Is there anything as much fun as being surround by bolts of beautiful, bright, colourful fabrics? In London we are lucky to have great fabrics shops and a few quilting specialist emporiums too. I love to buy fabrics when I can see and feel them, on so I thought I’d share those I know of with you and if you can add to the list, please do leave a comment!
First up Liberty. The Liberty Art fabrics are great to sew with and British too, lovely store with great staff.
Tikki is a dedicated modern patchwork and quilting shop quilting shop in Kew, West London. Tikki also sell quilting books, Japanese craft books, their own unique quilt kits, a selection of batting, large selection of haberdashery and also hold classes.
Ray Stitch is based on Essex Road in Islington. There are 2 floors full of fabrics, dressmaking patterns, haberdashery; many of the products they sell are organically or sustainably produced. They also hold classes in quilting, dressmaking and embroidery.
Sew Over It are in North Clapham. Lisa set up Sew Over It in a response to the growing feeling that sewing was becoming a lost skill. She wanted to pass on her passion for sewing through Sew Over It and encourage more people in London to pick up a needle and thread! They have a range of classes, fabrics, haberdashery and a cafe. Sewing and cake, what could be better?
Fabrics Galore is on Lavender Hill, Battersea. They stock a range of quilting fabrics including Alexander Henry and the full range of Liberty Lifestyle, amongst a huge selection of brilliantly priced dressmaking and home furnishing fabrics. A real treasure trove.
Beyond Fabrics is on the famous Columbia Road, in East London. A quirky boutique in the heart of the East End, offering a great selection of fabric, Elna sewing machines and also classes.
The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead has a large selection of quilting fabrics, sewing patterns and as the name suggests haberdashery. Annie (a member of LMQG) also runs classes on quilting and dressmaking.
John Lewis has a large Rowan, Makower selection and their own brand of quilting weight fabrics. There is a very large selection of haberdashery, although not a wide quilting selection.
Shaukat in Earls Court has a huge selection of Liberty fabrics and if you enjoy using tana lawn a must visit. Not a quilting shop, but a fantastic range of fabrics.
Little Woolie in Beckenham, Kent. A new shop offering yarn, Haberdashery, fabrics and classes.
Mrs Moon in St Margarets, Twickenham. A lovely yarn shop with a small selection of quilting fabrics and haberdashery.
Yarnia in Belevdere, Kent. Quilting and yarn shop.
Thread Bear in South Croydon.
Creative Quilting in East Molesey.
Just Between Friends in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.
The Running Chicken in Reading (just outside the M25). Karen is a brilliant long arm quilter who sells on line, fairs and her shop is open by appointment at her home.
Lady Sew & Sew (just outside the M25) in Henley upon Thames.
The Quilt Room (just outside the M25) with a good selection of fabrics, long arm quilting and classes.
Patchwork Cabin (again just outside the M25).