Lots of new items have been added to the sale fabric section in anticipation of an insanely busy January! Sale fabric prices are £8 per metre for quilting cotton and £8 – £12 per metre for cotton/linen canvas. Get them whilst stocks last!
Did you know we carry all 300+ colours of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids? We love solids so much around here, I thought this week’s pinboard should be some all-solids quilt inspiration! There is so much to love about the simplicity of using all solids. It’s all about colour! Make it bright and energising or muted and calming. Put together a rainbow or choose an unexpected combination. Solids are the best! Click over to our pinboard for ideas!
Next week our West Hampstead shop is only open Monday and Tuesday and those are going to be the funnest days ever!
On Monday, Santa is popping by to meet all the kids! He will be here from 3pm – 5pm. This is a free event but please make a booking so Santa can make his plans. Just drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be a casual, fun and free event and children will get to sit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes. Parents are welcome to take pictures, but we will not have a professional photographer on hand. All children will receive a small gift!
On Tuesday, Caroline will be teaching kids to sew felt Christmas ornaments in the shop all day. There is £5 per person materials fee for the class, but you don’t need to book unless you’re coming in a group of 3 or more (and if you want to book you can do that here). Drop in any time from 10:30am – 4:30pm to sew with us!
Please call or email the shop for more information. 0207 794 5635 / email@example.com
We had 78 entries and I think Fiona has really hit on something with this book. There is so much interest in and need for information about starting creative businesses. Well done, Fiona!
Here is the randomiser, for our records!
Have you heard about our Block of the Month Club yet? Led by Charlotte Newland, this will be a fun way to learn new patchwork techniques and put together a gorgeous quilt top over the course of the year. Each block will be a version of a star and there will be four block sizes that all fit together, with some repeats, to make up a 64″ x 82″ quilt top.
Are you in? There are two ways you can participate:
- Charlotte will introduce a new block here on The Daily Stitch the first week of every month. If you want to participate at home, you can follow along with the blog and the Instagram hashtag #starbotm.
- If you live in London, you can take part in our monthly Star BOTM classes at our West Hamsptead shop! Classes will take place on the second Monday of the month but we have only six places, so it’s a good idea to sign up early (and often!) You can find the classes here.
Today we’re pleased to announce we now have our kits ready for the Star BOTM! You have two colourways to choose from:
Here is the cool colourway:
And here is the warm colourway:
If you’d like to choose your own fabrics, you’ll need:
- 12 fat quarters (50 x 56cm)
- 8 fat eighths (50cm x 28cm)
- 1.75m background fabric
Please get in touch with any questions at info@thevillagehaberdashery. We hope you’ll join us!
Welcome to the second in our new series of Q&As with independent sewing pattern companies! This week we’ll be getting to know Christine Haynes. Christine Haynes Patterns are feminine, vintage-inspired garments that hint at the past while maintaining a contemporary feel. She’s just about to kick off a sew-a-long for her new pattern, the Marianne Dress, so it’s a great time to discover Christine Haynes if you haven’t already!
Describe the style of your garments in three words:
feminine, vintage, modern
Tell us about the woman you design for:
I more or less design for me, as I think a lot of designers do. I like garments that aren’t overly fussy, but also have interesting details and feminine touches. I love vintage style, but I never want to appear to be wearing a costume. I like my designs to translate to a modern woman and lifestyle, not a costume shop.
What body shapes work best with your patterns?
I think most body shapes can work with my patterns. I design with an element of ease and never want the wearer to feel self-concsious in my clothing. I want the woman to feel confident and not be thinking about the clothing she has on. Rather her outfit just adds to her day and helps her feel beautiful! For example, my new Marianne Dress pattern, which is for knits, I designed it with positive ease instead of negative ease, so it doesn’t wear like a tight fitted knit dress, as that only comfortable on very thin women.
What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?
My patterns are drafted for a B cup and range from sizes 0-18, so it’s a great starting point for many body types. They also are rated by “spools” so you can see the difficulty level on the back of the pattern. One spool means very easy, four is the most difficult, and two and three are somewhere in the middle! All my patterns have both metric and imperial sizing and fabric quantities on the back, so there’s no need for fussy number crunching when at the fabric store.
Another important difference about my patterns is that I have written four sewing books to date, and have been teaching sewers of all levels for seven years, so my patterns are very clearly written and illustrated, as I know what it takes to explain the steps to the reader in a clear and concise manner.
Tell us about yourself!
I grew up in a wonderfully artsy small-town in Michigan. Both of my grandmothers were prolific seamstresses and my mother made many of my outfits growing up. She then taught me to sew when I was about 10 years old. After high school, I attended college for fine arts. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in the department of Film, Video, and New Media in 2002. Throughout college I made many of my own outfits, but never sewed professionally. I tried my hand at sewing for others when I sold 70’s style wrap skirts at the second annual Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago in 2004. Much to my delight, they were a hit!
I relocated to Los Angeles and on the side of my day jobs continued to sew. Eventually I developed a line of garments and opened a studio in the garment district in downtown Los Angeles where I designed and sewed collections that were featured in fashion shows, trade shows, and sold in boutiques around the world.
I begin writing for Craft Zine and one of my articles got the attention of an editor at Random House, which led to my first book in 2009, Chic & Simple Sewing. After publishing my book, I began teaching others to sew and gave up my ready to wear line and my garment district studio. It was a natural shift to share my love of sewing in this way. I continued writing for many magazines, like SewStylish, Sew News, CraftStylish, and still do so today. My second book, The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction, was published by Creative Publishing International in February 2014. 2015 will bring two additional books, Skirts & Dresses For First Time Sewers, and How to Speak Fluent Sewing.
I also continue to teach sewing, which I do at Sew L.A. in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. Occasionally I teach and lecture at trade shows, conferences, out-of-town workshops, or other shops on special occasions.
In 2012 I launched my own line of sewing patterns, which are available on this site as well as other shops around the world. I am expanding my line by a few patterns a year, each one focusing on feminine garments for women, that are modern and vintage-inspired, without being costumey or overly fussy.
Also in 2012, I filmed and launched my first class with Craftsy, the Sassy Librarian Blouse and later was hired as one of the Craftsy bloggers. The Sassy Librarian Blouse is a 50’s and 60’s inspired top for the advanced beginner seamstress. My blog writings can be seen on the Craftsy blog.
My work has been featured in Threads Magazine, The New York Times, Sew News Magazine, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart’s Radio Channel, People.com, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC’s Today Show, among others. I have presented lectures and workshops at the American Sewing Guild conference, the Craftcation conference, have contributed to other books, like One Yard Wonders, and was a guest on season two and the upcoming season eight of the PBS TV show, Sew it All.
Thank you, Christine!
We’ve added new dressmaking fabrics to the mix! We’re even venturing into new territory: wool, silk, chiffon, denim, tulle…so much fun, gorgeous fabric! Let’s have a tour, shall we?
Neon Pink Brushstrokes Chiffon
Hot Pink Ponies Silk
Italian wool blend Grey and Metallic Bouclé
Italian Neon Orange and White Bouclé
100% Italian Salt and Pepper Wool
Our Colour of the Month Club colour for December is grey! A seriously useful colour to have on hand. Our bundle is runs the gamut from dark to light, warm to cool, geometric to floral – basically a little of everything! Here is our designer bundle:
From top right:
Flurry in Steel (Dashwood Studio)
Shape of Spring – Full Circle in Shadow by Eloise Renouf (Cloud9)
Dim Dots – Fog (Michael Miller)
Modern Neutrals – Patchways in Grey by Amy Ellis (Moda)
Miss Kate – Sundae in Grey by Bonnie & Camille (Moda)
Brambleberry Ridge – Knots and Loops in Fog by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Quilter’s Linen – Silver (Robert Kaufman)
Best Day Ever - Graph Paper in White by Prairie Grass Patterns (Moda)
Pearl Bracelets – Isolated Shower by Lizzy House (Andover)
Sun Tiles – Fog (Michael Miller)
And here is our Kona Cotton Solids bundle:
From lightest to darkest: Silver, Ash, Iron, Smoke, Pewter, Titanium, Medium Grey, Graphite, Coal, Charcoal.
Sign up to our Colour of the Month Club by 10 January to receive our green bundle. Or give a membership as a gift! Annual memberships receive one month free and you can find them here. If you don’t see the membership you want, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today we have another fun tutorial from Julie of forestpoppy! She stitched up this sweet little house doorstop in Christmas fabrics, which makes it festive and functional – and that’s the kind of thing we can’t get enough of around here! Of course, you could sew it up in non-seasonal fabrics, but I could totally see this being the kind of thing you whip up a few of and change with the seasons – wouldn’t that be so fun? Read on for Julie’s tutorial and pop to the shop to check out our Christmas fabrics! Thanks, Julie!
There is nothing more annoying than a door that won’t stay where it is supposed to be – I made this little house doorstop in lovely wintry fabrics.
- 1 Fat quarter Stitch Floral Circle – Emerald for base, door and windows
- 1 Fat quarter Home for the Holidays – Peppermint in Red for roof
- 1 Fat quarter Knitted Xmas – Reindeer in Red and White or Winter Essentials II – Snowflake in Grey for walls
- Wadding Quilters Dream Natural Request – Craft Size
- Quilting ruler
- Glue stick
Seam allowance 1/4″ unless otherwise stated
1. cut the following:
a) from wall fabric – 2 pieces 8 x 6″ and 2 pieces 6 x 6″
b) from roof fabric – 2 pieces 8 x 6″ and 2 pieces 6 x 6 x 6″ (see step 2 for instructions to make equilateral triangle template)
c) from base, door and window fabric cut – 1 piece 8 x 6″, 1 piece 1 1/2 x 4″ and 2 pieces 1 1/2 x 1 1/2″
d) from batting cut – 5 pieces 8 x 6″, 2 pieces 6 x 6″ and 2 pieces 6 x 6 x 6″
2. To make an equilateral triangle template first, on a piece of card or paper, measure and mark a 6″ line. Position the 60 degrees line on your quilting ruler along the 6″ line just marked – with the end of the 60 degrees line on your ruler at the end of the 6″ line on the card – and draw a second 6″ line on the card. Finally join these 2 lines with a third……..if you have drawn your triangle correctly the last line will also measure 6″ (see photo)
3. Baste the batting pieces to wrong side of corresponding fabric pieces (4 roof pieces, 4 wall pieces and 1 base piece) with a 1/8″ seam. Treat as one piece of fabric thereafter
4. Mark 1″ lines across the width of the 8 x 6″ roof pieces, and by positioning one triangle side against one 6″ rectangular roof end to locate the positions, across the triangular roof pieces. Sew a decorative stitch along these lines to suggest roof slates
5. Glue the wrong side of the door and windows with a glue stick and then position on one 8 x 6″ wall piece. Sew round fabric edges to hold in place and then add window and door details, mine were deliberately slightly irregular and naïve (and included an attempt at a wreath in honour of the season!)
6. Sew all 4 walls right sides together along 6″ sides
7. Pin base piece to house walls with right sides together and sew to join, taking care at the corners. This can seem a little tricky but is fine if you take it slowly and use lots of pins
8. Sew both 8 x 6″ roof pieces right sides together along one 8″ edge, leaving a 4″ gap in the middle for turning later
9. With right sides together add the triangular roof end pieces, pinning 2 sides of each triangle piece to either end of the 6″ short rectangular roof side pieces. Sew and turn carefully at the triangular top point
10. With right sides together place roof upside down inside the house, pin and sew along top of walls and bottom of roof
11. Turn right side out through the hole in the roof, press and ‘encourage’ into shape
12. Fill house almost to top of walls with rice or beans, then add a few layers of batting (cut to size at 8 x 6″) on top of the filling to help hold the shape), finally fill the roof with stuffing
13. Sew the gap closed with your preferred stitch (mine is ladder stitch)
This month is a “boy” month in our Village Stash Society Baby Quilt Club! We used the adorable organic Under the Sea collection by Monaluna as a jumping off point, and picked a bright, cheerful selection of supporting prints and solids. What a happy bundle! You can buy this bundle in the shop here whilst stocks last.
Kona Cotton Solid – Royal (Robert Kaufman)
Under the Sea – Swim (Monaluna)
Cotton Supreme Solids – Bandana (Cotton + Steel)*
Wishes – Trees in Lime Green (Newcastle Fabrics)
Kona Cotton Solid – Aqua (Robert Kaufman)
Under the Sea – Sea Life (Monaluna)
Kona Cotton Solid – Jade Green (Robert Kaufman)
Mixed Bag – Bubbles in Orange by Studio M (Moda)
Kona Cotton Solid – Limelight (Robert Kaufman)
Cotton + Steel Basics – Dottie in Bandana (Cotton + Steel)
Kona Cotton Solid – School Bus (Robert Kaufman)
Under the Sea – Octopus Party (Monaluna)
*We normally use all Konas in our bundles, but this RJR solid is a perfect match for this bundle! The best Kona match is Flame.
Our Baby Quilt Club makes a great gift for sewers with little ones to make for! Our next bundle ships on the 15th of January and the first bundle in any subscription comes with a free baby quilt pattern. Find out more about the club and sign up here.
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