My 2009 London Vacation Part 1: Needlework shops and Fabric Stores

13 06 2010

To the stitchinfingers.ning.com members, who replied with addresses of stores with needleworks or haberdashery departments, or needlework shops around London, thank you. I was able to visit all of them.

I am writing this blog entry, for those who are visiting London and would want to look for fabrics and needlework stuffs. This is not a complete list, so if anyone has to share, I will add another list of shops I have not visited. Before I got hold of the AtoZ London map book, I used the Google map to locate the addresses, I would recommend using that when you are online.

Updated list June 14, 2010: I added a 10th shop, the London Tapestry Needlework.

1. All the Fun of the Fair is a little store on the 2nd Floor of 8 Kingly Court. They have mostly knitting stuffs. The shop has the feel of a cake shop, maybe because of the knitted muffins. Visit their website for photos.

2. Broadwick Silks is along Broadwick Street.

Broadwick Silks Ltd

Broadwick Silks Ltd

3. The Silk Society’s website has the same design as the Broadwick Silks Ltd. It is a different store.

The Silk Society

The Silk Society

4.The Cloth House is a very warm place with lots of vintage fabrics, great prices too. They have a great website and another blogger has written about the shop. http://www.fashion-stylist.net/blog/2008/03/06/the-cloth-house-and-buttons/

Cloth House

Cloth House

5. The Soho Silksis located in D´Arblay St.

Soho Silks
Soho Silks

6. The Liberty& Co. of London is located at Great Marlborough Street. It is a large store. The haberdashery section is in the 3rd floor

Liberty & Co of London
Liberty & Co of London
7. John Lewis is one of the most visited store located along Oxford Street. Go to the Haberdashery Section on the 4th Floor.
John Lewis

John Lewis

8. MacCullogh and Wallis is located at Dering Street.
MacCulloch and Wallis

MacCulloch and Wallis

9. The London Bead Co. /Delicate Stitches, I like this store because it is the only one which sells embroidery books, including Inspirations magazines. They have american tools and threads, which the other stores have none. I recommend this store, although not located in the busy Soho area. It is really worth the time going there. I was told at the RSN and by a friend, that they are probably only beads there. But if one goes inside to the other half of the store, one sees the reason why the name of the store has a slash then Delicate Stitches to it. 🙂
The London Bead Co./Delicate Stitches

The London Bead Co./Delicate Stitches

10. The London Tapestry Needlework – Thanks to Rosanne for mentioning it. It is located near Harrods. And they have a website too. http://www.tapisserie.co.uk/

The address is 54 Walton Street, London SW3 1RB. They specialize in handpainted canvases for all kinds of needlework  for smaller accessories to larger upholstered furnitures.

Jan. 21, 2012 Update:

Thanks for the additional info, Sophie:

“I lived in London for 3 years. Used to go to Roll and Rem’s (no website) in Lewisham. They sell mainly fabrics and ribbons at a good price.
For ribbons, beads etc… there is a shop in Winsley street and another one, more luxurious, near Sloane square.
Another famous fabric shop is Shaukat (Old Brompton Street). ”

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Semmenihana (Fan Flower) Japanese Style Wall Hanging

13 06 2010

“Fuji” (Wisteria – symbol of Spring in japan)

Started: May 19, 2007

Finished:May 28, 2007

No. of hours: 37 hours

Materials: Cotton floss on Rayon Satin

Semmenihana Fuji (Wisteria)

Semmenihana Fuji (Wisteria)

“Kaki” (Persimmon – symbol of Autumn or Fall in japan)

Started:  April 11, 2009

Finished: April 18, 2009

No. of hours: 25 hours

Materials: Cotton floss on Rayon Satin

Semmenihana Fuji (Persimmon)
Semmenihana Fuji (Persimmon)

I am making this set of 4 fans, depicting various flora in various seasons of the year. The embroidery book suggests a japanese way of presenting the fans, one piece at a time. The fans are mounted to the shape of a fan. I added gold ribbons on the edge to imitate gold leaf (I still don’t know how to put gold leaf on fabric, a japanese technique suggested in the book). Then I mounted a larger background for the fans. I sewed clasps and hooks on the back of the fans and on top of the dark background. Honestly, I do not know how the japanese framers make their wall hanging. But from what I did, I could not tell the difference. lol!

Semmenihana Fuji and Kaki (Persimmon) off the background

Semmenihana Fuji and Kaki (Persimmon) off the background








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