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10 ways to get creative this year!

Do you have a list of things you want to sew, make, try, learn, do this year? We do! And here is a list of ideas for you:

1. Improve your handwriting game. We have classes for calligraphy, brush lettering and watercolour brush lettering so whether you want to handwrite your wedding invites or create beautiful hand lettered quotes for your wall or instagram, we have the class for you! Perfect for beginners, relaxed, creative and fun, we have daytime and evening classes to suit every schedule!

2. Overcome your fear of sewing jersey. If you’re like most of us, you wear tops, t-shirts and dresses made of jersey fabric more often than anything else! We have two dressmaking classes with Charlotte that will have you sewing knits like a boss and wearing something new in just one day! Make a cute dress in our super popular Moneta Dress class or sew up your new favourite top in our brand new Agnes Top class which is coming up this Sunday!

Sew a jersey top

3. Get a little messy. Don an apron and try two of our newest classes, Shibori and linocut printing! Our Shibori teacher, Rob Jones, studied his craft in Japan and will teach you these beautiful, centuries-old techniques with a modern spin. Our linocut teacher, Kate Guy of Cardabelle Designs was one of your favourite makers in our Makers Market, and she’ll teach you how to cut, carve, stamp and create your own art print!

4. Learn to make a patchwork quilt. Oh, how we love quilts! Such a canvas for creativity and expression, not to mention the loveliest thing to snuggle under. If this is the year you want to learn how to make a quilt, we are here for you! Our two-day quilt class will take you through every step of the process, from cutting to binding, while you create your first baby or lap size quilt. Or, learn many of the techniques for making a patchwork quilt in our one-day quilted cushion class. Or, if you already know the basics check out one of our wonderful patchwork technique classes!

Learn to make a quilt

5. Decorate your home, handmade style. We love a handmade home! And we have some classes for you to create beautiful things to adorn your space. Try the peaceful art of hand weaving while you make a wall hanging, learn to sew a lovely rope bowl or try rag rugging. Each of these classes will have you walking out with new skills and a finished project!

Sew a rope bowl

6. Sew your own jeans. Yes, you can. And you’ll be so glad you did! Sewing your own jeans sounds intimidating to so many home dressmakers, but in our three-day intensive class Charlotte will hold your hand every step of the way! You’ll finish with a great fitting pair of jeans and so much confidence.

Sew a pair of Ginger Jeans

7. Slow down with a new handcraft. Handwork can be so relaxing and cosy this time of year! It’s lovely to cuddle under a blanket with a project on your lap. So whether you’re interested in knitting, crochet, cross stitch or embroidery, we can get your started on a new hobby to get you through the winter months!

Learn to crochet

8. Bind a book. We are thrilled to have Joe Dixon in our studio in February to teach us how to bind a book! You will learn everything you will need to get going on this fascinating pastime and create a beautiful book to keep or use as a gift.

9. Learn how to freestyle on your sewing machine. Learn how to use your sewing machine to create art! We have super popular classes for freehand machine embroidery and free motion quilting, two ways to use your home sewing machine to make any design you can imagine in your sewing or quilting project.

Learn to freestyle on your machine

10. Sew zips like a boss. This is the year you put a zip in your cushion! One evening in our zip pouch class and you will be fearless. Plus, you’ll have a cute zip pouch to show for it.

Sew a zip pouch

To find all of these classes and so many more, visit our website!

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Meet our teachers: Rob Jones, Shibori

We are so excited to now have Shibori classes on our class timetable! Rob Jones is a London-based shibori textiles designer and natural dyer. He is the founder of Romor Designs was formed in the autumn of 2015. Rob’s passion is in finding the new in the old, building on the tradition and centuries of skill that shibori has behind it. He believes in taking work in new directions by combining techniques and inventing his own forms.

We are super happy to welcome him to our teaching team with his Beginner Shibori classes.

Rob Jones

Question: How would you describe your style in 5 words?

Answer: Traditional with a modern twist

Q: We are super excited to have your Beginners Shibori classes on our timetable! For those who do not know, what is Shibori?

A: Shibori is the ancient Japanese craft of shaped resist dyeing fabric, often with indigo. It comprises of hundreds of techniques including binding, stitching, clamping and folding and pole binding. The word shibori is actually derived from the Japanese verb “shiboru” which means to squeeze or to wring, something any indigo dyer is all too familiar with!

Rob Jones

Q: When did you first discover this art and what made you fall in love with it?

A: I came across shibori through West Dean college just outside Chichester. Its a residential college offering short courses from 1 day up to a whole week set in a lovely mansion house in extensive grounds. I’ve been there many times to do jewellery classes (my other passion!) I was looking through their brochure and spotted Shibori and indigo dyeing back in 2011 and fancied trying something new. As soon as I started dyeing things in the indigo I was hooked! There’s something so magical about taking a piece of fabric out of the vat and seeing it change colour in front of your eyes. (Indigo vats have reduced oxygen and this makes the fabric yellow/green. The indigo catches the oxygen in the air on contact and turns blue).

Rob Jones

Q: Tell us a little about your business, Romor Designs. How did it come to be?

A: Having fallen in love with indigo and shibori a while back and being a big Pinterest fan, I came across a pin linked to an amazing blog by Bryan Whitehead, a silk farmer and Japanese textiles specialist based in a little mountain village just outside Tokyo. His blog mentioned that he ran classes and the lure of a trip to Japan and the chance to learn was too much for me and I went to study in October 2014. Bryan is a really inspirational guy and encouraged me to set up my business (many of his ex-students have!) A year after coming back from Japan I was made redundant from my job at Anthropologie and it just felt like the universe ws aligning for me to become a textiles designer and indigo dyer.
http://japanesetextileworkshops.blogspot.co.uk/

Rob Jones

Q: We are always interested to hear about people’s working methods, describe your typical day at work?

A: I will often spend the morning at home doing admin, emails and marketing and then go down to my studio in Hackney to make. Its a very inspirational space under an old railway arch and crammed full of odd objects and with other makers to bounce ideas off. I’ll usually spend some time deisgning, stitching and binding and then dye my work with indigo or natural plant dyes.

Q: Do you enjoy any other crafts in your spare time?

A: I’ve been an amateur jeweller since 2000 and go to Morley college in Lambeth for an evening class once a week to carry on this interest. I particularly like forging leaves from copper and silver.

Ron Jones

Q: What crafting gadget or tool could you not live without?

A: Tricky! Its rather dull but I’d actually have to say my iron! Its an industrial one where the water tank is connected directly to the iron by a cable and is used every day to prepare fabric and iron completed work.

Rob Jones

Thanks Rob!

Find out more about and book Rob’s upcoming classes here.

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January Classes at The Village Haberdashery!

We are so excited about our January schedule! If your New Year’s resolution is to learn something new then look no further. We even have some brand new classes for you to try! Come and join us this January in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop! We have something to suit every level, interest and schedule!

Read on to find out what we have planned for the next few weeks or browse all of our classes here. Plus, don’t forget about our weekly events, including our Crafty Mamas Coffee Morning on Thursday mornings at 10:30am and our fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6pm. You can find out more about these events and lots of other free happenings on our Events page!

Want to work on your own project in our studio? Check out out studio bookings page to book a slot! Want to book one of our classes as a private party? Get in touch at [email protected] with your requirements!

Studio

Sew an Agnes Top with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 14 January, 11am – 5pm (£89)

Learn to sew with knits whilst making yourself your new favourite top! The irresistibly wearable and endlessly versatile Tilly & the Buttons Agnes Top! Choose long or cropped sleeves; plain or ruched sleeves; scoop neckline or ruched sweetheart neckline – eight possible combinations in all. In this class we’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, so you can leave with a finished top and the confidence to make a zillion more at home! Find out more and sign up here.

Beginners Shibori: Stitching and Binding with Rob Jones
Tuesday 9 January, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Rob Jones shibori stitching

Sew a Box Cushion with Kym Armstrong
Sunday 7 January, 11am – 5pm (£75)

Learn to make a custom-sized box cushion with a zipper in this entry level upholstery class! Working with your own cushion or cushion measurements, you will learn to draft a cushion pattern template, how to construct a professional-looking cushion cover and how to install a zipper. Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Linocut Printing with Kate Guy
Tuesday 30 January, 7pm – 9pm (£45)

In this fun two hour workshop you’ll learn the prinicples of relief printing and the basics of linocut technique! You will get to design, cut and print a small lino block in a single colour. Depending on your pace, you may also have the opportunity to experiment with adding colour through collage and/or gradiated roller technique. You will get to keep your lino block and take home a print on quality art paper that is ready to frame! Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Quilted Cushion with Judith Dahmen
Saturday 6 January, 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 and sign up here.

Rag Rugging for Beginners: Rag Rug Letters with Elspeth Jackson
Sunday 21 January, 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. Plus in this special edition of our class, you’ll get to make a rag rug in the letter of your choice! With plenty of help from our expert instructor throughout the day, you will learn how to use rag rug equipment, how to work with hessian, how to choose and prepare materials, how to design for rag rug, how to do the two different types of rag rugging (loopy and shaggy) and how to finish your work. Find out more and sign up here.

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Monday, 15 January, 7pm – 9:30pm or Wednesday, 31 January, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn the art of brush lettering with Emma Block

Talk & Pop Up: How Sustainable Fashion Fosters a More Positive Self-Image with Ayesha Mustafa
Wednesday, 17 January, 7pm – 9pm (£10)

With each New Year we make resolutions to improve ourselves and focus on creating a well-balanced and fulfilled life. We focus on eating better, getting fit, being more mindful; self-improvement and looking and feeling good are high on everyone’s agenda. But we often miss out on the huge impact being a responsible consumer and choosing our clothing has on our self-image. Ayesha Mustafa, Founder of Fashion ComPassion, will talk about how the slow fashion movement, and being a conscious consumer, helps instil a more positive and real self-image. In exchange for following trends and celebrity styles, we look at how choosing quality over quantity, understanding how your products are made and the environmental impact of apparel makes us more educated and empowered consumers. Wine and nibbles will be served and you’ll have the opportunity to shop Fashion ComPassion’s collection of sustainable fashion accessories. Find out more and sign up here.

Ayesha Mustafa

Sew a Cleo Dungaree Dress with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 13 January, 10am – 5pm (£99)

Join us for a fun day in the studio with Charlotte sewing up the fun Cleo Dungaree Dress by Tilly & the Buttons! Bang on-trend, this pattern is simple to sew, with no fiddly zips and minimal fitting required, with lots of options for customisation! This class is perfect for students who know how to use a sewing machine and want to get started making their own clothes. Find out more and sign up here.

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sophia Palmer
Saturday 20 January, 10.30am – 1.15pm or 2.30pm – 5.15pm (£40)

Do you want to learn a completely new and unique way of using your sewing machine? This workshop will give you a new expressive way to decorate and create. Mixing free motion thread sketching with fabric appliqué to create totally individual pieces of art! You’ll learn how to draw with thread, tips for the perfect fabric appliqué and how to trace your own designs into fabric art. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Rope Bowl with Sarah Jeffrey
Tuesday 16 January, 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! Find out more and sign up here.

Organising for Creativity with Helen Sanderson
Wednesday, 24 January, 7pm – 9pm (£15)

Join us for a special workshop with organisation guru Helen Sanderson! Many creatives buy into a romantic myth that being surrounded by messy piles of inspiration and art and craft materials is vital to being an artist. But the reality is that a decluttered space will actually help the creative process. Say goodbye to some of that unnecessary stuff crowding up your workspace and hello to new habits that help you focus on the creative projects you’re passionate about. From the outer clutter of your studio or creative space to the inner clutter of your mind, this workshop will help you make room for artistic inspiration! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Friday 19 January, 10:30am – 1pm or Monday 29 January, 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.

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday 3 January, 7.00pm – 9:30pm or Wednesday 24 January, 10:00am – 12:30pm

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. Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Tuesday 9 January, 11am – 2pm or Saturday 20 January, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£40)

This 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 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.

Sew a Zip Pouch with Judith Dahmen
Tuesday 23 January, 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.

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Tuesday 2 January, 10:30pm – 1pm or Wednesday 10 January, 7pm – 9:30pm (£35)

Cross stitch is portable, relaxing and seriously addictive! This one-evening class will cover the cross stitch basics from tools to techniques while you stitch a modern cross stitch design to take home! You’ll learn how to work with embroidery floss and the various types of cross stitch fabric, how to get started by anchoring your thread and reading a stitch chart, how to follow a pattern including basic stitches, working rows and changing colours and how to finish your work to display it at home. All materials are provided, and you’ll be able to choose from our selection of kits on class night. Find out more and sign up here.

New cross stitch kits by The Make Arcade!

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Monday 8 January or Monday 22 January, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares with Annie Windley
Tuesday 9 January, 7pm – 9pm or Tuesday 23 January, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£35)

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. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here!

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 3 January, 6:30pm – 9:30pm or Tuesday 16 January, 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! 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. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

Introduction to Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić
Sunday, 28 November, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75)

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

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 27 January, 10am – 5pm (£95)

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.

Fitting Masterclass

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December Classes at The Village Haberdashery!

We are so excited about our December schedule! Want to learn something new? Come and join us this December in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop! We have something to suit every level, interest and schedule!

Read on to find out what we have planned for the next few weeks or browse all of our classes here. Plus, don’t forget about our weekly events, including our Crafty Mamas Coffee Morning on Thursday mornings at 10:30am and our fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6pm. You can find out more about these events and lots of other free happenings on our Events page!

Want to work on your own project in our studio? Check out out studio bookings page to book a slot! Want to book one of our classes as a private party? Get in touch at [email protected] with your requirements!

Studio

Teething Necklace Shopping Event with Morena Fiore of Kodes

Join us for a special shopping event with Morena Fiore of Kodes! You’ll have the chance to create your own custom teething necklace, plus create them for friends and family too if you wish – they make amazing gifts for anyone with a teething baby! Your booking includes a fun morning in our lovely shop; coffee, tea, mimosas and cake; one custom necklace of your own creation; and 10% off any additional necklace purchases. A playmat area will be available for little ones. Find out more and sign up here.

Make a Teething Necklace with Kodes

Rag Rugging for Beginners – Christmas Edition with Elspeth Jackson
Sunday 3 December, 10am – 4pm (£75)

Join us for a special Christmas edition of our super popular rag rugging workshop with Elspeth Jackson where you’ll get to make a wintry wreath or Christmas stocking!

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. With plenty of help from our expert instructor throughout the day, you will learn how to use rag rug equipment, how to work with hessian, how to choose and prepare materials, how to design for rag rug, how to do the two different types of rag rugging (loopy and shaggy) and how to finish your work. During the session you will get the opportunity to begin your project. All the rag rug materials are provided on the day and you’ll get a latch hook to take home with you! Find out more and sign up here.

Improv Curves with Jenny Haynes
Friday 1 December, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

No rules, no rulers. In this liberating class we learn how to cut, sew and press improvised curves. We also cover other techniques, like the inset circle, that are excellent skill-builders and perfect for your improv or planned quilt. This is a perfect class for experienced quilters who want to learn a new technique, but it’s also suitable for beginners. Find out more and sign up here.

Improv Curves with Jenny Haynes

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris – Christmas Edition!
Saturday 9 December, 10:30am – 1:30pm or Tuesday 12 December, 11am – 2pm (£40)

We’re giving our Embroidery for Beginners workshop a Christmas spin for December! This 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 festive 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.

Screen Printing with Karen Lewis
Sunday 10 December, 10am – 4pm (£75)

Join us for a special printmaking class with visiting tutor, textile designer Karen Lewis! In this full-day introduction to screen printing, Karen will teach you everything you need to know to be able to print your own fabric at home using the embroidery hoop method. You will learn all the techniques involved, including design, stencil cutting and printing, and how to get perfect prints every time. Find out more and sign up here.

Line printing and screen printing classes with Karen Lewis

Crochet a Toft Animal with Annie Windley
Monday 6 December, 7pm – 9pm (£50)

In this fun class you’ll learn the amigurumi method of crochet working on the Toft animal or monster kit of your choice! You’ll learn how to start and finish each body part and how to sew them all together along with how to read a crochet pattern. We’ll also review your pattern with you to help you understand any special stitches or techniques you’ll need to know to complete your chosen design. This class is a perfect next step if you know crochet basics. Everything is included in your class fee and is yours to take home. Find out more and sign up here!

Toft Animals

English Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes
Sunday 3 December, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£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.

Sew a Christmas Dress with Charlotte Newland
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December 10am – 5pm (£195)

Treat yourself to a new Christmas dress – that you’ve made yourself! Taught over two full days using the popular Emery Dress pattern, you’ll learn to make a beautiful, well-fitting dress in the fabric of your choice. First, our teacher, Charlotte Newland, will coach you through the process of taking accurate measurements, making pattern adjustments and creating a muslin to ensure your dress will fit and flatter your body. Next, you’ll cut into your special fabric sew your new favourite dress with Charlotte’s expert guidance. Find out more and sign up here.

Knit a Big Loop Chunky Blanket with Kym Armstrong
Monday 4 December, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£195)

Super chunky Big Loop merino wool by Loopy Mango knits up into the most gorgeous blankets! In this class, you’ll learn knitting basics, including how to cast on on circular needles, knit stitch and cast off while you create your own Montauk throw measuring 30″ x 50″. This throw is a fabulous decoration for your home and makes the most amazing gift. All materials are provided, including one giant skein of Big Loop yarn and 35mm circular needles to take home. Find out more and sign up here.

Machine-pieced Curves: Double Drunkard’s Path with Jenny Haynes
Saturday 2 December, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Curves big and small but no pins in sight. In this class you’ll be using Jenny’s DDP (Double Drunkard’s Path) templates that she designed to make the Five Impossible Things, Paper Run and DDP Clamshell quilts. You’ll learn how to cut, sew and press perfect curves using Jenny’s no-pin technique. Make one of Jenny’s Quilt or design your own with the help if your tutor. Class includes the templates worth £35. Find out more and sign up here.

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renée Callahan
Monday 11 December 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 and sign up here.

Lino Printing with Karen Lewis
Saturday 9 December, 10am – 4pm (£75)

Join us for a special printmaking class with visiting tutor, textile designer Karen Lewis! In this full-day introduction to lino printing, Karen will teach you everything you need to know to be able to print your own fabric at home. You will learn all the techniques involved, including design, cutting and printing, and how to get perfect prints every time. Find out more and sign up here.

 

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Tuesday 5 December, 10:30pm – 1pm or Wednesday, 8 November, 7pm – 9:30pm (£35)

Cross stitch is portable, relaxing and seriously addictive! This one-evening class will cover the cross stitch basics from tools to techniques while you stitch a modern cross stitch design to take home! You’ll learn how to work with embroidery floss and the various types of cross stitch fabric, how to get started by anchoring your thread and reading a stitch chart, how to follow a pattern including basic stitches, working rows and changing colours and how to finish your work to display it at home. All materials are provided. You’ll be able to choose from our selection of kits on class night, including Christmas kits!  Find out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Thursday 14 December, 6.30pm – 9pm (£40)

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 Crochet Granny Squares
Tuesday 12 December, 7pm – 9pm (£35)

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. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here!

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Tuesday 19 December, 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! 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. You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes! Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

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Lets all wear…Christmas dresses!

With Christmas fast approaching, we thought it was time to inspire you with different outfit and inspiration ideas for your perfect Christmas dress! Whether you want something modern or with a more retro vibe, we’ve got you covered!

Christmas Dress fabric and pattern ideas

The  Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress is a gorgeous dress pattern has so many different options to play with, its great if you wish to make more than one! Whether you want long sleeves, short sleeves, add some trim, a long hem or a midi hem, you absolutely can! We’ve chosen Pixie Noel – Pixie Socks in Navy as we think it would look gorgeous and cute at the same time! Who else loves navy at Christmas?

Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress

The tie up bow feature from the ‘Sudley dress‘ by Megan Nielsen, makes it a must have! Its one of those dresses you want in multiple fabrics for all seasons and occasions. The festive Highland Leaves in Natural woodland fabric features evergreen leaves on a natural background and would suit this dress pattern amazingly! Great if you want an every-day dress, that you can wear with some comfy, chunky tights and boots.

Megan Nielsen Sudley Dress

The Collette Wren Dress has such a lovely shape and drape that a simple knit fabric would work wonders. It has a wrap-style front with optional sleeves, suitable to flatter all shapes and sizes! The ‘Interlock Solid in Tango Red‘ is a super soft, organic knit and the ideal colour for Christmas. Why not dress it up with a brooch or two?

Colette Wren Dress

Wanting some matching outfits this Christmas? The Trapeze & Trapezette dress patterns by Merchant & Mills are perfect. They are simple silhouettes, but with a beautiful fabric choice like our Garnet shot cotton you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. This fabric and all of our shot cottons are soft, with beautiful drape and a warm glow created by the different coloured yarns used in the warp and weft of the fabric.

Merchant & Mills Trapeze Dress

If you’re wishing for something bold, bright and a little funky, these adorable party Llamas (Llama Navidad in Red) are the perfect fit! The Christine Haynes Emery Dress screams sixties vibes, with the cute waist bow, fitted bodice and hand sewn hem.

We just had to feature the NamedLempi Button Down Dress as it has a great 1940s edge to it. If you’re wanting pockets and something with structure, then give this one a try! The Festive Ornaments in Black is such a cool print and pairs perfectly with this fierce dress pattern!

Named Lempi Dress

How about something with total class? Maybe something you can wear for a Christmas night out? You can’t go wrong with the beautiful Nutcracker Act 1 – Mini Overture in Cranberry fabric. It has such a lovely shimmery metallic print! The Betty Dress by Sew Over it will give a beautiful silhouette shape as it nips in at the waist and flares out. It features an invisible zip and facings.

Sew Over It Betty Dress

I hope this has inspired you to make a Christmas dress this year! And if you’re wanting to make one but feeling a little unsure or rusty with your dressmaking skills, why not take our Sew a Christmas Dress class with Charlotte Newland and make the Emery Dress? Book your place here.

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