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Meet the Maker: Wool Couture

Welcome to our latest edition of Meet the Maker! We are so happy to stock so many great products from small businesses in the UK and we really want to show them off. We will be creating features on different designers, companies and crafters so you can find out more about them and their fantastic products. This time we have been chatting to the lovely Claire from Wool Couture!

Wool Couture

Kym: Thanks so much for chatting to me Claire, so how did Wool Couture begin?

Claire: I have been crafting since I was 8 and I decided to leave my job as an NHS Director and follow my real passion which is everything from knitting, crochet, macrame and weaving.

Wool Couture

Kym: We love hearing about people who have left their day job to follow their crafty passion, it’s just great! Tell us a little about your company ethos.

Claire: I have suffered with depression since I was 18 and crafting has been my salvation. We want to spread our love and passion for handmade crafts.

Wool Couture

Kym: That is so inspirational! We are so excited to be stocking your macrame rope in our store. What makes yours different from the other macrame products out there?

Claire: Its 100% cotton and so smooth to work with, so no sore hands :).

Wool Couture

Kym: Yes, no more macrame sore hands, brilliant! I believe you craft all of your knitting needles and crochet hooks in house. This is so cool. How do you make this happen?

Claire: We manufacture our giant knitting and crochet tools, plus all of our weaving looms. Whilst I may love wool and fibre, Ali – who also owns the business loves wood and she designs all of our wooden tools.

Wool Couture

Kym: Fantastic! Tell us about the wonderful people, other than yourself, in the Wool Couture Team.

Claire: Small and sweet and we all love crafting. There’s less than 10 of us and I have to say they are the best team I have ever been part of.

Wool Couture

Kym: What would you say the typical day-to-day activities at the Wool Couture HQ are?

Claire: Customers are our number one priority. Queries come first, getting orders out next, tea break at 11am and Harriet or Tom tend to bring in the cakes. Then once we have looked after our customers we can do anything from developing new products, spending time on social media, meeting with suppliers, stock takes – it can be a little bit crazy at times :).

Wool Couture

Kym: I think all small businesses can relate to that! What do you consider to be the company’s biggest achievement to date?

Claire: We have customers that like what we do and this is the biggest achievement of all. Also the gaining investment on Dragon’s Den and getting contracts with John Lewis.

Wool Couture

Kym: Those are amazing achievements, you were super brave to face the Dragons! Finally, just for fun, how would you describe your style in just three words.

Claire: Fun, Rich and Eclectic.

Kym: Thanks so much, Claire!

Wool Couture

You can purchase Wool Couture macrame yarn and find all of our macrame products in our West Hampstead shop or shop online here

Let us know in the comments below who you would like to see featured in Meet the Maker next time!

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Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. pre-sale!

New in stock at The Village Haberdashery

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Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. pre-sale!

We are so excited by the new Menagerie collection by Rifle Paper Co., and are now accepting pre-orders. As the name implies, Menagerie covers a wide range of characters, designs, and fabric substrates, including quilting weight cottoncotton lawns printed with metallic ink, rayon, cotton-linen blend canvas, and a brand new cotton/rayon lawn, perfect for dressmaking.

Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. pre-sale!

In this third collection from Rifle Paper Co., some of the esteemed stationery company’s newest jungle themed designs are translated from painting and paper to Cotton + Steel fabrics, supported by the ever-popular signature Rifle florals. You can shop the pre-sale here.

Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. pre-sale!

New Twist colours from Dashwood Studio

We love this season’s new colours of Twist, the fun stash builder from Dashwood Studio! Designed to compliment and co-ordinate with Dashwood’s other collections, they are a handy basic that mixes beautifully in your quilting projects! You can shop all our Twist fabrics here.

New Twist colours from Dashwood Studio

Fashionary sketchbooks are back!

Tailor made for fashion designers, Fashionary is a sketchbook combined with extensive fashion information and blended figure templates. Perfect for planning your dressmaking projects, Fashionary is available in A5 size in stylish red or black, or a handy set of three mini sketchbooks, so you can always keep one on you for new ideas. Shop our Fashionary range here.

Fashionary sketchbooks are back

Cards for the wedding season

Now that it’s wedding season, we thought we’d compile some of our favourite wedding cards. Congratulate the happy couple with a super cute illustrated ‘Yes’ card by Amelia Flower, a luxury ‘Perfect Match’ card by À L’aise, or a botanical ‘Congrats’ card by Natalie Lea Owen. Shop greeting cards for weddings here.

Cards for the wedding season

O-Rings for bag-making and macrame

O-rings are useful for bag and belt-making and macrame! Available in two sizes – 25mm and 50mm – and silver or antique finishes, these o-rings are perfect for your next macrame or bag project. You can make your own modern macrame plant hanger with this tutorial by Susana Cunha, and shop our o-rings here.

O-Rings for bag-making and macrame

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

In this special paper craft workshop taught by Nancy Straughan, you will learn techniques to personalise your own greetings cards, envelopes and paper to create a beautiful collection of designed stationery. You’ll take away a collection of handmade greetings cards, envelopes, gift tags and loose paper sheets to give to loved ones or decorate your home. Find out more and book your place here.

Create Your Own Stationery with Nancy Straughan

Special offer

Rico Linea Botanica has been added to the Sale section at 40% off! This lovely, soft 3-ply yarn is spun from organic wool and dyed with natural herbal colouring. Find it in the shop here!

Rico Linea Botanica has been added to the Sale section at 40% off!

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Meet our Teachers: Susana Cunha, macrame

Susana Cunha is the founder of bohemian-inspired brand Tent Living. She uses traditional macrame and weaving techniques with a modern, contemporary and romantic spin to create unique wall-hangings that incorporate natural materials. Susana teaches Macrame classes at our West Hampstead shop. She also shared a macrame plant hanger tutorial on The Daily Stitch earlier this year.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. Where does your brand name Tent Living originate from?

A. I wanted a name that was evocative of a certain bohemian spirit, exotic travels, fun but also a little bit romantic and Tent Living just ticked all the boxes.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. How did you first discover Macrame?

A. I first discovered macrame through Instagram and inspired by all the beautiful images I decided to go on a macrame workshop. There I learnt the basic macrame knots and then just researched and practiced a lot!

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. What are your favourite textiles to work with and why?

A. I love working with different textures, cotton rope and cotton fabric is one of my favourite combinations – the roughness of the rope and the delicacy of the fabric work so well together and make a piece that little bit more interesting.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. What five words best describe your style?

A. Bohemian, fun, romantic, colourful, unique.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Q. Are there any crafts other than Macrame that you enjoy?

A. Yes! I’ve recently started weaving and am completely in love with the process. Everything, from choosing a color palette to warping the loom is a pleasure.

Susana Cunha Macrame and Weaving

Want more? You can follow Susana on Instagram, visit her shop and find her upcoming classes here.

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Tutorial! Modern macrame plant hanger by Susana Cunha

I was so thrilled to find Susana Cunha, a super talented macrame artist, and add her classes to our schedule! Last November, Susana taught a private class for Caroline, Kym and I in the shop so we could make macrame plant hangers for a future shop window display. It was so fun, easy to learn and quick! You’ll be so delighted with what you can accomplish in just a couple of hours and I can imagine this being a really relaxing craft to unwind with in the evenings, too.

We are so lucky that Susana is sharing her plant hanger tutorial with us on the blog today but if you want to take her class and learn in real life, you can sign up to her next class on 28 January which will teach you how to create a beautiful macrame wall hanging. You can (and should!) also find and follow Susana on Not on the High Street and Instagram.

Traditionally, most of the macrame you see is created using cotton rope or cord which has a beautiful bohemian vibe. For our classes, we’ll use Hoooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn for the range of colours, accessibility and to give this project a modern spin. Either will work for this tutorial.

Over to you, Susana!

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

This basic plant hanger is an easy introduction to macrame and is suitable for beginners. It features three types of basic decorative knots: Square Knot (SK), Spiral Stitch and Wrapped Knot. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you can add beads, decorations, or additional knots to add character!

Finished Size: Approximately 115 cm (45 inches) tall, which includes the fringe.

Supplies Needed:


  • Cut 6 cords, each 6 meters long
  • Cut 2 cords, 50 cm long

If using cotton rope instead of t-shirt yarn, prepare the tips of the cords to prevent unravelling by using tape. When using tape, compress the tips so they are as narrow as possible.


Step 1: Pass half of the cords through the metal ring, while holding the ring upright. They should dangle over the bottom of it.
Match the ends of each cord as you pass it through, so it is balanced.

Do the same with the remaining cords, placing them on top of the first group.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Start a Wrapped Knot tying an Overhand knot at one end of a 50 cm cord. Secure it next to the ring.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Wrap the long portion around the cords on the ring several times. Make sure you wrap firmly, until the knot is 3 or 4 cm long.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pass what’s left of the long portion through the folded area, which looks like a loop.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pull the secured end, which has the Overhand knot. The fold and the other end will be pulled inside the bottom of the Wrapped knot. Make sure you pull it half way through the knot.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Cut off the excess material from each end of the cord used to make the Wrapped Knot. Be careful not to cut the long cords on the ring. Tuck the stubs inside the knot so they can’t be seen.

Divide the cords into groups of 4. Bundle each group by wrapping all 4 cords around your hand several times. Secure with a rubber band.

Step 2: Mentally number the four cords in one group. The fillers are 2 – 3, and the working cords are 1 and 4.
Tie the first Square Knot as shown below.

Move cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the left, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Cords 1 and 4 have switched places, so the direction is reversed for the second half of the Square Knot:

Move cord 1 to the left, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the right, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Continue tying Square Knots to create a sennit. Push the knots close together as you progress. Tighten each knot firmly. Stop when you have completed 10 square knots.

Repeat step 2 with the remaining groups of four cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 3: Measure 10cm after the last square knot on the sennit of one of the groups of four cords. We can now start tying a series of half square knots to create a spiral.

Half Knot

Move working cord 1 to the right, over the fillers (2 and 3) and under working cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move working cord 4 to the left, under the fillers and over working cord 1.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
When making the Spiral Stitch for your Basic Plant Hanger, the cord will naturally start twisting once you tie the first 5 Half knots; hold the fillers steady and keep tying half knots.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Step 4: Create a Spiral Stitch design by tying 12 Half Knots as described above. Stop when the sennit is made of 12 Half Knots.

Step 5: Measure 10cm after the last half square knot on the spiral of one of the cords you have been working on and start trying more half knots to create a further spiral.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 for each group of cords bundled in step 1.


Now you will make the Cradle at the bottom of the Basic Plant Hanger. Measure the plant pot, and find the halfway point by dividing the total height by 2. So if the pot is 6 inches tall, the measurement will be 3 inches.

Locate two sennits that rest next to each other, and secure them. Make sure they are not twisted. Mentally re-number the cords in each sennit 1 – 4.

Step 7: Alternate by selecting cords 3 and 4 from the left sennit, combined with cords 1 and 2 from the right sennit.
Measure from the last SK of one sennit down to the measurement you just calculated for the halfway point on the pot. Tie one Square Knot at that point.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 8: Repeat step 7 using the remaining cords. This is much easier if you suspend the Basic Plant Hanger by the ring at the top.
Make sure the sennits are not twisted, and that you are combining cords from two sennits that rest next to each other.

Step 9: You now need to alternate the cords again, as described in Step 7. Start by mentally re-numbering the cords coming from two sets of SK tied in the previous step. Measure from the bottom of the SK tied in step 7, down the same measurement. This way the next knot rests at the lower edge of the pot. Repeat using the remaining cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 10: Measure the bottom of the pot, from the edge to the centre (1/2 the bottom area).


Step 11: Tie a Wrapped Knot (as you did in step 1) around all the cords where you measured the centre of the pot to be.
After tightening it, place the pot in the Cradle. The knot should rest in the centre of the pot. Make adjustments as needed.

Important: Pull on each cord to eliminate any space between the Wrapped Knot and the SK.

Finishing Touches

Cut off the excess material from the cord used to make the Wrapped knot, and tuck the stubs inside so they can’t be seen.

Step 12: Trim the ends of all the cords so they are even. For other materials, you have the option of tying finishing knots, or to, if you’re using cord, unravel and brush to create a brushed fringe for your plant hanger.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn


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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery: Cotton + Steel Fall 2015 collections

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Cotton + Steel‘s Fall 2015 collections have arrived! In addition to new lines from Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Sarah Watts, Alexia Abegg and Kim Kight, the five founding designers have teamed up to design Bluebird! This beautiful collection features both new designs and old favourites in shades of blue.

Bluebird from Cotton + Steel
At Quilt Market, the Cotton + Steel booth featured an amazing wall of Bluebird mixed with red stitches and red Cotton + Steel Basics. It looked awesome! It works so incredibly with all the new red Basics. Here’s a closer look!

Bluebird by Cotton + Steel
Bluebird by Cotton + Steel
You can find Bluebird in the shop here. Browse all of our Cotton + Steel Fall 2015 picks here. Or build a bundle of your faves in one quick shop with our Build a Bundle option here!

Here are the individual collections we have in stock from Cotton + Steel this season!

Fruit Dots by Melody Miller

Melody Miller’s new Fruit Dots collection is whimsical, fruity, and 60’s-inspired! Our selection includes two prints on rayon and two with metallic ink! Find Fruit Dots in the shop here.

Cat Lady by Sarah Watts

Cat Lady by Sarah Watts is sure to satisfy you or your feline-loving friends! This collection is full of playful kitties, balls of yarn and Sarah’s awesome florals. Find Cat Lady in the shop here.

Macrame by Rashida Coleman-Hale

Macrame is inspired by retro 70’s-style macrame wall hangings. Twists, knots, braids and stitches all feature in this gorgeous collection. And we super love the canvas print with neon florals! Find Macrame in the shop here.

Penny Arcade by Kim Kight and Clover by Alexia Abegg

See the world through a child’s eyes in Penny Arcade by Kim Kight, a collection inspired by the power of nostalgia to keep old places and things alive and magical. And join a little lamb as he explores a quaint European village in Clover by Alexi Abegg. Find both collections here.

This week’s offer!

Save 25% on Papercut patterns this week with code PAPERCUT! Find our selection of these fun, hip patterns in the shop here.

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