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« Reply #70 on: December 13, 2006 08:59:12 AM »

If you're coming as far as Bristol, Fabricland is worth a look.


They have a fairly high turn over of stock, are reasoably helpful and stock a decent core range. There are quite a few small fabric shops dotted around the city too though.

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« Reply #71 on: January 18, 2007 09:13:19 AM »

Hi....wish I was in Plymouth...sounds great to have a knitting group....wish there was one on the Isle of Wight

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« Reply #72 on: January 28, 2007 10:53:50 AM »

just aquick update on the craft club in Honiton, its going really well and we'r always on he look out for new members.

« Reply #73 on: January 20, 2009 04:08:34 AM »

ahoy hoy!

since this thread hasn't been updated since 2007 i figured i was safe enough to 'fast reply' and then read it through afterwards  Cheesy

i'm based in south devon at the moment where i help to run a guide unit. it was through searching for a craft that i could do with them using the limited supplies we've got that i came across this site and i have been glued to it since then!

the sad thing is that i am not creative or artistic at all. absolutely not. not one tiny bit of creativity within me, believe me - i have tried to find some for years to no avail! i have so very many ideas though, and inspiration too, but when it comes to the actual creation of a project it always goes horribly horribly wrong. i can't even do the most basic stitch for goodness' sake!

however, i am really determined to find something that i can do, and to do it well. for me, this is. no-one else. i just want to prove to myself that i can do something. no idea where to start though, especially considering my current financial situation...! Undecided

oh dear me - it's probably a good thing that this hasn't been updated in two years - my first post and I've already revealed the babbling fool that is fuzz  Roll Eyes

hope to chat to people soon Grin


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« Reply #74 on: January 29, 2009 10:17:36 AM »

Hay, Im in lovely Falmouth in lovely Cornwall...  Not originally from here but here for uni.  Weve got some nice little shops- I especially love our knitting shop coz the old ladies in there are so awesome Cheesy

I mainly enjoy making hair bands and paper crafty stuff... Thoroughly love my journaling (although I feel its a bit pants when I look at some peoples!)  I'm also a huge fan of the reconstructed tshirt Cool But Im willing to try anything really. Having a bit of an experiment today at broaches... Made two Im rather pleased with.  Nearly everything I make has a bow on it somewhere... Theyre possibly my favourite things in the huge wide world!!

And as you can see I'm a fan of three full stops... Hehe Roll Eyes

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« Reply #75 on: February 01, 2009 12:42:31 PM »

Hiya Cheesy
How exciting, south west people!!!
Im from somerset - near taunton! I saw someone mention a shop in taunton, which was really exciting - cos i know where it is!!!!
ok, yes, and im the fan of exclamation points!!
I love knitting, some sewing, making stuff, n generally experimenting n making a crafty mess! studying textiles at college - fun!!
« Reply #76 on: March 09, 2009 04:13:28 AM »

Hello! I'm new here, still exploring -found this place yesterday while looking at pics of interesting crafts.  I live in Exeter and like a variety of crafts.  At the moment I mostly do cross stitching, painting on glass and especially sewing.  I sew anything: clothes, home decor, bags... I just don't do it too often, so I am not very productive.  Usually I get to do something when I need a specific item.  And of course I have loads of unfinished projects...
I am thinking of what I can show here among what I have done, but it is not easy, since the level here is soooo high and I tend not to be too happy with the quality of many of my finished projects.  But I am improving that!

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« Reply #77 on: March 15, 2009 04:49:29 PM »

Hi Everybody! Jodie reporting from Plymo here, and its so exciting to see there are people right near me who are secret crafters. Well you're not secret i suppose, i just have'nt met you.... Tongue

Aanyway, just wanted to let my locals know of a few local gems in case they have gone unnoticed...

Eldercrafts - great little craft store that mainly focuses on cardmaking; decoupage, stamping, but also have beadworking, sewing, and some great button bargain bags. They also run a cardmaking club above the store which i have yet to attend but sounds intruiging. They are @ no 10 in the Pannier Market in Town.

Ham & Sewells - in Armarda Center good selection of papers, tools, paints etc. and the instructional book section is small but...instructional.

Plymouth Play Association - The only thing resembling a scrap store i have located in this locality, i have yet to peruse it but it seems to get lots of leftovers from local companies and its open to schools, craft clubs or just your average crafty individual. The only problem with it is that its got some tricky opening hours - tue 10-2, wed 10-1 and thur 1-7.

Hope that is useful and that i'll see some of you @ one of these places!

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« Reply #78 on: March 23, 2009 08:15:12 AM »

hi SW craftsters! I'm Hannah and I am based in Exeter, but originally hail from West Cornwall. I like to knit, crochet, cook/bake and sew, although I'll give anything a go if it's crafty. We have a few great craft stores in this fine city: There's three or four knitting shops scattered around, my favourite being a tie between Village Yarns (on the outskirts of the city in Whipton, about half an hour's walk from the centre of town, fabulous range in terms of price and choice) and The Knitting Basket on Blackboy Road (mostly acrylics and baby yarns, but excellent value and really helpful owner). The ladies in both these stores are lovely! There is also Inspirations by Exeter Central train station which does all manner of craft materials, including higher end yarns.

We have Percy's Fabric on Sidwell Street that does a range of dressmaking and upholstery fabrics, not too expensive either. There's also the Exeter Sewing Machine Centre that sells, well, sewing machines, as well as a small (but kind of expensive) range of dressmaking and quilting stuff, as well as a pretty extensive haberdashery range. Heading out of the city, towards Village Yarns actually, is the Exeter Fabric Centre that sells a huge range of all kinds of fabric, reasonably priced.

Down at the Fore Street end of the city, there's Bunyip Beads in the McCoy's Arcade, which does thousands of different beads and sometimes offers classes. Across the road from the arcade there's Make Art which I've never been in (there's a mission for the weekend!), but I think offers a range of different craft materials and classes.

There's other stores that do crafty bits too, but those are the main ones that spring to mind! I'd really like to meet like-minded crafters in Exeter- we seem to have a lot of shops but the 'craft scene' seems to mostly be older and more traditional. Anyone up for a crafting circle?  Smiley

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« Reply #79 on: March 23, 2009 08:50:10 AM »

Thank you, wo... er... wscr (that's shorter).  I hadn't thought of telling what shops we have around.

There is a fabric shop in South Street too.  It is fairly new and it looked very much avant-garde for me to dare go in when I saw it - just a couple of pictures showing pattern models at the window, and the shop looked bare of anything save for a rack with fabric rolls behind a desk at the bottom.  I assumed everything there must be extra expensive.

I like that idea of a crafting circle!

Edit:  Hannah!  I meant thank you Hannah! Cheesy
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