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The ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for makers! 10 ideas to inspire creativity

Welcome to the second post in our series of Christmas Gift Guides! Today we are sharing some ideas for gifts for all the knitters, sewists, felters, weavers and makers out there! Use it as a guide for giving to the makers in your life…or just go ahead and send a link to this post to your friends and family to make sure you get something you’ll love!

The Village Haberdashery Christmas Gift Guide

Anyone who works with yarn or fabrics will love to receive some Soak modern laundry care products this Christmas! Soak Flatter is a starch-free smoothing spray that relaxes wrinkles and freshens fabrics, leaving it sleek, soft and static-free. Soak Wash is the no-rinse cleanser you can trust for garments and blankets you’ve handmade with love. Both come in a selection of lush flavours like yuzu and pineapple! Find them in the shop here.

Soak Laundry Care

Who wouldn’t want to open up a cute Toft Animal kit on Christmas morning?! We have a great selection of their amigurumi crochet toys designed by Kerry Lord. These animal designs are crocheted in luxury super soft DK weight 100% British wool yarn. This kit attracts all ages and makes a perfect gift for children and adults alike. The animals and creatures are addictive and people are easily ‘hooked’!

Toft Crochet Kits

For more crochet fun we also have these Hipster Tie Kits. They come in a selection of great colours and are suitable for all levels.

Crochet Tie Kits

Whatever you’re interested in, we have a hand-picked selection of lovely craft books available! After the gifts have been opened, there is nothing nicer than settling in with an inspiring new book to flip through! Browse them all here.

Books

For the felters out there we have these sweet felting kits by Gretel Parker! We love the slinky dinky fox and the darling ballerina mouse!

Needle Felting kits

Anyone mentioned that they would like to learn something new…? Weaving is a super fun (and super easy to learn). Get them started with our Pop-up looms. Paired with a Weaving supply pack they will have everything they need to learn a new craft!

Weaving

Has anyone mentioned that they would like to learn something new…? Weaving is a super fun (and super easy to learn) and you can get started with our pop-up looms. Paired with a weaving supply pack they will have everything they need to learn a new craft! Find it all in our weaving section here.

Hannah Bass

Beautifully designed knitting notions from Coco Knits are such a treat to give and receive! We have a great selection of stitch markers, including the new precious metals set, and the lovely yarn snips.

Coco knits

The kits by both Stitch and Story and Loopy Mango were made for gifting! All are suitable for beginners on up and the designs are great! Plus, if you want to swap the colour yarn in your kit just let us know and we can usually make it happen.

Loopy Mango

Also check out the Stitch and Story Sophie La Giraffe kits if you are shopping for grandparents or mums with little ones.

Sophie La Giraffe

Any quilter would be thrilled to receive one our beautiful quilting patterns from designers like Alison Glass and Elizabeth Hartman! You can find a variety of designs in the shop here.

Quilting Patterns

We have a sample sale of some of our past display items! Pop into our West Hampstead store to see if you can find anything for your Christmas shopping!

Sample Sale at The Village Haberdashery

If you are still unsure what to buy, we have Gift Cards which can be spent on anything in store and classes! We also have fabric club subscriptions available that are perfect for quilters.

Colour of the Month

Happy Christmas shopping! Keep an eye out for the final part of our Christmas Gift Guide (stocking fillers!) coming soon!

 

 

 

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A close up on our Christmas Party vignette!

It’s getting closer folks! We are into December and Christmas party season is here! Exciting times! We had lots of fun putting this vignette together in store and it really makes me smile every time I see it. The red, mint and pink colour schemes has worked better that we had imagined. We really hope you’ll pop in to our London shop see it in person!

Christmas Party Vignette

Christmas Party Vignette

The star of the party is most certainly our Rag rug wreath centre piece. The lovely Elspeth from Ragged Life made this masterpiece especially for us. Isn’t it amazing?! She used a selection of our Christmas Fabrics and fabrics from her stash to make it and the combination is just stunning!

Christmas Wreath by Elspeth from Ragged Life

I just love how the more you look at it the more colour you see. These flowers are just perfect!

Christmas Wreath by Elspeth from Ragged Life

Want to learn how to Rag Rug? Elspeth is teaching her Rag Rugging for Beginners classes at our West Hampstead store in the new year. Head over to our classes section here to find out more.

Christmas Wreath by Elspeth from Ragged Life

A big thank you to Bobby Fitzpatrick for letting us shoot photos of our garments in their awesome retro cocktail bar. Isn’t this backdrop perfect? Our lady is all dressed up and ready to rock around the Christmas tree in her christmas party dress!

Christmas Emery Dress

This is the Christine Hayes Emery Dress in Christmas Dreams – Trees in Evergreen and was made with the combined stitching power of Alice and I (Kym).

Christmas Emery Dress

We both had great fun choosing the pink for the massive bow on the front. It is in Kona Cotton Solid – Honeysuckle and also lines the bodice.

Christmas Emery Dress

We have filled out the gathered skirt with a tulle petticoat. Such a perfect party dress shape!

Christmas Emery Dress

There are still spaces on our Sew a Christmas Dress class with Charlotte Newland! Check out the dates and more information  here.

Christmas Emery Dress

Our second lady is the Hostess with the Mostess in her Domestic Goddess Christmas Apron.

Domestic Goddess Apron

The fabric is so cute! It is a recipe for Christmas Cookies!

Domestic Goddess Apron

With its vintage-style and totally fabulous bow, it truly is the perfect Christmas apron!

Domestic Goddess Apron

You can find a tutorial on how to make your very own apron here and be all ready for serving up the Christmas drinks!

Domestic Goddess Apron

Our Hostess is also wearing her handmade felt ball necklace. Such a nice simple accessory to make while sitting in front of the telly!

Felt Ball necklace

She is serving the disco drinks on her decoupaged tray. We have a tutorial for this here (written by Chloe Hardisty from  Cotton Clara) and also our lovely quilted table runner by Caroline here.

Decoupage Tray

And of course no party is complete without a pink Christmas tree right?!!

Christmas party vignette at The Village Haberdashery

We hope you have enjoyed reading about our Christmas Party Vignette and are getting into the Christmas spirit yourselves! Don’t forget to tag your makes with #thevillagehaberdashery.

Keep your eyes peeled… we have one more Christmas display coming soon!

 

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Our Christmas Gift Guide for crafty kids!

Welcome to the first post in our series of Christmas Gift Guides! First up we have some ideas for presents for kids!

Christmas Gift Guide

The perfect beginner sets for kids to get them into Knitting, Crochet and Sewing. These kits by Buttonbag contain all the tools, supplies and step by step guides they will need to get them started with a new hobby! For our knitting and crochet kits click here, and find the sewing ones here.

Sewing knitting and crochet kits for kids

These felt animal kits also by Buttonbag are also perfect for little hands to get sewing. The Stegosaurus is perfect for younger ages too as it has pre punched holes for the stitching and the Penguin and Bunnies are just so sweet!

Sewing kits for kids

We have so many colouring supplies that you could put together to make a super fun gift! Choose from our great selection of Fabre-Castelle colouring in pencils and pens here.

Colouring in supplies

We just love these colour in tote bags and notebooks. We even have colour in Washi tape!

Colour in textiles

For more colouring in fun how about these blank bags paired with some fabric pens!

Blanks for colouring with fabric pens

For the future interior designers out there we have these really cool wooden Wall Charms that can be painted, decoupaged, covered in washi tape…the options are endless.

Wall Charms to decorate

Pair these with our acrylic paint and some brushes for a great crafty gift.

Acrylic Paint supplies

And how about some glitter?!

Glitter

Stamps are a great introduction to crafting and so fun for kids to experiment with.

Stamping supplies

And who doesn’t love stickers?

Stickers

Our blank notebooks would be perfect to add together with these.

Buttonbag notebooks for kids

We also have a great range of felt, trims and buttons that you could combine together for a sweet gift.

Felt and trims

Keep an eye out for more Christmas Gift Guides coming soon!

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Reminder…Our special event with the V&A is this Saturday!

Reminder…Our special event with the V&A is this Saturday!

This Saturday (25 November) we’ll be hosting a special event to celebrate two beautiful new books from the V&A! At 2pm, we’ll be toasting the first two volumes in the V&A Maker’s Guide series, Patchwork and Quilting and Embroidery, with an afternoon of show and tell by some of our favourite contributors to the series.

V&A Maker's Guides

Many of the projects from the books will be on display and you’ll be able to see them up close, hear from the designers and get your book signed. It’s going to be so much fun! This quilt is one of the projects by our teacher, Jenny Haynes, from the Patchwork and Quilting book.

The V&A Maker’s Guide series is completely different to any other craft books we’ve seen. Each volume includes 15 step-by-step projects shown side by side with the museum objects that inspired them. Drawing from a range of handcraft traditions from around the world, these books will make you want to try so many new things. They are exactly what we love – a fresh, modern spin on traditional craft.

V&A Makers Guides

Please note this event is free but it is ticketed – we are expecting a full house so please reserve your place via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. You can also pre-order a book (or both books!) with your ticket to ensure you have one for signings on the day!

See you there!

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A close up on our Narnia Vignette!

Christmas is approaching and our first seasonal shop display is up! We decided to go for a Winter Wonderland / Narnia theme for our first this year and we love it!

When searching for a winter quilt pattern I (Kym) came across the Quilting in Black and White book and this amazing pattern! Just perfect for our Narnia forest scene.

The Michael Miller Woodland Winter collection was the obvious fabric choice here, it is so pretty! The trees are in Trees and Birds in Winter Grey,  Winter Birds and Berries in Snowdrop Grey, and Flurry – Black Spot (by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio).

The sweet appliqué birds and the binding are Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic – Copper. I just love how it sparkles and gives it a real festive Christmas feel!

The border is Architextures – Crosshatch in Charcoal by Carolyn Friedlander. With advice from our teachers Charlotte and Jenny, I decided on diagonal lines quilting on the Kona Cotton Solids – White background.

On the back I have used Winter Friends in Grey, also from the Woodland Winter collection.

Our Snow Queen is wearing the Mimosa poncho from I Am Patterns, a pattern company that we will be stocking very soon! Yes that is the red Colette Myrtle dress from our Valentines Day vignette you can spot underneath!

Fabric is Wool – Chanel Tweed in Dove Grey and Cream and is so super cosy for chilly winter days.

I especially love the big cowl neck and welt pockets.

This pattern is perfect for sewists of all levels with different options depending on your experience.

The hem is bound with some Ivory Bias Binding for an elegant finish and some winter berries finish off her outfit just lovely!

Guys! It is snowing in our store! I had such fun making these snowy pom poms with some yarn from my stash using the Large Clover PomPom maker!

Our forest floor is littered with some winter berries, acorns, mushrooms, twigs and snow! The snowy floor is Poly/Spandex/Lurex Jersey – White.

The Snow Queen has also brought along a box of Turkish Delight to tempt you into our store!

Our wooden wall charms are the perfect finishing touch to the display. I released my inner child with the gold paintglitter, and Mod Podge here!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our Narnia vignette as much as we enjoyed creating it. Keep an eye out for more Christmas themed displays coming soon!

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