Closs & Hamblin

26/09/2017

An Interview with Erika Knight

This week we interviewed knitwear, crochet and yarn range creator Erika Knight about her inspiration, creative process and more! What sparked your interest in knitwear and crochet designing? I was always very crafty as a child – always cutting, sticking, drawing, sewing and making, and my Grandmother did teach me to knit, but I never really got into knitting until I was at Art School. I knew the basics but taught myself to knit garments such as jumpers, which I would sell in the college refectory, along with jackets and... Read More

19/09/2017

Introducing…Closs & Hamblin

New name. New look. Same family values, high quality products & exceptional customer service. If you are a regular customer to one of our nine stores in the South East or our website www.candh.co.uk, you’ll have noticed we are undergoing a transformation. After 84 years of being in the forefront of the fabric retail industry C & H remains a family business, now in its fourth generation. To honour our heritage and family values we have expanded the familiar acronym C & H to Closs & Hamblin, paying tribute to our original founders... Read More

06/09/2017

Join the Kent Knitted Poppy Campaign

The Closs & Hamblin Tunbridge Wells store is proud to announce its partnership with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Kent County Council, and the British Royal Legion, to be part of a county-wide campaign to create a carpet of knitted or crocheted poppies for this year’s Remembrance commemorations.

29/08/2017
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An Introduction To Die Cutting

  Please note this competition is now closed – thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our winner Julie Taylor! If you enjoy making your own cards, decorations, invitations, gift tags or scrapbooking then die cutting will lend a professional finish to your creations as well as being a real time saver. For those who are new to the term, we have put together a brief guide to the process and equipment required! What Is Die Cutting? Die cutting is the process of using a machine to produce... Read More

15/08/2017

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

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
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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

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
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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

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