Fall Quilt Market preview!

As you read this, I’m on a plane to Houston for Quilt Market! Quilt Market is our industry’s biggest trade show and it is mainly a buying trip, where I go and see all the newest fabric and decide what to bring back for you! Just like last time, I’ll be taking as many photos as possible to share on Instagram so you can see everything as I see it and give your feedback. Follow me if you want to get involved! Here are some of the collections I’m super excited to check out at market!

Cotton + Steel have a new set of collections coming at the beginning of the year! Just like last time, this collection will include quilting cotton, lawn and canvas plus the team have included a collection on double gauze. We are so excited about that! All we’ve seen so far are little peeks on Instagram and these logos!


Alison Glass is releasing three new designs for her Sun Print collection for Andover. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Sun Print

Cloud9 always have gorgeous and interesting new collections. Here are a few peeks at what they have in store!

Yoyogi Park

Small World

Moody Blues

Morning Song

Ellen Luckett Baker‘s new collection for Kokka looks like so much fun. Sheep! Tomatoes! Yay!


Art Gallery Fabrics have already shared all of the collections they have planned for the next six months or more, but seeing the collections and samples in person is always better than on screen. Here are a few I can’t wait to see:

Priory Square

Hello, Bear

Morning Walk


We are lucky enough to already have Doe by Carolyn Friedlander in store, but we’re really excited to see the amazing quilts she’ll have in her booth at Robert Kaufman. Just look at this sneak peak!


What are you looking forward to seeing from Quilt Market?

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GEO Pop by Emmie K now in stock

GEO Pop by Emmie K now in stock

Bright, bold, geometric GEO Pop is now in stock from Emmie K! This collection from Robert Kaufman is printed on 100% cotton canvas that is perfect for bags, upholstery, cushions, kitchen textiles and loads more projects that need a cotton fabric with a bit more structure. What fun! Find them in the shop here.


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House of Wales from Robert Kaufman now in stock

House of Wales is a super soft new collection of plaid shirtings from Robert Kaufman and we love them! These fabrics are perfect for garment sewing, like shirts for men and boys, skirts and even dresses. Or make up a set of cosy sheets! Did we mention how soft these are? So soft! Find them in the shop here.


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Learn something new! Open classes in West Hampstead the weeks of 20 + 27 October 2014

Want to learn to sew or learn to knit? We have some great classes coming up in our West Hampstead shop! Read on to find out what you could learn next week. Don’t forget if you book two places, either in two classes or for you and a friend in one class, you save 10% with code STITCH2!

Special Free Event: Demystifying Sewing Patterns with Rachel Pinheiro
One evening: Tuesday, 21 October, 7pm – 9pm


Wishing to sew garments but don’t know where to start or confused when reading a sewing pattern? This talk is for you. We will navigate and decipher a wide range of different sewing pattern covers from vintage, main stream and indie designers. Learn more about pattern symbols and ease and talk tips to get you started. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudie Wood – £80
One day: Saturday, 25 October, 10am – 4pm

Free Motion Quilting

Join experienced Free Motion Quilter Trudi Wood in a hands on class to learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focussing on technique, this class will show you how to set yourself up for success by sharing tips and simple designs which will enable you to finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window! For more information or to reserve a place, click here.

Introduction to Lace Knitting with Monica Russel – £55
Two evenings: Tuesdays, 28 October and 4 November, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Lace scarf

In this class you’ll learn the fundamentals of lace knitting whilst knitting a beautiful lace scarf! We’ll cover how to read a lace knitting pattern and make sense of symbols and charts and you’ll learn the essential techniques of lace knitting, from slipping stitches to different forms of increases and decreases. You’ll be able to choose from several patterns for your project. Our teacher is the author of several books and the scarf featured in the picture is one of her own designs. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

Learn to Crochet with Elisalex de Castro Peake– £25
One evening: Wednesday, 29 October, 7pm – 9pm

Learn to Crochet

Take part in our monthly crochet workshop to refresh your skills, learn a new technique or tackle a complex project with the guidance of our experienced instructor! This month’s featured project is hand warmers, a perfect project for beginners and for the upcoming winter season! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

Sew a Men’s Tie with Marilyn Lewin – £45
One evening: Thursday, 30 October, 6:30m – 9:30pm


In this fun three-hour beginners class you’ll sew a classic man’s tie using the fabric of your choice. A handmade tie would make the perfect Christmas gift for dad, brother or husband! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

Sew a Traveler Shirt Dress with Zoe Edwards – £125
Two days: Saturday, 1 November and Sunday, 2 November, 11am-4pm


Join us over one weekend and you will leave with a beautiful Traveler dress made exactly for you, by you! In this class you’ll learn how to set sleeves, insert a collar, sew patch pockets, create buttonholes and more! This is a great pattern for students who have completed a garment or two and want to learn new techniques. The Traveler Dress pattern, by Lisette, incorporates a contemporary twist on the classic shirtwaist dress to produce a flattering and stylish dress, which is perfect for any season. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.

As always, our free knitting night takes place every Thursday evening from 6:30pm-9pm and is open to everyone! We’ll provide tea, wine and biscuits – all you’ll need is to bring along your project!

Knitting Night

If you can’t make it to any of our classes but you’re itching to start a new project, our sewing studio can be rented at £8 per person per hour. This includes the use of a sewing machine and our overlocker, all of our sewing tools and full access to the biscuit tin! Call or email us to book.

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The Village Stash Society Colour of the Month for October: Light Blue

Welcome to the first edition of our Colour of the Month Club with Kona solids! We recently announced big changes to this club and you can read more about them here. It’s now been a year and we’re back to where we started: light blue! As we head into our second year, we’ll be choosing all new fabrics so if you won’t get any repeats if you’re remaining in the club.


This is our designer selection for October. Clockwise from top right:

Treasure MapCrosshatch in Blue by Lesley Grainger (Riley Blake)
Fly Away - Little Stitch by Phillida Coroneo (Dashwood Studio)
Confetti Dot – Blue (Dear Stella)
FiguresPositives in Ocean by Zen Chic (Moda)
Folk Art HolidaySnowflakes in Ice by Gina Martin (Moda)
Pearl BraceletsGlacier by Lizzy House (Andover)
WingedFrilly Flutters in Mist by Bonnie Christine (Art Gallery)
Miss KateSundae in Aqua (Moda)
Oval ElementsMist (Art Gallery)
ElementaryPenmanship in Splash (Moda)


This is our Kona cotton solids selection for October. Clockwise from top these are: Sky, Baby Blue, Lake, Niagara, Cloud, Cornflower, Ice Frappe, Aqua, Robin Egg and Azure.


This is our organic selection. Clockwise from top:

WildwoodPretty Posies in Turquoise by Elizabeth Olwen (Cloud9)
Under the SeaSwim (Monaluna)
Shape of SpringFull Circle in Robin’s Egg by Eloise Renouf (Cloud9)
Lotus PondDiamonds are Forever in Blue by Rae Hoekstra (Cloud9)
Petite FleurWildflowers in Sky by Carolyn Gavin (Windham)
Mod Basics - Abacus in Pool (Birch)

You have until the 10th of November to sign up to receive next month’s red bundles! Plus, don’t forget that we also just announced our new Baby Quilt Club if you want to try something new.

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Introducing our Baby Quilt Club!

When we launched the Village Stash Society, I always imagined having a handful of fun fabric clubs under that umbrella starting with the Colour of the Month Club. So it is with great excitement that I unveil to you our second club: the Baby Quilt Club!


Our baby quilt club is perfect for quilters and crafters who love to sew for children! Each month, we’ll hand-pick a delightful bundle of six designer fat quarters, the perfect amount for a simple baby or lap quilt. Use them to build up your stash of kid-friendly fabrics or get sewing straight away – the choice is yours!


As you can see from our sample bundles, we love modern fabrics, cheerful prints and bright colours. Most of the fabrics we plan to include in our bundles aren’t strictly for kids and you’ll see very few delicate pastels here. So even if you don’t have a baby close to hand, this club might be just right for you!

Choose from the “girl” and “boy” club membership to receive a bundle every other month or both to receive a bundle every month (we’ll be alternating boy and girl bundles, starting with girl for November)! Each bundle will include a mix of feature and supporting prints or stash builders, all from top designers. Organics will definitely be in the mix. And you also have the option of adding coordinating Kona Cotton Solids to your bundle, giving you enough for a throw size quilt!


We think this makes a great gift idea of the crafty person on your Christmas list too! To make it an even more special gift, we’ll be including instructions for a simple baby quilt with the first bundle shipped for every club member.


Why no gender neutral option? Mainly because neutral is hard. And everyone has a different idea of what neutral is. But I think you’ll find some of our “boy” bundles will work just fine for girls and our “girl” bundles might work for boys. All of the bundles pictured in this post are examples we chose from our current stock to give you an idea of what kind of thing you’ll get in our club. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

If you have questions, please do drop me a note at annie@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk. Pop over to the Village Stash Society page to sign up!

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Call for Contributors to The Daily Stitch: Winter projects!

We are looking for new projects, particularly Christmas and winter-themed projects, to feature on The Daily Stitch! So, if you’re interested in becoming one of our crafty contributors then please read on! Or, if you’ve previously contributed to our blog, you’ll know the way it works so feel free to send us your wintry ideas!



We’ve always aimed to make The Daily Stitch to be a great shop blog. We want it to be a source of inspiration, helpful tips and new ideas! We love the original tutorials and free patterns we provide in this space and a lot of that great content comes from our amazing contributors. So…would you like to be one?


We’re interested in projects with a Christmas/Winter theme that will inspire our readers to recreate them at home. Think seasonal home dec, gift ideas, Christmas ornaments and cold-weather accessories like scarves, hats and slippers!


Any projects featured on The Daily Stitch are also showcased on our shop’s homepage for a minimum of three weeks and they’re also promoted in our newsletter. If you’re passionate about craft and would like to inspire others to get sewing (or knitting, or crocheting!) then this could be the perfect opportunity for you to get your ideas out there! To find out some more information about how we work with contributors, please drop us a note with your idea(s) at annie@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk. In your email please let us know what materials you’d like to use in your project (hint: check out our great selection of Christmas fabrics!) We look forward to hearing from you!

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Trick or Treat at The Village Haberdashery!

Since Halloween is only a few weeks away, we would like to invite all of the kids in our local area to stop by our West Hampstead shop for some after school trick or treating!

Pop by the shop any time before 5pm (that’s when we close, so don’t be late!) on 31 October to start filling up your bucket of spooky Halloween treats! Any kids wearing a costume will also be rewarded with even more goodies!

So, whether you’re sewing your own costume, trying to find the scariest one in the shops or if you think you can be even more frightening without one, stop by the shop to get your eerie evening of trick or treating started!

trick or treat

As a reminder, we’re located at 47 Mill Lane, London NW6 1NB in West Hampstead.

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Elementary by Sweetwater now in stock!

Sweetwater‘s newest collection, Elementary, was inspired by the designer’s first fabric line for Moda, the super popular Authentic collection. Featuring text and numeric prints, Elementary is complex and arresting and encompasses a school-like theme without being too juvenile. Owing to its neutral colour scheme, it is perfect to use in more masculine sewing projects. Shop the Elementary collection or build an Elementary bundle!

Elementary by Sweetwater

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British Sewing Awards 2014: Please vote for us!

We were completely bowled over when we received an email from Sew magazine letting us know that their lovely readers have nominated The Village Haberdashery as one of the Best Independent Haberdashery shops in the British Sewing Awards 2014!

The British Sewing awards are held every year and lots of well-known brands are often nominated, so we’re very flattered and excited that we are one of the nominees this year! We’d also like to send a massive thank you to anyone who nominated us!

If you’d like to vote for us (which we would really appreciate!) click on the image below and it will take you to the official voting page.


Voting closes on Sunday 11th January 2015 at midnight, so there is plenty of time for you to cast your vote. As well as getting the chance to vote for your favourite haberdashery, blog, brand etc. every voter will also be entered to win a bumper prize of stitching goodies worth £250! Happy voting!

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