West Hampstead is all about community spirit, and that’s just one of the reasons why we love it so much. So if you’re new to the area, you fancy meeting some local people, or you just feel like socialising, head to The Village Haberdashery. It’s a wonderful shop for the modern maker, offering a huge range of crafty classes that bring people together and inspire a love of knitting. There’s also a unique selection of fabrics and sewing patterns on offer, so you can get some practise in before class.
The Village Haberdashery stands proud on Mill Lane, just a ten minute walk from West Hampstead station. Inside it’s an explosion of colour, filled with rolls and rolls of interesting fabrics. There’s a table and chairs at the back of the shop where owner Annie is sitting unravelling some wool.
Annie moved from San Francisco to London a few years ago and was shocked that she couldn’t find anywhere to practise and improve her quilting. Seeing a gap in the market, she decided to open The Village Haberdashery- all while working a full time job and bringing up a little one by the way - and the rest was history. Oh, and she also runs and manages the company blog, which include handy tutorials and lets customers know when new fabrics, patterns and trims arrive in store.
Today it’s a real gem in West Hampstead and people come from afar to try their fun classes and buy their unique fabrics. Annie only hires the best teachers to take the classes and she spends a lot of time working with the specialist teachers to develop new classes and plan schedules.
There’s a big space downstairs where the classes take place and there’s a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere, helped by the fact that there’s no discrimination on ability - even if you’ve never picked up a yarn of wool before.
More importantly, there really is something for everyone, whether you’re 8 or 80. Annie tells me the kids’ classes are very popular and the mums enjoy a good natter and a coffee while the kids get stuck in. After School Sewing Club takes place weekly on Thursday between 4.30 - 5.30pm and there’s also a beginner’s machine sewing class for kids, too. Quilting classes are always packed with budding stitchers, as are dress making lessons. As it’s only ten Fridays until Christmas (yes, we counted), why not try the Christmas stocking making class or the gifts workshop, where you’ll learn how to make an iPad cover, frame, purse, fabric bucket or a drawstring bag?
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