Saturday, 12 December 2009

My lovely list of UK online fabric shops


Updated for 2015 - you can now find my new list here!

Florence x

27 comments:

  1. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for that list! Thank you so much Florence. Some years ago when I was sewing a lot it was easy - I had a wonderful department store 10 mins down the road and purchasing fabric was a joy - lots of standing around gazing into space as I imagined what I was going to do with my stuff. Now that shop has gone. I do have a local shop but it is very stressful - packed (which I know is good in one way) but horrendus to find anything and quite frankly all the delicious fabrics I see on-line are just not there. The staff are also often rude and impatient - not what's needed really. I enjoy on-line shopping because I can take my time and dither away! My google attempts have been very hit and miss. It can be ridiculously expensive to order from abroad. I am going to have a lovely time perusing these shops. If only money was no object!! Thank you so much for sharing all your secrets with us - it's very much appreciated.
    Siobhan

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  2. This is an astonishingly useful list - thank you so much. Mant I already know buit there are some new gems there that I shall thoroughly enjoy browsing through!

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  3. I just wish I could type more accurately - "Many", not "Mant", and "but" not "buit". Sorry!

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  4. Dottycookie - typing about new fabric suppliers can make my fingers a little feverish too!

    I'm so pleased that it will be helpful. x

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  5. What a super, useful list, thank you. Could I just mention Creative Quilting www.creativequilting.co.uk, the only place I know that does lovely snuggly patterned flannel/brushed cotton/flanelette (depending on where you were brought up).

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  6. I love Ray Stitch as they sell Colette patterns and organic fabrics. The Make Lounge is so much fun, who can resist an evening with other sewing souls and learning something too! I have also been on a Prescott and Mackay weekend course run by Magdalen Jebb, just fabulous. Great list of contacts, thanks.

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  7. Thank you for the list,I have nowhere locally where I can buy fabric so I shall certainly be spending some time browsing all the loveliness.

    Sue

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  8. Thank you so much for this list! I'm so pleased your "good self" won :)

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  9. I am going to put that list on my bookmark toolbar! Another good place to learn to sew is the London College of Fashion - they do lots of short courses, as well as weekend and evening classes.

    Thank you for giving us your list (or perhaps I shouldn't thank you for putting temptation in my way!).

    Pomona x

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  10. Ooh Thank you so much for this list! It's so useful as I can never seem to find the fabics I want in the UK! x

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your list! There are some new ones for me there that I'm off to have a look round!
    I can recommend Pink Chalk Fabrics in the US too...and Cia's Palette!
    Oh yes, I spend far too many hours fabric shopping online...

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  12. Wow, this is fantastic Florence. Thank you for sharing with us all x

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  13. Thank you for the list of temptation....I mean suppliers! There's always room in the stash for more yummy fabric!

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  14. Thank you so much for that list, you star! I am lucky though as I live near the Eternal Maker. :)

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  15. I'll be opening Backstitch in the new year, which will be at www.backstitch.co.uk (not live yet). I'll be stocking fabrics (that I love!) and patterns.
    Should be live by beginning Feb.

    exciting stuff.

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  16. Gosh Two Hippos, you've done it all - I'm so envious - Presscott & Mackay are still on my dream list of things to do.

    Gosh Jane, you're right - their brushed flanelette is gorgeous and is making me think of making pyjamas for my small ones - thank you so much for the link.

    Linda, you lucky thing - we went for a short break near West Wittering a little while ago - those beaches AND the Eternal Maker - what more could a girl want for?

    Fancy Elastic - that's such exciting news - please do let me know as soon as you're officially open (such a lot to do - you're pregnant too, no?!)

    So pleased you are loving the links. x

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  17. Thanks Sweet Pea!

    Fabulously useful list and saved in my delicious.

    Really loving how you coloured the list too :)

    OX

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  18. Oh Florence I so agree with you about the smell of new fabric. Every single time I walk into work I am hit by the wonderfulness of it. It just makes me so very happy and it's such a lovely stress reliever too. I do feel quite blessed to get paid to play with so much gorgeousness every week!

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  19. Wow! That list is fab. Always lovely to browse the fabric shops. Thanks Florence.

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  20. florence your list has been a god send for the business but wondered if you could help , coming to london to find fabric and trimming could you send me right direction already written down the listed ones but do you now anymore more i buy very funky fabrics i.e fabric rehab and seamstar stuff thankyou for all your wonderful info and help its apreciated

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  21. Daniele - Blogger hasn't given me your email address, so I can't reply directly. However, I would head straight to Fabrics Galore in Lavender Hill (quite near Clapham Junction) where they have end rolls of Liberty Lawn and Boden fabrics. In central London I would go to The Cloth Store in Soho (they have two branches one at each end of the road), Liberty, which is just a few minutes from The Cloth Store and then Kleins or McCulloch & Wallis for trimmings and haberdashery. John Lewis on Oxford Street also has a fabric department on the fourth floor - sometimes this is well stocked, but other times it is really quite poor. I hope that helps!

    Florence x

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  22. Thank you so much for this list! I really struggle to find a good range of reasonably priced fabrics and have been struggling to find online stores with a decent range... You've really helped! I loved the first one I clicked on and think Mr AMEX will be funding my habit for some time to come now......

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  23. Thank you so much for this list.
    I've been eager to start sewing again after many many years, (I've even bought a new sewing machine as an incentive) BUT where do you buy fabric, patterns, bits and bobs from these days, the only shops I can find are all 'fuddy duddy' with nothing in stock I would consider buying.

    The internet is a fantastic tool, I've come across plenty of American sites but have struggled to find good UK sites. Therefore your list will be invaluable and you've just gained yourself another blog reader.
    Sarah

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  24. Fabrics Galore is amazing - they are the best fabric shop I know, and very good value. Plus the staff are lovely.

    Shaukut is good - but I find that Liberty fabrics are advertised at £11 on the web site (plus VAT and postage) so I figured I'd go in to save on postage ... and they cost £16 ...

    Fancy Moon I would avoid like the plague. It's far more expensive than shipping the same fabrics from the US, and I wouldn't mind paying for the convenience but ... 4 x 1/2 a meter arrived as 180 cm, and all the fabrics were short. I returned them and they refunded £14.07 out of an original payment of over £50.

    Fabrics Galore has many of the same fabrics as Fancy Moon but cheaper - and you don't have to deal with unpleasant people! They do not sell through the web site, but you can order over the telephone.

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  25. Hi Florence, thank you SO much for your list!!! Even huger thanks as in the list is a fabric shop I never knew existed and its only 6 miles away (Eternal Maker) from me! Now I can go and actually touch the fabrics i'm buying!! Heaven! This could be dangerous for the bank balance though ;) THANKS again from Anna (new mummy to a baby Florence!)

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  26. Ive just found your blog today and I think I could be here all night!..........where have you been hiding?? Thankyou so much for this list I will be checking all of these suppliers out. Thankyou also for the tuorials and patterns you are an inspiration!! Incidentally my mother used to sew, and taught me when I was very young, her name was Florence and she was called Flossie by her siblings. I am now 68 and became a grandmother two years ago, i made some bunting, one thing led to another and I am now addicted to sewing and ll that goes with it

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message - it's always really lovely to hear from people.

I now tend to reply within the comments section, so please do check back if you've asked a question or wish to chat.

Florence x

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