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Our favourite latch hook tutorials and inspiration

Guys, latch hook. It feels like it’s everywhere right now and it’s so cool! Modern, colourful, edgy, organic – were seeing so much inspiring stuff that goes way behind the latch hook cat rug kit I worked on for ages as a kid. Plus this is such an accessible craft – you can get started with zero skills and only a few supplies. All you need is a latch hook tool, rug canvas and any yarn you have on hand (or grab our precut packs). We created a section for latch hook supplies in the shop to make it easy to find what you need. And it kind of goes without saying that kids can do this too. Hello, half term!

I’ve been pinning all my favourite latch hook rugs and wall hangings inspiration to a new pinboard called Latch Hook is Back and We’re Not Mad About It and here are some of the ones we like best!

Studio DIY rainbow latch hook

The rainbow latch hook that started it all…Kelly at Studio DIY created this wall hanging for her son’s room and it’s so happy! She has a tutorial on her blog to show you how.

By Rachel Ford @rachel4d

Brooklyn Craft Company offer classes on latch hook and one of their students @Rachel4d created this wall hanging after taking one. Amazing!

The world of @chaumiere.oiseau is pretty magical and her latch hook (and punch needle) pieces are all stunning. So many pinned to our pinboard but this one is a fave.

Yen Magazine latch hook tutorial

Here is a latch hook rug being used as a rug and it’s so cool! There is a tutorial and free template by Beci Orpin on Yen Magazine so you can make your own. Do it!

 

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Free Rainbow Orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris!

We are so excited to have our embroidery teacher Carina Envoldsen-Harris on The Daily Stitch today to share a project from her new book, Mandalas to Embroider!

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris from Polka and Bloom

In this gorgeous book, Carina has carefully created 24 exquisite, meditative mandalas that will delight and inspire anyone who loves embroidery and making beautiful things. With Carina’s guidance you’ll learn to embroider 12 large and 12 small mandalas, using just 10 stitches, Following the delicate patterns in these stunning motifs will help soothe your mind and treat yourself to some tranquility.

Carina and the lovely people at Search Press have a pattern from the book to share with you: the Rainbow Orbit! In this imaginary Solar System, you can begin with the star in the centre, and then work your way outwards, or start with the circles and then add the other stitches. Maybe savour working one colour at a time before moving on to the next.

Take it away, Carina…

Free rainbow orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Hello!

I hope you enjoy this pattern from Mandalas to Embroider. It is actually one of my favourites, but don’t tell the rest of the mandalas that I said that! 🙂 This pattern is fun to stitch using lots of colours, or a few or even in white on a solid background as in this sample cushion from the book.

Click here for the pattern

Click here for the stitch guide

Photo credit: Christine Asbridge @chrissie_crafts

If you are making your cushion cover from scratch, do the embroidery before sewing up your cover. However, if you want to embroider a cushion cover you bought ready made, it can be a bit awkward because you only have one “access point” to the embroidery. When I embellish a shop bought cushion cover, I like to turn the cover inside out and rip one of the side seams and/or the top seam so I have better access to do the embroidery. Once the embroidery is done, I simply sew the seams together again on my sewing machine – or you can do it by hand if you don’t have a machine. Either way, it won’t take long to sew together and the easier access to doing the embroidery will save you a lot of frustration.

The Rainbow Orbit pattern fits in a 6″ embroidery hoop but you can easily add more “orbits” to it if you like. If you have a compass that can make a large enough circle, simply use that to draw a larger circle around the pattern. But if you don’t have a compass, here’s a way to add another orbit circle to the pattern…

Print the pattern in the middle of the page and set aside. On a different sheet of paper, draw a circle using the inside of the inner hoop (6″) as your guide.

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Draw two lines in a cross from edge to edge on this circle. In the centre, draw a 1″ diameter circle.

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Cut out the small circle and then cut away the paper around the large circle. On the pattern, draw a cross in pencil going through the centre.

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Lay your cut out circle over the pattern. Use the small circle to find the centre of the pattern. Line up the two crosses and stick down the circle using a bits of washi/masking tape in the centre.

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Draw all the way around the circle and then remove the circle and tape. The circle you just drew will be the baseline for the new “orbit”.

Add stitch symbols to fill in the new orbit. Dots for French knots, Vs for fly stitch etc. The baseline can be stitched with back stitch or running stitch.

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Draw your new orbit in pencil at first, so it’s easy to make changes. Once you are happy with your new design, go over everything with a black pen and then rub out any pencil marks that you don’t need.

Stitching suggestions: Work the continuous stitches first: back stitch, chain stitch and running stitch. Then, move onto the rows of individual stitches: French knot, lazy daisy and star

Thank you, Carina!

Find signed copies of Mandalas to Embroider in the shop here! Carina also teaches our Embroidery for beginners classes at our West Hampstead shop.

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A close up on our nursery vignette

We are super excited to be sharing the details of our Nursery-themed vignette with you! We used the Cold Comfort collection by Dear Stella as the main theme running throughout the vignette paired with pretty shot cotton.

The Village Haberdashery in London

The Village Haberdashery in London

Our mum is wearing the I AM Patterns Jain top in shot cotton in Grapemist. The fabric has a lovely drape which is perfect for this style. I love how easy this top was to make, perfect for all levels of dressmaker.

I Am Patterns Jain and shot cotton

It has a cool casual fit and a feminine slit from neckline with raglen-like batwing sleeves with a diagonal cutout. There is also a dress option with this pattern and you can customise the long or short sleeves with elastic cuffs – fun!

I Am Patterns Jain and shot cotton

I Am Patterns Jain and shot cotton

I Am Patterns Jain and shot cotton

She is also wearing a Grainline Moss Skirt made by Zoe Edwards that you will recognise from past displays. Such a good wardrobe basic! We have a great selection of denim that you could stitch up your own in and why not add a contrasting quilting cotton print to the pocket lining to make it extra special!

I Am Patterns Jain and shot cotton

Our little girl is wearing the new Zoe Dress pattern from Two Stitches.

Two Stitches Zoe Dress in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

Anna stitched this one up for us in Cold Comfort in Moonlight and shot cotton in peach.

Two Stitches Zoe Dress in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

It has a pretty A-line skirt and cute button back that Anna made up using kam snaps

Two Stitches Zoe Dress in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton
Two Stitches Zoe Dress in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

Annie gave me the challenge of re-covering this Moses basket… I do love a good challenge. I will be sharing some top tips for re-covering pieces in your own fabric soon!

DIY moses basket makeover in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

DIY moses basket makeover in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

The hood is in Hibernation in White and the basket edge is Foxes in Moonlight from Cold Comfort. The shot cotton is biscuit.

DIY moses basket makeover in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

DIY moses basket makeover in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

DIY moses basket makeover in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

DIY moses basket makeover in Dear Stella Cold Comfort and shot cotton

The lovely ladies over at Stitch and Story have kindly let us borrow the super snugly blanket from their collaboration with Sophie la giraffe! The blanket uses their Lil Merino baby wool in Natural, Baby Blue and Tan.

Stitch & Story Lil Merino Sophie la girafe knit blanket

Stitch & Story Lil Merino Sophie la girafe knit blanket

Stitch & Story Lil Merino Sophie la girafe knit blanket

The beautiful macrame wall hanging was created by our new teacher Zoe Bateman using our Wool Couture Macrame Rope in Denim. If you want to learn this addictive and astonishingly fast craft, check out Zoe’s next class!

Macrame wall hanging in wool couture macrame rope

Macrame wall hanging in wool couture macrame rope

Come and see it in person at our West Hampstead Shop!

The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead

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Our favourite tutorials for making soap!

We are now stocking soap making supplies and man are we excited! I’ve been pinning my fave tutorials to a new pinboard called Making Soap is Cool (oh, please share your faves with me too!) and I thought I’d share a few amazing looking photos for you here to get you on team soap too. Plus don’t forget, soap makes an excellent gift and our collection even includes special soap gift wrap!

A Beautiful Mess have some brilliant soap making ideas and this one for gradient soap is a stunner! What an amazing bar to suds up with every morning, right?

A Beautiful Mess Gradient Soap Tutorial

We love Fall for DIY‘s soap ideas and these monstera leaf soap bars look so cool. And so perfect for those of you obsessed with all things botanical!

Monstera swiss cheese leaf soap by Fall for DIY

Honestly WTF has created a gemstone soap tutorial with gorgeous results! How sophisticated do these look? And so zen!

Gemstone Soap Tutorial from Honestly WTF

Forever true to her brand, Studio DIY has created a tutorial for birthday cake soap that looks incredibly delicious!

Birthday cake soap tutorial from Studio DIY

So, what do you think? Is making soap cool or what? Find our soap making section and let’s get started!

 

 

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How to fill an Easter basket

Easter is not a religious holiday for me, but growing up (in Seattle) it was a HUGE family holiday packed with traditions because my mom came from a big family. I’ve tried to share some of those traditions with my own family, but it hasn’t always been easy. My first year here I wanted to do an Easter basket for my stepdaughter, and I couldn’t find the right kind of basket ANYWHERE. My mom always had to send me Easter egg dye. And there aren’t any massive Easter egg hunts (that I could find) around here that are anything like what my family did every year. Guys. I still can’t find Peeps in this country.

This year, I’m actually going to come pretty close to carrying on a lot of those traditions and I’m super excited to share them with you! The first thing I thought I’d show you is how to fill an Easter basket. When we woke up on Easter, we’d get to search the house for the Easter basket my mom had hidden for each of us. I’ve pulled a few supplies together in the shop to help you make Easter baskets for your kids/partners/friends with a fun, sparkly spin. Here’s how it goes down!

How to fill an Easter basket

1. Get a basket. A long handle is essential for a classic Easter basket. The handles on ours fold down which will help with storage later. Your kid’s first Easter basket can last them their whole life!

How to fill an Easter basket

2. Fill it with Easter grass. In the shop, we have fun metallic plastic ‘grass’ in four colours. I used the turquoise here.

How to fill an Easter basket

3. Take a few plastic eggs and fill them with treats. They don’t all have to be sweets – little toys, paper punches, washi tape, etc. work well too. We have gold eggs in the shop because I’d never seen them before and they are so cool!

How to fill an Easter basket

How to fill an Easter basket

How to fill an Easter basket

4. Add chocolate eggs, a chocolate bunny (if you’re in America) or a giant chocolate egg (if you’re here). Basically, add chocolate.

How to fill an Easter basket

How to fill an Easter basket

5. Toss in some fluffy chicks. Optional, but so cute!

How to fill an Easter basket

6. Add a couple of small, non-sweet gifts. Ideally something to help entertain over the rest of the long weekend/school holiday. Here we added stickers and a mini cross stitch kit. My mom often put a paperback book in mine.

How to fill an Easter basket

7. Now hide the basket and make your loved one find it, playing the ‘you’re getting warmer…you’re getting colder…you’re getting warmer…you’re HOT!’ game. Revel in how cute and creative you are. Eat chocolate. Done!

You can find all of the supplies we used here (except the chocolates) in our Easter crafts section!

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