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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2006 10:41:47 AM »

when's the walthamstow market actually on?
I went on either a saturday/sunday (can't remember which) in search of the market and couldn't find ANY stalls. I walked all the way down the high street as well. It was most upsetting.

I would recomend Liberty's of Regent street but it is SERIOUSLY expensive but always inspirational and good for the sales.
I would also recoment Fabrics Galore (it might be called something else). It's in Battersea on Lavender Hill (look on yellow pages for it). It's fairly well priced but I must say be careful of the tags as they fall off and the staff nearly charged me 3 extra per meter for something because it didn't have the tag on (it dropped off somewhere between the racks and the counter) and they thought it was the same as every other corduroy on the rack. I found the tag in the end and they were sort of forced to believe me.
can't say I've found anything else worth noting... I go mainly go John Lewis or the internet. humph.

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« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2006 03:52:28 AM »

when's the walthamstow market actually on?
I went on either a saturday/sunday (can't remember which) in search of the market and couldn't find ANY stalls. I walked all the way down the high street as well. It was most upsetting.
The market's on Saturdays.

Not living in Walthamstow, I can't say what's open on Sundays, but there are a handful of fabric stores along that road that look like they're there all the time (ie: not just market days), but maybe everything shuts down on Sundays...

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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2007 04:26:20 PM »

Just wanted to join in the loving of Walthamstow, I nearly wet myself wandering around there. I regularily go to a little bead(knitting/sewing supply/everything) shop on Kentish Town Road, small but perfectly formed, plus they stock fimo! Also when I went to Portobello Market there was a massive stall with military style buttons that I drooled on a little bit. And! A great bead shop on the way to Notting Hill. Carnaby street has 2 amazing bead shops. One right at the end and round the corner and one in the shopping centre where the yoga is (on the top floor). One sells oodles of beads and the other specializes in semi-precious stones. It's impossible to visit both and not spend money.
Thats all I can think of for the moment. I do get overexcited about crafty shopping.
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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2007 03:19:29 PM »

I found somewhere new for habadashery bits last week - its a stall on watney market (nearest tube is colliers wood) that sells really cheap crafty bits and bobs.  So I got a loads of earring hooks, rings, some metres of sequined ribbon and various other bits and bobs for 2!  I don't know if she is there all the time, but really cheap for normally expensive bits.  There are also a couple of crafty shops round the outside of the market so nice to walk around if it is not too far for you.

I would also agree with the comment re wholesalers - the vast majority are not really bothered if you do not buy in bulk, as long as you call yourself a company - its a bit dodgy but depends how bothered you are ....

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« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2007 07:17:15 AM »

I'm heading to London next week (bethnal green actually, since its getting an honourable mention here) I used to live there a long time ago,

The last time I was in London I stuck lucky in queens market in Upton Park (turn right out of the tube station and cross the road, its a big covered market on your right) I bought heaps of fabric from a stall there, everything from a pound a yard upwards (same fabric I saw back here in Ireland for about 10 pounds/metre) Lots of choice of all sorts of types and colours, there is a trimmings stall there too and a few other fabric stalls that mainly specialise in sari type fabric. Upton park used to be the best place for fabric shops, lots of silks, sari fabrics etc, but in the last 10 years as it seems to have become a bit more affluent, a lot of the fabric shops have been replaced by sari shops, but there are still some shops around if you take a wander around the area, but yes many of them require you to buy 'suit' lengths, ie 2 metres of a pattern and 3m of a matching plain, but the prices are good.

its also the place to go for cheap jewellery (also bethnal green rd) the stuff is so cheap that you can break it up and use the beads and trimmings.

Berwick silks (I think its called) on berwick st has truly incredible fabrics, but at totally outrageous prices, think upwards of 100/yard for the nice embroidered stuff.

Southall market used to also be good for fabrics, but I havent been there in years so I dont know.


« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2008 11:12:50 AM »

the guys that worked there was a bit hard to deal with, they did stress you a bit and they where a bit sort of full on and rude to one of the other persons in the shop...I wouldnt go back if I went with my friend, I would have to go and have time to have a look cause they have lots of things...and lots of sparkly/embroidered/chinese type of fabrics...

But I don't know price wise how they are, they are selling hot pink netting for 50 p a meter thought :-)

Thats soo odd because I've done there quite a few times & they've never came up to me to try & help me (Whether thats good or bad I'm not sure but I guess its not like they get commission on selling fabric!) as they're always so busy in there & I think its quite cheap really if you compare it with the type places that are more central London.

I don't work for them honest! but i think its a bit of a gem in the South East London area really mostly because of how big they are

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« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2008 12:24:25 PM »

this is a great thread - I just wish I knew more about the layout of london.

I'll be heading there in a few weeks and besides tourist sites - I'd love to do some crafty shopping. I'll be in this area: Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London.

Any ideas on where to visit?

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« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2008 04:28:25 AM »

back to bethnal green for the weekend, and I am resolutely not going to buy any more fabric (yup that is why I am in this thread!)

just a note on frankles trimmings on bethnal green road. It is not wholesale, it looks like it from the outside, but it is a paradise! they are friendly inside and the place is an aladdins cave, they have tons of shelves, stuff spilling out all over the floors, loads of dusty old boxes it feels like you could find anything in there!

I am not buying fabric..but I will be going there!

Good prices too and you can buy belts etc

« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2008 04:36:28 AM »

Hey Edel, if you are going to Bethnal Green you might like to have a look at Prick Your Finger{/url].  I haven't been (despite living not too far away) but I hear it's lovely.

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« Reply #29 on: February 12, 2009 06:14:47 AM »

I live in Lewisham and there are two fabric shops here - both of which have already been mentioned - and a few stalls on the market that sell ribbons and the like.

The Works, which is a big chain (there's one in Lewisham too!) have stuff that can be useful for scrapbooking and cardmaking, very cheap.

There are two bead shops up round Covent Garden way - just off Charing Cross road near Cambridge Circus and Shaftsbury Avenue - one lovely and expensive and one tacky and cheap. Good things can be found in both, though!

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