A couple of posts ago I talked about the ever-growing list of UK online fabric shops that I had in my email drafts folder and promised to share it with you. Well the time has come: part of me wants to keep it to myself in case you stampede them and buy up all the fabric loveliness leaving none of it for me...but my better self (yes, it was a battle, but she won out! Hurrah!) wants to celebrate the fact that we no longer need to wait, noses pressed up against the letter box for over a month, for a package to clear customs or to find that we unexpectedly have £20 of tax to pay on our little package of scrumptiousness, before we can get our paws on it. But most of all, I know what it is to have a fledgling business and feel desperate that now all these lovely shops have finally started opening we must support them wholeheartedly by buying vast bales of fabric so that they can buy more deliciousness on our behalf and have ever-more jaw-dropping pages of fabric on their sites.
UK online fabric loveliness:
The Eclectic Maker
The Village Haberdashery
Elephant in my Handbag
M is for Make... - stocks Thangles and neutral shades of Aurifil thread, amongst other good things
Hulu Crafts - my first stop when searching out French General fabrics
Curtains Made Simple - upholstery weight fabric and Ikea fabrics
Oakshott Fabrics - maker of the fabrics used in my wall hangings
Eternal Maker - vast & wonderful selection of fabrics (inc. Essex yarn dyed linen)
Patch Fabrics - stocks Sewline glue pens for English paper piecing
U-Handbag - all the supplies you might need for bag making
Shaukat - vast selection of Liberty prints
Cotton Patch - amazing selection of quilting supplies, but postage can be slow
Tikki London - fantastic selection of colourful 1930s fabrics
The Running Chicken - a UK supplier of Quiltmania books
Kaleidoscope - stockist of virtually every sewing related book you could wish for
Sew and Quilt
Celtic Fusion Fabrics
Saints and Pinners
Sew Me Happy
Gone to Earth
Emma Garry Fabrics
Lucy Loves Fabric
Dots 'n Stripes
The Fabric Loft
Ecoearth Fabrics - all the fabrics you could want for making nappies and practical baby accessories
Donna Flower - beautiful vintage fabrics
The Quilt Room
Linen Fabrics - for inexpensive linen
Fabric shops in London
Fabrics Galore - a treasure trove of a shop with a huge selection of Liberty prints at £12 per metre)
The Cloth House - a wonderful (but expensive) selection of dressmaking fabrics
Kleins (not open Saturdays)
McCulloch & Wallis - two floors of dressmaking fabrics and habdash
Liberty of London - if you go to one place make it here. The setting makes the fabr
Shaukat - stockist of new and discontinued Liberty fabrics in London
Goldhawk Road - near Shepherd's Bush, Goldhawk Road is awash with fabric shops, selling a huge array of dressmaking fabrics.
Learn to sew here:
Just Sew - I haven't been myself, but the window alone is enough to convince me that this must be the most amazing environment in which to learn to sew.
Prescott & Mackay - the place to go for short courses in shoe-making (can you imagine the wonderfulness?), millinery and bag-making.
The Make Lounge
Find what's going on locally to you:
The Sewing Directory
This is not a definitive list of every UK online fabric shop...rather a cherry-picked one of those selling the fabrics that I really want to sew with myself. I've put notes next to the ones that specialise in certain things or need more explanation as to their inclusion on my list.
I should also say that I haven't shopped in every single one of the shops mentioned and so can't attest to the level of customer service they might provide, but those that I (or my husband, for he is responsible for snuffling out my of the above-listed shops in the quest for my birthday and Christmas presents) have shopped with have been loveliness itself: packages have arrived speedily and wrapped in beautiful tissue and ribbon, the fabric perfectly cut and smelling just as new fabric should (yes, it does have a smell and I breath it in like an antiquarian might nose books...it's a scent of perfect happiness that is now bottled within my fabric drawers...if only there was a spray-on form of it so that I too could smell of new fabric...instead I smell of Laura Mercier's Creme Brulee which is almost as goo!).
Anyway, despite the fact that UK fabric stockists are meant to be the sole focus of this post, it feels all wrong to list so much goodness without mentioning a couple of my most favourite overseas purveyors of fine fabrics, who are irreplaceable no matter how much loveliness we have on our English shores:
Holland Fabric House - fabrics that you won't find elsewhere
Well, lordy, I do hope I haven't left anyone out of that list (please let me know if I have). Wishing you partial restraint and a happily lighter wallet.