LCG UPDATE: The Village Haberdashery

It's been over a year since the release of our first book, the London Craft Guide. One of the things we were always wary of with doing a print version is how things can change with shops over the course of time. Sadly, sometimes a shop can choose to close or go online only - as was the case with tiny Kensington shop Patricia Roberts. And other times the changes are happy ones, such as expanding into a bigger space!

  The new yarn wall at The Village Haberdashery.

The new yarn wall at The Village Haberdashery.

This was the case with West Hampstead shop The Village Haberdashery earlier this year and we couldn't be more thrilled to make the the focus of our first official London Craft Guide update!

Details:
The Village Haberdashery
West Hampstead Square
London NW6 2BR

Phone: 0207 624 5494
Email: info@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk

What's changed:
Expanded hours Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and now open late night for knit nights on Thursdays until 9pm. Tons more space including an expanded yarn selection and haberdashery range plus even more fabrics! Click here for more details, photos, and a virtual tour!

  Even more fabric to tempt those who are multi-craftual!

Even more fabric to tempt those who are multi-craftual!

Workshops, events and other fun stuff:
With their expanded space, Annie and the team at The Village Haberdashery have been busy planning even more workshops and events (including classes with Great British Sewing Bee 2016 winner Charlotte Newland!), in addition to their new Knit Night & Sew In on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm. 

  Trims and other haberdashery supplies spill over at TVH.

Trims and other haberdashery supplies spill over at TVH.

We're really excited about the inviting community square right in front of TVH's new premises - so much so that we're teaming up with Annie to co-host a World Wide Knit In Public Day event on Saturday, June 10th from 11am-2pm. This is a FREE event so why not make a plan to come and see the new space and hang out with other yarn lovers? And of course, TVH will be back as part of this year's Great London Yarn Crawl too.

What are you doing for Yarn Shop Day?

You may have heard us talking on the podcast about Yarn Shop Day, happening this Saturday, May 6th.

Started by one of the UK's knitting magazines, Let's Knit, Yarn Shop Day has become an annual celebration of Local Yarn Stores. We really love the boost that it gives shops and shop owners, and that fibre lovers have an opportunity to discover shops near and new to them!

And hey, it's a great excuse to post pics of yummy yarn porn!

  Colourful sweeties at Sharp Works

Colourful sweeties at Sharp Works

With all that in mind and knowing how much we love to promote our London shops, we reached out to shops taking part in this year's Great London Yarn Crawl 2017 (did you know it's our 5th anniversary?!) and asked them what their plans were for this Saturday. If you're looking for your own ways to show your love this Yarn Shop Day, check out the shops below:

  Inspiration abounds at Sharp Works

Inspiration abounds at Sharp Works

Sharp Works
220 Railton Road
Herne Hill
London SE24 0JT

If you're in the south end of London, it's quite possible that Sharp Works is your local! This tiny shop packs in a lot of yarn and notions. On Saturday they'll be giving away free patterns from Debbie Bliss (while stocks last) and celebrating all day with 10% off all purchases over £2.

  The expanded yarn selection at The Village Haberdashery

The expanded yarn selection at The Village Haberdashery

The Village Haberdashery
West Hampstead Square
London NW6 2BR

Fancy checking out where we'll be having our World Wide Knit in Public Day event? The Village Haberdashery have brand new digs on West Hampstead Square - just opposite West Hampstead tube. Finally a space to spread out their wonderful fabrics - and expand their yarn selection too! TVH will be offering 10% off all yarn purchases all day on Saturday.

 

With south and north ends of the city covered, how about east? These next two shops are only 20 minutes apart by bus and part of the East London Yarn Triangle if you fancy making your own mini yarn crawl on your day out:

  The Homeward Bound Shawl by Natalie Selles - kits available at Knit With Attitude

The Homeward Bound Shawl by Natalie Selles - kits available at Knit With Attitude

Knit With Attitude
127 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0PH

The lovely folks at Knit With Attitude have a lot planned for Yarn Shop Day with the launch of their Homeward Bound Shawl KAL. Designer Natalie Selles (and Knit With Attitude shop assistant!) will be doing tutorials on garter stitch intarsia between 12 and 3 for those who want to start their own Homeward Bound Shawl. Homeward Bound Shawl kits have also been restocked and will be available in three different colourways.

  Beautiful new London hand dyed Qing Fibres will make their debut at KWA on Yarn Shop Day

Beautiful new London hand dyed Qing Fibres will make their debut at KWA on Yarn Shop Day

Knit With Attitude will also be debuting the brand new BFL High Twist sock yarn from Qing Fibre - hand dyed by Laila Qing right here in London! The shop will also have goodie bags for the first 10 customers to spend over £10 in the shop, and they'll also have cake and refreshments in their knitting lounge in people feel like hanging out for a bit on the day!

  The Wool Kitchen and The Travel Knitter take centre stage at Wild and Woolly

The Wool Kitchen and The Travel Knitter take centre stage at Wild and Woolly

Wild and Woolly
116 Lower Clapton Road
London E5 0QR

Finally, from noon until 6pm Wild and Woolly will be celebrating Yarn Shop Day along with their three year anniversary by hosting the East London All Stars: designers, dyers and moth-knitters! The line up includes:

  • Anna Maltz who will have samples and patterns including her newly released Penpal
  • East London Knit's Renée Callahan
  • Jane Lithgow with new accessory samples and patterns
  • Indie yarn dyer The Wool Kitchen with a DK base used in Penpal, as well as sock blanks!
  • Indie yarn dyer The Travel Knitter with her full range of hand-dyed bases and a special exclusive colourway for the day
  • Max Alexander and her hand-knitted moths

PLUS, there's a promise of cake and prosecco on hand too!

  Come and sit for a spell and knit and natter at Wild and Woolly - Anna will put the kettle on!

Come and sit for a spell and knit and natter at Wild and Woolly - Anna will put the kettle on!

So what are your plans for Yarn Shop Day? Check the map here to find a local yarn shop near you participating or check out the profiles of some of the other awesome yarn shops in London!

On the Road in Denver!

In this, the first of our new series of traveling yarn shop reviews, we'd like to introduce you to the epic Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, CO.

Located on Broadway, Fancy Tiger is accessible by car (they have a parking lot!) or by public transport, and their website includes good directions and details for both types of transport.

When you walk in, the first thing you notice is the space...so much space. To be fair, Denver is in the western high plains of the United States and there is a lot of real estate available. But this shop just keeps on going, and going and going, with more goodies around every corner.

First let's talk about the sewing side of things (saving the best-yarny bits for last). There's some pretty spectacular fabrics:

There are patterns from Sewholic, Grainline Studio, Thread Theory, Olive + S, Merchant & Mills and the Slow Sewing Studio. To go with the gorgeous fabrics, there are ribbons and buttons and haberdashery galore. In all, a sewist's dream.

But really, the reason I went to Fancy Tiger was to check out the yarns. And I spent a wonderfully happy hour wandering around squishing and (mostly internally) squeeing and smiling a bit goofy smile. Feast your eyes on my favorites:

There were even some familiar, UK-based woolly faces represented.

There was also a wealth of fibres and handspun yarns represented. I did not escape unscathed, coming away with a skein of the Sincere Sheep Cormo fingering, and a braid of BFL from MJ Yarns in Lafayette, CO. And when I was done taking in all the colour and inspiration and beauty? I went across the street and had amazing peach ice cream for lunch. Result.

Fancy Tiger Crafts
59 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
USA
www.fancytigercrafts.com