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  • Haberdashery Gift Ideas from Calico Laine

    Haberdashery Gift Ideas As we are about to hit the Autumn months, some of the more organised few start to think about Christmas. This means more gift buying and planning than anyone wants to start when they're still stuck in the post-holiday blues. Even if Christmas isn't on your mind just yet, we all love to think of fresh ideas for gift-giving at Birthdays and Special Occasions. The Beginner For that someone who has only just picked up crafting, knitting or sewing; they will most certainly need a good basic kit. If it is sewing they love, it is always best to st… Read More
  • New in Haberdashery at Calico Laine

    Haberdashery is such a broad term and covers everything from your most basic kit to the most glamorous of finishing touches. Here at Calico Laine we are always expanding our Haberdashery range to bring you the latest products for your kit. Keep an eye on our 'New In' section of our website to keep up-to-date, but here are a couple of my personal favourites. Cotton Jersey Bias Binding Bias binding is something that most people don't really think about in depth. I mean, bias binding is just binding...right? Wrong! Bias binding is an essential part of sewing, whateve… Read More
  • Haberdashery for Bag Making

    We all love a good bag project; they can be as easy or complex as you like. From a simple tote to a patchwork creation, we have everything you need to complete your bag. Here at Calico Laine, we have a wide range of Haberdashery products to help you go from a few rectangles of fabric to a fully functional bag! Bag Handles There are so many ways to create handles for your bag. We have a wide range of ready-made bag handles that can be simply attached to your project, whatever the design. If you have decided on a classy evening clutch bag, our Bella Bag Handle is th… Read More
  • Your Haberdashery Kit with Calico Laine

    Haberdashery can be a bit of an umbrella word. It can cover everything from your most basic sewing essentials through to specialist items. But how do you wade through all the exciting sparkly pieces to get to what you really need? Our team at Calico Laine is on hand to help you create your perfect haberdashery kit. This is great if you are just starting out, or if you just want to organise and elevate your equipment. The Basics So what are the basics? This is your go-to kit which comes on every sewing venture you take and everyone's is slightly different. You will… Read More
  • Choosing Scissors with Calico Laine

    Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their sewing kit, particularly with Scissors. The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer it's just what works for you. That being said, I have put together a few tips to help you make your choice. There are a few things to consider when choosing your equipment: the purpose, the fabric and your budget. As you get more advanced into sewing and crafting, you may find it easier to have different scissors for different things. Having the right pair can make all the difference to your sewing! Craft/Paper Scissor… Read More
  • Haberdashery, Gutermann threads

    Do you ever enter a Haberdashery shop and feel completely overwhelmed by the selection of threads on display? You're not alone. These days the variety is extensive and it's very easy to get confused by the sheer volume. Gutermann are the leading manufacturer of sewing threads with a fantastic global reputation and a history spanning over 125 years, so it's safe to say they know their haberdashery! You may have noticed in any haberdashers that Gutermann threads are a little more expensive than other brands. The reason for this is because this brand develops the m… Read More
  • Christmas Haberdashery At Calico Laine

    Can you believe its December already? Where has the year gone? Don't despair yet though, there still 3 full weeks left and till the big day, which means you still have plenty of time to stock up on your haberdashery supplies and complete your festive projects, whatever they may be. Door Bows It's impossible to ignore all the fabulous Christmas decorations being put up in peoples homes, shops and town centres. They really do make you feel very festive. Over the last couple of years door bows have become very fashionable on shop doors and front doors. They really do… Read More
  • Haberdashery - Christmas Sewing Box

    So you've bought somebody special a gorgeous new sewing box for Christmas, you know they're going to made up with it The problem is, what Haberdashery items do you fill it with? Obviously you have all the generic basics, needles, threads, an unpicker etc etc. Why not add a few fun items of haberdashery to make it a Christmas gift to remember. Prym pliers By far my favourite and most used item of haberdashery is my Prym pliers. They're used for snap fasteners, eyelets, piercing. Prym have really excelled themselves with this product, it's so easy to use and then p… Read More
  • Haberdashery, which machine needle?

    Haberdashery can be a complicated subject as it covers to so many variables, choices, personal preferences and brands. It doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or an experience dress maker, its very easy to get confused when buying sewing machine needles. The selection is vast and it can be overwhelming understanding the intricacies. I've had a look though out haberdashery department here at Calico Laine and picked out some of our best selling machine needles and some which cause most confusion in the hope of eliminating any mix ups. Universal needles; Thes… Read More
  • Haberdashery, new products by Vilene

    Vilene, also know as Vlieseline have been one of the international leader in producing Haberdashery products for over 60 years. The company, based in Germany employ's a group of people who are at the cutting edge of developments within the haberdashery trade, this enables Vilene to constantly introduce new lines and keep its audience intrigued and loyal to a name they know. Essential Vilene for your Haberdashery Stash So what must have products have vilene introduced recently that are essential to your haberdashery stash? One new product that I particularly like i… Read More

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