Special Events

In addition to our busy class schedule and weekly social events, we love to host special events at our West Hampstead shop! Here is what we have coming up over the next few months:

Meet the Designer: Nina Lee

Saturday, 27 April, 2pm - 5pm

This year we are celebrating local pattern designers with a series of special events! Join us in April to meet Nina of Nina Lee, an independent pattern label celebrating the mighty power of making! She's based here in London and creates sewing patterns inspired by the incredible heritage and diversity of this brilliant place. Nina's patterns are named after places in the city, from fashion-forward Carnaby Street to the historic treasure trove that is Bloomsbury, and on the printed pattern envelopes you’ll find original illustrations capturing the atmosphere of each neighbourhood.

At this event you'll get to see the the newest patterns sewn up, meet Nina and ask her your burning sewing questions and drink prosecco! Plus you'll get 10% off any fabric you purchase along with one of Nina's patterns! It's going to be a fabulous afternoon in the shop!

Nina Lee London

RiverKnits Trunk Show (FREE)

Sunday, 19 May, 2pm - 4pm

Meet our newest indie dyer RiverKnits and squish beautiful yarn at this special trunk show! RiverKnits is run jointly by Becci and Markus, two former engineers and avid knitters who first started dyeing yarn at home on their narrowboat. RiverKnits wool yarn is all sustainably sourced from British breeds (mostly spun here, too) and dyed in earthy, wearable colours in Weedon, Northamptonshire. Colour inspiration is drawn from the family's life on the canals and rivers, from the wildlife and landscape to the rich history of the waterways. Pop in to shop and squish a wide range of RiverKnits yarns, see samples and chat all things knitting with Becci and Markus!

RiverKnits

Meet the Designer: Lisa Falconer of The Avid Seamstress

Saturday, 25 May, 2pm - 5pm

This year we are celebrating local pattern designers with a series of special events! Join us in May to meet Lisa of The Avid Seamstress, a London-based sewing pattern company dedicated to helping modern women enjoy sewing and making themselves look great. The Avid Seamstress produces versatile and multi-functional sewing patterns to bring together a community of women that empower and inspire each other through sewing. 

At this event you'll get to see the the newest patterns sewn up, meet Lisa and ask her your burning sewing questions and drink prosecco! Plus you'll get 10% off any fabric you purchase along with one of Lisa's patterns! It's going to be a fabulous afternoon in the shop!

Lisa Falconer The Avid Seamstress

Swap It! Kidswear Takeover (FREE but RSVP)

Sunday, 9 June, 11am - 1pm

In June we're partnering with local fashion blogger @misskatie_styleit to host a special Kidswear Takeover edition of her super popular Swap It! free fashion events! This is a fun chance to swap baby and kids clothes and maternity clothes your kids have grown out of or you no longer need for new-to-you clothes you want! Plus you'll get to spend the morning drinking prosecco and chatting with other mums. Sign up for a free place here for full details!

Swap It for Kids

Father's Day Cardmaking Table (FREE)

Saturday, 15 June, 10am - 5pm

Drop in any time on Saturday, 15 June, and make a Father's Day card for dad! We'll provide loads of paper craft supplies and colouring sheets.

Craft Table

Meet Gertie! Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses Party & Book Signing (FREE but RSVP)

Friday, 21 June, 7pm - 9pm

Gretchen Hirsch, better known as Gertie, is coming to London and we're delighted to host a party to celebrate her new book, Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses! Come and meet Gertie, drink bubbly and shop her new patterns and fabric too! This event is free but please RSVP here.

Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses

The Big Knit Knitting Party with Knit the Bed (FREE)

Sunday, 23 June, 2pm - 4pm

Join us for a special knitting party at our Sunday Knitternoon to support The Big Knit campaign for Age UK! Abby from Knit the Bed will be joining us and providing her gorgeous hand-dyed yarn for this fun event. The Big Knit started in 2003 as a collaboration with Innocent Drinks. People everywhere knit tiny hats and Innocent put them on their smoothies. For every hat-wearing smoothie sold, Innocent donate 25p to Age UK. The campaign has raised £2.5m for the charity to date! We love this idea as much as we love playing with yarn, so we're super excited to get involved. Drop in any time during the event to knit a hat and if you're a beginner, Abby will show you how! 

The Big Knit

Make & Take Decoupage Workshop for Ocean Stars (Donations Accepted)

Saturday, 29 June, 10am - 1pm

Join us for a fun morning of making decoupage picture frames and treasure boxes in support of the Ocean Stars Trust! The Ocean Stars Trust was set up after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Sri Lanka. The money raised by Ocean Stars has not only seen them construct and open their own school but has enabled them to takeover and manage 20 others. This has meant that over 700 children now have access to an education.

This workshop will be led by Maddie, one of 20 students from her school who has been selected to travel to Sri Lanka to bring equipment and teach in the schools. Maddie is raising money for her trip and is leading the workshop as a fundraiser. The suggested donation is £1 per project. More information can be found here.

Decoupage