Today is the day to go and visit your local sewing shopand support lovely independent businesses! Many have events on, workshops running throughout the day and special discounts! Sew Magazine with Simplicityhave put together an interactive mapto show you what’s going on near you. We are celebrating our local sewing shops with aCOMPETITION! Win a signed copy ofLondon Stitch and Knit by author Leigh Metcalf (full details at the end of post).
Here our some of your favourite shops from around the country. Also take a look at our Sewing City Guides for shopping in London, Cambridge, Norwich, Edinburgh and York.
Stag & Bow
First we wanted to tell you about Stag and Bow (Forest Hill, South East London), who are having a grand re-opening this weekend. At Stag & Bow they celebrate making, sharing skills, stories, knowledge, materials and history. There are some taster sessions where you can learn: Fabric Screen printing & foiling techniques, Embroidery, Hand patchwork & machine patchwork, Freehand machine embroidery, Book binding, Box making, Knot work, Machine sewing, Mono printing, Tapestry weaving and Lantern making and more. Plus there will be an exhibition ‘In Time’ – Victorian Ribbon Designs on Paper, newly kitted out textile space ‘Studio Below’ and renovated shop for all your making needs.
If you are round from 3 – 5pm at Stag & Bow, author Leigh Metcalf will be there celebrating the launch of her new book London Stitch and Knit (to win a copy scroll to end of post).
Lots of you have said how much you like shopping at The Village Haberdashery(West Hampstead, North London) whether in person or online if you live further a field. Annie @anniehaberdashery stocks loads of fabrics for quilters and dressmakers and wools for knitters plus lots of notions and haberdashery. There are plenty of things on the blogtoo from projects and tutorials to fabric matching solids with quilting cottons. Check out the monthly fabric bundles and new Village Stash Society.
> SOUTH EAST
Beloved fabrics (Dorking, Surrey) is a must for the modern retro and vintage lover with lots of fabrics online and also a retail space within Gerties Vintage Emporium where you will find vintage collectables and unique handmade accessories for sale plus a vintage tea room and sweet shop.
Eternal maker (Chichester) stocks a wide range of unique and quirky fabrics plus haberdashery, paper crafts and a huge selection of buttons! They also have patterns, kits, books, run classes and stock some vintage items. With a cafe on site too called ‘the eternal baker’ it’s well worth the trip.
Wayward (near Hastings) is an amazing vintage fabric and haberdashery shop (much of the stock is sourced from France, so you won’t find it anywhere else)! I got some lovely silk linen for a pencil skirt and fascinating 1850s textile print designs. Lucy, who was looking after the shop when I visited is very friendly and has a wealth of knowledge.
Opening hours Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and other times by appointment only. Andrew comes to Portobello Road Market every Friday from around 6.30am – dusk. He can be found with a selection of fabrics and haberdashery in between Cambridge and Oxford Gardens on Portobello Road.
The MIY Workshopin based Brighton where you can take a range of sewing classes and make, do, create, sew, alter, repair and customise. You will also find a range of Wendy’s own sewing patternsand two books plus haberdashery and sewing themed gifts.
> SOUTH WEST
Lots of you also recommended Stone Fabricsin Totnes, Devon. They offer an big range of high quality and unique dressmaking fabrics from around the world. If you can’t make it down to Devon then you can join the swatch cloth club.
> EAST OF ENGLAND
Backstitchis a fabric and haberdashery shop at Burwash Manor, just outside of Cambridge. The shop has a good selection of fabrics, both solids and patterns and plenty of fat quarter bundles for quilting projects. You will find haberdashery too, along with indie patterns, tapestry kits and cross stitch kits. Alice runs classes too, from basic accessories to dressmaking. A visit to Burwash Manor also makes a nice day out as there are about 15 independent shops to visit, including a nice cafe. If you have time to wander about you might be lucky enough to see some piglets too! 10% off today on all stock and a free tote bag!
> YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE
Scarborough Sewing Centre
The Scarborough Sewing Centre is huge and it is full of over 5000 cottons, all priced at £5 per metre, need I say anymore other than take a large empty suitcase and stock up!
Remnant Kings, trading since 1946, sells furnishing fabrics, bridal fabrics, haberdashery, patterns, craft fabrics, dressmaking fabrics, trimmings and wools. They now have 5 shops across Scotland selling fabrics from across the globe. Check out their good range of festive fabrics and trimmings too for Christmas. 10% off today!
Leigh’s new book London Stitch & Knit is a beautifully photography collection of London’s finest craft shop offerings. There is also a few mentions of great shops further afield and a list of useful resources. This is the sewists coffee table book, you won’t be able to resist pouring over the pages of lovely fabrics and haberdashery from the capital.
To win a signed copy of Leigh Metcalf’s London Stitch and Knit please:
- Upload a photo and review for ANY pattern on The Fold Line
We will then pick a winner at random. Closing date Friday 23rd October 12 noon (UK time). Only open to UK residents i’m afraid.