Closs & Hamblin


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


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


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


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


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


Pinterest Picks….Sewing Space

If you do a lot of sewing you are sure to have a home full of fabric, reels of thread and ribbon, pins, scissors and more! So how do you store it all – and where do you sew? I have limited space, but do very well with a desk, large toolbox and storage boxes; others have got an entire room to utilise and make in to their own sewing haven. Your sewing space is unique and this has inspired our latest Pinterest board – it’s fascinating to see how people... Read More


10 Minute Make….Ribbon Bookmarks

I’m a big reader but do have a tendency to either fold the corner of a page to mark my place or use whatever scrap piece of paper is hanging around in the cavernous depths of my bag! I thought a hand made bookmark would be a good idea and this method has the benefit of being a quick and easy tutorial as well looking lovely! You will need: Two pieces of wide ribbon (at least 50mm width and not satin or organza) Two pieces of iron on interfacing (same... Read More


The Art of Stitchscaping

This week we interviewed Beth, Tunbridge Wells store, who explains ‘Stitchscaping’ and how she came across this beautiful craft. What is ‘Stitchscaping’? The act of capturing a moment, a view or an idea in a fabric photograph; suggesting parts of that image with colour, fabric and embroidery and creating an overall ‘scape’ through stitch. How did you start? I’ve always loved sewing and playing with fabrics (I’m a terrible hoarder of materials- the attic is groaning with boxes!) and when that passion took me to De Montfort University to do... Read More


Needle Felting – A Beginner’s Introduction.

I’d like to introduce you to needle felting, one of my all-time favourite hobbies. There are several different types, personally I enjoy making little 3D animals, which I will mostly focus this post on (there is some overlap in technique with 2D felting too, although I haven’t had a chance to try that out yet). I discovered needle felting 3 years ago from a kit I received at Christmas. I’d never seen anything like it before, so I was sceptical at first (can this fluff really turn into a penguin!?!)... Read More


How To Make..A Fabric Pin Board

A pin board is a great way to stay organised in your home and the perfect place to store invitations, lists, reminders and more! It’s also another way to display photos (especially if, like me, you are starting to run out of space for frames)! This tutorial explains how to take an ordinary notice board and turn it in to something more pleasing to the eye! You will need: A cork notice board Fabric scissors Material (the size of the notice board plus 6cm on each side) 5 metres ribbon... Read More