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Celebrate your hen party or birthday at The Village Haberdashery!

We’ve had so much fun hosting private classes for hen parties and birthdays and we would love to host your next special event too! Our Classes & Studio section is full of info on the wide range of activities we offer, and we now have a special section just for hen parties and grown up birthdays. Browse a few of our ideas for your event here, download a pretty printable flyer here and submit an enquiry via our private party booking form here. Yay!

Hen Parties at The Village Haberdashery in London

We can accommodate groups of 6-20 and participants with all skill levels and packages start at £45 per person for a 2-3 hour event in our West Hampstead studio. Each event includes expert instruction, all materials, a welcome glass of prosecco and coffee and tea. Choose from one of the following workshops or let us create a bespoke experience for you!

Hen Parties at The Village Haberdashery in London

MACRAME A WALL HANGING

Learn macrame basics, including how to get started, the three most common macrame knots that are the basis for most macrame designs, 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 and an addictive new hobby!

Macrame Wall Hanging

MAKE PAPER FLOWERS

Learn how to make delightful flowers completely from paper! In this relaxed and colourful workshop you’ll learn how to work with paper flower making supplies and manipulate paper into the prettiest bouquet to take home with you!

Paper Flowers

PAINT A PLANTER

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 Pot

CROCHET A BASKET

Learn to crochet while creating a fun and endlessly useful crochet basket out of recycled t-shirt yarn! This class will introduce beginners to the basics of crochet, how to follow a crochet pattern, how to change colours and how to finish a crochet project.

Crochet Basket

LEARN CALLIGRAPHY

Modern calligraphy’s relaxed approach enhances your natural hand writing style to create a unique and beautiful lettering form that is totally individual. This 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!

Calligraphy

For more information, contact our team with your requirements at [email protected] or fill out our enquiry form here. You can download a pretty printable leaflet to share with your friends here.

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June Classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

June is coming! Why not make the most of the long days to learn a new skill in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop! When the sun is shining we fling open the windows and it’s such a lovely place to be. We have classes to suit every level, interest and schedule.

West Hampstead Studio

Want some extra space to work on your own projects? Need to use an overlocker? You can book sewing time in our studio! Check out our studio bookings page to book a slot! We can also host our classes as private parties. Fill in our Private Party Enquiry Form to start planning your event with us now.

Birthday party at The Village Haberdashery

That’s not all! Don’t forget about our weekly events, including our Crafty Mamas Coffee Morning on Thursday mornings at 10:30am, our fun, free drop in Knit Night and our super popular Sewing Social evenings every Thursday! You can find out more about these events and lots of free happenings on our Thursday nights page!

Read on to find out what we have planned for the next few weeks or browse all of our classes here.

Katagami Stencilling with Indigo with Rob Jones
Sunday, 24 June, 10:30am – 4:30pm

The Japanese craft of Katagami (stencil cutting) has been around for hundreds of years, with craftsmen making the most delicate and detailed patterns and representations of nature. Katagami stencils are made from Japanese washi paper, soaked and bonded together by the juice of the Persimmon fruit and then dried and smoked to create an almost entirely waterproof paper, ideal for stencil work. Find out more and sign up here.

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 3 June, Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 June, 10am – 5pm

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

Crochet a Flower Wreath with Annie Windley
Monday 4 June, 7pm – 9pm (£38)

Learn how to crochet a beautiful floral wreath! Aimed at crocheters who are confident in the basics, this class will teach you all the techniques you need to make a wide range of flowers and different types of leaves. You’ll also learn how to crochet the wreath base including how to make increases and decreases in your work. In the two hour class you’ll make a great start on your wreath and leave with the skills to complete it at home. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday 6 June, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a sewing machine

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 2 June, 10am – 5pm

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process whilst you 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 and construction methods. Find out more and sign up here.

Made by Rae Cleo skirt

Crochet an Amigurumi Cactus with Zoe Bateman
Wednesday, 27 June, 6:30pm – 9pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. In this fun class you’ll learn the amigurumi method of crochet while making a crochet cactus! Everything is included in your class fee. Perfect for students who are comfortable with crochet basics and want to try a new technique! Find out more and sign up here.

Crochet a Cactus

Advanced Embroidery with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Saturday, 30 June, 10:30am – 1:30pm

This class is designed for students who have mastered the basics of hand embroidery and would like to learn more advanced stitches! With the guidance of our talented teacher, you’ll learn spider web roses, pistil stitch, buttonhole heart, fishbone stitch and star stitch while you create a beautiful embroidered wreath design. All materials are included. Find out more and sign up here.

Advanced Embroidery Class
Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Wednesday 13 June, 10.30am – 1pm (£60)

Taught by illustrator Emma Block, this contemporary brush lettering workshop will focus on developing skills and learning techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own brush lettering style. We’ll start with exercises to practice making shapes, creating lines of different thicknesses and using different brushstrokes. You’ll then practice writing the alphabet, words and phrases with plenty of help and guidance on hand. You will be given a complete set of materials which you can take away after class, including guide sheets, a brush and a pot of indian ink. Plus you’ll learn how to photograph your brush lettering using just your phone to create a unique piece of digital artwork! Find out more and sign up here.

Learn the art of brush lettering with Emma Block

Patchwork Techniques: Circles Four Ways with Jenny Haynes
Sunday 10 June, 10am – 5pm

Take your quilting to the next level with four new techniques for machine and hand-piecing curves! In this class we’ll cover needle applique, bias binding, EPP and the six-minute circle. Students can choose to make four different blocks of follow our teacher Jenny’s pattern for using all four techniques in one block! Find out more and sign up here.

Knitting Clinic for Beginners and Improvers with Renée Callahan
Wednesday 6 June , 7.00pm – 9:30pm (£45) or Wednesday 27 June, 10:00am – 12:30pm (£45)

Our Knitting Clinic is open to students at all levels who want to learn to knit or learn a new knitting technique! In this class, experienced knitting teacher and knitwear pattern designer Renée Callahan will give you personalised instruction on any project you want to work on, whether you’re picking up needles for the first time or tackling a tricky pattern. Techniques we can cover in this class include: knitting basics; garment fit adjustments; cable knitting; knitting in the round; double knitting; stranded colourwork; how to steek your knitting; brioche stitch; and lace knitting. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to knit

Sew a Zip Pouch with Judith Dahmen
Tuesday 26 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

n 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.

Macrame Plant Hanger with Zoe Bateman
Tuesday 5 June, 6:30pm – 9pm

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, the three most common macrame knots that are the basis for most macrame designs, 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 plant hanger and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here.

Macrame Plant Hanter

 

Make a Lampshade with Suzie Kemner
Tuesday 5 June, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Monday 18 June, 7pm – 9.30pm (£60)

Modern calligraphy is perfect for all; its relaxed approach enhances your natural hand writing style to create a unique and beautiful lettering form that is totally individual. Led by Suzie Dicker, founder of luxury stationery brand A L’aise, this beginner’s workshop will guide you through making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall at home! Whether you are a bride-to-be wanting to learn so you can address your wedding invitation envelopes, or you are the creative sort wanting to learn a new skill; this class is the one for you! Find out more and sign up here.

Modern Calligraphy

Fitting Masterclass with Charlotte Newland
Saturday 30 June, 10am – 5pm

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.

Finish that Quilt with Jenny Haynes
Friday 8 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Have a quilt that is stuck in WIP purgatory? This class is for you! Bring in your project to get help, encouragement and inspiration from our experienced teacher and finish that quilt! Jenny can help you with everything from how to baste your quilt, different ways to quilt your quilt (either machine stitching using your walking foot or hand sewing with luscious Perle Cotton) and how to bind your quilt (get the perfect mitred corner, how to do the invisible hand finish). Find out more and sign up here.

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Tuesday 12 June, 11am – 2pm (£40) or Saturday 16 June, 2pm – 5pm (£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

Beginners Shibori: Stitching and Binding with Rob Jones
Tuesday 19 June, 6:30pm – 9pm (£50)

In this class you will learn basic shibori stitching and binding techniques before dyeing your work in the indigo vat. Over the 2.5 hour workshop you’ll master the following stitching and binding skills and learn all about indigo, including: the basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work; how to make the kumo (spiderweb), bai (seashell), and tesugi (stripes) patterns using binding; the three basic stitches – running stitch, ori nui (teeth) and maki nui (twist stitch); how to create filled shapes (maki-age) using stitching and binding; and how to dye your fabrics in a genuine indigo vat! Find out more and sign up here.

Kels O’Sullivan Cushion with Jenny Haynes
Saturday, 9 June 10am – 5pm

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.

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares with Annie Windley
Tuesday 26 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm (£38)

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. Adults and teenagers are welcome! Find out more and sign up here.

Crochet Granny Squares

Sew a Rope Bowl with Sarah Jeffrey
Wednesday 13 June, 7pm – 9pm (£40)

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

Sew rope bowls

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Monday 11 June or Monday 25 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£48)

Work on the sewing or quilting project of your choice with the expert guidance of 2016 Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland! You’re welcome to bring a project at any stage of completion to receive personalised instruction. Classes are kept small so you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time. 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! Find out more and sign up here.

Sew with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland!

Crochet Granny Squares: Next Steps with Annie Windley
Tuesday 12 June, 7pm – 9pm (£38)

If you know how to crochet a basic granny square, this intermediate class is perfect to take your crochet to the next level. In the first part of the two-hour lession, you will learn a number of different variations on the basic square: such as starting with a circular motif, adding clusters for texture, and incorporating 3-dimensional effects like petals to give your project design some added interest and texture. You’ll also learn the principles behind creating a granny square variation so that you’ll be able to design a granny square of your very own. In the second part of the lesson you’ll learn a number of different ways to join your finished squares together: invisible methods, sewn and crocheted ones, a way to join squares as you go and also some decorative finishes to add a whole new layer of interest to your finished project. Find out more and sign up here.

Granny squares level 2

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Meet our teachers: Stephanie Carswell, weaving

We are super happy to welcome the lovely Stephanie Carswell to our talented teaching team. Stephanie is an avid crafter who began teaching 8 years ago. In 2013 she launched Hawthorn Handmade and today the brand’s needle felting, weaving and embroidery craft kits are now sold around the world (we stock her weaving supplies!). This year she was shortlisted for the Needlecraft Designer of the Year at the DMC and Sew&So Needlecraft Awards and in 2017 the Hawthorn Handmade Pop Up Loom was shortlisted for the Mollie Makes Product of the Year.

Read on to find out more about Stephanie and her upcoming class in our West Hampstead shop!

An interview with Stephanie Carswell of Hawthorn Handmade

Q: How did you first get into crafting?

A: I used to craft all the time as a kid. I drew constantly, and had kits to make everything from candles and ceramics to pressed flowers and that 90’s favourite, friendship bracelets. I also used to go on crafting holidays with my family where my Mum and I would try our hand at things like enamelling, etching and jewellery making. The first craft I tried to create a business out of was making beaded jewellery and I even took a silversmithing course whilst at University. Textiles came much later, but I still can’t knit or sew very well!

A weaving by Stephanie Carswell of Hawthorn Handmade

Q: Tell us about your company Hawthorn Handmade. How did it come to be?

After a brief stint working in music and arts festivals I became self-employed and opened my own contemporary craft gallery and haberdashery in Dorset in 2010. I had first come across needle felting online and it was still very niche in the UK so I bought a kit from the US to have a go at. The main aim was to make little bits for the window displays and give me something to do on the quiet days. Fast forward a year and I was selling my own needle felted pieces at shows and galleries around the UK and running workshops. I put together a little starter needle felting kit in 2012 and sold them in the gallery. They did really well, so I began to develop a range of animal kits and launched them officially in May 2013. A year later, the kits were doing so well I chose to go full time and close the gallery. After a few moves via some yellow door storage units and my spare room I moved into our current unit on a beautiful farm in rural Dorset and have been here ever since, growing the business and my team. There are now 4 of us here day to day plus my Mum Mary who helps at shows and with business advice as needed!

Interview with Stephanie Carswell Hawthorne Handmade

Q: What do you consider to be the companies biggest achievement?

It’s not one specific achievement, but the fact that we’re still here after 5 years and that we’re growing every year is what keeps me so excited and energised about the business.

Weaving by Stephanie Carswell Hawthorne Handmade

Q: We are really looking forward to your upcoming classes. What can students expect?

I’m going to be covering the basics of weaving including demystifying the jargon; how to warp your loom; how to start and finish a weave and most importantly, lots of fun techniques to create some gorgeous textures and effects using different stitches and materials. By the end, everyone will have created their own beautiful weave ready to hang in their home and will have the skills to carry on weaving themselves.

Weaving classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

Q: Do you ever find time to craft for your yourself in your spare time?

Very occasionally! I’m currently working on a set of three handmade yarn lampshades for my house; but I’m over a year in an have only finished two so far! I also love getting out in my garden and though it’s not crafting, the creative part of planning the plants, colours, layout etc is really fulfilling.

Pop up weaving loom by Hawthorn Handmade

Q: What one crafting tool could you not live without?

It would have to be my hands! I need so many tools to create all the different designs for the kits that I couldn’t pick just one, but every craft needs my hands. I’m really careful about them as well, taking care not to do anything that might put me out of action! Coming in close second would be my sofa where the majority of my design work is done… My comfiness has a direct correlation to the success of a creation!

Interview with Stephanie Carswell Hawthorne Handmade

You can find out more about and book Stephanie’s upcoming classes here and her weaving products here. Check out the Hawthorn Handmade website  and follow her on Instagram at @hawthornhandmade!

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May classes at The Village Haberdashery!

Summer is getting closer folks! Learn a new skill this May in our bright and airy studio space in our West Hampstead shop! When the sun is shining we fling open the windows and it’s such a lovely place to be. We have classes to suit every level, interest and schedule.

West Hampstead Studio

Want some extra space to work on your own projects? Need to use an overlocker? You can book our studio! Check out our studio bookings page to book a slot! We can also host our classes as private parties. Fill in our Private Party Enquiry Form to start planning your event with us now!

Birthday party at The Village Haberdashery

That’s not all! Don’t forget about our weekly events, including our Crafty Mamas Coffee Morning on Thursday mornings at 10:30am, our fun, free drop in Knit Night and our super popular Sewing Social evenings every Thursday! You can find out more about these events and lots of free happenings on our Thursday nights page!

Read on to find out what we have planned for the next few weeks or browse all of our classes here.

Intro to Crochet Flowers with Annie Windley
Tuesday, 1 May, 7pm – 9pm (£38)

Learn to crochet daisies, buttercups and leaves that you can use in a wreath, a garland, or as embellishments on garments, cushions or other items! Suitable for complete beginners, during this class you will learn how to follow a crochet pattern, how to crochet a number of basic stitches and how combine these to make flowers. Our teacher will also offer guidance for how to sew the floral motifs onto a felt base to make a wreath. Find out more and sign up here.

Intro to crochet flowers

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
Wednesday, 2 May, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

This is a sewing machine

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
Wednesday, 2 May, 7.00pm – 9:30pm (£45)
or
Wednesday, 23 May, 10:00am – 12:30pm (£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

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
Friday, 4 May, 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 Calligraphy

Sew a Jersey Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 6 May, 11am – 5pm (£89)

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.

Moneta dress

Vintage China Mosaic Workshop with Eva Jaber
Tuesday, 8 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£40)

Learn to design and make a mosaic while you create your own pretty home dec piece using mosaic pieces from vintage china! This is a fun and relaxed class for all skill levels. All materials are included. Find out more and sign up here.

Vintage china mosaic workshop

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Tuesday, 8 May, 11am – 2pm (£40)
or
Saturday, 19 May, 2pm – 5pm (£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

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares with Annie Windley
Tuesday, 8 May, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (£38)

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. Adults and teenagers are welcome! Find out more and sign up here.

Crochet Granny Squares

Sew a Rope Bowl with Sarah Jeffrey
Wednesday, 9 May, 7pm – 9pm (£40)

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

Sew rope bowls

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Sunday, 13 May, 10am – 4pm (£75)

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

Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland
Monday, 14 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£48)
or
Monday, 28 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£48)

Work on the sewing or quilting project of your choice with the expert guidance of 2016 Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland! You’re welcome to bring a project at any stage of completion to receive personalised instruction. Classes are kept small so you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time. 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! Find out more and sign up here.

Sew with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland!

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Tuesday, 15 May, 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 baskets workshop

Beginners Shibori: Itajime with Rob Jones
Wednesday, 16 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£50)

This 2.5-hour session covers the range of Shibori techniques focussing on clamped resist techniques, known as Itajime and teaches you all about indigo. You will learn the three basic folding techniques for preparing fabric for clamp resist dyeing, known as “Kikko” – equilateral triangles, right angle triangles and squares. These can be varied in many ways to achieve different effects. Stitched Itajime uses stitch to create resist patterns on kikko folded parcels to create kaleidoscopic pieces. The traditional Sekka (snowflake) pattern will be demonstrated. Free clamping and board clamped techniques using a range of shaped boards and clamps will be covered and Rob will demonstrate how these can be used to produce a number of varied patterns and different shades of blue on the same piece of fabric using indigo. Find out more and sign up here.

Shibori workshop

Foundation Paper Piecing Workshop with Charlotte Newland
Saturday, 19 May, 11:30am – 4:30pm (£80)

Foundation paper piecing is an addictive patchwork technique that enables you to sew intricate shapes accurately and achieve precise points perfectly! In the first half of this class, you’ll learn the technique by creating two different quilt blocks using foundation paper piecing patterns. In the second half, you’ll get to work on the pattern of your choice with the help of our experienced instructor. You’ll leave with the know-how to tackle any foundation piecing pattern and several finished blocks that you’ll be able to turn into cushions, tote bags or the basis for an entire quilt! Find out more and sign up here.

Foundation Paper Piecing

Learn to Sew with Knit Fabrics with Charlotte Newland
Sunday, 20 May, 11:30pm – 4:30pm (£80)

Learn to sew with knits whilst working with the pattern of your choice! This is your chance to face your fears of sewing with knit fabrics head on with the help of our talented instructor. We’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, so you can leave with a finished garment and the confidence to keep sewing all the knit patterns you’ve been dying to try! Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to sew with knit fabrics

Watercolour Brush Lettering Workshop with Emma Block
Monday, 21 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Taught by illustrator Emma Block, this contemporary brush lettering workshop will focus on developing skills and learning techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own brush lettering style. We’ll start with exercises to practice making shapes, creating lines of different thicknesses and using different brushstrokes. You’ll then practice writing the alphabet, words and phrases with plenty of help and guidance on hand. You will be given a complete set of materials which you can take away after class, including guide sheets, a brush and a tube of watercolour paint.Find out more and sign up here.

Brush lettering workshop

Crochet Granny Squares: Next Steps with Annie Windley
Tuesday, 22 May, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£38)

If you know how to crochet a basic granny square, this intermediate class is perfect to take your crochet to the next level. In the first part of the two-hour lession, you will learn a number of different variations on the basic square: such as starting with a circular motif, adding clusters for texture, and incorporating 3-dimensional effects like petals to give your project design some added interest and texture. You’ll also learn the principles behind creating a granny square variation so that you’ll be able to design a granny square of your very own. In the second part of the lesson you’ll learn a number of different ways to join your finished squares together: invisible methods, sewn and crocheted ones, a way to join squares as you go and also some decorative finishes to add a whole new layer of interest to your finished project. Find out more and sign up here.

Granny squares level 2

Introduction to Linocut Printing with Kate Guy
Tuesday, 22 May, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)

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

Lino cut printing workshop

Weave a Wall Hanging with Stephanie Carswell
Saturday, 26 May, 11am – 5pm (£70)

Join textile artist and craft designer Stephanie Carswell for this one day weaving workshop and learn your rya knot from your soumak! Discover all the weaving basics from warping up and preparing your loom to creating different shapes and textures using yarn and wool roving. No previous experience is needed and you’ll be guided through how to use shuttles, needles and your fingers to weave and how to come up with your own designs as well as how to finish your piece and display it in your home. Using one of the packs provided and Hawthorn Handmade’s lightweight loom, everyone will leave with a beautiful wall hanging fit for the trendiest of spaces. Find out more and sign up here.

Weave a wall hanging

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Meet our teachers: Eva Jaber, mosaic making

We are delighted to introduce you to the most recent member of our teaching team! Eva Jaber is a self taught mosaic tutor who loves nothing more than teaching people new skills and techniques involved in mosaic work. Read on to find out more about Eva and her upcoming mosaic classes!

Eva Jabber

Q: Where did you first discover your love for Mosaic?

A: Whilst on holiday in Brighton I bought myself a large mirror with a mosaic frame using vintage china tiles. I fell in love with the way this looked that I had to try and make something similar myself. I am self taught I attended a few mosaic courses and I use books and the internet to learn all the various methods of mosaic work and how to cut the tiles etc.

Eva Jabber

Q: I see from your blog that you sell your handmade items at Old Spitalfields Market, that is super exciting. Tell us a bit about how you got into this.

A: I regularly visit Old Spitalfields Market especially when they have a handmade theme. I decided to make wares to sell there. Some of my regular customers asked if I do workshops, at that time I didn’t but the idea stayed with. Eventually I started holding workshops which have been so popular that I no longer have time to make pieces to sell. I have fond memories of exhibiting there as it was great fun and that is where the idea came to me by my customers to start tutoring.

Eva Jabber

Q: Where do you find the inspiration for your work?

A: I love vintage styles and colours I look at wallpaper designs and vintage posters that is where I often get my inspiration by the colours I see.

Eva Jabber

Q: We are really looking forward to your upcoming classes… what can students expect?

A: My workshops are super fun and there is no right or wrong way to make a mosaic. My classes are freestyle so students can design whatever they want and it will look great. It’s like an abstract mosaic but using china tiles I’m very attentive to my students and I’m guiding them all the way.

Eva Jabber

Q: What one crafting tool/gadget could you not live without and why?

A: My tile nippers, this is what I use to cut and shape my china.

Eva Jabber

Q: What is your most favourite piece that you have worked on? Why was it particularly special?

A: I made a mosaic piece of art for my daughters bedroom. I mixed china tiles with new tiles so it was like a mixed media piece. I added glitter and mirror tiles which made it very glitzy and special. Every girl loves a bit of bling!

Eva Jabber

Thanks Eva!

You can find out more about and book Eva’s upcoming classes here.

 

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