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Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross

Sleeping Porch is the new collection of cotton lawns by Heather Ross featuring super saturated colours and Heather’s whimsical illustrations. Sleeping Porch is inspired by a single well-loved room in Heather’s house in the Catskill Mountains in New York.

Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross

These gorgeous fabrics are just right for dressmaking and quilting! You can find more stunning quilting inspiration like the image above in Heather’s quilt look book and find Sleeping Porch in the shop here.

Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross

Frolic by Sarah York

Sarah York is the newest designer for Cloud9! Sarah’s work is inspired by the bounty of nature, ornament, colour, travel, textiles, and folk patterns. She likes to work in a painterly, hand-done style, finding beauty in the imperfect and unique. Frolic is her first fabric collection and it is printed on soft, lightweight organic cotton batiste that is just right for dressmaking! Find Frolic in the shop here and Frolic sewing inspiration here.

Frolic by Sarah York

Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Kettle-dyed Maxima from Manos del Uruguay comes in the most saturated colours and is squishy soft! This worsted-weight yarn knits up like a dream in scarves, hats, jumpers and more. You can find Maxima in the shop here and find knitting and crochet inspiration for on Pinterest, Instagram and Ravelry!

Manos del Uruguay Maxima

The Fielder Dress and Top by Merchant & Mills

The Fielder Dress and Top by Merchant & Mills is based on a traditional sweatshirt, featuring three quarter length raglan sleeves and inseam side pockets. Designed for woven fabrics, especially washed linen, and a ribbed knit at the neckline and sleeve cuffs. Find Fielder in the shop here.

The Fielder Dress and Top by Merchant & Mills

Learn modern calligraphy!

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! Our next class is Tuesday, 24 January, 6:30pm – 9pm at our West Hampstead shop and you can sign up here.

Calligraphy by Suzie Dicker

Sale!

Save 10% on pink yarn with code PUSSYHAT until 24 January! Start shopping here.

Pink Yarn

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An update on our new shop

We are so close to being ready to open our new shop and I wanted to share some of the latest snaps! At this very moment the shop is being cleaned so while these photos are not styled and are literally gritty, they are a true peek inside the progress so you can feel like you’re right here with me! If you need to catch up, you can catch up here, herehere, here and here.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

As soon as Ballymore finish the lobby and square and make it safe and accessible for customers, we’ll be able to move in!

Here is a before and during comparison. This is the shop on Friday night:

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Here is the extreme before shot (just after they’d ripped the temporary offices out of our unit – not a true before because it was a little less messy when we got our hands on it):

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And here is what it looked like when we started work:

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

It’s come so far! So here is what we’ve done the past couple of weeks. Now that the bones are pretty much in, it’s lots of decorating and putting displays in place.

Let’s start in the studio. We chose cheerful green subway tile for the back wall.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

I think it looks so good!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This is our cutting table. It’s made up of Ikea cabinets and a reclaimed wood worktop. It is huge!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Here are the worktops stained, with the first lights hung. Nearly there!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Our beautiful Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper was hung and it’s so cheerful. I’m telling you, this is going to be such a happy place to sew and work.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Despite the absolutely heroic efforts of our decorator, the cork wall did not turn out exactly as envisaged. Cork is fragile and rips, the adhesive is like chocolate and marks up everything, and the surface area is so massive, it was impossible to create seamless coverage. So we plan to paint this white and I’m hoping it will turn out awesome. Functionally, it does the job. So if we can get it to look a little smarter, it will be the coolest display space and design wall!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Brass hardware was installed. There is gold in our wallpaper so it all works really well together, I think.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

I love how the brass kitchen tap looks with the green tile!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The bathroom came a long way last week. So many things about this bathroom have been a struggle, from getting the fan in to making sure we’re following the codes, to making sure the walls are strong enough to support the things we need to put on them. It’s sooooo unglamorous and I won’t get into it all! But the good news is I think we’re nearly there and our bathroom is, while not perfect, it is pink!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And there is a baby change! This colour is more accurate but there wasn’t actually a light

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Our team from Morris and Sutcliffe and built and assembled some of the displays. This apple crate wall is going to be where we put our yarn!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

These scaffolding shelves will hold our fabric!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This pegboard-covered corner in the front of the shop is going to house so many craft supplies!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This ladder display will hold all the gift wrap!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

These galvanised steel bars were installed over the windows to give us a way to hang displays!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And our furniture has arrived! A lot of these are antiques and stunners! Here I am in the mirror we bought from Louisa Grace. I don’t have pictures of everything yet because some of needs to be assembled or put in place for photos.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This is our new 8ft long sewing table for the studio!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And just last night, they put up our sign on the hoarding. Yay!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

As always, you can follow our progress day to day on Instagram with the hashtag #tvhatwhs.

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#tvhhaul December winners!

Time to announce the winners of our LAST #tvhhaul giveaway! Each of these lucky and randomly selected winners will receive 500 Stash Points each for posting their purchases or makes on Instagram. You can find out the full details in this post.

Last month we announced that we want to try to promote a hashtag that helps people discover our shop a bit better. Going forward, we are encouraging you and sincerely hoping you’ll continue to share with the tag #thevillagehaberdashery.

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And now, here is the December randomiser!

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And here are this month’s winners!

#2 @pappersaxsten I’m very much enjoying working with this beautiful fabric by @barij today, sewing small and large curves for my  #riverquilt. #drunkardspath  #curvedpiecing  #pappersaxstentemplates #tvhhaul

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#18 @abi_norman From[email protected] comes her new  #theraglandresspattern  I made it out of a coffee coloured washed linen from@vhaberdashery  I made an in between length, more of a tunic than a top or a dress and it’s gorgeous #theavidseamstress  #thevillagehaberdashery  #tvhhaul

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#15 @cottonpaperflowers Fabric pull for a quilt to be. Remember I bought four fabrics (2 blue, 1 essex linen and 1 wasabi-like color) at #thevillagehaberdashery?! Well, this is the extended version of that pull. Ill add more fabrics over time but for now this is my pull for the lovely  #focalquilt by  #carolynfriedlander. Templates are done, fabric is ready, machine is threaded…but: christmas! And: new years eve! So: this will be a 2017 project. Something to look forward to!

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Thank you to everyone who participated this month and for the past two years!

 

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New at The Village Haberdashery!

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Madelinetosh Tosh DK and Tosh Merino Light

We are so thrilled to have new Madelinetosh yarn in stock!

Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Madelinetosh create the most beautiful hand-dyed yarns and we have a huge selection of stunning colours in the Tosh DK and Tosh Merino Light (fingering) weights. Machine-washable and squishy, they are just right for jumpers, socks. children’s clothes and more!

Madelinetosh Tosh DK

We just can’t wait to see what you knit up with them! You can find knitting and crochet inspiration for Madelinetosh on Pinterest, Instagram and Ravelry.

Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Loopy Mango yarn

Loopy Mango yarn is incredible! It’s literally the biggest yarn we’ve ever stocked and it’s so bright and bold.

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The Big Loop Merino comes on giant skeins that weigh more than a kilo and can knit up into a blanket in 2-3 hours. The Merino No. 5 is a super bulky and super soft yarn that makes for really fun chunky cardigans, has and more.

Loopy Mango Merino No. 5

Find Loopy Mango yarn here and kits here. Find knitting and crochet inspiration for Loopy Mango yarn on Pinterest, Instagram and Ravelry!

Sevenberry novelties

We have some super fun new prints from Sevenberry in stock! These flamingo and cactus prints are perfect for dresses, quilts, cushions and more! Find them in the shop here.

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Sevenberry indigo prints

These beachy tropical prints from Sevenberry’s indigo collection will get you in the mood for summer sewing! Just right for summer dresses, tanks and skirts. Find them in the shop here.

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Sevenberry seersucker

We have a new tropical Japanese cotton seersucker on the shelves. Another perfect fabric for summer dresses with fun Hawaiian vibes but a simple black and white colour scheme. Find our seersuckers in the shop here and check out our seersucker sewing ideas pinboard here!

hawaiian-seersucker

Learn modern calligraphy!

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! Our next class is on Tuesday, 24 January, 6:30pm – 9pm and you can sign up here!

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Sale!

Ho ho ho, it’s time to clear out or pack up our lovely Christmas fabrics! You can save 25% on all Christmas fabric until 17 January with code XMAS25.

Sale on Christmas fabric

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Awesome January classes that still have spaces left!

We are so thrilled with our January class schedule and there are still some awesome classes with space left in them. There are lots of new classes, including weaving, macrame, calligraphy and jeans-making! Read on to find out about all the things you can learn or browse all of our classes in the shop here.

 

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.

Learn Macrame

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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Tutorial! Modern macrame plant hanger by Susana Cunha

I was so thrilled to find Susana Cunha, a super talented macrame artist, and add her classes to our schedule! Last November, Susana taught a private class for Caroline, Kym and I in the shop so we could make macrame plant hangers for a future shop window display. It was so fun, easy to learn and quick! You’ll be so delighted with what you can accomplish in just a couple of hours and I can imagine this being a really relaxing craft to unwind with in the evenings, too.

We are so lucky that Susana is sharing her plant hanger tutorial with us on the blog today but if you want to take her class and learn in real life, you can sign up to her next class on 28 January which will teach you how to create a beautiful macrame wall hanging. You can (and should!) also find and follow Susana on Not on the High Street and Instagram.

Traditionally, most of the macrame you see is created using cotton rope or cord which has a beautiful bohemian vibe. For our classes, we’ll use Hoooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn for the range of colours, accessibility and to give this project a modern spin. Either will work for this tutorial.

Over to you, Susana!

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

This basic plant hanger is an easy introduction to macrame and is suitable for beginners. It features three types of basic decorative knots: Square Knot (SK), Spiral Stitch and Wrapped Knot. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you can add beads, decorations, or additional knots to add character!

Finished Size: Approximately 115 cm (45 inches) tall, which includes the fringe.

Supplies Needed:

Prep:

  • Cut 6 cords, each 6 meters long
  • Cut 2 cords, 50 cm long

If using cotton rope instead of t-shirt yarn, prepare the tips of the cords to prevent unravelling by using tape. When using tape, compress the tips so they are as narrow as possible.

Method:

Step 1: Pass half of the cords through the metal ring, while holding the ring upright. They should dangle over the bottom of it.
Match the ends of each cord as you pass it through, so it is balanced.

Do the same with the remaining cords, placing them on top of the first group.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Start a Wrapped Knot tying an Overhand knot at one end of a 50 cm cord. Secure it next to the ring.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Wrap the long portion around the cords on the ring several times. Make sure you wrap firmly, until the knot is 3 or 4 cm long.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pass what’s left of the long portion through the folded area, which looks like a loop.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pull the secured end, which has the Overhand knot. The fold and the other end will be pulled inside the bottom of the Wrapped knot. Make sure you pull it half way through the knot.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Cut off the excess material from each end of the cord used to make the Wrapped Knot. Be careful not to cut the long cords on the ring. Tuck the stubs inside the knot so they can’t be seen.

Divide the cords into groups of 4. Bundle each group by wrapping all 4 cords around your hand several times. Secure with a rubber band.

Step 2: Mentally number the four cords in one group. The fillers are 2 – 3, and the working cords are 1 and 4.
Tie the first Square Knot as shown below.

Move cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the left, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Cords 1 and 4 have switched places, so the direction is reversed for the second half of the Square Knot:

Move cord 1 to the left, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the right, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Continue tying Square Knots to create a sennit. Push the knots close together as you progress. Tighten each knot firmly. Stop when you have completed 10 square knots.

Repeat step 2 with the remaining groups of four cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 3: Measure 10cm after the last square knot on the sennit of one of the groups of four cords. We can now start tying a series of half square knots to create a spiral.

Half Knot

Move working cord 1 to the right, over the fillers (2 and 3) and under working cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move working cord 4 to the left, under the fillers and over working cord 1.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
When making the Spiral Stitch for your Basic Plant Hanger, the cord will naturally start twisting once you tie the first 5 Half knots; hold the fillers steady and keep tying half knots.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Step 4: Create a Spiral Stitch design by tying 12 Half Knots as described above. Stop when the sennit is made of 12 Half Knots.

Step 5: Measure 10cm after the last half square knot on the spiral of one of the cords you have been working on and start trying more half knots to create a further spiral.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 for each group of cords bundled in step 1.

Cradle

Now you will make the Cradle at the bottom of the Basic Plant Hanger. Measure the plant pot, and find the halfway point by dividing the total height by 2. So if the pot is 6 inches tall, the measurement will be 3 inches.

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Locate two sennits that rest next to each other, and secure them. Make sure they are not twisted. Mentally re-number the cords in each sennit 1 – 4.

Step 7: Alternate by selecting cords 3 and 4 from the left sennit, combined with cords 1 and 2 from the right sennit.
Measure from the last SK of one sennit down to the measurement you just calculated for the halfway point on the pot. Tie one Square Knot at that point.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 8: Repeat step 7 using the remaining cords. This is much easier if you suspend the Basic Plant Hanger by the ring at the top.
Make sure the sennits are not twisted, and that you are combining cords from two sennits that rest next to each other.

Step 9: You now need to alternate the cords again, as described in Step 7. Start by mentally re-numbering the cords coming from two sets of SK tied in the previous step. Measure from the bottom of the SK tied in step 7, down the same measurement. This way the next knot rests at the lower edge of the pot. Repeat using the remaining cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 10: Measure the bottom of the pot, from the edge to the centre (1/2 the bottom area).

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Step 11: Tie a Wrapped Knot (as you did in step 1) around all the cords where you measured the centre of the pot to be.
After tightening it, place the pot in the Cradle. The knot should rest in the centre of the pot. Make adjustments as needed.

Important: Pull on each cord to eliminate any space between the Wrapped Knot and the SK.

Finishing Touches

Cut off the excess material from the cord used to make the Wrapped knot, and tuck the stubs inside so they can’t be seen.

Step 12: Trim the ends of all the cords so they are even. For other materials, you have the option of tying finishing knots, or to, if you’re using cord, unravel and brush to create a brushed fringe for your plant hanger.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

 

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Survey time! InBlue by Katarina Roccella

InBlue is Katarina Rochella‘s latest collection with Art Gallery Fabrics! History and culture come to life in InBlue in an interplay of blue hues ranging from strong ultramarine to soft pastel tones. Due in April 2017, InBlue includes prints on quilting weight cotton, cotton/spandex jersey knit, cotton voile and cotton canvas!

InBlue by Katarina Roccella

Help us choose which prints to stock! Everyone who completes a survey by 8 January will receive 25 Stash Points to spend at The Village Haberdashery.

Please sign up for an account if you don’t already have one to make sure you get your Stash Points!

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December Baby Quilt Club bundle

In December, our Baby Quilt Club members received these super fun ‘boy’ bundles that revolved around the new dinosaur prints by Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studio’s Dashwood Novelties collection! With teal, orange, lime and grey, these bundles are bright and fun and just right for little boy nursery decor that they won’t outgrow for years!

December 2016 Baby Quilt Club Bundle

Clockwise from top, this bundle includes:

Rhoda RuthStarlight in Orange by Elizabeth Hartman (Robert Kaufman)
Kona Cotton SolidsOasis (Robert Kaufman)
Checkers1/2″ Gingham in Linen (Cotton and Steel)
Kona Cotton Solids – Jade Green (Robert Kaufman)
Cotton and Steel Basics – Dottie in Gnome Hut (Cotton and Steel)
Kona Cotton Solids – Torch (Robert Kaufman)
Dashwood NoveltiesDinosaurs by Stephanie Thannhauser (Dashwood Studio)
Kona Cotton Solids – Limelight (Robert Kaufman)
Dashwood NoveltiesDinosaur Bones by Stephanie Thannhauser (Dashwood Studio)
Kona Cotton Solids – Ash (Robert Kaufman)
PandaliciousNi Hao Fairies in Hu by Katarina Roccella (Art Gallery Fabrics)
Kona Cotton Solids – Snow (Robert Kaufman)

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Important update on our opening dates and a peek at our new shop progress!

We know many of you have been planning to join us next weekend for our big opening weekend at our new West Hampstead Square shop and it is a huge disappointment that we must postpone again.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Our contractors worked so hard on our fit out prior to Christmas and made some amazing and really exciting progress – the floors are in! the sign is up! our studio cabinets have been installed! But we were delayed getting started and haven’t been given as much access to the space over the Christmas period as we’d expected, and as a result our fit out is behind schedule. Furthermore, public areas that need to be completed before our lovely customers can safely enter the space are not yet finished.

We expect that we will have new opening dates for you soon and that we will be open at West Hampstead Square before the end of January. But, unfortunately, we can’t put a new date on the calendar just yet. However we wanted to share an update so you can adjust your plans for next weekend. We are so sorry for any inconvenience this causes you. As soon as we have a new moving date you’ll be the first to know!

Now, would you like to see what we’ve been up to?

Days start super early on the building site. Here I am at 7am going in on our first day. Excited! Now when I’m there I’m kitted out in a high vis vest, a hard hat and clunky steel toe shoes.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This is what our space looked like on the first morning. It wasn’t exactly ready for handover, but I was happy we were able to finally get our hands on it.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Our design for the space is mostly open plan, with a partial wall between the shop and studio so that customers can peep in and see what’s happening, but students aren’t totally on display. There are also walls around a small storage closet and the bathroom (obviously!) plus a wall along the back wall to support our fabric shelves. It was cool to see these walls put up. It happened so fast! Our team used plywood so we could drill things into the walls (shelves, displays, etc.) more easily.

Here is the latest model of the space. The furniture plan changes daily but it will give you an idea of what we’re trying to achieve as you look at the next batch of photos!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

These are just a random bunch of progress shots of the walls going in. Here are the bathroom and storage closet walls at two stages of progress.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The partition wall in progress.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The back wall.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

You can also see that the floors are going in at the same time. The first couple of days were crazy, because our electrician and plumber were running wires and pipes under the floors while the builders were laying down the plywood base for our flooring. So much was happening at once! I basically have no photos of the final floors that aren’t a crazy mess, for some reason. But this gives you the idea. The floors are beautiful! Really rustic engineered oak that balances out the industrial vibes of the exposed concrete ceiling.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

For my part, I spent a lot of time trying to get our deliveries (getting deliveries to a building site with an address that doesn’t show up on anyone’s satnav is a special kind of torture), building Ikea cabinets for the studio and making runs down to Builder Depot for additional supplies.

Here is a shot of the studio in total chaos while I’m in the middle of building cabinets. It has come a long way since this photo but I don’t have a great shot to share yet! The black cabinets make up the cutting table/island and will give us loads of workspace and storage. The white cabinets make up the back wall/kitchen area, which also will have more cutting space and lots more storage. The studio feels absolutely massive!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Lovely Charlotte stopped by to help build cabinets on the first day!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

I absolutely love our till area. We’ve made our new till out of Ikea kitchen cabinets too, like the one we have now, but we customised it by covering it with painted cladding and setting in antique tiles around the counter. This isn’t finished (note the tile isn’t grouted yet in this picture) but I think this looks so good! Plus, the cladding makes for an awesome picture background (see Caroline’s wreath post here.)

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

We used reclaimed brick tiles to create the look of an exposed brick wall on the side of the elevator shaft that bumps out into the shop. The till will sit in front of this area so it makes a statement when you walk into the shop. The gap where there are no bricks is where the back till counter will sit (we’ll be moving our existing counter there at the last minute) and we’ll also have a front counter. Two counters! So much cutting can be done at once! It was really cool to see this come together.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

We had a sign hand-painted by Matt of MJO Signwriting. For perspective, this sign is about a metre wide. This sign is painted onto reclaimed scaffold boards and has been given the ‘weathered’ treatment to make it feel old and vintage. One of the things I’ll miss the most when we move is the beautiful hand-painted windows in our Mill Lane shop and this sign is our way of incorporating a similar vibe into our first floor space.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Watch this space for more updates or follow our posts about the move at #tvhatwhs and feel free to contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Happy New Years! Save 20% on everything in the shop!

We’re having a three-day Happy New Years Sale and you can save 20% off everything in the shop* until end of day on 1 January! Use code HAPPY2017 to save!

New Years Sale

*Online only, Janome sewing machines, Emily Peacock Needlepoint Kits and pre-sale fabric are excluded from this discount offer

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