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Upcoming classes at The Village Haberdashery

Come and join us this September and October in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop for one of our creative classes or events! 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 fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6:30pm… just bring your knitting, we’ll supply the biscuits!

Studio

Want to work on your own project in our studio? Check out out studio bookings page to book a slot! Also many of our classes can be booked as private parties for groups of 8 to 18. Get in touch at [email protected] with your requirements!

Decoupage for Beginners with Gabriela Szulman
Saturday 30 September, 10am – 1:30pm (£50)

Decoupage is a fabulous DIY skill to have! Once you’ve learned the technique, you’ll be able to upcycle furniture, home decor pieces and even your own clothes! In this class you’ll learn all of the tricks involved with applying layers of thin paper to a glass surface, working with both a plate and a small tea light holder to create your own useable works of art. All materials are provided. Find out more and sign up here!

Decoupage for beginners with Gabriela Szulman

Sew a Box Cushion with Kym Armstrong
Sunday 1 October, 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. Box cushions can be made to fit a chair, a window seat or bench or can be used as floor cushions or pet beds. The possibilities are endless! You’ll be able to apply the techniques you learn in this class to make a box cushion in any size, giving you the ability to redecorate your home any time you wish! Find out more and sign up here!

Sew a Box Cushion with Kym Armstrong

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Tuesday 26 September, 7pm – 9pm (£45)

In this fun two hour workshop, Suzie Kemner will lead you through the process of turning a fabric of your choice into a beautiful drum lampshade. You’ll learn how to line up the fabric, attach it to specialist lampshade vinyl (glow tested and certified) and then craft it into a 30cm lampshade that can be hung from a ceiling rose or mounted on a standard lamp. Once you’ve learned the technique, you’ll be able to create lampshades of your own in different sizes. This workshop is perfect if you want to create a beautiful, lovingly made lampshade to brighten up your home, and is a wonderful, relaxing way to pass the evening. You don’t need any experience at all as Suzie will take you through every step of the process. Find out more and sign up here!

Learn to Make a Lampshade

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sophia Palmer
Saturday 23 September, 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.

Freehand Machine Embroidery

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker 
Friday 29 September, 10:30am – 1pm (£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!

Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Wednesday 27 September, 7pm – 9:30pm or Tuesday 3 October, 10:30am – 1pm (£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. Find out more and sign up here.

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Thursday 5 October, 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, 26 September, 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

Knickers Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Saturday 7 October, 10am – 5pm (£95)

The only knickers class you’ll ever need! In this fun one-day class you’ll learn how to make two pairs of knickers. First, we’ll make knickers using stretch knit fabric and fold over elastic. Then, we’ll make knickers using a lightweight woven fabric and picot elastic. You may never buy knickers from a shop again! Find out more and sign up here!

Knickers Masterclass with Charlotte Newland

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 4 October, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

This class will introduce aspiring stitchers – or those who need a refresher – how to use a sewing machine! In this comprehensive three hour class, you’ll get sewing machine-savvy and leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start making your own projects at home! This workshop is focussed solely on the skill of sewing and the entire three hours will be spent practising each element below to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. 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

Learn to Knit with Renee Callahan
Wednesday 27 September, 10am – 12:30pm, or Wednesday 4 October, 7pm – 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. Find out more and sign up here or here!

Learn to Knit with Renee Callaghan

Sew a pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Sunday 8, Saturday 21, and Sunday 22 October, 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 with Charlotte Newland

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Meet our teachers: Sophia Palmer, freehand machine embroidery

We are so excited to now have freehand machine embroidery on our class timetable! Sophia Palmer is the owner and creator of Jessalli Handmade, a personalised gifts company in Dorset. She spends her days making unique, fun and colourful soft furnishings and gifts for all the family. Her favourite textile media is free-hand machine embroidery and she uses it to create textile portraits from photographs as well as cute pictures and gifts. We are super happy to welcome her to our teaching team with her freehand machine embroidery classes!

Sophia Palmer

Q. How did you first discover your crafting talents?

A. My mother taught me to sew when I was young, but I never thought of it as a career until I was 18. All the skills I learnt since then I’ve taught myself, it’s been a journey of determination really, but once you love something you never give up!

Sophia Palmer

Q. We love your website jessalli.com, tell us about your business and how it all started.

A. When I left school I moved to Australia. It was in Sydney that I got a job at a handmade children’s clothing company. I remember going in there, looking round and just walked up to the friendly lady behind the desk and said “I’m looking for a job and I can sew!”. My boss, Colette, took me under her wing and I basically got hooked on handmade. When I moved back to the UK a year later I knew what I wanted to do. And it was Colette who encouraged me to carry on sewing. After that I just had to convince my parents that it was a good idea to cancel my place at university! (who’s need more journalists anyway!). I went full time with Jessalli in 2011, when I was just 20, it was a big leap but I haven’t looked back since. My aim was to always create personal, sentimental gifts for families, and I hope that people keep their little Jessalli-wares forever.

Sophia Palmer

Q. We are super excited for your first Freehand Machine Embroidery class. For those who don’t know, what is Free Motion Embroidery and what can students expect?

A. The only way I can explain Free Motion Embroidery is that it’s the most expressive variation of sewing. Forget what you know about a sewing machine, and just get creative. It’s great fun, and once you’ve done it, you’ll be hooked! You don’t have to be an expert, you don’t need to be a perfectionist, you don’t even need to be good at sewing! It’s totally unique to you and that’s why I love it.

Sophia Palmer

Q. What other crafts do you enjoy? Do you find the time to craft for yourself as well as work?

A. I have to say all I do is sew. For business, for work and for pleasure. It’s my passion and I hope that never goes away. Sadly I have less and less time for personal sewing projects, but I always squeeze in an evening or a couple of hours sewing somewhere.

Sophia Palmer

Q. What are your favourite materials to work with and why?

A. I love working with cotton, I find there’s such a huge variety. I love quilting cottons for the patterns and prints. I have scrap fabric baskets for my machine embroidery, colour coded of course. You can find a use for the smallest piece of cotton with a cute design on it! It’s a big problem.

Sophia Palmer

Q. Describe your style in 5 words.

A. Colourful, Fun, Happy, Free and Textured.

Sophia Palmer

Q. What would your dream commission be?

A. I would love to work on a huge portrait of someone famous. Past or present. I love doing portraits and think a giant, crazy sewn textile art piece would be great fun.

Sophia Palmer

You can books Sophia’s Crochet classes here, find her on Instagram here. or check out her website here.

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Four ways to use up those scraps!

If you’ve been dressmaking or quilting for a while then your scrap pile is probably getting a bit out of control! Luckily we have some really exciting classes coming up at our West Hampstead shop that will help you to tame those scraps and learn some fantastic new skills at the same time!

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sophia Palmer
Saturday 23 September, 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.

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sophia Palmer

Knickers Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Saturday 7 October, 10am – 5pm or Mondays 20 and 27 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm (£95)

The only knickers class you’ll ever need! In this fun one-day or two evening class you’ll learn how to make two pairs of knickers. First, we’ll make knickers using stretch knit fabric and fold over elastic. Then, we’ll make knickers using a lightweight woven fabric and picot elastic. You may never buy knickers from a shop again!

Knickers masterclass with Charlotte Newland

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Sunday 10 September, 10am – 4pm or Sunday 3 December, 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. 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 a rug, cushion or smaller project (depending on how ambitious you’re feeling!). All the rag rug materials are provided on the day and you’ll get a latch hook to take home with you!

Rag rigging for beginners with Elspeth Jackson

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes
Sunday, 15 October, 10am – 4pm (£85)

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.

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

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

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September Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Come and join us this September in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop for one of our creative classes or events! We have something to suit every level, interest and schedule!

Read on to find out what we have planned for September or browse all of our classes here. Plus, don’t forget about our fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6:30pm… just bring your knitting, we’ll supply the biscuits!

Studio

Want to work on your own project in our studio? Check out out studio bookings page to book a slot! Also many of our classes can be booked as private parties for groups of 8 to 18. Get in touch at [email protected] with your requirements!

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Tuesday, 26 September, 7pm – 9pm (£45)

In this fun two hour workshop, Suzie Kemner will lead you through the process of turning a fabric of your choice into a beautiful drum lampshade. You’ll learn how to line up the fabric, attach it to specialist lampshade vinyl (glow tested and certified) and then craft it into a 30cm lampshade that can be hung from a ceiling rose or mounted on a standard lamp. Once you’ve learned the technique, you’ll be able to create lampshades of your own in different sizes. This workshop is perfect if you want to create a beautiful, lovingly made lampshade to brighten up your home, and is a wonderful, relaxing way to pass the evening. You don’t need any experience at all as Suzie will take you through every step of the process. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to Make a Lampshade

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sophia Palmer
Saturday, 23 September, 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.

Freehand Machine Embroidery

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker 
Monday, September 18, 7pm – 9:30pm or Friday, 29 September, 10:30am – 1pm (£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 her.

Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Tuesday, 5 September, 10:30am – 1pm, or Wednesday, 27 September, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Tuesday, 12 September, 11am – 2pm, or Saturday, 16 September, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£40)

The class is a fun and colourful introduction to hand embroidery that is designed for beginners or those who want a refresher. You will start by learning the tools of the craft, how to use a hoop and how to transfer a pattern. Next, we’ll explore a selection of stitches – running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, French knots and more – by creating a sweet modern sampler designed by Carina. You’ll leave with everything you need to know to complete your sampler at home and the confidence to try your next embroidery pattern independently! You are welcome to bring your small baby to our daytime classes. Please contact us if you have any questions! Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 2 September, 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 with Charlotte Newland

Free Knitting Class and Drop In Clinic with Renee Callahan – Knitting in the Round
Thursday, 28 September, 6:30pm – 9pm (FREE!)

In this special edition of our weekly Thursday Knit Night with our teacher Renee Callahan, we’ll spend an hour learning how to knit in the round followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges! This is a free event but please reserve a place here to help us keep track of numbers.

Renee Knitting

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Thursday, 7 September, 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

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes
Friday, 15 September, 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

Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 9 September, 10am – 4pm (£95)

Designed for intermediate and advanced quilters, this class will take you through the tricky bits of isosceles triangle patchwork. We will cover how to cut triangles with a ruler, deal with bias seams and sew precise and sharp points while working on a baby or lap-size pyramid quilt top. You’ll be able to keep your isosceles triangle ruler and you’ll leave with the confidence to complete your quilt top at home! Find out more and sign up here.

Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen

Knit a Chunky Lace Shawl with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 20 September, 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.

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares
Tuesday, 12 September, 7:00pm – 9:00pm or Tuesday, 26 September, 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

Machine Pieced Curves: River Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Saturday, 16 September 10am – 4pm (£95)

Conquer curved piecing and learn to machine-sew beautiful curves in this exciting class! Our teacher, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten, will teach you how to cut, sew and press curves and create a curvy River Quilt by using her no-pin technique and custom Drunkards Path templates. Find out more and sign up here.

River Quilt with Jenny Haynes

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Sunday, 10 September, 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. 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 a rug, cushion or smaller project (depending on how ambitious you’re feeling!). 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.

Rag Rugging with Elspeth Jackson

Slalom Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Sunday, 17 September, 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

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 6 September, 6:30pm – 9:30pm or Wednesday, 13 September, 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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Let us host your company’s next team-building workshop!

We are now offering company team-building workshops! Get out of the office and kickstart your team’s creativity by learning a new craft or book a workshop as a Christmas treat. We’ve hand-picked the classes for these packages to suit diverse groups and all skill levels.

Calligraphy Class at West Hampstead

Packages start at £45 per person for a three hour workshop at either 10am or 2pm. Each package includes expert instruction, all materials, a welcome glass of prosecco and coffee and tea. If you’d like additional refreshments, we can organise that too. Events take place in our sunny West Hampstead studio.

The Village Haberdashery West Hampstead Studio

We’ve refreshed our website with a dedicated area for team-building workshops and there is a printable version below (click the picture to open as a PDF) to show your team or HR director. And right now if you book a workshop you’ll get a £20 voucher to the shop for referring your company! Just make sure the person who books gives us your name if you don’t book yourself.  Any questions? Just email [email protected]Team Workshops at The Village HaberdasheryTeam Workshops at The Village Haberdashery

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Announcing our Crafty Mama Coffee Morning plus baby-friendly daytime classes!

We are super excited to announce the launch of our Crafty Mama Coffee Morning at our West Hampstead shop! This is a casual, baby-friendly meetup aimed at mums with small babies who love getting stuck into a creative project. We’ll provide coffee, cake and an easy and fun craft project you can try for a small materials fee, or bring any project you’ve got on the go, be it knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing, drawing, whatever! Join us every Thursday from 10:30am starting this week – no sign up necessary. Follow us on Instagram for updates and contact us with any questions.

Crafty Mama Coffee Morning

Baby-friendly daytime classes
It’s a little known fact that small babies are welcome at our daytime classes so you can use your maternity leave to learn a new craft! You might not get quite as much done if you’re a little distracted, but no one will mind a bit if you need to take a break to feed or comfort your little one! Most of these classes happen each month, but there are some gaps over the summer. The next two dates are listed below and you can find the full schedule on our website! All materials are included in these classes.

Cross Stitch for Beginners – £35
Tuesday, 1 August, 10:30am – 1pm
Tuesday, 5 September, 10:30am – 1pm

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.

Cross Stitch for Beginners

Learn to Knit – £45
Wednesday, 26 July, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Wednesday, 27 September, 10am – 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.

Learn to Knit

This is a Sewing Machine – £45
Tuesday, 18 July, 10am – 1pm
Tuesday, 17 October, 10am – 1pm

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.

Learn to sew

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares – £35
Tuesday, 22 August, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday, 26 September, 10:30am – 12:30pm

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.

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares

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

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Take a class with Anna Maria Horner!

The lovely and super talented Anna Maria Horner is coming to our West Hampstead shop next month and we still have a handful of spots left in her classes! She has never taught in the UK before and we’re so excited to get her first! Read on to find out more about these super special classes!

Anna Maria Horner

To many the Anna Maria brand means colour and inspiration in the form of craft, sewing, needlework, books and friendly how-to. Since 2006, her fabric collections have delighted makers around the globe while enlivening their patchwork and sewing projects. Anna Maria’s fresh and modern perspective within the creative handcraft community continues to inspire new directions in making as well as earn her a unique place within it.

Anna Maria Horner

Folk Flower Block
Saturday, 5 August, 10am – 5pm (£145)

In this one-day class, Anna Maria Horner shares how to use machine reverse appliqué to create this simple but stunning floral block that can be combined very specifically with others, or more sporadically with some solid blocks for a varied look. She also offers tips of scaling the block to suit each quilter’s hopes for their finished design. Find out more and sign up here.

Folk Flower Block with Anna Maria Horner

Folk Flower Quilt by Anna Maria Horner

Traveling Blooms Quilt
Sunday, 6 August, 10am – 5pm (£145)

Anna Maria designed this study in borders to feature her Floral Retrospective collection along with some choice pieces from her Loominous yarn dyed collections. This is a wonderful introduction to appliqué as well as a great refresher on half square triangles and other simple patchwork. Size and scale is easily customisable, the class it appropriate for all skill levels and a great stepping off point for variations. Find out more and sign up here.

Traveling Blooms Quilt by Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Inspiration by Hand
Monday, 7 August, 6pm – 9:30pm (£70)

Drawing on her tireless passion for handwork, Anna Maria Horner will provide a survey of handwork details for quilt makers, including her hand quilting technique, several popular embroidery stitches to try on a sampler, and embellishment. With several diverse examples of her own explorations to share, Anna Maria will demonstrate a variety of stitch styles and show you how to look at fabric and materials in a new way. Find out more and sign up here.

Inspiration by Hand with Anna Maria Horner

You can find all of Anna Maria’s classes here and her fabric here!

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Four new quilting techniques to try in class at The Village Haberdashery

Once you’ve learned the basics of making a patchwork quilt, there are so many techniques and styles to try! We have some really exciting classes coming up at our West Hampstead shop with some of the most talented quilters in the community. What do you want to learn? Here are a few ideas!

Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 22 July, or Saturday, 9 September, 10am – 4pm (£95)

Designed for intermediate and advanced quilters, this class will take you through the tricky bits of isosceles triangle patchwork. We will cover how to cut triangles with a ruler, deal with bias seams and sew precise and sharp points while working on a baby or lap-size pyramid quilt top. You’ll be able to keep your isosceles triangle ruler and you’ll leave with the confidence to complete your quilt top at home!

Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes
Sunday, 15 October, 10am – 4pm (£85)

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.

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes

Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood
Saturday, 8 July, 10am – 4pm (£85)

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!

Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood

Curved Piecing: Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes
Saturday, 14 October, 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.

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes

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

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Meet our teachers: Kym Armstrong, cross stitch

Kym is originally from Cumbria and now lives in London and works in our West Hampstead shop. She is a sewist and crafter who loves to embark on all kinds of projects, and often all at the same time! Kym is going to be teaching our new Cross Stitch for Beginners classes at our West Hampstead shop.

Kym Armstrong Headshot by Jennie Scott Photography

Q: Who first taught you to cross stitch?

A: My Mam is a cross stitch ninja! She taught me when I was little and I have had a cross stitch project on the go pretty much ever since. My first projects were some Christmas cards for my Grandparents and they still come out to be hung up with the rest every year! I have just finished stitching a wedding sampler for my partner’s parents!

Kym Armstrong Cross Stitch

Q: What do you love about Cross Stitch?

A: I find it a really relaxing hobby. Its great how portable it is too… handy to take on long journeys. I also love how personal you can make a cross stitch gift by adding names and changing colours.

Q: So have you always been into sewing and crafts?

A: Ever since I was little I have always wanted to be making something! I did textiles at school and loved it but Drama and Theatre Studies was my real love back then. I trained as a singer in Musical Theatre in London and worked as a Principal Singer on cruise ships for a while (if you look very carefully on youtube there may still be a few clips!). Then I decided I was more interested in fixing the costumes than the actual performing!! This lead me to work as a dresser for a busy London theatre and take some costume commissions for friends. I totally caught the sewing bug and changed careers!

Q: We love all the samples you make for our shop displays, where did you learn dressmaking?

A: Mam taught me the basics when I was at school and bought me my first sewing machine for my 16th birthday. I didn’t really get into dressmaking properly until a few years ago and I am mainly self taught with a lot of help from various blogs and You Tube videos. I took Charlotte Newland’s Fitting Class from which I learned a great deal too.

Kym Armstrong

Q: You say you love to embark on all kinds of projects, and often all at the same time, what other kinds of projects do you do and how do you find the time to do everything?

A: Every second of every day if I am not making something I am thinking about making something. I love everything from sewing to knitting to paper craft! Check out my Instagram for my latest ventures! I don’t know how I fit in so much craft time but I do work really quickly (sometimes too quickly). I suppose I’m really lucky that my hobby is also my job.

Cross stitch by Kym Armstrong

Q: We are super excited about your cross stitch classes at our West Hampstead shop, what can students expect?

A: I am super excited too! My class is aimed at complete beginners or those who need a refresher. We will cover everything from the basic stitches to reading a pattern and also talk about different materials and cross stitch tools. Students will leave with a started mini cross stitch to complete at home and confidence to tackle bigger projects.

Cross stitch by Kym Armstrong

You can books Kym’s classes here, find her on Instagram @kymsrubyslippers, or check out her blog, www.madebykym.co.uk.

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Meet our teachers: Suzie Dicker, calligraphy

Suzie Dicker is the founder of London-based minimalist luxury stationery and leather goods brand À L’aise. She created the company to fuel her fascination with high quality paper and design with a focus on timeless design and an emphasis on quality. Suzie teaches her Introduction to Modern Calligraphy class at our West Hampstead store. We took the opportunity to quiz her a little about herself and À L’aise.

Suzie Dicker.
Q: Where did you first discover your love of calligraphy?

A: One of my first jobs, aged 17, was working for a luxury stationer in Bath. It had floors of different papers and used to sell amazing inks and nibs from all over the world. They also produced bespoke stationery for weddings and parties, occasionally with calligraphy on. It used to fascinate me that it had been done by hand. I don’t think I could even comprehend it at this age. Later on whilst working for Meticulous Ink, another luxury stationers in Bath, I remember we received a sample of a calligraphers work that blew me away. The envelope had the most beautiful calligraphy in bright white ink and I would sit running my hands over the ever so slightly raised script in awe. One weekend I decided I would teach myself. I picked it up fairly quickly and had never felt so passionate about a craft before. We started offering bespoke calligraphy pretty soon after this and I have never looked back. People often ask what my hobbies are and its calligraphy, it just happens to be what I do for work now. I still calligraph in my spare time, usually doing the opposite of what I’ve been commissioned to do that week. It’s more experimental and usually just doodles or one elaborate envelope for a friend or family member.

Q: Tell us about your brand À L’aise.

A: À L’aise is a modern luxury stationery brand. The name is French for ‘at ease’ or ‘comfortable’ and I want that to directly translate onto the products we create. We design cards, gift-wrap, prints and leather goods. Everything we create has to be well made, using the best materials and have an understated calm to it, allowing them to effortlessly slip into someone’s life. I always refer to À L’aise as ‘we’, really it’s just me at home in my studio with my 2 cats.

A L'Aise

Q: I just love the different coloured inks you have available! How do you go about choosing colours?

A: Honestly, I just create the colours I want to use. For example I couldn’t find copper coloured ink I liked so I set about creating one in just the right consistency. I honestly design everything out of passion. I think that’s really important, you have to love what you’re making before someone else will too. I like the freedom running a business gives you to create freely.

Calligraphy

Q: Do you have a favourite item of stationery? Why is it so special?

A: This is a difficult question, I have an obscene amount of stationery and I hoard things away. The very first stationers I worked at actually closed down it’s shop in Bath when I was working there and it was just me and the owner left to sell everything left in the shop. She was really good fun and I remember us both digging through the stock room finding all the stock we needed to get rid of and I would pull things out and say “wow, this is cool” and she would just reply “have it!” I left with stacks of things from that old shop and I still have a lot of it and it means a lot to me, my favourite being tons of pastel, glittery wax seals… because who doesn’t need to seal the letters with pink glittery wax? That shop really developed my love of fine stationery (and tacky coloured wax seals) and probably is what lead me to running a stationery business.

A Laise

Q: We are really looking forward to your next class with us. What can students expect in your Calligraphy Classes?

A: My Beginners Modern Calligraphy course is a crash course on the basics of modern calligraphy. We start with learning how to use the nib, moving onto forming the letters of the alphabet and then learning how to create beautifully flowing script. You get to keep everything you have used in the workshop to take home, which is important, as practice really does make perfect when it comes to calligraphy!

Q: What is the most silly thing you have been asked to write in calligraphy?!

A: I offer bespoke calligraphy on any greeting card you buy from my website for an extra £3.50. People sort of assume when ordering online it’s done by machine and a human won’t ever see what they’re writing inside of the card. I get some pretty intimate messages to write, but I’m a real romantic and absolutely love it. To be honest it’s that sort of thing that makes my day.

Calligraphy at The Village Haberdashery

You can follow Suzie on Instagram at @a_laise_stationery, find her website here, and check out her upcoming classes here.

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