Embrace your creative side during London Craft Week (3-7 May). The Resident picks out the haberdasheries, craft hubs and designer-maker studios in Crystal Palace, Brixton, Herne Hill and Forest Hill where you can get creative during Craft Week and all year round…
1 Fancy Moon, Crystal Palace
Contemporary haberdashery, fabric and yarn shop Fancy Moon (pictured above) has recently opened on the Crystal Palace Triangle. Chinelo Bally from the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee will be teaching Freehand Cutting & Dressmaking in Fancy Moon’s classroom on 7 May and 25 June. Having wowed viewers with her freehand cutting method, Chinelo will be letting us in on the secret of how her technique can be used to create clothes for everyone – no pattern required. See the website for other workshops in dressmaking, pattern cutting, knitting, crochet and quilting.
Church Road SE19 2TA; 0845 519 4354; fancymoon.co.uk
2 Stag & Bow, Forest Hill
As well as their delightful shop in Forest Hill selling haberdashery and lovely pieces by local makers, Stag & Bow founders Pascale and Cyrus also run informal and inspiring craft and textile workshops. Cyrus is a woodworker extraordinnaire, while Pascale specialises in textiles, from weaving to tailoring. They’re open to commissions for bespoke furniture, clothing, homewares and more.
8 Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill SE23 3XU; 020 8291 4992; stagandbow.com
3 Sharp Works, Herne Hill
Selling a wide variety of yarns, patterns and haberdashery, the long-established Sharp Works in Herne Hill also offers classes from Beginner’s Crochet to Cable. Friendly staff are always on hand to offer practical help and advice with any problems you may encounter with your needles, hooks or patterns. Open from Wednesday to Saturday.
220 Railton Road SE24 0JT; 020 7738 7668; sharpworks.co.uk
4 Taylor & Abel, Crystal Palace
Mother and daughter duo Christine and Claire combine their sewing and design skills to offer courses under the banner of Taylor & Abel. They now have a retail space in Retro Joe’s in Crystal Palace selling everything from crafting kits, wool and fabrics to quirky gifts. See the website for details of classes, which include the Absolute Beginners Sewing Class.
52 Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 2AE; taylorabel.co.uk
5 The Turpentine, Brixton
The Turpentine, an artsy boutique and workshop space in Brixton, hosts three regular courses – Jewellery Making for Beginners, Life Drawing and Painting with Acrylics, as well as one-off workshops such as the fun Drink & Draw, which does what it says on the tin. They also sell design-led limited-edition art prints, handcrafted jewellery, screen-printed clothing and homewares.
433 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LN; 020 3302 7860; theturpentine.com