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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2005 12:22:38 PM »

I like Ridley Road Market- on Saturdays they normally have a couple of stalls with fabrics. There are also some stalls selling African-style fabrics.
Kind of halfway up the market is also a proper fabric store- sometimes you can get some unusually patterned fleece fabrics.
There is also a shop selling trimmings and buttons, also they normally have some boxes outside with sale items, such as big reels of buttons.

Another 'proper' fabric store is 'Sew Fantastic'. It's well stocked and also sells patterns. They also have some funky fabrics. The sore is on 107 Essex Road, nearest tube station is Angel.

If you happen to go to the knitters viewing of Ocean's 12- around Brixton tube Station seem to be a lot of fabric stores and stalls.
One is: Atlantic Silk Fabrics on 28 Electric Avenue, SW9- gthey had some gorgeous fabrics, as the name says they're specialised in silks, but stock all sorts of other fabrics.

Has anyone found a store that sells leather remnants and leather tools, etc?
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2005 04:51:46 AM »

aaahhh! I'm high on fabric!

I finally went to Walthamstow market yesterday (my friend just reccomended it when I posted before) and it is a PARADISE FOR CRAFTSTERS! Amazing! I bought so much fabric I had to run back to deposit bags at the boyfriend's car so I could go get more. One store had everything for 75p a metre (and nice stuff, too - fleece, organza, cotton, interfacing, bridal, brocade, everything), another store I got wool/poly tweed for 1.60 a metre, and red vinyl for 3. And there's a stall with buttons for 10p, zippers for 20p, and a stall where they cut foam to whatever size and shape you want. ooh, and I got some gorgeous brown suedette for 3 as well.

I've literally got enough fabric to keep me busy until summer (about 12 metres in all), and I spent -total- under 20! I'm never going to Berwick Street or John Lewis for fabrics again!

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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2005 03:42:36 PM »

Just checking in...have been away from craftster for a while.

You've got me all excited just at the thought...must get to Walthamstow market soon!
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2005 01:26:28 PM »

I think that most of my favourites have already been mentioned, I travel all over London to find fabrics... Ridley Road and Walthamstow market (excellent!), Electric Avenue-Brixton (good variety and v.cheap), Brick-lane, Rolls and Rems...

I have two other places to throw into the mix, there are around 4-5 fabric shops, practically next to each other in Shepherds Bush (A-One-Fabrics: 50 Goldhawk Rd, W12, Classic Textiles: 44 Goldhawk Rd. W12), Between them they sell a wide variety of fabrics - wools, silks, cottons synthetics, sari/African fabrics, basically everything that you could want.  Some of the shops are more expensive than others but all good quality and much better prices than John Lewis. (Goldhawk Road tube station)

Haven't been there for a few years, but I've just found out that they are still going, so will be visiting very soon - The Cloth Shop at 290 Portobello Rd, W10, they used to be brilliant for linen and cotton fabrics in particular.

I know that 'squirrellypoo' has already mentioned it, but I absolutely love Berwick Street market, just off Oxford Street.  For anyone that doesn't know it, Yes, it is extremely overpriced, but if you love fabric, just go to window shop.  Borovik Fabrics (16 Berwick Street) and Greenscourt Fabrics (24 Peter Street) among many are where people from the fashion, stage and screen go to shop.  Beautiful evening, reproduction, velvets and silks (although you will find everything here cottons, wool and synthetics).  Staying in west London, another expensive but 'beautiful' shop is of course Liberty at (210-220 Regent Street).

Good trimmings shops in London seem to be in decline.  I know about William Gees(520-522 Kingsland road, E8 - amazingly cheap!), the one in Ridley Road market (U & I Trimmers - 144, Ridley Rd, E8), Kleins and Macculloch and Wallis, but many of the others seem only to be wholesale.  If anyone else can recommend any others, please do. In the mean time hope this helps.




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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2006 05:19:47 AM »

There's a nice fabric shop on the high street in Clapham Junction, is it Lavender Hill Road?  Very similar in pricing to Rolls and Rems, just a bit more convenient for us South Londoners. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2006 12:26:08 PM »

although i am very new to sewing, i go to the rolls and rems in lewisham. i think they have 2 or 3 branches?? they have the addresses on the plastic bags they give you Cheesy

Gierma- was the shop Sakhi fabrics? i've only been there once because it's right at the end of the high street. and i've never been back.. didn't seem very.. friendly??

i'd love to go to walthamstow market.. maybe when i have some money. sounds good Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2006 09:42:47 AM »

Walthamstow market really is fantastic.  I love going there for cheap trimmings.

I also really like Finishing Touches in North Finchley.  It's very near where i live so i always pop in just to have a look around. 
It sells some yarn, lots of trimmings, a decent range in fabrics and at the back of the shop and more bits and bobs.  The prices are decent..although not as cheap as walthamstow.
If anyone's willing to trek to the suburbs, it's at 353 Ballards Lane, N12 8LJ.  Nearest tube station's probably Woodside Park.
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2006 06:44:25 AM »

Hello,

I live in the smoke, and good places to look are:

Trimit- 281-285 Bethnal Green Road E2 6AH UK
Phone: (0)207 739 0621 for a mind boggling range of trims, appliques, ribbon, buckles, and loads of other stuff you never knew you needed!

Temptation Alley 359 / 361 Portobello Road  020 8964 2004 - another Aladdin's cave of trims, sewing notions, fasteners, fabrics...

Wimbledon sewing machine centre 292-321 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA, 020 8767 0036.  Sewing machines and a huge range of sewing paraphanlia.

http://www.u-handbag.com/ My bag making supplies shop (I deliver the same day up to 4pm mon-fri) Everything for making bags. 0207 3103612

Curtain Factory Outlet 269 Ballards Lane N12 0208 4920093. A brill place for designer upholstery fabric.  I know for a fact that John Lewis purchases some of their curtain fabric from this outlet.  Best of all nearly all of the designs are only 7-8 a metre!!! (except you have to purchase at least 2 metres per design) there's so much choice it's dangerous!

That's all I can think of for now...

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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2006 04:25:05 AM »

Trimit- 281-285 Bethnal Green Road E2 6AH UK
Phone: (0)207 739 0621 for a mind boggling range of trims, appliques, ribbon, buckles, and loads of other stuff you never knew you needed!
omg, is this the same thing as Frankle Trimmings? The address looks the same. I walk past this every day on my walk to work, but I always thought it was wholesale only. Do they do small orders? From the outside, it looked like the only thing they sell retail are the bags and shawls in the window...
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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2006 04:13:04 AM »

Trimit- 281-285 Bethnal Green Road E2 6AH UK
Phone: (0)207 739 0621 for a mind boggling range of trims, appliques, ribbon, buckles, and loads of other stuff you never knew you needed!
omg, is this the same thing as Frankle Trimmings? The address looks the same. I walk past this every day on my walk to work, but I always thought it was wholesale only. Do they do small orders? From the outside, it looked like the only thing they sell retail are the bags and shawls in the window...

Hi Squirrellypoo,

When I went to the store there was only belts and things in the window too.

I can't remember what was written on the sign; but I have been in there and just bought a smallish amount of stuff.  I even think it might be wholesale only but if you say that you are a designer/maker and say that you need small amounts for sampling and that you would be back for more stuff, it should be OK.  They don't seem to be that uptight.  Make up a company name for yourself (because when I went in you had to fill in a customer form thing), and make sure you have a bit of spare time!
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