Survey time! Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi

A cross country adventure landed Amy Sinibaldi in a city filled with pastel painted homes, quaint cobblestone streets and lush flower boxes. In her new collection for Art Gallery, Amy translates this Southern charm with shades of cherry red, navy and rose as she welcomes you to Charleston! Charleston is due in May 2017 and features prints on quilting weight cotton, cotton/spandex knit and cotton canvas.

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi

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Tutorial! Felt Christmas Baubles by Laura Howard

We’re thrilled that Laura Howard is back with a tutorial for her lovely vintage-style felt Christmas baubles! Read on for the tutorial and if you’d like to take one of Laura’s classes you can find them here.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew a set of felt ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give as gifts this season! These decorations were inspired by pretty vintage glass baubles and are so much fun to sew.

Make them in classic red and greens, retro pink, turquoise and lilac, or any colour combo that takes your fancy. Mix and match the colours across the set, and decorate them with co-ordinating embroidery thread, ribbons and trims, plus sequins and beads to add some festive sparkle. You could also use things like mini buttons and mini pompoms, or even strips of festive fabric cut with pinking shears.

You will need:

The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)

*Three co-ordinating shades of wool felt for the baubles
*Light grey felt for the bauble caps
*Sewing thread to match all the felt colours
*Embroidery thread in co-ordinating colours
*Narrow ribbon for hanging the baubles (approx. 7 inches per bauble)
*Assorted co-ordinating ribbons, ric-rac, sequins and seed beads for decorating the baubles
*Sewing scissors
*Embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
*Sewing needles and pins
*Optional: air erasable fabric marker, a ruler, toy stuffing, and pinking shears

To make each bauble:

  1. Use the templates provided to cut two matching bauble pieces from your chosen shade of felt, and two cap pieces from light grey felt. Pin or hold the paper templates onto the felt as you cut around them.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Use pinking shears to cut a contrasting strip of felt to sit in the middle of the bauble. You can cut this by eye, or use a ruler and an air erasable fabric marker to draw guide lines to cut along. You can make this felt strip as wide or narrow as you like, but it must be long enough to overhang each side of the bauble as shown.

Don’t have a pair of pinking shears? Just cut a straight edge with your sewing scissors instead.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Pin the felt strip to one of the bauble pieces and trim it to size. Using running stitch and matching sewing thread sew along the top and bottom edge, then remove the pin.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Now comes the fun part: decorating the bauble! You can use the photos in this post as inspiration, or get creative and come up with your own bauble designs. The basic design principle to follow is to add the embellishments in rows, keeping things as symmetrical as possible.

  1. Start by adding ribbon and/or ric-rac. To add each piece, cut a length slightly wider than the bauble (so it overhangs the edges by 1-2 cm at each side). Pin or hold the ribbon/ric-rac in place and sew along it with matching sewing thread. You can use running stitch, or sew tiny whip stitches along the edges. Fold the ends of the ribbon / ric-rac over and secure it at the back of the bauble shape with a few whip stitches, sewing into the felt but not through it.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

You could add one piece of ribbon or add several pieces (as shown above). Create contrast and detail by sewing a narrow ribbon on top of a wider one, or by sewing a piece of ric-rac onto a second strip of contrasting felt (add this felt strip using the same method as in steps 2 and 3, but without the pinked edges).

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Next, add some embroidery. Use co-ordinating embroidery thread, separate half the strands (so for six-stranded embroidery thread, just use three strands at a time) and switch to a larger sewing needle if necessary.

If you’re an embroidery whizz you can add any stitches you fancy. I decorated my baubles with lines of running stitch and simple patterns of Xs and Vs, each sewn from pairs of stitches.

To help keep your designs symmetrical, sew outwards from the centre of each row then fill in the second half with the same number of stitches.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard
Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Tip: If you have trouble keeping your stitched lines straight, use an air-erasable marker and a ruler to mark guide lines to sew along.

  1. To finish the decoration, add a selection of sequins and small beads. Use matching sewing thread to sew each embellishment in place – I used thread to match the felt / ribbon I was sewing onto, but you could match your thread to the embellishments themselves if you prefer.

Sew each seed bead with a double thickness of thread, using one stitch per bead. Secure each sequin with two or three stitches, depending on the size and shape of your chosen sequins. I used two stitches for the round sequins, and three for the stars.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Turn over the undecorated bauble piece. Position the two cap pieces on the top of the bauble pieces (which will become the front and back of the bauble) and sew them in place with two stitches each: one between each scallop.

You’ll see that the cap pieces are larger than the cap shape on the top of the bauble – this is so that when you sew the grey felt caps together the bright felt of the bauble tops will be completely hidden inside the grey caps.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Turn the back bauble piece over again, and add a ribbon loop to the top. Cut a length of narrow ribbon about 7 inches long, fold it in half to form a loop and sew the ends in place with whip stitch and matching sewing thread. Take care to sew into the felt, not through it.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

  1. Place the two layers of the bauble together and begin joining the edges. Start with the cap, sewing around it with whip stitch and matching grey sewing thread.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

If you want to stuff the baubles, add a very small piece of toy stuffing to the cap.

Then start sewing around the edge of the bauble, using whip stitch and matching sewing thread. If you’re leaving the bauble unstuffed, sew all the way round the bauble and finish your stitching neatly at the back.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

If you’re adding stuffing, sew most of the way round then stuff the bauble evenly with small pieces of toy stuffing and sew up the gap.

Tip: When sewing the long bauble, I’d recommend stuffing it gradually as you sew up the second side.

 

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

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New at The Village Haberdashery!

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New Japanese fabric!

We have so many fun new fabrics from our favourite Japanese companies and designers! New arrivals include Parallels by Ellen Luckett Baker, new double gauze by Nani Iro, lawn and barkcloth from Kuiskaus by Sawako Ura, canvas from Tayutou by Fabric Uka, Sevenbery seersucker and more!Find it all in the shop here.

Parallels by Ellen Luckett Baker

Merchant & Mills 8″ Teflon Coated Tailor’s Scissors

Matt black, striking, indestructible, xylon-coated, these special edition 8″ tailor’s shears make the very smoothest of cuts. Plus, they come in a sturdy, attractive black embossed box that makes them a stunning gift! Find them in the shop here.

Merchant & Mills Teflon Coated Tailor's Shears

Bird’s Eye View by Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson‘s newest collection is inspired by her life in Brazil! Bird’s Eye View is filled with tropical fronds, bright flowers, delicious fruits and the detailed textures of lichen and moss. It will make the most gorgeous dresses, especially the Viewfinder border print with a large-scale design that runs across the entire width of the fabric! Find Bird’s Eye View in the shop here.

Bird's Eye View

Dashwood Novelties Dinosaurs by Stephanie Thannhauser

Charming dinosaurs and all of their bones! These fun prints by Stephanie Thannhauser are the newest additions to Dashwood Studio‘s Novelties collection and they are just right for little boy quilts, outfits and toys! Find them in the shop here.

Dashwood Novelties

New Japanese washi tape by mt

We took stock of a huge new range of fun and beautiful washi tapes by mt! Washi tape comes in an endless variety of designs and can be used to decorate gift wrap, cards, notebooks, even furniture…the possibilities really are endless! Find them in the shop here.

mt washi tape

Ellsworth Coat by Christine Haynes

The new Ellsworth Coat by Christine Haynes is a fully lined classic 1960’s-inspired double breasted overcoat! The coat features elegant topstitching down the front, around the notched collar, down the centre back, at the yoke seams, and on the sides of the deep patch pockets. Side panels provide a comfortable and flattering fit with subtle curves. We have some gorgeous wools we’d love to pair with this beautiful pattern! Find it in the shop here.

Ellsworth Coat by Christine Haynes

Oliver + S Building Block Dress

Imagine it. Make it! You don’t need to be a designer or pattern maker to create and sew the dress of your dreams. Let Liesl Gibson teach you how to alter the elements of a pattern to make exactly the dress you imagine. With the included Building Block Dress pattern (sizes 6m–12) and Liesl’s detailed pattern alternation instructions, you’ll learn how to create almost any dress you can imagine. Use the skills you learn in this book to customise other patterns as well. With these techniques, you’ll look at sewing patterns as just the starting point for your creative expression! Find it in the shop here.

Oliver + S Building Block Dress

Make Something Amazing Tote

Our new fabulous new tote bag is made of sturdy 100% cotton canvas and has a 10cm wide bottom gusset so it is super roomy! The bag is made from a sustainable cotton crop in a Fair Trade Factory and printed here in the UK. Perfect for carrying all your projects when you’re on the go! Find it in the shop here.

Make Something Amazing Tote

Learn to sew a pair of jeans with Charlotte Newland!

of sewing jeans can be intimidating for even the most experienced dressmakers, but in this class our talented teacher will guide you through every step, from trouser-fitting to inserting a zip-fly to top-stitching to installing jeans hardware using the Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Patterns. The next class at our West Hampstead shop is scheduled over three weekend days starting Saturday, 4 February. Find out more and sign up here!

Sale!

Lots of new fabric has been added to the Sale section, plus we still hae a few Sewaholic patterns left at 40% off! Grab your faves while we still have stock!

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#tvhhaul November giveaway winners!

We are winding down our #tvhhaul hashtag, so this is our second to last giveaway! 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!

Last month we announced that we want to try to promote a hashtag that helps people discover our shop a bit better. So while you can still play in December by tagging your makes and purchases with #tvhhaul, we are encouraging you and sincerely hoping you’ll continue to share with the tag #thevillagehaberdashery now and forever after!

Finally, if you want to play in December, 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 December, pictures must be posted in during November and tagged in the actual caption – we won’t accept posts from before 1 December 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 November randomiser! Since our announcement this pool is a little lighter, so some diehard committed #tvhhaul-ers are definitely getting a better chance to win. Get in there in December if you want that to be you!

#tvhhaul November randomiser

And here are this month’s winners!

#9 @createdbykuba Does this tree look to crazy for you partner? Light or dark brown for the trunk? And do I go with this chambray blue sprinkle for the background or do I go get some of the peacock version?  #treeteamglobal  #quietplaypatterns#christmastreequiltswap  #miniquiltswap  #christmas#christmastree  #quilting  #sewing  #quilt  #karenlewistextiles#cottonandsteel  #konacotton  #tvhhaul  #thevillagehaberdashery (editor’s note: you really should go check out the entire progress of this project on Rachael’s feed. It is awesome!)

#tvhhaul November winner 9

#11 @texheks Is it okay if I let this panda be a star in a  #eustarswap item for you partner?  #pandainstar  #embracethewonkiness  #tvhhaul

#tvhhaul November winner 11

#17 @mangosteenha It grows … (60/120) #purlsoho  #tinytilequilt  #tvhhaul  #thevillagehaberdashery

#tvhhaul November winner 17

Thank you to everyone who participated this month!

 

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Opening hours update! Christmas and moving closures

Suddenly, it’s nearly Christmas! We have a few schedule changes coming up we want to make you aware of if you’re thinking of visiting our West Hampstead shop at the end of December or beginning of January because the holidays bump up against our big move! If you place an online order during one of our closed periods, we’ll do our best to get it in the post on our next open day.

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December 2016

Friday, 23 December – 10am – 1pm (closing early)
Saturday, 24 December – CLOSED
Sunday, 25 December – CLOSED
Monday, 26 December – CLOSED
Tuesday, 27 December – 10am – 5pm
Wednesday, 28 December – 10am – 5pm
Thursday, 29 December – 10am – 5pm
Friday, 30 December – 10am – 5pm
Saturday, 31 December – 10am – 5pm

January 2017

Sunday, 1 January 2016 – CLOSED
Monday, 2 January 2016 – 10am – 5pm (Royal Mail closed)
Tuesday, 3 January 2016 – 10am – 5pm
Wednesday, 4 January 2016 – CLOSED
Thursday, 5 January 2016 – CLOSED
Friday, 6 January 2016 – CLOSED

Saturday, 7 January, and Sunday, 8 January is the big opening weekend in our new shop! We really hope you’ll join us and see what we’ve been planning for literally years! Once we get closer to the dates, we’ll post our new, extended opening hours for the new shop.

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Another reminder, too, that we have some really fun things planned for the kiddos before Christmas! There are still spots available to meet Santa and you can sign up here or book the kid’s classes here.

Christmas events for kids at The Village Haberdashery

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Survey time! Floret and Lines & Shapes by Leah Duncan

Leah Duncan has two new collections coming from Cloud9! There are two surveys to fill out and you’ll receive 25 Stash Points to spend at The Village Haberdashery for each survey completed by 4 December.

Floret captures the effortless beauty of nature and celebrates the flora found in Leah’s home town of Austin, Texas. It is printed on breezy organic cotton batiste. Floret is due in May and will be £22 per metre.

Floret by Leah Duncan

Lines and Shapes is an organic cotton canvas collection that echoes Leah’s love of capturing stark beauty through geometry and simple patterns found in everyday life. Lines and Shapes is due in July and will be £20 per metre.

Lines & Shapes by Leah Duncan

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Tutorial! Caroline’s Christmas Tree Quilt

Caroline made the beautiful Christmas Tree Quilt in our new Christmas shop window display and we get so many comments on it! Festive and bright, it mixes traditional colours with modern prints and lots of metallic gold for wow factor! She created this quilt design based on her long-time love of strip piecing and recent discovery of triangle rulers, two elements that simplify the construction.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt Tutorial

We put together a bundle of the fabrics Caroline used for her quilt and you can find it in the shop here. Please note, the default option for this bundle is skinny quarters because that’s what Caroline used so if you want fat quarters please be sure to leave us a comment on your order. Doesn’t this bundle just make you want to start singing dec the halls?

Update/correction: Caroline used 11 fabrics for her quilt. The one that is missing from this picture is Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Cranberry Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller) because it is now sold out. You need at least nine different quarter metres for this project but you are free to use more!

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt Bundle

Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Timber Valley in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Pixie NoelPixie Floral in White by Tasha Noel (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Red by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Evergreen Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
SparkleSnowflake Sparkle in Gold Metallic (Riley Blake)
Juniper BerryHolly Berry in Winter Vanilla by Basic Grey (Moda)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Brambleberry in Burgundy Metallic by Violet Craft (Michael Miller).
Postcards for SantaDeer in Gold by My Mind’s Eye (Riley Blake)
Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge – Shimmer Reflection in Green by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Winter Essentials IIIRibbons in Red (Studio E)

Now, over to Caroline! This tutorial will make a 39” x 59” finished quilt – a great size for a throw.

Materials:

Construction:

1. Cut your fabric into 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips.

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2. Lay the strips out in groups of four. I used eight groups of four strips each. Sew the strips together and press the seams to the darker strips.

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3. Use your triangle ruler and cut the patchwork strips into 40 triangles. Your seam allowance is in the ruler.

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4. Cut your white triangles on the grain. For your half triangles, make sure to leave a ¼” seam allowance and trim with your ruler. I am using the patchwork half triangle for a reference only.

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They will look like this:

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5. Lay out all of your triangles. Number your rows and take pictures so you can refer back to them when sewing your triangles together.

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6. Let’s sew! Sew your triangles together, making sure to match the corners.

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7. Once you’ve completed your eight rows, sew the rows together. After joining the rows, press the seam upwards, so your triangles end up with a sharp tip.

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8. Baste and quilt as desired. I used Dream Puff wading for a fluffier quilt and quilted in the ditch so the quilting lines are two inches apart. If you use Dream Puff, I don’t recommend quilting closer together or you could get some bunching.

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I use Pilot Frixion Pen to mark my quilting lines. The lines disappear with a hot iron (but test your fabric first!)

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9. I used all of my scraps to make a fun binding. My binding was about 5 ½ metres long. Bind using your preferred method.

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Have fun!!! And be cosy this Christmas.

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt tutorial

Caroline's Christmas Tree Quilt tutorial

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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery!

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Hoooked Zpagetti Recycled T-Shirt Yarn

We took stock of a huge delivery of the awesome Hoooked Zpagetti T-shirt yarn! Zpagetti is the original 100% recycled textile yarn made of superior quality recycled textile selvedges and remnants. The textiles are handpicked and turned into t-shirt yarn by Hoooked in Portugal and meet the European REACH standards for the safety of dying chemicals.

We absolutely love t-shirt yarn for macrame, crochet baskets and bags, houseware like rugs and cushions and so much more. Check out our Projects for T-Shirt Yarn pinboard for some of the projects we’re dying to make with T-shirt yarn! Find our Zpagetti in the shop here.

Hoooked Zpagetti T-Shirt Yarn

Ditsy Daisy stash builder from Hop, Skip and a Jump by American Jane

We have heart eyes for the Ditsy Daisy stash builder from American Jane‘s new Hop, Skip and a Jump collection! We’ve got a rainbow of six colours for you that will work so well in patchwork projects. You can find them in the shop here and grab a bundle here. Plus, we have charm packs of this collection!

Hop, Skip and a Jump by American Jane

Modern Backgrounds Luster by Zen Chic

We have a trio of sparkly gold prints from the new Modern Backgrounds Luster collection by Zen Chic that are so awesome! We can’t wait to see what you make with these metallic stash builders. Find them in the shop here. And we have charm packs of the full collection too!

Modern Background Luster by Zen Chic

Neon Cotton and Steel Basics

We finally got our hands on Cotton and Steel‘s two super bright neon Basics! Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet and XOXO in Lightening are so much fun to add pops of colour ot your projects. Find them in the shop here.

Neon Cotton and Steel Basics

Turner Dress by Cashmerette

Elegance meets comfort with the Turner Dress! This everyday favourite features a softly flared skirt and a feminine lined v-neck bodice. There are three sleeve lengths – short, three-quarter and long – and whether you make it in cosy merino jersey or lightweight rayon jersey, this pattern will carry you through every season with style! Cashmerette patterns are designed for the modern, curvy women. You can find the Turner Dress in the shop here.

Turner Dress by Cashmerette

Raffia paper ribbon

Just in time for Christmas, we have raffia paper ribbon! Pair this with our Knot & Bow recycled kraft wrapping paper for classic and beautifully wrapped gifts! Find our raffia in a dozen colours in the shop here.

Rico Raffia paper ribbon

January classes at The Village Haberdashery

We are so thrilled with our January class schedule! We have lots of new classes, including weaving, macrame, calligraphy and jeans-making! Plus if all goes to plan, all of our January classes will take place in our glorious new West Hampstead Square shop. You can read all about our January class schedule on The Daily Stitch and browse all of our classes in the shop here.

January classes at The Village Haberdashery

Sale!

Sewaholic patterns are now 40% off! Save on favourites like the Renfrew T-Shirt and Oakridge Blouse, classics like the Robson Coat and sportswear like the Dunbar Top and Fraser Sweatshirt. No coupon necessary!

Sewaholic Vancouver Collection

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January Classes at The Village Haberdashery

We are so thrilled with our January class schedule! We have lots of new classes, including weaving, macrame, calligraphy and jeans-making! Plus if all goes to plan, all of our January classes will take place in our glorious new West Hampstead Square shop. Read on to find out about all the awesome things you can learn or browse all of our classes in the shop here.

Sew a Moneta Dress with Charlotte Newland
One day: Saturday, 7 January, 10:30am – 3:30pm (£85) Our January class is now full. The next available date for this class is Saturday, 4 March, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Learn to sew with knits whilst making yourself the stylish and comfy Colette Moneta Dress! In this class we’ll cover key skills for sewing with knits on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing, plus you’ll learn handy techniques like how to use clear elastic for gathering. You’ll also have the opportunity to try sewing knits on an an overlocker! Find out more and sign up here.

Colette Moneta Dress

English Paper Piecing: Hand Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes
One evening: Saturday, Friday, 13 January, 6pm – 9pm (£45)

Learn how to hand-piece curves beautifully using an English Paper Piecing technique. In this class our teacher Jenny Haynes will teach you the basics of English Paper Piecing and how to sew pieced curves by hand whilst creating a beautiful little pin cushion or pouch to show off your new skills! Find out more and sign up here.

Hand-Pieced Curves with Jenny Haynes

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes
One day: Saturday, 14 January, 10am – 4pm (£95)

Conquer curved piecing and learn to machine-sew beautiful curves in this inspiring class! Our teacher, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten, will teach you how to cut, sew and press curves and create your own curvy quilted Sunflower Cushion by using her no-pin technique and custom Drunkards Path templates. Find out more and sign up here.

Sunflower Cushion with Jenny Haynes

Improvisational Patchwork with Jenny Haynes
One day: Sunday, 15 January, 10am – 4pm (£95)

In this exciting class we will explore different ways to use pieced strips in improvised patchwork, how to cut and assemble strips of fabric and different effects you can achieve with stripes. Depending on your level and pace, you’ll finish a quilt top for a lap or baby-sized quilt or you can use your work as the start of a bigger quilt to finish at home. Plus, you’ll leave class full of inspiration and with a new foundation for bringing your own unique style into your quilting. Find out more and sign up here.

Improvisational Patchwork with jenny Haynes

Sew a T-Shirt with Rachel Pinheiro
One evening: Monday, 16 January, 6pm – 9:30pm (£60)

In this essential class, you’ll learn to sew a t-shirt in your choice of style using a knit fabric! The class will cover everything you need to know about sewing knits on a home sewing machine, including tricks for getting professional-looking necklines, sleeves and hems. You will also have the opportunity to try out an overlocker and use a twin needle to finish your t-shirt. For this class you get to choose from the Grainline Lark (pictured), the Megan Nielsen Briar and the Cashmerette Concord. Find out more and sign up here.

Grainline Lark Tee

This is a Sewing Machine with Lisa Falconer
One morning: Tuesday, 17 January, 10am – 1pm (£45)
One evening: Wednesday, 1 February, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

This class will introduce aspiring stitchers – or those who need a refresher – how to use a sewing machine! In this comprehensive three hour class, you’ll get sewing machine-savvy and leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start making your own projects at home! You’ll learn everything there is to know about owning, operating and maintaining a sewing machine and we’ll practise each element to ensure that the methods stay in your mind after the class. Find out more and sign up here.

Janome Sewing Machine

Fitting for Beginners with Charlotte Newland
Two days: Saturday, 21 January, and Sunday, 22 January, 10am – 5pm (£195)

Have your previous attempts at dressmaking been disappointing? Patterns are designed to fit an imaginary woman, but we are real people with different body types and shapes. We will use the Colette Emery pattern to make a beautiful, well-fitting summer dress in the fabric of your choice. Taught over two full days, you will learn to make clothes that fit and flatter your body by taking accurate measurements and altering the pattern before even cutting the fabric. You will make a test garment (muslin) to check and adjust fit, before finally sewing a gorgeous dress made to fit and flatter your body. This class will cover taking accurate measurements, basic pattern adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening), evaluating fit, sewing a garment. Find out more and sign up here.

Emery Dress by Christine Haynes

Introduction to Modern Weaving with Amy Ilić
One day: Saturday, 21 January, 10:30am – 2:30pm (£75) Note: Due to the popularity of this class we’ve added a weekday daytime class too, on Wednesday, 15 February, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Find it here.

Have you been coveting the gorgeous woven wall-hangings in your Instagram feed and are dying to try your hand at this beautiful craft? In this inspiring workshop, experienced weaver Amy Ilić will teach you how to make your own woven wall hanging using a table/lap loom! You will learn how to set up your loom, make knots to start and end your weaving and use weaving tools. You will play with texture and colour through different techniques including Rya knots (tassels), twining, soumak, and learn how to add a 3D sculptural element to your weaving. You will leave class confident to set up and weave on your own and with your own gorgeous hand-woven wall hanging that you can put up in your home or give away as a generous handmade gift! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Weaving

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Suzie Dicker
One evening: Tuesday, 24 January, 6:30pm – 9pm (£60)

Modern calligraphy is perfect for all; its relaxed approach enhances your natural hand writing style to create a unique and beautiful lettering form that is totally individual. Led by Suzie Dicker, founder of luxury stationery brand A L’aise, this beginner’s workshop will guide you through making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall at home! Whether you are a bride-to-be wanting to learn so you can address your wedding invitation envelopes, or you are the creative sort wanting to learn a new skill; this class is the one for you! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

Make a Baby Mobile out of Felt with Laura Howard
One day: Saturday, 28 January, 10am – 2:30pm (£55)

If you’ve ever found an awesome felt project in Mollie Makes, there is a good chance it was designed by Laura! We’re thrilled she’s joined our teaching team with some new projects designed just for our students. Make an adorable mobile for a new baby in this fun and creative class! With the help of our felt-obsessed teacher, we’ll learn to make a smiling sun, puffy clouds, rainbows and raindrops. This class does not involve sewing on a machine, so students at all levels are welcome. Find out more and sign up here.

Weather Baby Mobile with Laura Howard

Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha
Saturday, 28 January, 3pm – 5pm (£45)

Macrame is a form of textile-making that uses knots rather than weaving or knitting. In this class you’ll learn macrame basics, including how to get started, how to create square knots, how to use knots to create a pattern and how to customise or design your own pattern for future projects. You’ll leave class with a beautiful wall-hanging made from recycled t-shirt yarn and hand-collected local wood…and an addictive new hobby! Find out more and sign up here.

Introduction to Macrame: Wall Hanging with Susana Cunha

Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland
One day: Sunday, 29 January, 10am – 5pm (£95)

Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process, using the Zinnia pattern to make a beautiful skirt in the fabric of your choice. You will learn standard sewing terms and techniques that you can apply to other patterns and gain the confidence to sew your own clothes. This class will cover taking accurate measurements, accurate cutting and invisible zip insertion. Find out more and sign up here.

Colette Zinnia Skirt

Sew an Everyday Blouse with Rachel Pinheiro
Two Evenings: Monday, 30 January and Tuesday, 31 January, 6pm – 9pm (£95)

The Everyday Blouse by Rachel Pinheiro is a modern and flattering blouse you’ll reach for again and again! It features fun details like an optional exposed side zip and a pretty neckline with subtle elastic gathers. ln this fun one-day class, Rachel, the pattern’s designer will teach you the ins and outs of blouse construction. You will learn fitting methods and step by step construction techniques, including how to set sleeves, insert a zipper and more! Find out more and sign up here.

Everyday Blouse with Rachel Pinhiero

Learn to Knit with Renée Callahan
One evening: Wednesday, 1 February, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)

Do you want to learn to knit or need a refresher on the basics? This class is for you! In this one-evening class, offered monthly, experienced knitting teacher and knitwear pattern designer Renée Callahan will start from the very beginning and cover everything you need to know to get started knitting: knit stitch, purl stitch, casting on and off. Find out more and sign up here.

Yarn and Needles

Sew a Pair of Ginger Jeans with Charlotte Newland
Three days: Saturday, February 4, and Sundays, February 5 and 12, 10am – 5pm (£295)

Have you ever dreamed of sewing yourself a pair of great-fitting jeans? The idea of sewing jeans can be intimidating for even the most experienced dressmakers, but in this class our talented teacher will guide you through every step, from trouser-fitting to inserting a zip-fly to top-stitching to installing jeans hardware. The Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files is a classic 5-pocket jeans sewing pattern with a modern and flattering cut designed for stretch denim. You can choose from a comfortable low rise fit with narrow stovepipe legs or a sexy and high-waisted pair with skinny legs and a tummy-slimming pocket stay. Find out more and sign up here.

Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files

After School Craft Club with Caroline Garcia
Six Thursday afternoons: Spring Term A runs from 5 January to 9 February, 4:30-5:30pm (£75)

In our After School Craft Club for kids age 6+ we’ll experiment with a different craft activity each week! We will cover crafts like embroidery, stamping, card making, fabric painting, mask-making (for Halloween!) and more. Class fee includes all materials. No need to bring anything except your creativity! Find out more and sign up here.

Craft Club with Caroline Garcia

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The latest on our new shop!

As anyone who follows us on social media will know, our move date has been pushed (again) and we are scheduled to start our fit out on 12 December. That means, we’ve rescheduled our Grand Opening Weekend for 7 & 8 January 2017! I hope you’re still with us and saving these new dates, because we have so much fun stuff planned for you!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

I wanted to check back in with an update from the site because there has been a lot of progress in the last month. For those of you playing catch up read our last post and the post before that, plus our announcements late last year that we secured a glorious new space for our shop ran an exciting and successful crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the expansion.

There is a lot of activity going on in there!

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The most exciting thing is watching the square itself come together. These are pictures over the past two weeks showing the progress of paving the square.

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The pavement outside the square is also getting a makeover.

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And we got trees!

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The floors above us got their balconies.

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This balcony is over our studio, which will give us some shade on our only south facing window without blocking too much of our amazing light.

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And here is a look at the upstairs lobby, which is what you’ll see after you come up the stairs or lift before crossing over into our building.

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That’s all for now ! Make sure to follow us on instagram and check the hashtag #tvhatwhs for photos of our progress.

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