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« on: July 21, 2010 06:48:32 AM »

Heck yes.  I love living in York.  Itís a brilliant city, and as a crafter Iím utterly spoiled here.  In case any crafters feel like visiting, here are the highlights of York for creative types.

Shops

Craft Basics, Goodramgate.  You canít come to York and not visit Craft Basics.  Itís the daddy of all craft shops.  Theyíve got everything youíll ever need, from handbag handles to embroidery floss to wool roving to card and feathers and glass paint and card embellishments.  Youíll go in there looking for particular supplies, and come out with supplies for a whole new craft you never know existed.  The staff are fab and really helpful Ė they never batted an eyelid when I asked if they had googly eyes.

Gillies Fabrics, Peter Lane.  This is a superb fabric shop tucked away down a little alley, near the shop that sells nuts and swimwear.  Seriously.  Theyíve got a huge range of dressmaking and quilting fabrics, and sell some incredibly high-tech sewing machines.  They also run classes throughout the year.  I was once at a craft show in Harrogate, and saw this incredibly well stocked fabric stall that stood out above the rest Ė got closer and realised it was Gillies.  Of course.

Viking Loom, High Petergate.  The Viking Loom sells a gorgeous range of quilting fabrics, including Moda and Robert Kauffman materials, as well as beads, embroidery floss, wool rovings, and loads of unusual embroidery kits.  They also have some seriously fab jelly rolls that I covet every time Iím in, despite the fact I donít quilt.

Ramshambles, The Shambles.  The wool shop Ramshambles used to be Sheepish, but itís just been bought out by the woman who used to manage Sheepish.  It seems to have just as much tasty tasty wool, but itís now looking really clean and funky Ė a real destination wool shop.  As well as stocking Debbie Bliss, Noro and King Cole, they also sell Highfield Textiles - local Wensleydale and Shetland wool.  Yum!

Poppyís, Colliergate.  This wool shop is the new kid on the block.  Little sister of Poppyís in Pocklington, this shop is out to wow.  The Pocklington shop stocks much more than wool Ė jewellery supplies, rubber stamping, paper crafts and more, but I understand the York one will concentrate on wool for the time being.  But donít let that worry you Ė they have all the big names Ė Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Sirdar, as well as lesser know ones like Araucania and Yorkshire Yarns. 

Boyes, Goodramgate.  So, you like the sound of all these shops above, but donít have the readies to splurge on some supplies.  Where do you go?  You go to Boyes, the northís premier cheap and cheerful department store.  Their haberdashery department upstairs has loads of fabric, wools, dyes and more and low prices. 

The Art Shop, The Shambles.   At the entrance to The Shambles, which won the award for Britain's Most Picturesque Street 2010, The Art Shop is stocked full of everything youíll ever need to paint, draw and more.  I go there for my lino and printing ink for making lino cuts.

The Miniature Scene, Fossgate.  The Miniature Scene is the UKís number 1 independent Doll house miniatures supplier.  And itís fascinating.  Iím not really into dollsí houses, but I canít resist popping in, looking at all the tiny things and pretending Iím a giant. 

Make Your Mark, Goodramgate.  Writing all this out, I realise York has some pretty specialist shops Ė weíve had dollsí housesupplies, and now rubber stamps.  Make Your Mark is a teeny tiny shop, full to bursting with rubber stamps and inks.  And if you want a particular stamp making up, theyíll do that for you too. 

Bead Hive, College Street.  Nothing much to say, other than that itís a really excellent bead shop at the back of York Minster.  If you want unique and beautiful beads, you know where to go. 

Activities

There are a few crafty things to see and do in York Ė I like the ceramics cafť Rainbows Ceramics in Marygate, and itís always worthwhile seeing whatís on at the Art Gallery.  Good classes run throughout the year, often held by York College.  If youíre around on a Monday night, thereís Knit and Natter at the Brigantes Pub on Micklegate from 5.30pm, and on Friday nights thereís Art Jamming at the Art Space, Tower Street Ė bring a drink and they provide the supplies to paint or draw. 

But if you are a crafter visiting York, you must not miss out on the Quilt Museum on Peashome Green, dedicated to quilting and textile arts.   Itís based in St Anthony's Hall, built for the Guild of St Martin in 15th century, and itís also been a workhouse for the poor, a hospital, prison, and a school and archive.  Now, the medieval space is filled with stunning antique quilts, and they have regular exhibitions of more modern fibre arts.  Itís not cheap, but well worth the entrance fee Ė even my non crafty boyfriend loved it.

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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010 11:48:44 AM »

Ooooh!  Thanks for this.  Must arrange a trip to York!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010 03:53:19 AM »

Yay!  It's just a fab place, generally.

Oh, and I can't believe I forgot

Duttons for Buttons, Coppergate. More buttons than you ever thought existed!  They supplied the buttons for the Pirates of the Carribean, apparantly.   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010 06:31:22 AM »

Thanks for the info, I will definitely plan a visit to York!
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