Ludlow by Dear Stella now in stock

Ludlow by Dear Stella features stunning paisleys and florals on a gorgeous lightweight cotton shirting.

Dear Stella Ludlow at The Village Haberdashery

Dear Stella Ludlow at The Village Haberdashery

These designs lend themselves beautifully to quilts as well as to bags and apparel. Here are some ideas from the Dear Stella blog!

This is the Sugar Stars Quilt by Alexia Abegg from Liberty Love. You can read more about this project here.

Dear Stella Ludlow at The Village Haberdashery

Sew Caroline‘s Deer + Doe Belladone Dress. You can read more about this garment here.

Dear Stella Ludlow at The Village Haberdashery

The Dear Stella girls in Ludlow! Jamie is wearing the Wiksten Tank and Jessica is wearing the Michelle My Belle dress by Alexia Abegg from Liberty Love. Read more about these garments here.

Dear Stella Ludlow at The Village Haberdashery

The Dustin Shirt and Jimmy Shirt by Alexia Abegg from Liberty Love. You can read more about these projects here.

Dear Stella Ludlow at The Village Haberdashery

The Classic Quilted Handbag by Alexia Abegg from Liberty Love. Read more about this project here.

Dear Stella Ludlow at The Village Haberdashery

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Star Block of the Month: March is the Folded Star #starbotm

Star Block of the Month: March is the Folded Star #starbotm

I’m so thrilled to have Charlotte Newland leading our first-ever Block of the Month adventure! She’ll be teaching a new block the first week of every month on The Daily Stitch and the second Monday of the month in our West Hampstead shop.

If you’re following along at home, you can catch up with February’s block and January’s block and read more about this project here and here or pick up a kit here. Don’t forget to tag any Instagram posts related to the Star Block of the Month with #starbotm. Take it away, Charlotte!

Welcome back to the Star Block of the Month! This month we are making the Folded Star. It’s a slightly more complicated block, but to compensate there is only one of them.

We will be sewing one 12” block (12.5” unfinished) and making it up to 18.5” (unfinished) with sashing.
This diagram gives you the arrangement of colours in the block. As usual, the blank areas are sewn from background fabric.

The cool palette uses Bluebell (colour 1) and Regatta (colour 2):

The warm palette uses Meringue (colour 1) and Papaya (colour 2):

Cut the following for each block:

 

First, we are going to make the centre of the block, which is a simple square-in-square, or economy block. First, cut the two 3” x 3” colour 2 squares in half diagonally. I like to starch them before cutting to minimise the wibbly bias edge effect.

Sew the triangles to the 3 3/8” colour 1 square as shown below, then trim to 4.5” square, making sure that the points where the seams intersect are at least 1/4” away from the edge, otherwise you will lose them in your seam allowance when you sew the block together.

Next we need to make half-square triangles. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the six 3.5” x 3.5” background squares, and put them in pairs with the 3.5” x 3.5” coloured squares:

Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of squares, then cut along the line to make two HSTs. Press with the seam towards the darker fabric, and trim to 2.5” x 2.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with the seam. You will have a total of twelve HSTs, eight in colour 1 and four in colour 2:

Assemble the four corner patches of the block using one 2.5” background square, two colour 1 HSTs and one colour 2 HST:

Now we are going to use the 5.75” squares to make quarter square triangles (QSTs), or hourglass blocks. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the two 5.75” background squares, and put them in pairs with the 5.75” colour 2 squares. Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of squares, cut along the line to make HSTs and press towards the coloured fabric:

Place the HSTs right sides together in pairs so that the coloured fabric is against the background fabric and draw a diagonal line (perpendicular to the seam):

Sew a scant 1/4” from each side of the drawn line on each pair of HSTs, and cut along the line to make QSTs. Press the seam open and trim each block to 4.5” x 4.5”, making sure the 45º line on your ruler is in line with one diagonal seam:

Repeat to make four QSTs:

Lay out your pieces to match the block diagram and sew together to make a 12.5” block.

Add the sashing according to the block layout diagrams. Attach the 12.5” pieces to the top and bottom of the block first, press, then add the 18.5” strips to the sides.

That’s it for this month – see you in April!

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#tvhhaul February giveaway winners!

Thank you to everyone who played along with our February #tvhhaul giveaway on Instagram. We love this interaction and hope you’re having as much fun as we are! For February we are giving away three bundles of Sun Print Mercury by our pal Alison Glass. This collection is due next week. Finally!

Here is our randomiser for the giveaway:

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And here are our winners! I’m so sorry to say that entry #18 didn’t stick to the guidelines and include #tvhhaul in the actual post (it was in a comment) so that bundle has been given to entry #55. It’s hard, but I want to keep things fair and stick to the guidelines!

@hhhomemade – Wishing I was in #MadMen with my awesome new #cushion cover – made from organic bark cloth. #tvhhaul

Instagram #tvhhaul February winner!

@senoritashan – I made something today! Soon to be part of a quilt #foxes #quilting #TVHhaul

Instagram #tvhhaul February winner!

@lenglishby – That moment when the postman arrives and I think ‘what on earth did I order?!’ Oh yes beautiful fabric from @vhaberdashery #TVHhaul

Instagram #tvhhaul February winner!

We haven’t decided on a March prize but we want to keep the fun going so please keep the tags coming and we’ll announce a prize soon! Here are the guidelines:

  • Share a picture or video of your purchase or project on Instagram and use the tag #tvhhaul during the month of March.
  • The pictures must be posted in March and tagged in the actual caption – this time we won’t accept posts from before 1 March 2015 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!
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Recollection by Katarina Roccella now in stock

Recollection by Katarina Roccella now in stock

Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics is now in stock! An homage to the centuries and evolution of textile craftwork, Recollection hints to artisanal techniques like lacework, embroidery and tapestry. We have a beautiful selection of quilting cottons for you!

Recollection by Katarina Roccella at The Village Haberdashery

We also have two buttery soft cotton voiles and one cotton/spandex blend jersey knit from Recollection in stock for dressmakers. For pretty pictures and inspiration you can check out the Recollection look book and to learn more about Katarina, pop over to our Two Truths and a Lie giveaway we did with her!

 

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Frock by Cotton and Steel now in stock

Frock is here! Frock is the first rayon (aka viscose) collection from Cotton + Steel. Designed for dressmaking, this lovely collection features designs from Alexia Abegg, Melody Miller and Sarah Watts in a pretty palette. Shop the Frock collection online or see it in person in our London shop.

Frock Rayon by Cotton + Steel

Want some inspiration for sewing with this pretty fabric? The Frock blog tour is an excellent place to start! Here are a few of my fave garments from the tour. Click on any of the links to go to the full posts for more pictures and descriptions of this fabric.

Jaime’s Oakridge Blouse

Frock Cotton + Steel

Amber’s Well Composed Top

Frock by Cotton + Steel

Rochelle’s New Look 6889

Frock Cotton + Steel

Devon’s Oakridge Blouse (Yes this is just a picture of her plackets, but they are so beautifully done!)

Frock Cotton + Steel

Anna’s Lisette 2246

Frock Cotton + Steel

What will you make?

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Cascade Duffle Coat from Grainline now in stock

The latest pattern from Grainline Studio is here! The Cascade Duffle Coat is a fresh take on a classic shape featuring a slight A-line cut, toggle front closure, and a hidden zipper band to keep the coat shut tight against cold weather.

Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat

Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat

Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat

Techniques involved include sewing a straight seam, setting sleeves, attaching a collar or hood, and inserting a lining. Pattern is nested to facilitate cutting between sizes if needed.

Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat

Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat

Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat

The hem of View A hits at the hip while View B’s falls to mid-thigh. Although View A is shown with a collar and View B with a hood, both are interchangeable allowing you to create your own perfect coat. Find the Cascade Duffle Coat in the shop here!

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New Japanese Cotton Sateen from Kokka in stock

We have three fabulous new Japanese Cotton Sateens in stock from Kokka! The first is a gorgeous navy stag design, the second is a cheeky cat dot that you guys went wild for when I posted it from Quilt Market and the third is a total wild card – I’m hoping you love robot fabric as much as I do! Cotton sateen is a lightweight cotton with a subtle shine. It’s super soft and a total dream for dressmaking. Find these in the shop here!

Japanese Cotton Sateen

Japanese cotton sateen

Japanese cotton sateen

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Two Truths and a Lie with Brie Harrison – the big reveal!

Yesterday we posted three statements about Brie Harrison and asked you to guess which one is a lie. Here they are again, with the answers!

1. I have travelled to Buenos Aires and found it such an inspiring city.

This is false.. BUT it’s the next place on my list I hope! I have a dream to do a residency there and know I would find it so very inspiring to create artwork and improve on my very embarrassing Spanish!

2. I go swimming outdoors all year round.

This is true.. It’s absolutely amazing to get into my local outdoor lido on a cold crisp winters day with the steam ..it is heated so I’m not completely crazy.. but getting out afterwards & dashing to the changing rooms definitely wakes me up in the morning.

3. I’m slightly obsessed with gardening and indoor succulents.

This is true.. the window sill in our studio is full to the brim of plants and I’ve just been on a trip to Brooklyn to visit friends there where I have been drawing everyones house plants for a new project.. so watch this space.

We had 23 correct answers and the 23rd correct answer was…Lesley! Congratulations, Lesley! Turns out Brie is crazy enough to go swimming outdoors in the UK all year round!

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We’ll be sending Lesley a bundle of Suffolk Garden!

Brie Harrison Suffolk Garden

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Charms by Ellen Luckett Baker now in stock

We have three gorgeous new double gauze fabrics from Ellen Luckett Baker‘s new Charms collection for Kokka! We selected these with dressmaking in mind, but they are also beautiful choices for extra special quilts, scarves and more.

Charms

Here are some pictures of samples I took at Quilt Market. The first dress is an Emery Dress by Christine Haynes!

Charms Ellen Luckett Baker

Charms Ellen Luckett Baker

Charms Ellen Luckett Baker

Find Charms in the shop here and check out our double gauze pinboard for inspiration!

 

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Lighthearted by Ayumi Mills now in stock

Lighthearted is a cheerful new collection by Ayumi Mills for Kokka! Inspired by retro prints from the 1930s, Lighthearted is a delight and the culinary theme, Swedish text print and fun border prints make it perfect for home dec projects and kitchen textiles. Click over to Ayumi’s blog for more about the collection!

Ayumi Mills Lighthearted

Find our selection of Lighthearted in the shop here.

Lighthearted

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