I published this list of stores already last year for the 2012 Fat Quarterly retreat but thought it worth publishing again for this year's retreat. We have one new addition on this list which is Annie Barker's 'Village Haberdashery' that of course existed already as an on-line shop last year but is now also a proper Brick and Mortar store in West Hampstead.
I made a specific Page on my blog where you will find the below list from now on permanently.
Tikki Patchwork. Isn't it wonderful if you are lucky enough to say that you have an LQS !
Tina 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
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 suits and 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 at 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.
While 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 fantastic 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.
The Village Haberdashery
Village Haberdashery is a new addition Brick and Mortar store in London. Annie, the owner started of with her online-shop
early 2012 and was fast to add a real live store towards the end of the
that year. The shop has a great selection of contemporary quilting
fabrics and haberdashery. Annie stocks all our favourite fabrics, be it
Melody Miller, Denyse Schmidt or the ever popular Kona Cottons of which
she has a large selection. The shop is in walking distance from West
Hampstead train and tube station. The shop is open every day of the week but please do check for opening hours on the shop webpage. From April 2013 Annie also offers classes.
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 for clothes sewing. A truly fantastic selection to even more
fantastic prices. They have a fast turnaround and you often find fabric
from past collections 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
Mrs. Moon 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.