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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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July/August Classes and Events at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Come and join us in these lovely summer months 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 July/August 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 any of our classes can be booked as private parties… click here to find out more!

Sew a Kalle Shirt or Shirtdress with Rachel Pinheiro
Saturday, 1 July and Sunday, 2 July, 11am – 5pm (£165)

With a loose, body skimming silhouette, the Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress from Closet Case Patterns is the ultimate in chic, easy dressing. In this fun two-day class you’ll learn loads of new construction techniques, from from collars and shirt pockets to button plackets and buttonholes and more! You can choose to make the shirtdress, the tunic version or the cropped version. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Kalle Shirt or Shirtdress with Rachel Pinheiro

Modern Blackwork Embroidery with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Sunday, 2 July, 10:30am – 1:30pm (£40)

Blackwork is a style of embroidery that uses counted thread work in lacy, geometric patterns. In this class you’ll learn the basics of this beautiful technique while making a colourful coaster using an oversize blackwork embroidery pattern. There are endless blackwork patterns so you could take your new skills and make a whole set of colourful coasters in different patterns! You’ll also be provided with options for finishing your coaster by hand or machine at home. Find out more and sign up here.

Modern Blackwork at The Village Haberdashery

Make Your Own Espadrilles with Suzie Kemner
Monday, 3 July, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Spend a fun evening making your own strappy espadrilles, in a fabric of your choice. You’ll walk away with one completed sandal, with all the knowledge and skills to finish the second one (and many more pairs!) at home. Imagine all the fabrics you could use! Find out more and sign up here.

Make your own Espadrilles!

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 5 July, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to Knit at The Village Haberdashery

Introduction to 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! Find out more and sign up here!

Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Sunday, 9 July, 11am – 1:30pm (£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 and sign up here.

Crochet Baskets with Rachel Rogers

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 9 July, 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

Paint a Planter Workshop with Mary-Ann Aveline
Wednesday, 12 July, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

Get your creative juices flowing with our Paint a Planter Workshop. We will play with colour, pattern and mark making before painting our ceramic planters with specialist paint and experimenting with beautiful gold leaf. By the end of the class you will have created your very own waterproof ceramic planter which you can fill with either a cacti or succulent. Find out more and sign up here.

Paint a Planter Workshop with Mary Ann Aveline

Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha
Saturday, 15 July, 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 Macrame with Susana Cunha

Stitch Improv with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Saturday, 15 July, 1pm – 5pm (£50)

In this class you will learn how to create a narrative on patchwork, combining it with embroidery, appliqué techniques and various embellishments. We will start the class by putting together a patchwork base and then we will transfer a floral/botanical pattern onto this base. You will be able to choose from three different patterns – or draw your own. Find out more and sign up here.

Stitch Improv at The Village Haberdashery

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Sunday, 16 July, 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 sweet modern sampler designed by Carina. You’ll leave with everything you need to know to complete your sampler at home and the confidence to try your next embroidery pattern independently! Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Wednesday, 19 July, 6:30pm – 9pm (£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 kits from The Make Arcade

Isosceles Triangle Masterclass with Judith Dahmen
Saturday, 22 July, 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

Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Tuesday, 25 July, 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 out more and sign up here.

Learn the art of brush lettering with Emma Block

Make Like a Boss July Event with Stitch & Story
Wednesday, 26 July, 7pm – 9pm – FREE

Make Like a Boss is a networking series for creative small businesses hosted at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, London. Each free event features a Q&A with a small business owner followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. Drinks and snacks will be provided!

In July we’ll be chatting to Jenny Lam and Jen Hoang of Stitch & Story. Stitch & Story is a modern knitting brand founded by two friends whose passion for knitting gave them the inspiration to fill a gap they found in the market. They aim to make knitting simple and stress-free by offering all-in-one DIY kits with knitting patterns to reflect current fashion trends and lifestyle products. Find out more and sign up here.

Make Like a Boss

Free Knitting Class and Clinic with Renee Callahan – Continental Knitting
Thursday, 27 July, 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 Continental knitting followed by a clinic where you’ll be able to get expert help with your knitting challenges! Find out more and reserve your place here.

Free Knitting Class at The Village Haberdashery!

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 29 July, 10am – 5pm (£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 and sign up here.

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland

Traveling Blooms Quilt with Anna Maria Horner
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 with Anna Maria Horner

Inspiration by Hand with Anna Maria Horner
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

Needle Felted Kitten with Gretel Parker
Saturday, 12 August, 10:30am – 5pm (£65)

Needlefelting is the simple art of hand-sculpting objects with wool roving by stabbing it with a barbed needle. You can make almost anything with needle felting – the only limit is your imagination! In this class, our expert teacher will guide us through the equipment and techniques involved with needle felting while teaching us how to make a sweet little felt cats! This project was recently featured on the cover of craft bible Mollie Makes. Find out more and sign up here.

Needle Felted Kitten

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Meet our Teachers: Suzie Kemner, sewing

Suzie is a Dutch-Australian designer, maker and illustrator based in London. She creates fresh and modern fabric, clothing and accessories for her label Suzie London. We are really looking forward to her upcoming Make Your Own Espadrilles classes at our West Hampstead Store.

Suzie LondonLovely photography here by www.jonaarongreen.com

Q: How did you first discover your creative talents?

A: I’ve always been very creative, and loved going to after school craft clubs when I was very young. I was always making things, like my own magazines with games and puzzle, and pictures to colour in! I studied Graphic Design at Art School in Australia, which eventually led to web design and then mobile app design.

Suzie London

Q: Tell us about your brand Suzie London and how it all came about.

A: I was starting to get disillusioned with just staring at a computer screen all day, moving pixels around for corporate clients. So I started taking evening classes in textile design. From screen printing and block printing lino cuts onto fabric, though to digital textile design, and pattern cutting and dressmaking, I was loving using my graphic design skills to design and create my own fabrics, and applying these to clothing and accessories. I love having an idea, doing a sketch, and then being able to make it happen. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world!

I officially launched Suzie London on the 18th of June in 2015, with a collection of espadrilles, screen printed t-shirts and tote bags, as well as some hand-made jewellery. The plan is to launch dresses and even a sewing pattern later this year, so watch this space.

Suzie London

Q: How would you describe your style?

A: I was born in The Netherlands (my family moved to Australia when I was nine), and grew up on Miffy books (called Nijntje, or ‘Little Rabbit’ in Dutch). I love bold, minimalist design, in bright, cheerful colours. I’ve also always loved vintage clothing and textiles, especially form the 50s, 60s and 70s. So my style is definitely inspired by vintage design, but with a clean, modern edge.

Suzie London

Q: What are your favourite fabrics to work with and why?

A: I love working with natural, breathable fabrics. My new fabric collection includes beautiful cotton twills, a wonderful unbleached organic cotton canvas, and crisp organic cotton poplin. I’ll be introducing some silks later this year too! All my fabrics are responsibly sourced and digitally printed right here in London, England.

Suzie London

Q: We are super excited for your Make your own Espadrilles class, what can students expect?

A: I love teaching complete beginners how to sew! So not only will they be learning how to use a sewing machine, they will also learn how to make one complete shoe, with all the knowledge and skills to finish the second one at home. There is definitely an ‘a-ha’ moment in the workshop, when everyone’s fabrics start to resemble a shoe, which is very exciting. And making espadrilles is pretty addictive, once you know how to make one pair, you’ll be wanting to make many more!

Suzie London

Q: What sewing gadget could you not live without?!

A: Definitely my magnetic pin cushion. I have a retro one in red, but there are several on the market today. So handy to chuck pins in as you’re sewing, and even more useful at collecting any pins you accidentally drop on the floor!

Suzie London

You can also find Suzie on Instagram here, check out her website here, and find her upcoming classes at The Village Haberdashery here!

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Treat yourself to some ME time and try something new in three hours or less in these four fun workshops

Grab a friend or schedule some solo ME time and get crafty at our West Hampstead shop! All of the workshops that follow require no prior experience, include all materials, and will have you walking out the door with a finished project. Think you’re too busy? These are all sessions of three hours or less that will give you the chance to try something totally new and exercise your creative muscles without committing to a brand new hobby, unless, of course, you want to! Sound amazing? Read on!

Create Your Own Stationery
Tuesday, 20 June, 6:30pm – 9pm (£35)

In this special paper craft workshop you will be taught two techniques – dip dying and paper embossing – so you can learn how to personalise your own greetings cards, envelopes and paper to create a beautiful collection of designed stationery. 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.

Create Your Own Stationery

Crochet a Basket
Sunday, 9 July, 11am – 1:30pm (£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.

Crochet a Basket

Paint a Planter
Wednesday, 12 July, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

Get your creative juices flowing with our Paint a Planter Workshop! We will play with colour, pattern and mark making before painting our ceramic planters with specialist paint and experimenting with beautiful gold leaf. By the end of the class you will have created your very own waterproof ceramic planter which you can fill with either a cacti or succulent.

Paint a Planter

Make a Macrame Wall Hanging
Saturday, 15 July, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£40)

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.

Make a Macrame Wall Hanging

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Meet our teachers: Rachel Rogers, crochet

Rachel Rogers is a Hackney-based designer and maker of crochet homeware and accessories. She uses chunky recycled cotton yarn in an array of vibrant colours to add a modern aesthetic to her products, and each of her pieces is made unique as a result of the processes used to create them. Rachel teaches our Crochet Basket classes at our West Hampstead shop which are super fun and popular!

Rachel Rogers

Question: Where did the idea for your crochet business first come from?

Answer: There was no light bulb idea moment really it grew organically from friends showing an interest in my makes. It really came about when at a friends house during one of our regular craft nights. I had just discovered T Shirt yarns and was half way through making a basket which I completed there, my friend loved it and placed an order for two there and then! I had always dreamn’t of having my own business and at the time was freelancing and struggling with paying for childcare and the unpredictability of it all, so as the orders came in the decision to focus solely on setting up my business and see where it could take me felt like the right path and one that I had been in search of for a long time. It was important that I could work around my kids doing something I loved – crochet definitely hits the spot!

Rachel Rogers Crochet Basket

Q:Your Etsy shop looks amazing! How did you find the process of setting up your shop?

Thank you! It was not an easy task setting up shop, there are so many elements that have to be brought together before you can even think about pressing OPEN SHOP! It was quite nerve racking and opening it made it all feel very real. I literally thought I couldn’t open the shop without having every last detail in place, thinking that I would be inundated with orders! This wasn’t the reality and it turns out you have to put a huge amount of work into making Etsy work – firstly getting your head around the SEO of it, mean’t reading forum after forum and hours of tweaking. It still needs work and new products to be added but it works for now as my shop front, I’m in the process of working on my own website which is really exciting.
Crochet baskets by Rachel Rogers

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

You and me both!! There is nothing better than sharing my passion for crochet with new students. So far there isn’t one workshop that I have taught where someone hasn’t grasped it .. many have gone on and caught the crochet bug. Students can expect to learn the basics so that they could take this knowledge and apply it to many different future crochet projects. Its not only about learning to crochet its about the amazing t shirt yarns we will use to create the basket, they are all offcuts from textile factories which helps the environment enormously, there is something really special about creating a new practical product out of materials that would otherwise be waste.

Rachel Rogers Crochet Baskets

Q:What is the most unusual / interesting commission you have been set?

My first commission was probably the most interesting which was to crochet lampshades. They were to go in a newly designed meeting room at a friends Architects practice. We would talk crochet and design at the school gates – I was hugely excited! They loved the t shirt yarns and told me they wanted big and bold so I just went for it!

Crochet Lampshade by Rachel Rogers

Q:Do you still find time to crochet for yourself or do you have any other crafty hobbies?

I do crochet for myself still as I actually use all my products – no better way to test them! It is not unknown for me to be whipping up a crochet clutch bag last minute for a wedding, a new shopper bag just because or a basket to try to bring more order into my home! I generally fall in love with every product I make and find it impossible to not hold a few products back for myself. Not surprising when friends come over and mention there is a lot of crochet going on in my house!!! I recently did a wall weaving workshop which I really loved and would love to have more time to take this further, instead I will continue to be inspired by all those incredible weavers out there.

Rachel Rogers

Q: What is your favourite material to work with and why?

A: I am 100% in love with t-shirt yarns. Each and every cone you buy is different in thickness, stretch and texture making everything you make unique. I never know exactly what the yarn will be like until it gets delivered so there is always an element of surprise. Even when the order arrives and you fall head over heals for a particular yarn there is very little chance you will ever be able to buy that same yarn again, this really is the unique selling point of each product. T Shirt yarns are all recycled (as I mentioned before), I just love that I am creating practical and useful products out of something that would otherwise end up on a waste site – I am a firm believer that we should be upcycling as much as possible not only for today but for future generations to come.

T shirt Yarn

Thanks Rachel! You can find Rachel’s Etsy shop here and follow her on Instagram at @rachelrogersmakes. You can also check out our full range of t-shirt yarns here.

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June Classes and Events at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

We have so many exciting classes lined up in June with something to suit every level, interest, and schedule! Our beautiful studio in our West Hampstead shop is the perfect place to learn and get inspired. Come and join us! Read on to find out what we have planned for June or browse all of our classes here. Plus, we have a fun, free drop in Knit Night every Thursday from 6:30pm – no booking required.

Studio

Don’t forget you can book our studio to work on your own project! Come and use our sewing machines and spread out in this great space! Find out more and book your session here.

Sew a Kalle Shirt or Shirtdress with Rachel Pinheiro
Saturday, 3 June and Sunday, 4 June, 11am – 5pm (£165)

With a loose, body skimming silhouette, the Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress from Closet Case Patterns is the ultimate in chic, easy dressing. In this fun two-day class you’ll learn loads of new construction techniques, from from collars and shirt pockets to button plackets and buttonholes and more! You can choose to make the shirtdress, the tunic version or the cropped version. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Kalle Shirt or Shirtdress with Rachel Pinheiro

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 7 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45) or
Tuesday, 20 June, 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

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Saturday, 10 June, 11am – 2pm (Free)

We’re teaming up with Yarn in the City (the awesome ladies who bring you the Great London Yarn Crawl, among other fabulous events) to host a World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIPDAY) event on West Hampstead Square! WWKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers and there were 1015 events last year in 57 countries. So save the date, start planning a knitting project that travels well and tell your friends. We can’t wait to take over West Hampstead Square with you! Find out more about our event and sign up here or email us at info@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk.

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 10 June, Sunday, 11 June and Saturday, 24 June, 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.

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland

Zippered Pouches with Judith Dahmen
Tuesday, 13 June, 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.

Zippered Pouched with Judith Dahmen

Cross Stitch for Beginners with Kym Armstrong
Wednesday, 14 June, 6:30pm – 9pm (£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

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Haynes
Friday, 16 June, 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 our more and sign up here.

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing with Jenny Hayned

Machine Pieced Curves: River Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Saturday, 17 June 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

Kels O’Sullivan Cushion with Jenny Haynes
Sunday, 18 June 10am – 4pm (£95)

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

Kels o'Sullivan cushion with Jenny Haynes

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Sunday, 18 June, 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! Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for Beginners

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan
Tuesday, 20 June, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Create your own stationary with Nancy Straughan

Make Like a Boss with Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons
Wednesday, 21 June, 7pm – 9pm (Free)

Make Like a Boss is a monthly networking series for creative small businesses! Each free event features a Q&A with a small business owner followed by time to hang out and chat, learn, share, moan and come away with some new contacts and ideas for your business. Drinks and snacks will be provided! In June, we’ll be chatting to Tilly Walnes from award-winning pattern company Tilly and the Buttons about turning her sewing blog into a full-time job, how to expand from a one-woman business into a team, writing a book (she has another one on the way!) and more. Find out more and sign up here.

Make Like a Boss

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 25 June, 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

Watercolour Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Tuesday, 27 June, 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 tube of watercolour paint. Find out more and sign up here.

Watercolour Brush Lettering with Emma Block

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Wednesday, 28 June, 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

Colourwork Magic with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 28 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

In this class you’ll learn techniques for knitting stranded colourwork that you can apply to any stranded colourwork pattern! Our expert teacher will guide you through reading fairisle charts, working with two colours and working the Magic Loop method for small circular knitting. Find out more and sign up here.

Colourwork Magic with Renee Callahan

 

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