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Recommended brick & mortar shops

jaloma

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2017, 10:03:48 AM »
For those in the Essex area Belle Fabrics in Leigh on Sea is lovely - there's a fabulous range including row upon row of designer quilting cotton along with jerseys, fleece, net, polycotton etc; it is really nicely laid out too.
Kayes Textiles in Westcliff is also a great treasure trove of all sorts and really good value. I never leave empty handed!

crooknees

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2017, 18:42:34 PM »
Thank you for the recommendations. We are going to Canterbury for the week in early May. Still have my Christmas money, so Canterbury and Kent shops can expect a visit. :D
crooknees - buried under a mountain of fabric and yarn.

Lowena

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2017, 18:47:04 PM »
Cornwall - Truro fabrics is good ( I understand ) for general fabrics.
For P and Q ; The Sewing Studio, Redruth - Coast and Country Crafts, Perranaworthal ( between Truro and Falmouth ) - Cowslip Workshops, Launceston.
Triumph of hope over experience :D

Tamnymore

Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2017, 17:13:50 PM »
And just a mention for Edgeley Fabrics in Stockport. It's very near Stockport station so if you ever have half an hour to spare waiting for a connection at Stockport station take yourself out the back door of the station (the Edgeley entrance) and up the hill to Castle Street. This is very much a no-frills shop. There are no shop fittings; the rolls of fabric are piled against the walls so you have to be careful picking things up or you will start a fabric avalanche!

They specialise in cottons, polycottons, dance wear and curtain fabrics but there are often some surprising bargains to be had. I got a very nice digitally printed viscose for, I think, £4.40 pm the other day. I was after linings today and I knew that they also specialised in £1 per yard linings. (The shop used to be called the Pound a Yard Shop- they are related to the £1 per yard shop in Dewsbury). I snagged a red lining with little paisley-ish patterns on it, a tartan lining (for all those Vivienne Westwood knock-offs I will make one day) and a pale blue for a teal coloured coat I have on the go. There's no hugely great quality to these linings but at £1 per yard who cares? The pale blue is actually the best quality of the three.  Here's a picture. As usual, shiny fabric does not photograph well but it gives you an idea.

Also, the lady who runs it is very nice and helpful and genuinely seems to appreciate her customers!
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde