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Recommended brick & mortar shops


Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #45 on: September 29, 2018, 13:15:23 PM »
Wow RTW in Magees! If the prices in store are like those on the website she must be a millionaire... or maybe was a millonaire until she spent her millions in there.  ;)
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde


Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #46 on: September 29, 2018, 13:28:46 PM »
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Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #47 on: September 29, 2018, 13:47:14 PM »
I made my tweed jacket with Donegal Tweed that I bought in Magees when I was there about 3 years ago.  Their prices must have increased hugely, I think I paid £25/m at that time.  I bought 3m because I didn't know what I was going to do with it and so I've got a goodly lump of it left which is waiting to become a gilet when I get round to it and find a suitable lining.
Life's too short for ironing.


Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #48 on: November 06, 2018, 18:22:46 PM »
Not a fabric shop but a sewing machine (mainly) emporium - Bambers in Eccles, Greater Manchester. I wanted a replacement foot pedal for my Janome as the old one was sticking. Phoned Bambers yesterday morning and the new foot pedal arrived today - pretty good service I think.
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde


Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #49 on: January 26, 2019, 07:37:00 AM »
North West France

In my short time here, I have located three.

Laval: Tissus du Centre, Route de Fougères, 53000 Laval. It's in an industrial unit on the industrial/retail park where Darty is located (at the Peugeot end).

Rennes: Tissus Myrtille, 173 Rue de Lorient, 35132 Vezin-le-Coquet

Le Mans: Tissus Myrtille, 92 Rue du Moulin aux Moines, 72650 La Chapelle-Saint-Aubin

Addendum.. There is another. Toiles de Mayenne, Le Bourg, Fontaine Daniel, 53100 Saint-Georges-Buttavent. I have not visited inside yet, so can't report accurately as to how good it is. My current understanding is that it has wonderful fabrics for household items and that it is expensive. One day  will check it out.

Of the first three I mentioned, I love them all. Each has a great range of fabrics for just about any purpose from quilting, dressmaking, upholstery, crafting.. anything, really. They also have a great range of yarns and a myriad of haberdashery items. My nearest and dearest is very, very glad the shops are not closer to where we live...  ;)


Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #50 on: February 12, 2019, 21:47:56 PM »
Right in the middle of South Yorkshire there is a shop called Walton's Fabrics in Goldthorpe.
They carry a wide range of fabrics at really affordable prices and, if you are so inclined, have loads of dancewear fabrics from suppliers like FunkiFabrics that are about 1/3 of their price.  0_0
Was Sewnanny


Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #51 on: February 22, 2019, 18:13:27 PM »
For P&Q fabrics, I've just visited Barrington Patchwork - in the artisan barn units at Barrington House (Nat Trust property) in Somerset. Great selection, very helpful lady  :)

They have a website at

and are on FB apparently.

[Just popped in to insert a 'c' into pathwork in the link ;)  - now I'm off to have a good look at their website.  :) - Acorn ]
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A happy herd of vintage machines - mostly Singers.


Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #52 on: March 30, 2019, 18:15:32 PM »
Loubodu - near Evesham
@Efemera  alerted me to Loubodu`s online store and I was delighted to see they also have a proper shop only 10 miles from me (I don`t have any other fabric shops locally).  I made my first trip today and was very impressed.  They have been online for a year and the shop open for 6 weeks and are owned by a lovely young mum with a serious fabric addiction.  She has a few woven fabrics but specialises in Oeko-Tex cotton jersey - so it`s not cheap but very nice quality.  For a small shop she has a large selection to choose from.
The shop is on the Blackminster Business Park near Evesham which is a collection of very attractive old buildings, and other units include a wool shop and a weaving shop.  And there`s a very good cafe!
I really hope this will be successful so call in if you are nearby though it is best to check opening on facebook as she sometimes has to close (she`s pretty much a one-woman-band at the moment)
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Re: Recommended brick & mortar shops
« Reply #53 on: September 10, 2019, 19:15:10 PM »
Found another place here in NW France.

La foire aux tissus, 90 Route de Granville, 50300 Marcey-les-Grèves

Interesting place. In many ways it reminds me of The Fent Shop in King's Lynn, in that it is a cavern of delights.

Good points
Huge array of fabrics for all sorts of projects, be it craft, dressmaking, furnishings..
Huge array of haberdashery, trims, threads, buttons
Some stuff looks as if it has been there for years, so if you are looking for something to go with a vintage look, try here
Staff helpful

Down sides
Too much! Everything crammed in, to point of having to dig around to find things and many things easily missed.
Too many 1m offcuts
Cash and cheque only
Very hot inside as so much stuff crammed in.

I bought a 1m offcut of fabric and some buttons.

I will go back but I will have to gird my loins in advance!