Today was our sew make believe day trip down to London to check out some of the fabric, crafting and inspiration stores there. Kate had created a very thorough itinerary to ensure we could fit everything in that we wanted to do. I’m feeling lazy, so rather than tell you all about it, I’m just going to show you!
Stop 1: Cath Kidston
SUCH a lovely experience. Super-friendly staff, who told us to enjoy our trip and wished us a pleasant weekend. I found something I’ve been after for a while, a sturdy travel pass holder with three windows for under a fiver!
Stop 2: V V Rouleaux
An unscheduled stop we passed and decided to take advantage of. No purchases for anyone, though several of us were sorely tempted by the beautiful ribbons and trimmings on offer.
Stop 3: The Button Queen
Some frankly amazing antique buttons on display, as well as some really lovely modern designs. Buttons come at prices to suit all wallets, and everyone bought something. I got six that reminded me of a Monet watercolour to replace those on a cardigan I’ve been meaning to overhaul…
Stop 4: The Make Lounge
This tiny shop is buzzer entry only, but stocks an amazing array of lovely fabrics, iron-on transfers, embroidery silks, felt, findings… and offers a perfect selection of crafting books too. The also run workshops for hen parties.
Kate, I don’t think she’ll mind me saying, went a little bit crazy buying fabrics for various gift projects, and I bought 1/2 metre of fabric for a couple of cushion covers and iron-on transfers and an embroidery ring for another VERY EXCITING project I was inspired into by a brief browse of Cologne and Cotton.
Stop 5: Loop
A yarn shop with some fantastic wools, every type of needle or hook you could ever need and a collection of divine books and magazines. Kate and I went halvsies on the divine but costly Selvedge magazine, whose focus for the January/February issue was the women of wartime Britain, clothes rationing, make do and mend…
Stop 6: Liberty
Ah! Liberty. Heavenly store – I can’t believe I’ve never been before. The fact that everything is so far out of my price range it makes me cry is totally irrelevant because it’s just such a beautiful place to be. The stock is beautifully laid out and the displays are so well thought through – it’s like one enormous work of art. Even the entry, walking through their front porch which happens to be the florist, prepares you for the whole experience. I could gush for HOURS, but instead will leave you with a few more Liberty photographs.