Some New Shops for the Big List
Calico Laine bills itself as ‘the really useful textiles company’, and I think it’s a really good place to check out if you’re after a pretty good choice of dressmaking or craft fabrics plus all the notions, haberdashery & sewing craft supplies that you need. Sometimes it’s so frustrating, when online shopping, that you have to go to more than one shop and pay more than one set of shipping fees for your crafting bits and pieces. The range of stock here means that is should definitely be one of your first ports of call if you are in need of some good value basics.
My next choice is an entirely different kettle of fish. Oakshott sells a beautiful selection of fine quality handloom quilting cotton from Kerala in India. The collection includes shot, striped and textured cottons in an incredibly rich and wide selection of colours. You can read more about the production of their fabrics here on their website. This stunning patchwork (left) is an image from their website and made using Oakshott fabrics – you can see more inspirational quilts made with these fabrics in their gallery
Giveaways, Offers & News
Seamstar have a fabulous competition on at the moment – you have a chance to win a gorgeous hamper full of £60 worth of fabric and other sewing goodies. Just pop round to the Seamstar blog to read more about how to enter.
Backstitch has a great range of patterns, and is the first in the UK to stock a new pattern by designer Tasia Pona – the Pendrell Blouse – the first pattern in the Sewaholic range. Read more about it round at the Backstitch Blog.
Doughty’s have a 10% of all quilt waddings this weekend (until midnight on Monday 17th). You need the code WADTEN11 at checkout.
Amy Butler’s new collection, Soul Blossoms, is starting to arrive in UK shops – the lovely ladies at Sew Me Happy & Gone to Earth have some, but the completest selection I’ve found is at the always-excellent River Fabrics.