I’ve been doing a little new year decluttering, getting rid of lots of old magazines and sorting through scraps of paper with notes and web addresses scribbled all over them. As I go, I’m making a list of shops that I want to research and possibly add to my Big List of UK Fabric shops. In case you were wondering, the criteria for being added to the list are these (although I do make exceptions – it’s my list after all…):
- the shop MUST be based in the UK (this is the only rule I don’t break!)
- the shop sells quilting and dressmaking fabrics, or fabrics for homewares and accessories. I am planning to branch out into haberdashery shops and other more specialist fabric shops during 2013
- the shop must sell online, or at least have their stock listed online with good pictures and details of how to order (I only break the online ordering rule when the shop is very very good!)
- a good quality, easily browsable website
Here are the first batch of shops that I am planning to add to the list – if you have any experiences of any of these (or there’s a shop that you think it’s worth me checking out) then please leave a comment to let me know.
Stone Fabrics have a super and very extensive range of dress fabrics. Sadly you cannot buy directly online but the fabric stock is well listed with great photos so it would be very easy to make a telephone order. They also have a free swatch service. Sadly their haberdashery is not online, but again, you can order by phone.
Beckford Silk are specialist silk printers, dyers and sellers. They sell plain and printed silk and also plain dyed and devore velvet by the metre. Even if you are not buying silk, their website is well worth a visit – the history of the company and description of manufacturing at Beckford Silk is really interesting.
White Lodge are specialists in fabrics for dancing and performing, but there is also lots here to interest you if you are after fabrics for bridalwear, party dresses and prom dresses.
Pennine Outdoor stock everything you need if you fancy having a go at making your own outdoor clothing. They’re also great if you are after fleece or microfleece for other sewing projects such as nightwear, nappy wraps, etc. They have lots of relevant patterns in stock, and if you are after hardware for sporty bags and rucksacks, it’s well worth a look.
So, please please – any feedback on these will be gratefully accepted!