Two Truths and a Lie with Elizabeth Olwen

Elizabeth Olwen is in the hot seat for this edition of Two Truths and a Lie!  Elizabeth Olwen is a Toronto-based surface pattern designer and flower enthusiast. Inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance, Elizabeth’s work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes. Her ever-growing client list includes Target, Land of Nod, Cloud9 Fabrics and Madison Park Greetings on products like bedding, fabric, stationery, packaging, flooring and more. Her next fabric collection for Cloud9, Morning Song, is due in April and you can set up an alert in the shop if you want to be notified the second it comes in stock!

Do you know how to play yet? Well just in case, here are the rules: Elizabeth will tell us three things about herself. Two are true and one is a lie. If you want to participate, tell us in the comments by midnight tonight which statement you think is a lie. We’ll put all the correct answers in randomiser and choose one who will win a bundle of seven fat quarters from Morning Song when it comes in stock (yes, that’s a while to wait for your prize but it’s a great prize!) Tomorrow we’ll post the correct answers and the winner. Ready?

Elizabeth Olwen

Here are three things about Elizabeth!

1. My father was a talented airbrush artist and used to paint hot babes and mountainscapes on vans in the 80s.

2. I had a (minor) role on Degrassi Junior High when I was a teenager, filmed here in Toronto. I dreamt of being an actress.

3. I have been known to host a pretty excellent keg party for my birthday every year in January.

Which is a lie? Tell us in the comments! Deadline to be entered in the prize draw is midnight tonight. Anyone can enter, but only comments from the UK and Europe can win the prize.

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#tvhhaul giveaway ends on Saturday!

It’s been so much fun to see so many of you playing along in our #tvhhaul giveaway! We’d envisaged this as a tag to post pictures of your purchases but many of you have used it to share your makes. Why not? We love it! I can’t believe the month of January is almost over and it’s nearly time to choose our winners!


You still have a few more days to enter! Until 31 January, just post pictures of your purchases or makes using supplies from The Village Haberdashery on Instagram and include #tvhhaul. Each post is an entry into the giveaway. At the end of the month, we’ll draw five winners at random who’ll each get a £50 voucher. Plus we’ll choose an extra £50 winner in the “Most Creative Photo” category!

Want some inspiration? Check out this photo posted today by @thecraftymastermind!






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Playtime shop window display

Welcome to our new shop window! We combined samples from three of our teachers for a truly cheerful and colourful display. Please do drop by our West Hampstead shop and see these lovely samples for yourself!


The quilt in the window is by Judith Dahmen and it’s her Girls at Play quilt. This quilt uses the Playtime quilt pattern, a variation on the traditional rolling stone block that features rectangles, squares and a block-in-a-block. Judith will be teaching a five-week class on this quilt starting on 3 February and there are still places left as of the writing of this post!

Playtime quilt

The woman’s dress in our window this month is the Dolores Batwing Top/Tunic/Dress. The pattern was designed by and the dress was sewn by Zoe Edwards, who will be teaching a class on this pattern on 1 March. Available as a PDF from Zoe’s website, the Dolores is a great pattern for sewers who are new to knit fabrics, as well as those who are new to sewing in general. The fabric is from Zoe’s stash.

Sew a Dolores batwing dress

Our two little children’s outfits were sewn by Charlotte Newland using fabric from the Origami Oasis collection by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller. Aren’t these outfits to die for? The little boy is wearing the Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt in Show Your Colours in Blue and a pair of Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts that I made way back when using Kona Straw. Yay! New outfit for Harvey this summer…

The little girl is wearing the Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress in Pride in Candy with a Kona Peacock collar. I’m so thrilled we could finally sew this dress for our window because we now stock the tulle the pattern calls for!

Sketchbook Shirt and Fairy Tale Dress in Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate

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Serengeti Knits by Birch Fabrics now in stock

Serengeti by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics takes us on a safari through one of the natural wonders of Africa! This collection is printed on a stable organic interlock cotton knit that is just right for garment sewing. It’s especially sweet for little ones!

Serengeti Knits Birch Fabrics

Just look at these adorable babygros! This picture is from Birch; the babygros were sewn up by Christina McKinney using a PDF Pattern by Peek-a-Boo Patterns.

Serengeti bodysuits

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Cotton + Steel Fall 2014 now in stock!

It’s Cotton + Steel day! Seven heavy boxes containing a bolt of every single fabric in the Fall 2014 Cotton + Steel collections arrived in our shop today (finally, right? I hear ya!) If you want to read more details about Bespoke, Cookie Book, Playful, Mesa, MochiTokyo Train Ride and Sparkle Canvas click over to this blog post. If you are ready to shop, click here for the full collections and check out the bundles here!

Cotton + Steel Fall 2014

Did you place a pre-sale order? Good on you! Some of these fabrics have already sold out or are only available as part of a bundle. We will have the most popular fabrics restocked, along with the missing Cotton + Steel Basics, in February so if you want us to restock something let us know. If there is enough demand of course we’ll re-order it! We’ll be cutting and shipping pre-sale orders as fast as logistically and humanly possible, so get ready for some happy mail!

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The Village Stash Society Baby Quilt Club January Bundle

January is a girl month for the Village Stash Society Baby Club and here is our bundle! This pretty bundle is sweet but not childish – if you make it for a baby girl she might still end up taking it to university with her, don’t you think?

The Village Stash Society Baby Quilt Club

Clockwise from top:

FloriographyBlossoms in Pink by Chelsea Anderson (Riley Blake)
Kona Cotton Solids – Ice Peach (Robert Kaufman)
Geometric BlissParallel Segments Quartz by Jeni Baker (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Mango (Robert Kaufman)
Flurry - Orange Spot (Dashwood Studio)
Kona Cotton Solids – Cypress (Robert Kaufman)
Priory SquareCottagely Posy by Katy Jones (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Pond (Robert Kaufman)
Geometric BlissFractal Garland Mist by Jeni Baker (Art Gallery)
Kona Cotton Solids – Geranium (Robert Kaufman)
Sun PrintBike Path in Fuchsia by Alison Glass (Andover)
Kona Cotton Solids – Primrose (Robert Kaufman)

To sign up for the Baby Quilt Club, click here! The first bundle of every subscription comes with a free baby quilt pattern, so this club makes a fabulous gift!

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Pam Kitty Garden from LakeHouse Dry Goods now in stock

I’ve always been charmed by the cheerful designs produced by LakeHouse Dry Goods. The happy colours, the vintage-style florals, the garden-themed newsprints. I finally ordered some for the shop and I think you’ll love our sweet selection of Pam Kitty Garden! We also have one multi-coloured delightful dot from Sunrise Studio to round out our bundle.

LakeHouse Dry Goods Pam Kitty Garden


Shop our selection of the Pam Kitty Garden and Sunrise Studio collections, pick up the bundle you see here, or build your own bundle! Or pop into our West Hampstead shop to have a look for yourself!

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Let’s get to know Fancy Tiger Crafts

Welcome to the fourth in our new series of Q&As with independent sewing pattern companies! This week we’ll be getting to know Fancy Tiger Crafts. Jaime and Amber are the team behind this amazing shop in Denver and they just released their first paper pattern – The Sailor Top – which we’re struggling to keep in stock!


Describe the style of your garments in three words:
classic, charming, wearable

Tell us about the woman you design for: 
She want to be comfortable while looking stylish and showing off her crafty skills.

What body shapes work best with your patterns?
The Sailor Top is a forgiving style that we’ve found to look good on all sorts of sizes and body types. It looks great over both skinny jeans or flared jeans and it even looks cute tucked into a skirt.

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?
The Sailor Top is offered as an online class via Creativebug for those looking for a complete step-by-step video tutorial. The pattern itself includes illustrated images for all the steps and we have some great tips for the gathering of the neckline (the most intimidating part to most people). The raglan sleeves are a cinch to sew and there are facing pieces for the sleeves and neck so you don’t have to work with bias tape at all :)

Tell us about yourselves!
Fancy Tiger Crafts is a retail shop in Denver Colorado that sells fabric, yarn, fiber and embroidery supplies. We love making tons of things and we love many crafts so we couldn’t open a store that didn’t encompass all of our passions. We love providing people with inspiration to get crafting – if they need help or guidance, we love to provide that as well. We believe that when people craft, it makes them happy – the world is a better place when people make things by hand.

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Suffolk Garden by Brie Harrison now in stock

Suffolk Garden by Brie Harrison for Dashwood Studio is inspired by nature and the English countryside – in particular the flora and wildlife found in her mother’s garden back home in Suffolk. Brie developed the collection from sketches and photographs taken whilst travelling and exploring, visiting museums and markets. Isn’t it lovely?

Suffolk Garden Brie Harrison


Shop the full Suffolk Garden collection or swoop up a Suffolk Garden fat quarter bundle. Or pop into our West Hampstead shop and see these fabrics in person!

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The Village Stash Society Colour of the Month for January is yellow!

Time for the sunniest colour of the year! The Village Stash Society Colour of the Month Club members will be receiving their yellow bundles today (if they haven’t already) and this is what is in their happy mail! Want happy mail too? Sign up here by 10 February to receive next month’s green bundles!

The Village Stash Society

Here is this month’s designer selection! Clockwise from top right:

Star LandingCross Hatch in Saffron by Jenean Morrison (FreeSpirit)
Best Day EverFloral Dot in Yellow by Prairie Grass Patterns (Moda)
Roots and WingsDot in Yellow by Deena Rutter (Riley Blake)
Pearl BraceletsCitron by Lizzy House (Andover)
Squared ElementsCitrine (Art Gallery)
UtopiaLucid Hills in Amber by Frances Newcombe (Art Gallery)
Hadley by Dash Dot in Sunflower by Denyse Schmidt (FreeSpirit)
Geometric BlissPolygons in Bulbinella by Jeni Baker (Art Gallery)
Priory SquareThru the Wire by Katy Jones (Art Gallery)
FancyFloral in Gold by Lily Ashbury (Moda)

The Village Stash Society

Here is this month’s Kona Cotton Solids selection! Clockwise from top, the colours are Canary, Buttercup, Lemon, Maize, Daffodil, Cheddar, Sunny, Corn Yellow, Grellow and Citrus.


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