Closs & Hamblin

15/08/2017
Tutorial

15 Minute Make….Knot Fabric Headband

Do you have remnants of fabric you would love to use, but not quite enough to make a garment from? Read our 15 minute make by Sarah from our head office on how to create a useful and stylish knot fabric headband: I finally completed a long overdue task and sorted out my fabric stash which is how I discovered a long ago purchased piece of floral jersey material. I bought it on a whim – as a lot of you well know, sometimes you just have to have a... Read More

01/08/2017
Article

Cuban Styling for the Home

Add a twist of lime – bring the summer permanently into your home by decorating with a Cuban influence. Cuban-influenced styling is making waves this summer, with the country’s unique aesthetic heavily influencing interior design and room styling. Read below for four easy ways to introduce a bit of Caribbean heat into your home: Bright & Retro Cuba’s unique history means that it has a definite retro feel – the country remains largely unchanged since revolution and political change in the late 50’s early 60’s. As a result, vintage American... Read More

C & H Summer Holiday Giveaway 18/07/2017
Advice, Blogs, Competitions

Our Guide to Keeping Kids Entertained During the Summer School Holiday

Please note this competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Irene Broughton! School Summer holidays begin around next week (a bit earlier if you’re in Scotland) –  that annual event that parents tend to anticipate with a mixture of excitement and dread. With more mums and dads working full-time than ever before, any family activity becomes an important opportunity to create precious childhood memories. Limited time and money, combined with the good old British summer weather can result in the words any parent dreads: “Mum! I’m booooooooored!!”. Read below... Read More

04/07/2017
Article

Behind The Scenes….Yarn!

We are thrilled to have been nominated for Best Chain Store/Multiple in the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2017! Run by Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazine, these prestigious awards are in their tenth year and recognise the most successful names in the industry as well as smaller brands, independent stores and bloggers. Since February, readers of both magazines have been voting for their favourites across all the categories and the thousands of responses have been narrowed down to the final shortlists. Our yarn departments offer a large and... Read More

22/06/2017
Competitions, Featured Products

Win….A Jewellery Stacker

Please note this competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Julie Snook!. Stackers are a fresh, modern way to store your valuables and offer the flexibility to build your own jewellery box to suit your needs. Each stacker provides a different way to store your gems and the soft, leather like outer and brushed velvet inner lining are available in a range of gorgeous complementary shades. The lidded stackers have a popper closure and are a good starting point for most people, with sections designed to hold a few... Read More

06/06/2017
Featured Products

Our Picks….Summer Fabrics

Summer is just around the corner and now’s the perfect time to start sewing your dresses, shirts, skirts and trousers for the season! With this in mind, we’ve picked our favourite fabrics which are perfect for staying comfortable but stylish in warmer weather. First up we have Liberty tana lawn. This Poppy & Daisy design features beautiful shades of blue, green and coral and is made using 100% pure cotton with no chemicals or allergens. A classic print with timeless appeal. Staying with cotton lawn, we love the bold and... Read More

23/05/2017
Tutorial

How to Make….A Bridal Veil

Whether your wedding is high glamour or more of a low key vintage affair, a veil is perfect for finishing off your bridal look! Veils can be expensive, so if you are working within a budget, why not try making your own? They are surprisingly easy to create and you can add your own personal touches to make it unique to your style. To make a simple one tier veil, all you need is a length of veiling, tape measure, fabric shears, needle and thread and a hair comb. These are... Read More

09/05/2017
Article

Supporting Dementia Awareness This May.

Throughout May the Tunbridge Wells Dementia Forum is asking our customers to help in the fight against dementia by making and donating Twiddle Mitts. Twiddle mitts can help to calm people people living with dementia by keeping restless hands busy and reducing anxiety. They are knitted or crocheted mitts embellished with beads, ribbon, buttons and pom poms that users can ‘twiddle’. They are easy and fun to make and you can download a Twiddle Mitt pattern here. You can also pick up a pattern in our Tunbridge Wells store. For more... Read More

25/04/2017
Article

Back to Blackout – Is It Curtains for the Sun?

With the early-rising sun cascading through our windows and brightening our mornings, getting out of bed and tackling the day head-on is a lot easier for many of us at this time of year. It can also present a few problems though. For when getting up with the sun is not on the agenda, it could be time to install blackout blinds or curtains. However your home is designed and furnished, there will be a blackout furnishing to suit. From bright and bold coloured blinds for contemporary rooms to more... Read More

11/04/2017
Product Guide

Blind Types Explained

There is a huge range of blinds available, covering a variety of different designs and functions. It can sometimes be hard to decide which type of blind would be best for you when you’re faced with so many different options. At C&H we aim to take the pressure of you and work alongside your needs and desires to help you find the perfect blind. I have put together a short guide to the most popular types to help you get started! Roller Blinds Roller blinds are the most common type... Read More