October classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead!
We have such an awesome October planned for you at our West Hampstead shop, filled with quilting, sewing, dressmaking, felting, knitting, crafting and more! Plus, we have a Macmillan Coffee Morning planned on 2 October that you can read about here.
And now, on to all of the fabulous classes you can take!
One evening: Thursday, 29 September, 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.
One day: Saturday, 1 October, 10:30am – 5pm (£85)
A fabulous addition to our autumn schedule is needlefelting with the super inspiring Gretal Parker! Needlefelting is the simple art of hand-sculpting objects with wool roving by stabbing it with a barbed needle. You can make almost anything with needle felting – the only limit is your imagination! In this class, our expert teacher will guide us through the equipment and techniques involved with needle felting while teaching us how to make a delightful little felt fox. Find out more and sign up here.
One evening: Wednesday, 5 October, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£45)
One morning: Tuesday, 18 October, 10am – 1pm (£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 evening: Wednesday, 5 October, 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.
One day: Saturday, 8 October, 10am – 4pm (£95)
In this class we’ll sew the new Deer and Doe Zephyr Dress! The Zephyr is a sleeveless knit skater dress with flattering princess seams. We’ll cover everything you need to know about sewing a knit garment on a home sewing machine, from fitting to finishing. You’ll also get a chance to try using an overlocker and will have the option to try using a twin needle to hem your dress. Find out more and sign up here.
One day: Sunday, 9 October, 10am – 4pm (£95)
In this exciting class led by Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland, you’ll learn improvisational concepts and techniques that will change the way you think about colour, patchwork and your own creativity! First you’ll break out of your comfort zone and learn to embrace random, improvisational piecing. Then you’ll learn free cutting and piecing techniques, including improvisational curves and slash and insert methods. 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: Saturday, 15 October, 10am – 5pm (£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 day: Sunday, 16 October, 10am – 5pm (£95)
Feeling adventurous or looking for a challenge? Learn to machine-piece beautiful curves by making a clamshell quilt! Our teacher, Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten, will teach you how to cut, sew and press curves and get you started making your own clamshell quilt top. This fun pattern is perfect for showing off favourite fabrics and looks great in solids too! This class fee includes a template worth £15. Find out more and sign up here.
One evening: Tuesday, 18 October, 6:30pm – 9pm. (£45)
In this class we’ll take the fear out of sewing zips by making two handy zippered pouches. One will be a simple, small flat pouch and one will be a bigger flat bottom pouch. In under three hours you’ll be sewing zips like a pro and addicted to making pouches! Find out more and sign up here.
Six evenings: Mondays, 24 and 31 October and 7, 14, 21 and 28 November, 6pm – 9pm (£265)
In this exciting class you’ll learn all the skills you need to begin sewing your own clothes! Over the six week course, we’ll make three wardrobe staples – a top, a skirt and a shift dress – in your choice of style. We’ll cover fabric selection, working with a commercial pattern, cutting your fabric, fitting, construction and finishing techniques. This class is designed for competent sewers who are ready to dive into garment sewing. You’ll be able to choose from a selection of patterns, and after you sign up we’ll work with you to plan your patterns and supplies list. Ready to get started sewing yourself a handmade wardrobe? Find out more and sign up here.
One day: Saturday, 29 October, 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.
One day: Sunday, 30 October, 10am – 2:30pm (£55)
In this fun and creative one day class you’ll learn how to create a beautiful autumn wreath using wool felt! With the help of our felt-obsessed teacher, we’ll learn how to wrap a wreath, create leaves and mushrooms, work with a glue gun and more! This class does not involve sewing on a machine, so students at all levels are welcome. It is designed for adults, but it is open to older kids (12+). Find out more and sign up here.
Six afternoons: Autumn Term B runs from 3 Nov to 8 Dec, 4:30-5:30pm on Thursdays (£75)
In our new 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.
Two mornings: Thursday, 3 November, and Friday, 4 November, 10am – 1pm (£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.
Two evenings: Tuesdays, 1 and 15 November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (£85)
Foundation piecing is an addictive patchwork technique that enables you to sew intricate shapes accurately and achieve precise points perfectly! In this two-evening class you’ll learn how to follow a foundation piecing pattern and create the colourful Kaleidoscope quilt block and then how to piece the blocks together to create the quilt top. The quilt pictured is 54″ x 63″ throw size quilt but you can work toward creating a quilt in any size you wish. Find out more and sign up here.
One day: Saturday, November 5, 10am – 4pm (£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.