March classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Our March schedule is filled with such a fun range of classes, for every level, interest, and schedule! The studio in our new shop at West Hampstead Square is filled with natural light and is such an inspiring place to learn. Plus, we’re now just steps from the West Hampstead underground, overground and Thameslink stations.
Plus, we started up our Knit Night last Thursday, so you can come in with your knitting or handwork project and work on it in a social setting. Last week kicked this event off with these super fun ladies and we’re hoping the group will continue to grow!
And on Thursday evenings after 6pm when we don’t have Guided Studio Time with Charlotte Newland or one of our upcoming Free Knitting Clinics with Renee Callahan scheduled, you’ll also be able to book a place in our sewing studio and sew for half price (£4 per hour)!
Read on to find out what we have planned for March or browse all of our classes here.
One evening: Tuesday, 7 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)
In this class we’ll take the fear out of sewing zips by making handy flat bottom pouches! In under three hours you’ll be sewing zips like a pro and addicted to making these cute bags. Find out more and sign up here.
One evening: Wednesday, 8 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£35)
In this special paper craft workshop you will be taught two techniques so you can learn how to personalise your own greetings cards, envelopes and paper to create a beautiful collection of designed stationery. In this class you will take away a collection of handmade greetings cards, envelopes, gift tags and loose paper sheets to give to loved ones or decorate your home. Specifically, this class will cover dip-dying and paper embossing techniques. Find out more and sign up here.
One morning: Saturday, 11 March, 10am – 1:30pm (£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.
One day: Sunday, 12 March, 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.
One evening: Wednesday, 15 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)
In this workshop you will learn how to print and make your own silk screen from scratch! Using silk organza fabric and embroidery hoops you will be taught all the ins and outs of the screen printing process. You will have a chance to mix your own professional fabric paint to print a personalised tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! This really is a fantastic class where you learn not one but three skills that will really inspire you to get creative. Find out more and sign up here.
One evening: Friday, 17 March, 6pm – 9pm (£45)
Bias tape appliqué is an easy way to create curves without piecing! In this fun one-evening class, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten will talk you through how to cut, shape and machine-sew curves using bias tape and sew a handy zip pouch in the process. Find out more and sign up here
Saturday, 18 March, 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.
One day: Sunday, 19 March, 10am – 4pm (£95)
Take your quilting to the next level with four new techniques for machine and hand-piecing curves! In this class we’ll cover needle applique, bias binding, EPP and the six-minute circle. Students can choose to make four different blocks of follow our teacher Jenny Haynes’ pattern for using all four techniques in one block! Find out more and sign up here.
One morning: Tues, 21 March, 10am – 1pm (£45)
OR One evening: Weds, 5 April, 6:45pm – 9:45pm (£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.
One morning: Saturday, 25 March, 10:30am – 12:30pm (£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.
One morning: Sunday, 26 March, 11am – 12:30pm (Free!)
We are delighted to welcome Cloud9 co-founders Gina Pantastico and Michelle Bencsko back to the shop! Cloud9 is one of the fastest growing organic fabric companies in the industry. Have you ever wondered what it means to buy organic fabric? Gina will give a talk on the difference between organic and conventional fabric manufacturing and its impact on the environment and your health. Plus, Michelle will share a preview of all of the upcoming collections and there will be drinks and nibbles and a 10% discount on Cloud9 fabrics. The event is free but please RSVP online or to email@example.com.
One evening: Tuesday, 28 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£40)
Join designer Nancy Straughan to learn how to work with leather and make your own beautiful accessories! In just a few hours, you’ll walk away with an enviable wallet or keyring that will look as though you bought them from your favourite fancy store. Learn to work with leather and metal hardware to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own leather goods at home. A selection of high quality beautiful coloured leathers and faux leather will be provided and no experience is necessary. Find out more and sign up here.
One evening: Wednesday, 29 March, 6:30pm – 9pm (£45)
In this workshop you will learn how to design, cut and print with your very own stencils from scratch. You will learn how to design a motif suitable for printing and use that design to create a repeat pattern. You will also be taught how to correctly cut out professional stencils to hand print your own beautiful tea towel, set of napkins or tote bag to take home with you! Plus, you’ll have a chance to blend your own professional fabric paint. Find out more and sign up here.
One evening: Wednesday, 29 March, 6:30pm – 9:00pm (£45)
Learn to crochet while creating a fun and endlessly useful crochet basket out of recycled t-shirt yarn! This class will introduce you to the basics of crochet, how to follow a crochet pattern, how to change colours and how to finish a crochet project. All materials are included in the class fee.
One evening: Thurs, 30 March, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£50)
Want help with a dressmaking or quilting project or just want to sew in a social setting and pick up a few tips along the way? Our Guided Studio Time sessions were created for you to work on the project of your choice with the help of our talented instructor. You’re welcome to bring a project at any stage of completion for help. Find out more and sign up here.
One evening: Wednesday, 5 April, 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 class, 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. All materials are included.
Six Thursday afternoons: Spring Term B runs 23 February to 30 March, 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.