plus, you’ll leave class full of inspiration and with a new foundation for bringing your own unique style into your quilting. Find out more and sign up here.

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes

One day: Sunday, 19 March, 10am – 4pm (£95)

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 Haynes’ pattern for using all four techniques in one block! Find out more and sign up here.

Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes

Make a Leather (or Vegan Leather) Keychain or Wallet with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Tuesday, 28 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£40)

Join designer Nancy Straughan to learn how to work with leather and make your own beautiful accessories! In just a few hours, you’ll walk away with an enviable wallet or keyring that will look as though you bought them from your favourite fancy store. Learn to work with leather and metal hardware to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own leather goods at home. A selection of high quality beautiful coloured leathers and faux leather will be provided and no experience is necessary. Find out more and sign up here.

Make a Leather Key Chain or Wallet with Nancy Straughan

Stencil Printing for Beginners with Nancy Straughan

One evening: Wednesday, 29 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

In this workshop you will learn how to design, cut and print with your very own stencils from scratch. You will learn how to design a motif suitable for printing and use that design to create a repeat pattern. You will also be taught how to correctly cut out professional stencils to hand print your own beautiful tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! Plus, you’ll have a chance to blend your own professional fabric paint. Find out more and sign up here.

stencilled-cushion

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Awesome January classes that still have spaces left!

We are so thrilled with our January class schedule and there are still some awesome classes with space left in them. There are lots of new classes, including weaving, macrame, calligraphy and jeans-making! Read on to find out about all the things you can learn or browse all of our classes in the shop here.

 

English Paper Piecing: Hand Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes
One evening: Saturday, Friday, 13 January, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

Learn how to hand-piece curves 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 curves by hand whilst creating a beautiful little pin cushion or pouch to show off your new skills! Find out more and sign up here.

Hand-Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes
One day: Saturday, 14 January, 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

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes
One day: Sunday, 15 January, 10am – 4pm (£95)

In this exciting class we will explore different ways to use pieced strips in improvised patchwork, how to cut and assemble strips of fabric and different effects you can achieve with stripes. Depending on your level and pace, you’ll finish a quilt top for a lap or baby-sized quilt or you can use your work as the start of a bigger quilt to finish at home. Plus, you’ll leave class full of inspiration and with a new foundation for bringing your own unique style into your quilting. Find out more and sign up here.

Improvisational Patchwork with jenny Haynes

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro
One evening: Monday, 16 January, 6pm – 9:30pm (£60)

In this essential class, you’ll learn to sew a t-shirt in your choice of style using a knit fabric! The class will cover everything you need to know about sewing knits on a home sewing machine, including tricks for getting professional-looking necklines, sleeves and hems. You will also have the opportunity to try out an overlocker and use a twin needle to finish your t-shirt. For this class you get to choose from the Grainline Lark (pictured), the Megan Nielsen Briar and the Cashmerette Concord. Find out more and sign up here.

Grainline Lark Tee

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
One morning: Tuesday, 17 January, 10am – 1pm (£45)
One evening: Wednesday, 1 February, 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! You’ll learn everything there is to know about owning, operating and maintaining a sewing machine and we’ll practise each element to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. Find out more and sign up here.

Janome Sewing Machine

Fitting for Beginners with Charlotte Newland
Two days: Saturday, 21 January, and Sunday, 22 January, 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 Colette Emery pattern to make a beautiful, well-fitting summer 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.

Emery Dress by Christine Haynes

Introduction to Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić
One day: Saturday, 21 January, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75) Note: Due to the popularity of this class we’ve added a weekday daytime class too, on Wednesday, 15 February, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Find it here.

Have you been coveting the gorgeous woven wall-hangings in your Instagram feed and are dying to try your hand at this beautiful craft? In this inspiring workshop, experienced weaver Amy Ilić will teach you how to make your own woven wall hanging using a table/lap loom! You will learn how to set up your loom, make knots to start and end your weaving and use weaving tools. You will play with texture and colour through different techniques including Rya knots (tassels), twining, soumak, and learn how to add a 3D sculptural element to your weaving. You will leave class confident to set up and weave on your own and with your own gorgeous hand-woven wall hanging that you can put up in your home or give away as a generous handmade gift! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Weaving

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
One evening: Tuesday, 24 January, 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 out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

Make a Baby Mobile out of Felt with Laura Howard
One day: Saturday, 28 January, 10am – 2:30pm (£55)

If you’ve ever found an awesome felt project in Mollie Makes, there is a good chance it was designed by Laura! We’re thrilled she’s joined our teaching team with some new projects designed just for our students. Make an adorable mobile for a new baby in this fun and creative class! With the help of our felt-obsessed teacher, we’ll learn to make a smiling sun, puffy clouds, rainbows and raindrops. This class does not involve sewing on a machine, so students at all levels are welcome. Find out more and sign up here.

Weather Baby Mobile with Laura Howard

Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha
Saturday, 28 January, 3pm – 5pm (£45)

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…and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here.

Learn Macrame

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
One day: Sunday, 29 January, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to 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 invisible zip insertion. Find out more and sign up here.

Colette Zinnia Skirt

Sew an Everyday Blouse with Rachel Pinheiro
Two Evenings: Monday, 30 January and Tuesday, 31 January, 6pm – 9pm (£95)

The Everyday Blouse by Rachel Pinheiro is a modern and flattering blouse you’ll reach for again and again! It features fun details like an optional exposed side zip and a pretty neckline with subtle elastic gathers. ln this fun one-day class, Rachel, the pattern’s designer will teach you the ins and outs of blouse construction. You will learn fitting methods and step by step construction techniques, including how to set sleeves, insert a zipper and more! Find out more and sign up here.

Everyday Blouse with Rachel Pinhiero

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
One evening: Wednesday, 1 February, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Do you want to learn to knit or need a refresher on the basics? This class is for you! In this one-evening class, offered monthly, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Yarn and Needles

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Three days: Saturday, February 4, and Sundays, February 5 and 12, 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. 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 by Closet Case Files

After School Craft Club with Caroline Garcia
Six Thursday afternoons: Spring Term A runs from 5 January to 9 February, 4:30-5:30pm (£75)

In our After School Craft Club for kids age 6+ we’ll experiment with a different craft activity each week! We will cover crafts like embroidery, stamping, card making, fabric painting, mask-making (for Halloween!) and more. Class fee includes all materials. No need to bring anything except your creativity! Find out more and sign up here.

Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

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January Classes at The Village Haberdashery

We are so thrilled with our January class schedule! We have lots of new classes, including weaving, macrame, calligraphy and jeans-making! Plus if all goes to plan, all of our January classes will take place in our glorious new West Hampstead Square shop. Read on to find out about all the awesome things you can learn or browse all of our classes in the shop here.

Sew a Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
One day: Saturday, 7 January, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85) Our January class is now full. The next available date for this class is Saturday, 4 March, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Learn to sew with knits whilst making yourself the stylish and comfy Colette Moneta Dress! In this class we’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, plus you’ll learn handy techniques like how to use clear elastic for gathering. You’ll also have the opportunity to try sewing knits on an an overlocker! Find out more and sign up here.

Colette Moneta Dress

English Paper Piecing: Hand Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes
One evening: Saturday, Friday, 13 January, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

Learn how to hand-piece curves 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 curves by hand whilst creating a beautiful little pin cushion or pouch to show off your new skills! Find out more and sign up here.

Hand-Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes
One day: Saturday, 14 January, 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

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes
One day: Sunday, 15 January, 10am – 4pm (£95)

In this exciting class we will explore different ways to use pieced strips in improvised patchwork, how to cut and assemble strips of fabric and different effects you can achieve with stripes. Depending on your level and pace, you’ll finish a quilt top for a lap or baby-sized quilt or you can use your work as the start of a bigger quilt to finish at home. Plus, you’ll leave class full of inspiration and with a new foundation for bringing your own unique style into your quilting. Find out more and sign up here.

Improvisational Patchwork with jenny Haynes

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro
One evening: Monday, 16 January, 6pm – 9:30pm (£60)

In this essential class, you’ll learn to sew a t-shirt in your choice of style using a knit fabric! The class will cover everything you need to know about sewing knits on a home sewing machine, including tricks for getting professional-looking necklines, sleeves and hems. You will also have the opportunity to try out an overlocker and use a twin needle to finish your t-shirt. For this class you get to choose from the Grainline Lark (pictured), the Megan Nielsen Briar and the Cashmerette Concord. Find out more and sign up here.

Grainline Lark Tee

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
One morning: Tuesday, 17 January, 10am – 1pm (£45)
One evening: Wednesday, 1 February, 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! You’ll learn everything there is to know about owning, operating and maintaining a sewing machine and we’ll practise each element to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. Find out more and sign up here.

Janome Sewing Machine

Fitting for Beginners with Charlotte Newland
Two days: Saturday, 21 January, and Sunday, 22 January, 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 Colette Emery pattern to make a beautiful, well-fitting summer 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.

Emery Dress by Christine Haynes

Introduction to Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić
One day: Saturday, 21 January, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75) Note: Due to the popularity of this class we’ve added a weekday daytime class too, on Wednesday, 15 February, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Find it here.

Have you been coveting the gorgeous woven wall-hangings in your Instagram feed and are dying to try your hand at this beautiful craft? In this inspiring workshop, experienced weaver Amy Ilić will teach you how to make your own woven wall hanging using a table/lap loom! You will learn how to set up your loom, make knots to start and end your weaving and use weaving tools. You will play with texture and colour through different techniques including Rya knots (tassels), twining, soumak, and learn how to add a 3D sculptural element to your weaving. You will leave class confident to set up and weave on your own and with your own gorgeous hand-woven wall hanging that you can put up in your home or give away as a generous handmade gift! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Weaving

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
One evening: Tuesday, 24 January, 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 out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

Make a Baby Mobile out of Felt with Laura Howard
One day: Saturday, 28 January, 10am – 2:30pm (£55)

If you’ve ever found an awesome felt project in Mollie Makes, there is a good chance it was designed by Laura! We’re thrilled she’s joined our teaching team with some new projects designed just for our students. Make an adorable mobile for a new baby in this fun and creative class! With the help of our felt-obsessed teacher, we’ll learn to make a smiling sun, puffy clouds, rainbows and raindrops. This class does not involve sewing on a machine, so students at all levels are welcome. Find out more and sign up here.

Weather Baby Mobile with Laura Howard

Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha
Saturday, 28 January, 3pm – 5pm (£45)

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…and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
One day: Sunday, 29 January, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to 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 invisible zip insertion. Find out more and sign up here.

Colette Zinnia Skirt

Sew an Everyday Blouse with Rachel Pinheiro
Two Evenings: Monday, 30 January and Tuesday, 31 January, 6pm – 9pm (£95)

The Everyday Blouse by Rachel Pinheiro is a modern and flattering blouse you’ll reach for again and again! It features fun details like an optional exposed side zip and a pretty neckline with subtle elastic gathers. ln this fun one-day class, Rachel, the pattern’s designer will teach you the ins and outs of blouse construction. You will learn fitting methods and step by step construction techniques, including how to set sleeves, insert a zipper and more! Find out more and sign up here.

Everyday Blouse with Rachel Pinhiero

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
One evening: Wednesday, 1 February, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Do you want to learn to knit or need a refresher on the basics? This class is for you! In this one-evening class, offered monthly, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Yarn and Needles

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Three days: Saturday, February 4, and Sundays, February 5 and 12, 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. 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 by Closet Case Files

After School Craft Club with Caroline Garcia
Six Thursday afternoons: Spring Term A runs from 5 January to 9 February, 4:30-5:30pm (£75)

In our After School Craft Club for kids age 6+ we’ll experiment with a different craft activity each week! We will cover crafts like embroidery, stamping, card making, fabric painting, mask-making (for Halloween!) and more. Class fee includes all materials. No need to bring anything except your creativity! Find out more and sign up here.

Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

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