I was recently asked by somebody who lives abroad and is planning a visit to London if I could recommend any brick and mortar fabric stores. Then we have the Fat Quarterly retreat upon us in a few weeks time for which excitement in some quarters is reaching fever pitch.
A lot of quilters and sewers from outside London will descent onto South Kensington. And all that got me thinking that although most of us do shop on-line
these days as it is more convenient and the on-line choice is
often more plentiful, all of us still do love a proper brick and mortar
For us quilters and makers of beautiful things a fabric
store is like a candy store that has the distinct advantage of having
zero calories (let's not talk about the damage they can inflict on our
So I compiled a list of stores in and
around London that I use to satisfy my candy habit and hope this is
useful to anybody who is interested. I will add new shops every time I
discover one but as a rule only those that I actually have visited.
I made a specific Page on my blog where you will find the below list from now on permanently.
Tikki Patchwork in Kew
Tikki Patchwork. Isn't it wonderful if you are lucky enough to say that you have an LQS !
who owns the shop has a fantastic selection of modern quilting fabric
in her store and also stocks a large variety of embroidery thread plus
all sorts of haberdashery. Although the shop is small, I almost always
find what I am looking for and of course a lot of what I am not looking
One warning though, be aware of the opening hours and always
check the website before you set of or better even call to make sure
Tina or Corinne are there.
Yes you read correctly not Liberties of London but Shaukat. The reason
why I am recommending this shop which is located in South Kensington is
because it has the largest selection of past and new Liberties
collections you can possibly imagine. In addition Shaukat stocks fine
wool for suitsand other attire, stripes, dots and wonderful silks. You
name it they have it. Shaukat caters mainly for the Far Eastern Market
and has a lot of pre-cuts that start with several meters but they are
happy to cut as small as 0.5 meter of the bolt. The prices are similar
to those of Liberties of London but you do find bargains and discounts
that you do not find at Liberties. Shaukat also have on-line shopping.
Liberties of London
Liberties of London
can of course not be missed on the list. I do visit this wonderful
beacon of style regularly and although I tend to buy my liberty tana
lawn at Shaukats I still love checking out the displays and brows the
Rowan fabrics they stock and of course the lovely selection of wool.
Liberties also have on-line shopping.
The Cloth House
at No 47 Berwick Street. The Cloth House has two branches and the one
in 47 Berwick Street stocks a lot of gorgeous linens, canvas, Thai Hemp
and Indian and Japanese fabrics plus a million bits and bobs. It is
utterly gorgeous and the staff are very helpful. The other branch at 98
Berwick Street stocks silks, cottons, trimmings, velvets, woolens etc.
you are in Soho have a wonder around Berwick and Broadwick Street and
its many side streets. You will find a multitude of shops selling
fabrics here and most specialize in silks (Berwick Street Cloth shop, Broadwick Silks, The Silk Society
to name just a few shops). Walk around, browse and nip into some of the
great cafes around there where you can play the game of people spotting
to your hearts content.
branches in Oxford Street and Sloane Square have sizable haberdashery
departments. They stock more wool then quilting fabric but either is
worth a visit though the flag ship store on Oxford Street has a better
selection. Both stores stock an excellent selection of home decor fabric
and have superb sales in Summer and Winter. John Lewis do have on-line shopping.
MacCulloch & Wallis
MacCulloch & Wallis
are a haberdashery store just a stone through from Liberties and John
Lewis. They have a superb selection of everything haberdashery and also a
large variety of fabrics. It is a great shop and whenever I do have to
buy haberdashery then I tend to go there rather than to the big stores
and to be honest MacCulloch & Wallis actually have much more stock
than John Lewis and Liberties of London. They do have on-line shopping.
is a very popular shop amongst the London sewing crowd. They are
located in Battersea on Lavender Hill. Fabric Galore has a large
selection of home decor and quilting cottons, oilcloth and also fabric
suited for sewing clothes. A truly fantastic selection to even more
fantastic prices. They have a fast turnaround and you often find fabric
from past collection there. There is no on-line shopping facility
They have a beautiful selection of contemporary quilting cottons
including Japanese imports in addition to ribbons, buttons, threads,
bits and bobs. And the best thing is that the shop doubles as a cafe
with incredibly delicious cakes and well brewed coffee. What can you
want more than a little sweet snack after the hard work of fabric
In 2012 Ray Stitch also started to offer classes.
is also located in Islington and is a wool shop with a wonderful
selection of yarns starting with the usual suspects such as Rowan and
Lang to the more exquisite such as Madelinetosh, Brookly Tweed or
Alchemy. The shop is on two levels and has an enormous amount of pattern
books and magazine, armchairs everywhere and lovely people. It is a
blissful place and is located in a lovely part of Islington in Camden
Passage where there is always a nice cafe to nip in. Loop Yarn also
offers classes and has an on-line shop
is a yarn and fabric store located in St. Margrets (just outside
London, a little further than Kew where Tikki is located). They stock a
wonderful selection of yarns and also a small selection of quilting
fabrics. They stock a sizable selection of Rowan yarns, Debbie Bliss,
Noro but also Scrumptuous Lace that I have bought a few times now
because it is very soft and lovely to work with. Mrs. Moon also has an online-shop.