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We have been Nominated for an Immediate Media British Craft Award 2018!

We are totally thrilled to have been nominated for an Immediate Media British Craft Award 2018!

With 30 categories, across 6 craft sectors, including Stitch, Craft, Knitting, Crochet, Quilting and Sewing, these prestigious awards celebrate the very best that the craft industry has to offer.

They are also offering an £100 Amazon voucher for each craft category when you vote!

Head over to WWW.BRITISHCRAFTAWARDS.COM to vote. We would be so happy if you voted for us in the Sewing and Quilting categories!

Voting closes at 11:59pm on 17th Dec 2017.

Many thanks in advance from all at The Village Haberdashery!

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Book your next kid’s birthday party at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead!

We are super excited to announce that our lovely West Hampstead studio is available for kid’s birthday parties!

Kids love our creative parties; they get to try something new and take home their own creation! Our studio is suitable for party sizes of 4 – 20, children age 6+ and a range of craft projects, including sewing, knitting, paper crafts and more. We are currently taking bookings for after school parties.

We want to help you and your child choose a project they are excited about! We can teach a wide variety of crafts so if your child has project in mind, please let us know! Otherwise we’re happy to make recommendations based on the age and size of the group – from a hand-sewn stuffed toy to a stationery-making party.

Want inspiration? Check out our pinterest board for ideas! For most projects we can accommodate groups of up to 20. For projects on a sewing machine we can accommodate groups of up to 8.

You are welcome to bring in decorations, party food and drinks for your event. If you’d like us to arrange party food or cake we are happy to do that – please let us know at the time of booking and we can provide a quote. We can also provide Party Bags, Decorations and/or the assistance of our Party Planner!

Head over to the website for even more information and how to book here!

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A virtual tour of our West Hampstead shop!

Recently we were approached by a cool startup called Virtually There, who do really incredible 3D tours of physical spaces. They needed a shop for their portfolio and offered to do a tour of our new West Hampstead shop for free. I was like, um, YESSSSS!

The result is really, really cool. They used 3D cameras to scan our shop and you can now virtually wander through, checking out our set up almost as if you’re really there! Plus click on the little tags around the shop to be taken right to our website for actual shopping. It will blow your mind!

Huge thanks to Virtually There for this tour!

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Easter weekend opening hours at our West Hampstead shop

Just a quick post today to let you know about our Easter weekend opening hours! Please take note if you’re planning to visit the shop – we’ll be closed on Easter Sunday and open our regular Sunday hours (11am – 5pm) on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Friday, 14 April – 11am – 5pm

Saturday, 15 April – 11am – 5pm

Sunday, 16 April – Closed

Monday, 17 April – 11am – 5pm

I hope your plans involve lots of chocolate, marshmallow peeps, hot cross buns, coconut cakes and whatever else your family loves to celebrate with!

 

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Announcing Make Like a Boss! Networking for creative small businesses

I’m so excited to finally announce something I’ve been wanting to launch for months now! On Wednesday, 26 April, we’ll be kicking off a monthly networking series for creative small businesses called Make Like a Boss.

Make Like a Boss

Speaking from my own experience, if you run a small business there are always questions, challenges, new things to figure out and it’s often hard to know where to get advice. Getting out of your own head and hearing how other people are doing things –  whether it is a technical challenge or a branding-building one (or any number of things in between!) – can be extremely helpful. Plus sometimes it’s so nice to be able to complain about a bad day to someone else who really gets it.

I’m not physically alone in my work all day, because I own a shop and usually do my work there, but I know a lot of creative small business owners spend a lot of the day alone. Social media is really helpful for interaction and for fostering community, but meeting face to face can be so energising and inspiring! A couple of times a year I (try to) go to Quilt Market in the States on a buying trip and I love getting a chance to talk about work with the friends I’ve made there. I wondered why I hadn’t done a better job of building a network of people like that here. Which brings me back to…Make Like a Boss!

We have a big new space in West Hampstead that is super easy to get to, and we want to get you here to meet, chat, learn, share, moan and hopefully come away with some new contacts and ideas. The format of each event will be a short Q&A with business owner followed by time for you to hang out and chat. Wine and snacks will be provided!

Our first event on 26 April will feature Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line! The Fold Line is an online hub for the sewing community to socialise, review dressmaking patterns and keep up-to-date with the latest news and sewing pattern releases. Since launching in late 2015, the site has grown like crazy and the team have won a Mollie Makes Handmade Award and a British Craft Award for their contribution to the industry. We’ll be talking to Rachel and Kate about the challenges of launching a website, the thrill of seeing those user numbers grow and making the leap to running the website full time.

If you aren’t in the London area or can’t make it to the event, we’ll be streaming the interview on Facebook Live and posting it here on The Daily Stitch after the event. We’ve also created a Facebook Group to provide you with an ongoing way to share advice, ideas and inspiration.

Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line

Here are the quick facts of the first event:

Date: Wednesday, 26 April
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery
Guest: Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line
Cost: Free
RSVP: Via Eventbrite, via our website or to [email protected]

If you have any questions you’d like us to ask Rachel and Kate, or business owners you want us to interview in the future, please let us know!

Plus, here are a few topics we want to chat about soon so if you feel like a boss in one of these areas, or know someone who is, please nominate them to speak at an upcoming event: hiring, delegating and working with employees; creating a video marketing strategy; designing and manufacturing physical products.

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