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Recommended brick & mortar shops

Francesca

Recommended brick & mortar shops
« on: March 01, 2017, 14:15:10 PM »
Recommended by TSP members. See further information in their posts below.

Birmingham
Fancy Silk Store
Barry's Fabrics

Burnley
Immanuel Fabrics

Cornwall
The Sewing Studio of Redruth
Coast and Country Quilting and Crafts of Perranworthal

Dewsbury
Fabworks
Lucky Fashions (limited opening)

East Anglia
Anglian Fashion Fabrics of Norwich
Crafty Baba of Ipswich
Fiona's Fabrics of Woodbridge

Edinburgh
Fabric Focus
The Cloth Shop

Glasgow
Mandors

Kent
The Sewing Shop on Sun Street of Canterbury

Leeds
Leeds market
Fletcher's Fabrics (in the market)
Samuel Taylors

London
Goldhawk Road (general area)
Shaukat & Co of Chelsea (discount Liberty prints)
Cloth House of Soho
Woolcrest Textiles of Hackney (cheap!)

Macclesfield
Shufflebothams
The Fent Shop

Manchester
Abakhan (sold by weight)

Merseyside
Bedford fabrics on Haydock Street

Wales
Abakhan of Mostyn (has a cafe!)
« Last Edit: March 03, 2017, 12:18:38 PM by Francesca »

Silver Rose

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2017, 14:25:17 PM »
For East Anglia I recommend Anglian Fashion Fabrics of Norwich, Crafty Baba of Ipswich and Fiona's Fabrics of Woodbridge, I'm sure there are loads more that I don't know but would like to! The people who work in these shops are very knowledgeable and helpful. I have just found out about Avenue Fabrics in Great Yarmouth but have yet to visit.
Formerly known as Junemarie

Tamnymore

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2017, 14:33:31 PM »
My selection of favourite fabric shops:
Edinburgh
Fabric Focus
The Cloth Shop

Glasgow
Mandors

Manchester
Abakhan - also online but better in person as they have a great selection of remnants sold by weight (there are several Abakhans in the NW - the Abakhan mother ship is in Mostyn - ithas a cafe too).

Burnley
Immanuel Fabrics (as it is housed in a disused chapel it is often known as 'the Church' to the fabric mafia!)

Macclesfield
Shufflebothams
The Fent Shop

Dewsbury
Fabworks (probably my all time favourite - also good for remnants by weight- short walk from Dewsbury station - also online but online and bricks and mortar stock not the same).
Lucky Fashions (only open Wed and Sat I think)

Leeds
Leeds market for B&M fabrics and there is also a B&M shop on the road at the side of the market. Also Fletcher's fabrics in the market.
Samuel Taylors -  good for habby, Fabric generally not as cheap as the market but well stocked and  I've had some bargains there.

London/Hackney
Woolcrest Textiles - not famous for its customer service but my what a selection and cheap! Easy bus journey from central London (speaking as a northerner who gets lost in the Big Smoke).

Lancaster
Standfast and Barracks - for bargain Liberty lawn, Sanderson and other big name curtain fabrics and the best selection of fents you ever did see!

« Last Edit: August 23, 2017, 19:29:56 PM by Tamnymore »
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde

MrIminei

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2017, 14:35:52 PM »
In my capacity as chauffeur I have visited:-

Paulines Patchwork in Dorchester (Poundbury)
Hansons (Sturminster Newton)

and although I don't like leaving Dorset

Midsomer Quilting (Near Radstock, Somerset)

Midsomer quilting is particularly good as they have an area to "park" husbands and give them coffee.
Head butler to a Siamese cat.
Iminei's husband & chauffeur to quilting emporia.
When she asked me if I wanted to be her slave this wasn't at all what I had in mind.

MrIminei

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 14:37:11 PM »
Tamnymore, I may have to report your post to the moderators as there is a risk of it putting many, many miles on my car.  ;D
Head butler to a Siamese cat.
Iminei's husband & chauffeur to quilting emporia.
When she asked me if I wanted to be her slave this wasn't at all what I had in mind.

Lowena

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 14:42:37 PM »
The Sewing Studio, Redruth, Cornwall
Coast and Country Quilting and Crafts, Perranworthal, Cornwall
Triumph of hope over experience :D

Tamnymore

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2017, 14:57:26 PM »
Hahaha MrIminei - I think you can just about get to all my suggestions by public transport! However, in my experience, chauffeurs are very useful (although they sometimes put a bit of a brake on one's purchasing...)
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde

Swisslass

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2017, 21:25:56 PM »
Dewsbury - Pound a yard Shop (not!) worth a look but not as good as the other 2

Bradford - Bombay stores, I just LOVE their ribbons & embellishments

Yup - Fabworks, my fave too
I'd like to think I was inspired, but maybe sewing is just hard wired

SingingSinger

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2017, 21:42:27 PM »
Birmingham
Fancy Silk Store
Barry's Fabrics
Mostly a dressmaker with a few other crafts thrown in. Owner of a Bernina 730 Record & a Singer 201K.

b15erk

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2017, 09:06:44 AM »
I put this in Online stores by mistake, so I'm copying it over.

Bricks and mortar shop in St Helens, Merseyside.  Bedford fabrics, Haydock Street, not far from both the train, and bus stations.

If you go there on Saturday morning, tell Becky I sent you!  If I'm there give me a wave!

Loads of fab curtain and upholstery stuff, and floor to ceiling dress and garment fabrics.  Habby too, and lovely buttons.

Be warned though - it is a rooting shop! :)

Jessie

Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.


Tamnymore

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2017, 20:54:43 PM »
Just to expand on the famous Immanuels Fabric in Burnley for anyone yet to go. This was a bit of a favourite with some of the old TSFers. It is housed in a disused chapel (hence 'the church') in Burnley and is reachable by public transport. Either the 'Witch Way' bus from the centre of Manchester (yes the bus has a witch - admittedly a rather glam witch - on the side cos of the Pendle witches - now I need a witch icon to float across the screen) or train to Burnley then bus. It isn't within walking distance of a railway station. It has the most incredible selection of furnishing and fashion fabric at bargain prices and is a bit overwhelming at first. The place is stuffed to the ceiling. You never know what will be there and the fabric rolls are everywhere - on the old pews and whatever. Best of all it has a £1 pm room where real bargains can be found. I got 20m of very nice curtain lining in the £1pm room and saved a fortune. People do come from miles around. A unique place.
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde

maliw

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2017, 19:34:34 PM »
I use Birkenhead Abakhan most of the time.
CalicoLaine at Neston Wirral and also in Liscard Wirral.
When we go on holiday to Suffolk Sew n Sos at Bungay is an absolute must for patchwork fabric. Also The Cosy Cabin at Risby Barns just outside Bury St Edmunds, again patchwork fabric is worth a visit.
At leisure on the leisure penninsula

twopence

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2017, 20:27:04 PM »
Milton Keynes - Threads and Patches
Aylesbury - Fabric HQ in Stoke Mandeville
Henley - Lady Sew and Sews
Weedon, North of MK - the Bramble Patch

These are all mainly P&Q/ Quilting shops as other fabric has been bought at the Kirkgate Market in Leeds when visiting my daughter who lives almost in sight of it.

DementedFairy

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2017, 20:30:21 PM »
Birmingham
Fancy Silk Store
Barry's Fabrics
And the markets of course!
C'est moi!

UttaRetch

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2017, 21:31:21 PM »
Walthamstow, London.  The main drag has shops, including a branch of the Textile Centre, and market stalls selling fabulous cheap fabrics. 
What goes around comes around.