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Mother’s Day at The Village Haberdashery

On Mother’s Day we’ll be celebrating all the mums with prosecco, cake and a free paper flower making table at our West Hampstead shop! Drop in any time between 11am – 5pm to sip a glass of bubbly, relax and play with all of our beautiful paper flower supplies. Bring your kids, bring your mum…stay an hour, stay all day! It’s going to be lovely!

And before you ask, it is totally okay to come if you’re not a mum. Paper flower making for everyone!

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Nine classes to give mum for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday and if you’re looking for a gift, why not give mum a class at our West Hampstead shop? Or, better yet, take a class with her! Here are nine classes she’ll love.

Want more gift inspo? Check out our roundup of Mother’s Day gifts to make and gifts to give.

Nine clases to give mum for Mother's Day

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sophia Palmer
Saturday 14 April, 10.30am – 1.15pm or 2.30pm – 5.15pm (£40)

Do you want to learn a completely new and unique way of using your sewing machine? This workshop will give you a new expressive way to decorate and create. Mixing free motion thread sketching with fabric appliqué to create totally individual pieces of art! You’ll learn how to draw with thread, tips for the perfect fabric appliqué and how to trace your own designs into fabric art. Find out more and sign up here.

Sophia Palmer Freestyle Machine Embroidery Class West Hampstead

Introduction to Bookbinding with Joe Dixon
Tuesday, 27 March, 7pm – 9pm (£45)

This two-hour class will introduce students to the basic skills involved in creating single signature books. The course is aimed at beginners and will involve students making their own books; undertaking sewing, cutting and gluing all materials. You will learn everything you will need to get going on this fascinating pastime. All tools and materials are included and you’ll have a variety of paper to choose from. Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Linocut Printing with Kate Guy
Tuesday, 20 March, 7pm – 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.

Rag Rugging for Beginners with Elspeth Jackson
Sunday, 18 March, 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.

Sew a Rope Bowl with Sarah Jeffrey
Tuesday 13 March, 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! Find out more and sign up here.

Modern Macrame Wall Hanging with Zoe Bateman
Tuesday, 24 April, 7pm – 9:30pm (£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, 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! All materials included. Find out more and sign up here.

Macrame class west Hampstead

Crochet Basket Workshop with Rachel Rogers
Monday 26 March, 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 class west hampstead

Embroidery for Beginners with Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Tuesday 13 March, 1.30pm – 4.30pm or Saturday 17 March, 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 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 class west hampstead

Beginners Shibori: Stitching and Binding with Rob Jones
Tuesday, 3 April, 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. Find out more and sign up here.

Rob Jones shibori dye class west Hampstead

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Nine classes to give mum for Mother's Day


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Nine gifts to give your creative mum for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this is the second in our series of posts to inspire your gift-giving this year! Last week we shared nine tutorials for gifts to make for mum and this week we’re highlighting some quick, easy and gorgeous gift ideas for your creative mum that require no making on your part! Want more inso? Check out our Mother’s Day Gifts section on The Daily Stitch!

Lola Pom Slippers Knit Kit by Stitch & Story (£30)

Knit, throw ’em on, and relax. They’re that easy. The Stitch & Story Lola Pom Slippers Knit Kit is aimed at giving new knitters a stress-free knitting experience, this kit contains everything your mum will need to get started and learn the basic knitting techniques! And if she already knows how to knit they will be a quick treat to knit up. The kit includes instructions for two sizes, UK 4-5 and UK 6-7. You can customise your kit with any colour of Stitch & Story the Chunky Wool – just leave us a note on your order to customise your kit!

Lola Pom Slippers Knit Kit by Stitch & Story

Indigo Blue Textile Kit by Yellow Owl Workshop (£25)

Never before has fabric decoration been so easy, fun and clean! The all-in-one Indigo Blue Textile Kit includes a scarf to embellish with vivid indigo-coloured fabric ink which comes in a dripless applicator, flows like dye but can be applied like paint. You’ll find instructions for tie-dye, shibori dye, vat dye, and resist dye techniques, as well as painting and stamping techniques. Built for easy clean up, maximum versatility, and chic results, the creative possibilities for this kit are endless!

Indigo Blue Textile Kit by Yellow Owl Workshop

Plant Lady Cross Stitch Banner Kit by Cotton Clara (£18)

Just right for a green-fingered mum with a big garden or a window sill of pot plants! Cotton Clara’s Plant Lady kit comes with wooden board cut with the cross stitch pattern ready to stitch and hang! With full instructions, green thread and a needle, it’s ready to stitch right out of the package. Cross stitching onto a ready made pattern is so easy, anyone can do it!

Cotton Clara Plant Lady Cross Stitch Kit

Pop-Up Weaving Loom and Weaving Supply Pack from Hawthorn Handmade (£14.95 each)

Hawthorn Handmade’s unique pop-up weaving loom paired with a weaving supply pack (the teal and mustard colourway is shown here) is everything mum needs to create a beautiful wall hanging! The loom has been lovingly created with high quality laser cut birch plywood and comes as a flat piece that is easy to build. The weaving supply packs contain wool yarn, wool roving, cotton warp thread, a tapestry needle and detailed instructions – in short, everything you need to get started weaving!

Hawthorn Handmade pop up weaving loom

There’s No Place Like Home Cross Stitch Kit by The Make Arcade (£10.50)

There is no place like home, and this kit by The Make Arcade contains all the materials for mum to craft a sweet piece of home decor, inspired by a cinematic favourite! Use the hoop to stitch the work and then display in your kitchen, nursery, home cinema, wherever you like. This kit contains everything you need to get started right out of the box, so it’s perfect for beginners wanting to try a new craft or a quick make for a long-time stitcher.

There's No Place Like Home kit by The Make Arcade!

Art Studio: Great Paintings to Colour In and Faber-Castel Fineliner Pen Set (£9.99 and £6)

Great Paintings to Colour In is a colouring book filled with 46 carefully drawn line illustrations of famous masterpieces! Pair this inspiring book with a set of pens or pencils and give mum a gift to relax with. With this book, the colourist gets to try to recreate original artwork or recreate famous work in a new colour palette! Plus each entry is filled with info about how the artist achieved his or her effects with tips to reproduce them.

Great Paintings to Colour In

Ragged Life Rag Rug Starter Kit (£19.25)

Using a few basic tools and simple techniques you can upcycle old and well-loved garments into beautiful rugs, pillows, artworks, bags and other gifts and the Rag Rug Starter Kit will show you how! Just add scissors and scrap fabric – the reusable project bag is filled with everything else mum will need to learn to get started rag rugging!

Ragged Life Rag Rug Starter Kit

Hannah Bass Needlepoint Kits (£79)

Hannah Bass’s contemporary needlepoint kits include designs for more than two dozen city maps so you can choose one that is meaningful to your mum! Each kit is beautifully packaged and contains everything she needs to complete a tapestry that can be used for a cushion or framed. Perfect for beginners as well as experienced stitchers.

Hannah Bass contemporary needlepoint kits


Macrame Rope by Wool Couture (£8.50 – £11 per skein)

Was your mum into macrame in the 1970’s? She’ll love that it’s made a comeback! Our premium grade 100% cotton macrame rope from Wool Couture comes in a range of pretty, modern colours and is smooth and gentle on your hands. It is perfect for making wall art, plant hangers, curtains and jewellery.

Cotton Macrame Rope

What will your mum be getting for Mother’s Day? And if you’re a mum, are any of these on your wish list?

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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Nine gifts to make mum for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this is our first in our series of posts to inspire your gift-giving this year! Want to make something for mum? We have a roundup of nine gorgeous projects that she’ll love. Find all these and more in our Mother’s Day Gifts section on The Daily Stitch! Or read our new post with nine ideas for lovely gifts for mum you don’t have to make!

Double gauze is the softest, lightest fabric and it makes a perfect lightweight scarf for spring! Teamed with pom pom trim, it’s whimsical and fun. This version is made with Adorn double gauze by Alison Glass. Find the tutorial here.

Double gauze pom pom scarf tutorial

A macrame plant hanger is a quick project with huge impact! Pair this gift with a fun pot plant and mum will adore it. You can use our reclaimed Hoooked t-shirt yarn like in the picture, or our cotton macrame cord! Find the tutorial here.

DIY modern macrame plant hanger tutorial

A cute little zip-top bag is perfect for storing essentials and running out the door or for keeping organised whilst traveling. Stitch it up in any fabric mum will love or bust your scraps and create a patchwork exterior. Fun! Find the tutorial here.

Zip Top Purse Tutorial

Our Year of Wreaths series is full of ideas for wreaths mum would love, but one of our favourites is April’s Felt Flower Wreath! The colours are just gorgeous. Find the tutorial here and the full series here.

Felt Flower Wreath tutorial

Decoupage a tray with a fun fabric to customise it for mum! We love this fun stripe, but it would also look great in a moody floral or wild tropical print! Find the tutorial here.

DIY mod podge decoupage tray tutorial

We love this striped tote for mum! The happy colour palette is pretty and springy, but of course could be customised just for her. Pick your favourite Kona Cotton Solids and find the tutorial here.

Striped Tote Tutorial

These simple ric rac-trimmed linen tea towels can be gifted on their own or added to a little basket of all of your mum’s favourite teas and biscuits! Find the tutorial here.

Ric Rac Tea Towel Tutorial

Does your mum love her garden? She’ll love a hand-stitched plant lady brooch! Pair the tutorial with our selection of wool felt for a lovely gift you can make on the go! Find the tutorial here.

DIY Plant Lady Brooch Tutorial

Give mum an excuse to picnic with our picnic basket liner tutorial! Choose a bright, happy print like these Rifle Paper Co. florals for a basket she’ll get loads of use out of. Wine optional! Find the tutorial here.

Picnic basket liner tutorial

Which is your favourite?

Nine handmade gifts to make mum for Mother's Day

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DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

We are obsessed with Laura Howard‘s latest creation: Plant Lady brooches! Perfect handmade flair to show off your plant lady status or a fabulous gift – Mother’s Day is just around the corner and let’s not forget it! Over to you, Laura…

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

Add a bit of plant lady style to your outfits with these fun felt brooches! There’s an embroidered “plant lady” badge, a cute cactus and a massive monstera leaf.

These leafy designs would make great gifts for the plant-lovers in your life. You could also leave off the brooch backs and use the designs as patches to sew on your rucksack, jacket, or other items that don’t need regular washing.

Finished sizes:

Monstera – 3.5″ x 2.75″
Plant Lady – 2.25″ round
Cactus 2.75″ x 2″

Tools & Materials:

The template sheet provided
Evergreen, Grassy Meadows, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, and Cotton Candy wool blend felt
Matching sewing threads
Light green, mid green, dark green, light pink and white embroidery thread (I used DMC 699 for the dark green, DMC 905 for the mid green, DMC 907 for the light green, DMC 603 for the pink, and DMC BLANC for the white.)
Brooch clasps
White tissue paper
A pencil or fine pen
A sewing needle and pins
Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
Optional: an air erasable fabric marker
DIY Embroidered cactus brooch tutorialTo make a cactus brooch:

Use the templates provided to cut one green cactus from bright green felt, one plant pot from light pink felt, and one heart from bright pink felt.

One by one, sew the shapes to a backing piece of dark green felt. Use whip stitch and matching thread, taking care to sew the bottom edge of the cactus and the top edge of the plant pot flush with each other.

Add the stitched spines to the cactus, sewing lots of single stitches with two strands of white embroidery thread (out of the six strands in the skein).

Cut a small flower from fuchsia felt. You can carefully cut this freehand, or draw a flower on the felt with an air erasable marker pen and cut it out. Sew the flower in position with three strands of light pink embroidery thread, sewing one stitch along each petal as shown.

Trim away the backing felt, leaving a narrow border around the cactus design. Then use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching backing piece from dark green felt.

DIY Embroidered Cactus brooch tutorial

Turn over the backing shape. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.


DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorialTo make a Plant Lady brooch:

Trace the brooch design onto a piece of white tissue paper, with a sharp pencil or a fine pen. Roughly cut out the design and sew it to a piece of light pink felt with large tacking stitches.

Embroider the lettering and the outlines of the leaves with backstitch, sewing small stitches as you sew around the curves. Use three strands of dark green embroidery thread (from a skein of six strands) for the lettering, and two strands of mid green thread for the leaves.

Remove the tacking stitches and gently tear away the tissue paper, carefully removing any remaining small pieces of paper with a pin.

Fill in the leaves with two strands of light green embroidery thread, as shown.

Trace the circular brooch shape onto a piece of white tissue paper and cut it out. Position this over your stitching so it’s centred and pin it in place. Cut around the circle then unpin and discard the tissue paper.

Place the felt circle on a piece of bright green felt and whip stitch it in position with matching pink sewing thread.

Trim the green felt, leaving a narrow border around the pink circle. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of bright green felt.

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooch tutorial

Turn the backing piece over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.


DIY Embroidered monstera brooch tutorialTo make a monstera leaf brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out a monstera leaf from mid green felt. Place it on a piece of light pink felt and sew it in position with whip stitch and matching mid green sewing thread.

Embroider the veins of the leaf, using the photo and the drawing on the template as a guide. Use backstitch and three strands of mid-green embroidery thread (from the six strands in the skein). Start by sewing the central line down the middle of the leaf then add the other lines.

Trim the backing felt, leaving a narrow border of felt around the leaf. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of pink felt.

DIY Embroidered Monstera Brooch tutorial

Turn the backing shape over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

Show off your Plant Lady brooches with the hashtag #thevillagehaberdashery so we can see what you make!

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

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