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Lets all wear…Christmas dresses!

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

Christmas Dress fabric and pattern ideas

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

Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress

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

Megan Nielsen Sudley Dress

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

Colette Wren Dress

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

Merchant & Mills Trapeze Dress

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

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

Named Lempi Dress

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

Sew Over It Betty Dress

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

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Six classes for a fabulous handmade home!

Do you love looking at home design blogs and have Pinterest boards full of dream kitchens? This round up is for you! We’ve got some truly inspiring classes coming up to show you how to create handmade pieces for your home that look amazing.

Six classes for a fabulous handmade home

All of our classes take place in our bright, airy studio in our West Hampstead shop. We have something to suit every level, interest and schedule – including sewing, knitting, weaving, macrame, decoupage and more!

Plus, don’t forget: we’re offering 10% off all 2017 classes until Friday. No coupon necessary!

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!

Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić
Saturday, 28 October, OR Sunday, 26 November, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75)

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

Modern Weaving with Amy Ilic

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Monday 13 November, 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

Decoupage for Beginners with Gabriela Szulman
Saturday, 25 November, 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.

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

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

big loop chunky blanket on chair

Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha
Saturday, 11 November, 10am – 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.

modern macrame

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

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

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Sew with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland! Plus a special offer

We are so lucky to have Charlotte Newland teaching in our West Hampstead shop! Not just because she’s famous (as the winner of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, she’s a big deal in certain circles!) but because she’s an extremely talented and prolific dressmaking and quilter and so much fun to sew with.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

We created a special class with Charlotte to give you the flexibility to work on any sewing or quilting project you want with her help. In our Guided Studio Time sessions, you can bring a project at any stage of completion to receive personalised instruction. Classes are kept small so you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

This class is for you if you:

  • want Charlotte to hold your hand whilst you set sleeves, insert an invisible zip or tackle a fly front
  • feel frustrated that you can’t get your home-sewn garments to fit right and want to learn how to adjust a pattern for your body
  • are interested in trying out reverse appliqué, foundation paper piecing, improv or any other quilting technique
  • love the look of one of Charlotte’s classes, but the date doesn’t work for you
  • or just want to hand-stitch your quilt binding and eat cake whilst listening to Charlotte tell rude jokes!

Your class fee includes personalised instruction, the use of all equipment and 10% off all materials in the shop.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

And we have a special offer for you! You’ll get a £5 gift card to spend in the shop for every Guided Studio Time session you book with us between now and the end of the year! No code necessary, just book your session and we’ll send you your gift card.

Sew with Charlotte Newland

To see all of our upcoming classes at our West Hampstead shop, click here.

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November Classes at The Village Haberdashery!

We are so excited about our November schedule! It’s packed with new classes and some really fantastic events. Want to learn something new? Come and join us this November in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop! We have something to suit every level, interest and schedule!

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

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

Let’s do this, November!

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!

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Saturday 11 November, 10:30am – 1:30pm or Tuesday 14 November, 11am – 2pm (£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 with Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Monday, 6 November, 7pm – 9:30pm (£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 basket Rachel Rogers

Sew a Wrap Circle Skirt with Elisalex de Castro Peake
Sunday, 12 November, 11am – 5pm (£85)

Sew a fun, flirty wrap circle skirt with Elisalex! In this relaxed one-day class we will learn how to draft and construct a simple circle skirt and elaborate on it to make a gorgeously flattering wrap skirt. The best bit? No fiddly zippers or fastenings! Find out more and sign up here.

Crochet a Toft Animal with Annie Windley
Monday, 20 November, 7pm – 9pm (£50)

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

Toft Animals

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Monday 13 November, 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

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

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

New cross stitch kits by The Make Arcade!

Decoupage for Beginners with Gabriela Szulman
Saturday, 11 November, 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.

Sew a Rope Bowl with Sarah Jeffrey
Monday, 6 November, 7pm – 9pm (£35)

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

Rope Bowls

Crochet a Hipster Tie with Annie Windley
Monday, 27 November, 7pm – 9pm (£40)

Crochet a hipster tie for yourself or a gift! in this beginner-friendly class we’ll cover basic crochet stitches, how to follow a crochet pattern or chart and how to finish your tie at home. All materials are included in the class fee and are yours to take home. You’ll be able to choose from five colours – black, blue, green, red and gold. Find out more and sign up here.

Hipster Tie

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 4 November, 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.

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 19 November – 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! Students are welcome to bring two patterns to class – depending on your personal pace you may be able to start the fitting process on a second pattern. Find out more and sign up here.

Gifts Workshop with Judith Dahmen: iPad Cover, Frame Purse, Fabric Bucket or Drawstring Bag
Tuesday, 21 November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Make like Santa’s little helper in our fun Christmas gifts workshop! Choose from five projects – a Christmas stocking, a frame purse, an iPad, Kindle or laptop cover, a fabric bucket or a drawstring bag – to make with the guidance of our experienced instructor. Find out more and sign up here.

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Thursdays 2 November, 16 November or 30 November, 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 14 November, 7pm – 9pm or Tuesday 28 November, 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

Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood
Saturday, 18 November, 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.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 1 November, 6.30pm – 9.30 pm or Tuesday 21 November, 10am – 1pm (£45)

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

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer

 

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Tuesday, 7 November, 7pm – 9:30pm or Friday, 17 November, 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.

Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić
Sunday, 26 November, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75)

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

Modern Weaving with Amy Ilic

Knickers Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Mondays, 20 and 27 November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£95)

The only knickers class you’ll ever need! In this fun two-evening class you’ll learn how to make two pairs of knickers. The first evening, we’ll make knickers using stretch knit fabric and fold over elastic. The second evening, 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.

Learn Brioche Stitch Knitting with Renée Callahan
Wednesdays, 22 and 29 November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£85)

Brioche stitch creates a distinctive, widely ribbed fabric that is wonderfully lofty and cosy. This two-evening class will cover brioche stitch basics and get you started knitting a beautiful brioche stitch scarf. On the first evening, we’ll cover brioche stitch terminology, how to knit plain brioche stitch, how to work two-colour brioche rib stitch. After a week off to practice, on the second evening, you’ll learn cast on and how to work increases and decreases for two-colour brioche stitch, how to read a brioche stitch chart and how to gauge swatch for brioche stitch and you’ll be ready to get started on your project! Find out more and sign up here.

brioche stitch knitting

Watercolour Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Wednesday 30 October, 7pm – 9:30pm (£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!

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 5 November, 10am – 5pm (£95)

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. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday 1 November, 7pm – 9.30pm or Wednesday 22 November, 10am – 12.30 (£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 with Renee Callaghan

 

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Take a class with Karen Lewis at The Village Haberdashery!

We are super excited that the lovely and extremely talented Karen Lewis is coming to our West Hampstead shop where she’ll be teaching some awesome classes!

Karen Lewis

Karen has a passion for all things beautiful and handmade. She designs textiles for her own brand, Karen Lewis Textiles, and for Robert Kaufman and is the author of the book Screen Printing at Home. Her Instagram @karenlewistextiles is full of great inspiration!

Screen printing at home

Join us for one of these special classes or book them both for 10% off!

Lino Printing

Saturday, 9 December, 10am – 4pm (£75)

In this full-day introduction to lino printing, Karen will teach you everything you need to know to be able to print your own fabric at home. You will learn all the techniques involved, including design, cutting and printing, and how to get perfect prints every time. Find out more and sign up here.

Lino printing and screen printing classes with Karen Lewis

Lino printing and screen printing classes with Karen Lewis

Screen Printing

Sunday, 10 December, 10am – 4pm (£75)

In this full-day introduction to screen printing, Karen will teach you everything you need to know to be able to print your own fabric at home using the embroidery hoop method. You will learn all the techniques involved, including design, stencil cutting and printing, and how to get perfect prints every time. Find out more and sign up here.

Lino printing and screen printing classes with Karen Lewis

Line printing and screen printing classes with Karen Lewis

If you would like to book both classes please feel free to contact us for 10% off!

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