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Meet Erez Solo Rimon

A freelance artist and textile designer who started using knitting as tool of self-expressionism from the age of 15. Erez moved to Great Britain (originally from Israel) in 2014 and as soon as he arrived in the UK, he immediately started displaying his work in galleries across the country. Since then, he began developing new ways of expressionism through some of the most basic knitting techniques. We have asked him about his passion for yarn and the deeper meaning to each piece of work he produces and here is what... Read More


Spotlight On….Velvet

Velvet upholstery and accents are set to be one of the key home interior trends for 2018 and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Is there anything quite like the sumptuous, soft and luxury feel of this timeless fabric? Velvet is a fabric like no other with a long history, widely believed to date back to the 13th century. It can be made using many different types of natural fibers, including silk, linen, wool and cotton as well as synthetics such as polyester, viscose and nylon. The type of fiber used... Read More


Meet the Designer….Ronin Jewellery

Jewellery is a wonderful gift for that special someone and we are proud to stock the stunning Ronin Jewellery in selected stores and online. Designed and handmade in Wales, this jewellery collection is fresh, stylish and fun and we are delighted to introduce you to Kay Griffith, the designer of these gorgeous ranges! What sparked your interest in jewellery design and making? I did a degree in Textile Design so I have always been interested in putting colours together. During my degree I learnt to gather ideas and then translate... Read More

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Closs & Hamblin Horsham: Investing in our local schools

The Closs & Hamblin Horsham store recently spearheaded a local campaign to encourage children from local primary schools in developing their knitting, sewing, and crafting skills. Support packages including fabric remnants, thread, lots and lots of yarn, knitting needles, wallpaper, toy stuffing, and instructional booklets were delivered at the end of October to 13 primary schools in the Horsham area. The aim of the project is to deliver 2 or 3 of these support packages per year. Jody Riddle, Horsham Store manager, said ‘I approached local primary schools in our... Read More


Take A Look: Our Creative Customers

You really are a talented bunch – we love taking a look at customer projects made using Closs & Hamblin products and we thought we would share some of them with you. If you would like to submit your latest knitting, sewing or craft creation then just tag @clossandhamblin on Facebook, Twitter  or Instagram. Scroll down to look at the truly amazing creations! This gorgeous dress was created (and is modelled) by Karen, our haberdashery, craft and yarn buyer. Made for a late summer wedding, the print and style are... Read More


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


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, 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


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.


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


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