New in stock at The Village Haberdashery: New merino and cotton yarns from Rico, ban.do agenda pre-sale on now and more!

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Pre-sale! 2017 ban.do agendas!

Are you ready for your whole life to change? Yeah, you totally are. Meet the new ban.do agenda! It’s your all-in-one personal assistant, best friend, #1 fan, wingwoman, game changer and keeper of dreams. And it’s better than ever: more stickers, more notes pages, a pocket, secret code, a colouring page, tonnes of art inside and out and so much more! Whether you’re a full-on #planneraddict or someone who’s just got big plans, trust us when we say you’ve gotta have one.

We have ban.do’s 17-month agendas on pre-order now! They do sell out, so place your order now and rest assured you’ll have yours in your hands in June. Find them in the shop here. #omgbandoagenda

ban.do agendas, planners and accessories

Rico Essentials Merino DK

Rico Essentials Merino DK is a 100% Merino Wool extrafine superwash yarn, and is one of the most popular yarns in the Rico range. A popular clothing and accessories yarn, Rico Essentials Merino DK is wonderfully easy to knit and results in a very even knitting. We’re confident that when you try it, you’ll love it! Find it in the shop here.

Rico Essentials Merino DK

Rico Essentials Cotton DK

Rico Essentials Cotton is a 100% mercerised cotton DK weight yarn. The mercerisation process gives the cotton a lustrous sheen, making this a lovely fine and smooth yarn with excellent stitch definition. Essentials Cotton DK is machine washable on low temperatures, and light on the needles. This is a yarn that would knit or crochet beautifully for warm weather knits, baby wear and summer blankets. Find it in the shop here.

Rico Essentials Cotton DK

Handmade Stamp Set

Back in stock! Personalise all of your handmade gifts with this handy and delightful set of seven wood mounted rubber stamps! The set comes complete with a black mini ink pad so you’ll be ready to start stamping cards, labels and more. Find all of our stamps and ink pads in the shop here.

Handmade Stamp Set with Ink Pad

Three quilting classes with Jenny Haynes this weekend!

We have Jenny Haynes of Papper Saxsten with us all weekend for three awesome classes – and there are still places available!

Saturday, 7 May, 10am – 1pm: Learn how to hand sew curves beautifully using an English Paper Piecing technique. No sewing machine experience required! Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to english paper piece curves

Saturday, 7 May, 1:30pm – 5:30pm: Learn how to follow a foundation piecing pattern and create a modern, curved version of a traditional Courthouse Steps block. Find out more and sign up here.

Learn how to make a curved courthouse block

Sunday, 8 May, 10am – 5pm: Feeling adventurous or looking for a challenge? Learn to machine-piece beautiful curves by making a clamshell quilt (pictured)! Find out more and sign up here.

Learn to make a clamshell quilt

We hope to see you this weekend at our West Hampstead shop!

Sale!

It’s May and it is sunny so it’s time to clear out our beautiful wool and wool-blend fabrics! Enjoy a 40% discount on the entire selection while stocks last!

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#tvhhaul April winners!

It’s time to announce our April #tvhhaul giveaway winners! As I mentioned in this post, we’ll be continuing our #tvhhaul giveaway every month in 2016 and randomly selecting three winners to receive 500 Stash Points each!

If you want to play in May, here is a reminder of the rules:

  • Share a picture or video of your purchase or project on Instagram and use the tag #tvhhaul.
  • To be considered in the drawing for May, pictures must be posted in during May and tagged in the actual caption – we won’t accept posts from before 1 May that have been edited to include the hashtag and we won’t accept posts with the tag added in a comment.
  • You can enter as many pictures or videos as you like!

And now, here is the April randomiser!

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And on to the winners!

#15 @charlottequilts –  Just noticed this yarn goes very nicely with my dress #camoknitting #tvhhaul #settlershawl

tvhhaul April winner 15

#19 @abi_norman – Fabric fruits of a day spent on the streets of London…lovely chatting to all the sewists and haberdasherers en route and fab French poste awaiting my return [email protected]@[email protected][email protected]@[email protected][email protected]#tvhhaul

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#31 @mangosteenha – Insanity level 213 achieved: totally OTT and completely unnecessary painting smock refashion finished! Homemade double fold bias binding collar? Check! Elasticated cuffs? Lovingly fussy cut patch pockets (that are too low but never mind)? Check! Made using papa’s old shirt and some Monaluna fabrics I got from @vhaberdashery years ago and are now long gone (but I’m totally classing this as a #tvhhaul).

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Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered in April and good luck to everyone who plays in May!

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Survey time! Magic by Sarah Jane

Magic, the new collection by Sarah Jane, is the designer’s response to her own children’s love of magical play. Magic features unicorns, dragons and mermaids in mint, pink and metallic gold!

Magic by Sarah Jane

Help us choose which prints we should stock from Magic! Everyone who completes a survey by 8 May will receive 25 Stash Points to spend at The Village Haberdashery!

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Tutorial! Sara’s Mendocino fish quilt block

We sent Sara a bundle of Mendocino a few months ago with the task of creating a quilt for a window display in our West Hampstead shop (we’ll share the new window next week!) Sara previously made this gorgeous Tiger Lily quilt so we couldn’t wait to see what she’d make with the latest Heather Ross collection. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. This quilt is a stunner!

Sara is back today on The Daily Stitch to show us how to whip up those awesome fish blocks! Take it away, Sara!

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

I was so inspired by all of the amazing makes with Mendocino at Quilt Market, especially the fantastic octopus and seahorse quilts (check them out in Annie’s Quilt Market report). In the same vibe, I decided to make a shoal of fish swimming amongst the mermaids and octopi.

Materials

For the fish blocks, I used:

  • 19 FQ from Mendocino for the main bodies of the fish in the pink-brown-orange colourways (I repeated three to make 22 fish) – there was lots left over
  • 1m of Kona in Aqua for the fish backgrounds

For the quilt background, I used:

¼ inch seam is used throughout. The finished quilt measures approximately 45×55 inches.

Cutting

For each fish block, cut the following, using the template. I traced this onto template plastic to help with fussy cutting.

From main fabric:

1 x fish body piece

1 x fish tail piece

From background fabric:

2 x fish body background piece

2 x fish tail background piece

1 x fish tail end piece

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Piecing

1. Take the main body piece and the two body background pieces, fold them in half lengthways and finger press the centre line. For the background pieces, you should be matching the end points of the curve, rather than the ends of the fabric.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Place the body piece on top of one of the background pieces, right sides together, with the centre creases matching.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

2. Match each end point of the fish body piece with the end of the curve on the background piece and pin. Find the mid point between the centre pin and each end pin and pin here, too. You can finger press another crease between the end and the centre crease to make sure that this is accurate, but I don’t bother with this part. The pinned piece will look full of folds, but it will come together, I promise!

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

3. Start stitching the pieces together at one end. The trick is to go slowly and stop frequently to check that the edges are still aligned and to move excess fabric from one side to the other, to ensure that it doesn’t get caught in the needle. I find that it helps to hold the fabrics up at an angle with my left hand whilst sewing. The important thing is not to stretch the fabric to try to make it fit the curve – this will cause a misshapen finished block that won’t lie flat. Press the seam towards the background fabric.

4. Take your second body background piece, making sure that you have the longer sides matching, and align and pin the centre creases, right sides together.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

This time you need the background piece to overlap your existing seam by ¼ inch.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

5. Pin and sew in the same way as for the first seam, lifting the fabric up slightly with your left hand if that makes things easier.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

6. Press the seam towards the background fabric again. You should have something that looks a bit like this – but I must confess that I pressed one of the seams the wrong way in this block, so it looks slightly different!

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

7. You will notice that there is a smaller amount of background fabric at one end of your block. Line up your ruler so that one line cuts through the two points of the fish body, and trim this end down to just under ¼ inch from the end of the fish.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

8. Now we’ll piece the tail. Take the main tail piece and the two background tail pieces and make the centre creases as you did for the body.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

9. Pin the centre crease and each end, overlapping the background piece at the point of the tail (where it will join the body) by ¼ inch.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

10. Sew the seam with the same method you used for the body, and press the seam towards the background fabric. You should have something that looks like this.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

11. Pin your second tail background piece in the same way, ensuring that it overlaps by ¼ inch at the point of the tail.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Sew and press seams towards the background fabric.

12. Take your tail end piece and fold it so that the two ends of the curve match. Finger press a crease at the centre of the curve, and in the centre of the curve of your main tail piece. Match and pin the centre creases.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

13. Pin the ends of each curve as you did for the body and tail pieces. Take the straight edge pieces and shift these so that they are at 90 degrees to the main tail background pieces. It will look something like this, but ignore the fact that I had got ahead of myself and already sewed the tail to the body in this photo!

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

14. Sew the tail end seam, stopping with the needle down when you get to the beginning of the the curve and rotating the fabric to keep your ¼ inch seam allowance. Sew the curve in exactly the same way as for the body and the tail, stopping again when you get to the end of the curve and rotating to sew the final straight seam. Press towards the background fabric.

15. Trim the little triangles of fabric at the point of the tail so that you have a straight edge. Try to ensure that you have one of the lines of the ruler cutting through the centre of the tail so that you have a 90 degree angle, and keep the seam allowance as close to ¼ inch as you can (it will be slightly smaller, which you want).

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

16. Line up the trimmed ends of the tail and body pieces and pin. To make sure that the tail and the body meet in the right place, I put a pin through the point of the tail piece and then put this through the point of the body piece.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Sew and press this final seam.

17. Finally, trim your block. How much you need to trim depends on what size you want your block to be. There is quite a lot of extra fabric on all sides, so that I could be flexible in this stage. I trimmed the bare minimum, just to ensure that the block was squared up.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Finishing the quilt

To make the quilt top, I pieced 22 fish blocks together improvisationally, inserting extra pieces of background fabric to give the shoal movement. The quilt background is simply pieced from 6.5” blocks in a mixure of Kona Aqua, four blue Mendocino prints, and a few 9-patch blocks randomly pieced in Kona Aqua, Azure and Bahama Blue in order to create a dappled effect.

I quilted using wavy lines and used leftovers from the pink prints for the binding.

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

Mendocino quilt fish block tutorial

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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery: Cotton Candy by Susan Driscoll, Sailor’s Dobby, Yellow Owl Workshop risograph cards and more!

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Cotton Candy by Susan Driscoll

Cotton Candy is the latest collection from Dashwood Studio! Designed by Susan Driscoll, this collection bright and fun, full of colours we love and a mix of playful geometric and floral prints. We can’t wait to see what you make! Find Cotton Candy in the shop here.

Cotton Candy by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio

Sailor’s Dobby by Robert Kaufman

Brand new from Robert Kaufman, Sailor’s Dobby is a lightweight cotton fabric with a fun, nautical dobby dot! This fabric is 57″ wide and perfect for summer dressmaking. We’ve got it in two shades of blue, and it is just so good! Find it in the shop here.

Sailor's Dobby by Robert Kaufman

Colour Play from Valencia by Laura Gunn

We just love this water colour print from Valencia by Laura Gunn! It is so pretty, and we can’t wait to see you make it up into dresses and quilts and anything else needing a painterly touch. Find it in the shop here.

Valencia Color Play by Laura Gunn

Greatest Adventure by Natalie Lymer

Greatest Adventure by Natalie Lymer is a kid-friendly collection inspired by sleeping under the stars and going on adventures in the great outdoors. We’ve got a kid-friendly trio of prints featuring clouds, arrows and tents in the woods that are so fun for kid quilts and room decor, picnic mats and more. Find them in the shop here.

Greatest Adventure by Natalie Lymer for Riley Blake

Yellow Owl Workshop risograph cards

We can’t get enough of Yellow Owl Workshop’s colourful, playful and super fun aesthetic! We are thrilled to add the company’s line of risgraph cards to our budding stationery section. Risograph is what you would get if a screen print and a mimeograph had a baby; images are printed one colour at a time and colours are layered on top of each other making each card unique. Find them in the shop here.

You Are Magic Yellow Owl Workshop risograph card

New knitting classes with Rachel Brown

We’ve added lots of new knitting classes to our schedule! Want to learn to knit in the round? Tackle sock knitting? Wrap your head around cables? We’ve got classes for you! The next class in our two-part Introduction to Knitting in the Round which will cover double pointed needles, circular needles and the magic loop method, all while you whip up the rad Tyson hat (pictured). This class takes place two Sunday mornings, 15 & 22 May, at our West Hampstead shop. Pop to the shop to book a place and find out more about all of our upcoming knitting classes!

Learn to Knit in West Hampstead

Sale!

The Janome Spring Sale continues! Click over to The Daily Stitch find out about the amazing deals on now, or just pop to the shop to browse our selection of Janome sewing machines and accessories!

atelier5 by Janome

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Kona matching! What goes with Mendocino by Heather Ross

Windham have re-released the beloved Mendocino collection by Heather Ross and the updated palette is rich and beautiful! If you are planning a project and want to coordinate your solids, we’ve taken all the guesswork out. From top to bottom, we recommend Kona Cotton Solids in Garnet, Punch, Pomegranate, Pink, Robin Egg, Wasabi, Orange, Corn Yellow, Curry and Earth and you can find them all in one place right here.

Kona Cotton Solids to coordinate with Mendocino by Heather Ross

And here is our selection of Mendocino so you can see how they stack up!

Mendocino by Heather Ross

Mendocino by Heather Ross

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Survey time! Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell

Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics is inspired by the luminous colours and rich fauna perceived as the day fades away. This collection is due in August and includes quilting cotton, cotton voile, cotton canvas and cotton/spandex knits!

Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell

Everyone who completes a survey by 1 May will receive 25 Stash Points to spend at The Village Haberdashery!

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We’re looking for teachers!

Hey there! We’re working on lining up the most awesome course schedule ever for this Autumn. We’ll be in our new shop space and will be offering a broader range of creative classes to suit a wider range of schedules. Oh man, I have so many ideas! And to that end, we’re looking for teachers!

looking-for-teachers

We are looking for experienced teachers for classes in quilting, sewing, knitting and crafts – virtually anything creative with a modern spin. I’d love to find teachers who can offer classes in weaving, macrame, brush lettering, calligraphy, paper cutting, marbling, stamping, decoupage, machine embroidery, drafting sewing patterns, home dec sewing (i.e. curtains)…and I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list the more time I spend on pinterest.

If you have ideas and are interested, please pitch them my way. We are also hoping to add week day daytime classes too, so be sure to mention your availability in your email. You can contact me at [email protected]

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Weaving inspiration!

Weaving is on my craft bucket for sure. The weavings filling up my instagram and pinterest feeds are colourful and beautiful and just so inspiring! Our weaving looms are back in stock and I wanted to share my latest pinboard with you, in case you’d like to give this craft a try too! I also found a great getting-started post on A Beautiful Mess to take the fear out. Click the pic to get to the full board.

Weaving Inspiration

P.S. I’d love to find a London-based teacher for weaving workshops in our shop. If you know of anyone with the skills, please send them my way! I can be contacted at [email protected]

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Janome Spring Sale!

Janome are having a spring sale! Here is what’s on offer until 4 June. Don’t forget – you can spend and earn Stash Points when you purchase a Janome sewing machine from The Village Haberdashery!

Janome DKS30 Sewing Machine

Janome DKS30 Sewing Machine – £479 now £449

Janome DKS100 Sewing Machine

Janome DKS100 Sewing Machine – £529 now £499

Save £30 on the DKS30 or the DKS100 Sewing Machine plus get a free Quilting Accessories Kit worth £119! The Quilting Accessories Kit has been specially designed for the Janome DKS30 and DKS100 Sewing Machines. It includes

*Craft/Applique Foot – Open Toe
*Free Motion Foot – Open Toe
*Walking Foot – Open Toe
*Ditch Quilting Foot
*1/4″ Seam Foot
*Extension Table (16″ x 11″)

The DKS30 and the DKS100 are two of the easiest to use machines Janome has ever made! These machine have all the features to make sewing simple and enjoyable and an extensive range of stitches to cover every sewing project. Fully computerised with a host a great features, these machines tick all the boxes. Find out more here.

Janome atelier3 Sewing Machine

Janome Atelier 3 Sewing Machine£799 now £749

Save £50 and get a free Quilting Accessory Kit worth £169! This Quilting Accessory Kit contains everything you need to get you started with quilting. The extra wide table is perfect for all those large projects! This kit includes:

*Extra wide extension table
*Appliqué foot
*Clear view foot
*Ditch quilting foot
*Convertible free-motion foot set
*Open toe craft foot

Atelier 3 is one of Janome’s newest range of computerised sewing machines, which has been designed to for all types of sewing with easy to use features. With 210mm (8.3”) arm space right of the needle, this machine is ideal bigger projects and yet is equally suited to precision sewing, offering 71 needle positions. Find out more here.

Janome atelier 5 Sewing Machine

Janome Atelier 5 Sewing Machine£999 now £899

SPRING SALE! Save £100 and get a free Quilting Accessory Kit worth £169! This Quilting Accessory Kit contains everything you need to get you started with quilting. The extra wide table is perfect for all those large projects! This kit includes:

*Extra Wide Table
*Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot
*Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot Set
*Applique Foot
*Ditch Quilting Foot
*Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set

Janome’s latest computerised sewing machine has been designed to meet every sewing challenge. It is so versatile that there are three optional kits available, one for quilting, one for home furnishings and a third for fashion sewing. With 210mm (8.3”) arm space right of the needle, this machine is ideal bigger projects and yet is equally suited to precision sewing, offering an incredible 91 needle positions. It has a superior feeding system and an easy change needle plate to enhance straight stitch performance at up to 1,000 spm. Find out more here.

Janome 9300DX Overlocker

 

Janome 9300DX Overlocker – £269 now £249

SPRING SALE! Save £20

The 9300DX is a superb introductory level overlocker offering great value for money. This machine gives you a wide range of overlocking features in a compact machine. It’s sturdy design and precise Janome stitch performance ensures a professional finish every time. It comes pre-threaded and has a built-in rolled hem feature (no plate change) for easy changeover. The differential feed prevents puckering and stretching and can be used for fun special effects. Find out more here.

Janome Memory Craft 500E Embroidery Sewing Machine

Janome Memory Craft 500E Embroidery Machine£1499 now £1299

SPRING SALE! Save £200 plus get a free copy of the DigitzerJR embroidery software programme worth £249! The DigitizerJR V4.0 software programme will allow you to create, import and edit your embroidery designs with ease.

The Janome Memory Craft 500E is the latest embroidery only machine that offers professional-style embroidery at home, capable of designs up to 200 x 280mm. It’s easy to embellish garments, furnishings or accessories. This model has a host of powerful editing features providing extensive creative opportunities. Flip, rotate, resize, edit or combine designs to make your project unique. Find out more here.

 

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