Berlin, Germany: Needlework Stores and Yarn Shoppes (incomplete list)

10 02 2011

(Updated: March 13 2013: Added a flea market with vintage and antique textiles! ^_^)

This list is in progress. I still have to discover more stores.

Diese Liste ist noch nicht fertig. Ich muss noch mehr Handarbeitsläden in Berlin entdecken.

12. Flea Market near the S-Bahnhof Tiergarten

Address: 17. Juni Street, Berlin

Read more about what this Australian blogger has to report about her flea market experience in Berlin!

11. Wollen Berlin –  I will still have to visit this shop.  Go to S/U-bahn Warschauer Straße. I would walk from there then turn right to Revalerstraße, up to Modersohnstraße. Turn left and walk one block. The Moderstraße will change to Gärtnerstraße.

Gärtnerstrasse 32, 10245 Berlin
T. 030/29351995
Ruta Sluskaite

1. Knopfloch – S-Bahnbogen 105 (Dirksenstr.105)

Go to Alexa Shopping center at the famous Alexanderplatz and out the south exit/entrance. The Knopfloch (“Buttonhole”) is located under one of the arches of the train rails of the S-Bahn.

They have a lit bit of everything here. Knitting, sewing, patchwork, embroidery. There are also rare Clover items.

2. Handmade Berlin – Auguststr. 91

Get off U-Bahnhofe Oranienburger Straße Station. Auguststraße is near that station.

This yarn shoppe has lots of luxurious yarns and knitting supplies. I especially like those from japan. They have displays of finished knitted items but I especially liked a kimono-style jacket, in black with red accents–it made me feel like making knitted clothings that is not a sweater or shawl.

3. Idee shops – These are all over Germany´s largest cities. In Berlin there are 2 branches.

a. in KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens “Shopping house of the West”) at Passauerstraße 1-3
Go to the Passauer exit/entrance. The shop is at the basement while the workshop/courses at the 1st floor near the entrance. They are renovating the yarn and embroidery section.

This store has everything from textiles and needleworks to papers and art supplies to office supplies and scrapbooking.

b. in Kant-Center  at Wilmersdorfer Straße 108-111 (you can see the idee logo on the lower left of the picture). They do not have fabrics here and limited yarns too.

4. Hobbyshop Rüther – There are 4 shops in Berlin.

The Main Shop is at Goltzstrasse 37 in Berlin- Schöneberg and  is near my apartment. It is composed of 4 different shops: the main house (office supplies, needlework, handicrafts books, etc.), the Bead shop, the ceramic store (clays and oven for rent) and an art store.

The other shops are off Berlin Center.

Berliner Straße 90/91 in Berlin-Tegel.

Kollwitzstraße 54 in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

I have been here once but I should say compared to the main stores, this store is small and very limited.

and in Breite Straße 30 in Berlin-Spandau Altstadt.

5. Frau Tulpe – Veteranenstraße 19 in Berlin-Mitte

This store has lots of yummy printed fabrics, like those from Japan. They have an online shop and you can see more of the prints there. Their affordable sewing courses are famous, they are fully booked til summer this year.

6. Babie Lato – Schönhauser Allee 182a near U-Bahnhof Rosa Luxemburg Platz.

This store has natural fabrics like linens, cottons, silks. They have lots of rare fabrics here and the price is great. They also have fabrics for curtains.

7.Werken Spielen Schenken – Schloßstraße 110b near U-Bahnhof Schloßstraße.

It has Toys, Crafts(includes needlework supplies) and Art Supplies departments. And they have an eatery if you get hungry.

Thanks to Anita of stitchalicious for sharing this store.

8. Berlins Welt der Stoffe – Schwedenstr. 9 / Eingang Residenzstr. 84  13359 Berlin

This looks really like the world of textiles.

Thank you to  Marie for the link!

9. Die Klöppelstubbe is a bobbin lace store in the Nikolai are in Berlin, near Alexanderplatz and the City Hall. They celebrated 10 years of existence in 2010. Look for the owner, Ilona Kühn. They also offer courses. There are also souvenir items from the Erzgebirge for tourists.

Rathausstraße 21, 10178 Berlin

10. Pearls Planet – Auguststraße 52, 10119 Berlin

Czech beads, seed beads, swarovski crystals, courses

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

13 06 2010

To the 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.

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.

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). ”

My 2010 Florence, Italy Vacation: Needlework Shops and Fabric Stores

23 04 2010

Here is my list of shops and stores to visit.

The keywords to look for are “ricami”, ” filati” and “tessuti”. There are so many fabric and haberdashery stores but I am just enlisting the stores which cater primarily to embroiderers and needleworkers (including patchwork, which I will soon explore too!).

1. The best needlework store that I have visited  is the Agomago in Via Arnolfo 3-red. They mostly sell patchwork and quilting articles, japanese needlework products and books. They have embroidery products and books in a small room. I bought products which inspired me and which I can´t find in Berlin. The store ladies are helpful and kind. The store is owned by 4 ladies, including a japanese lady. They can speak english too. They have helped me with the colors, because I am color-blind. I bought a couple of japanese books on patchwork which I will blog about in my library blog. They also display their finished patchwork projects, which are so inspiring, that I decided to try patchwork, appliqué, quilting and ribbon embroidery soon!  I really like the japanese fabrics. But they are starting to be a favorite among needleworkers so I hope these japanese fabrics will soon be widely available. The street is off the center but it is not far. It is still walking distance from the dome. Find the location in google maps.

2. The next store that I also like is the Mirko Filati di Campi Antonella e Barbara, which is located in Piazza San Lorenzo 35-red. Though the entrance is small, it is actually a large store. The store lady has been very patient that I am colorblind. She can speak good english. At this store, you can start paying with credit card if your purchase is 20€ up, so be sure to bring cash. I bought products I have not seen before, which inspired me in my projects, like the raffia and a knitting yarn which can be used to creat interesting textures. Here I find rare DMC products like the cord, the satin (like rayon, but different) and scented threads. There are no DMC products in Berlin stores, so I bought what I think I needed.

3. Then there is the Campolmi Roberto Filati, which is located at Via Folco Portinari 19/21-red. I have tried to come there 3 times but I seem to visit during the long lunch-breaks . They are also closed Saturday. But this store has the largest collection of knitting yarns, including hand-dyed, which are my favorites. I only bought the variegated Madeira cotton threads, which are very affordable.  But if I have more luggage space for the bulky yarns, I would have bought the hand-dyed yarns (both cotton and wool), which are not available in Berlin. Their prices are generally cheaper than in most stores, I think. And they have lots of yarns to choose from. If you are also a needlepoint kit lover, there are some which are affordable, including a stamped Aida design of Florence itself. I wanted to buy it, but I have no more luggage space.

4. Then there is the shop Ricamo and Cucito at Piazz dell`Olio, no. 20. This store has an attractive window display of finished needlepoints and cross stitched embroideries. There are kits, like those from Dimensions and Permin of Copenhagen, including hard-to-find designs. I started to like and collect these kits when I was making lots of cross stitched designs years ago. They have hundreds of patterns, mostly from the US. What I really find inspiring, are the displayed embroideries. You get to see how some of the kits are finished. I really like the very fine Boticelli Madonna needlepoint (faces and skin are in petitpoint) and the very large Klimt needlepoint which also uses gold threads, just like Klimt used gold in his paintings.

5.  Ceruti is not an embroidery store, rather it is an ecclesiastical store, that happens to sell finished goldwork embroidered articles, like those that are used to cover the priest´s cup during the mass. And guess what, they also sell silver and gold threads. Because I have not found any gold threads in Berlin, I bought 4 kinds of non-sewable threads (has to be couched or used as beads). There is a swatch of samples to choose from. I want to buy the finer sewable gold threads, but I am just sticking to my affordable metal threads at the moment. Ceruti is located at Via del Proconsolo 16.

6. Then during my walks off the center, I found this small yarn shop at Via Capo di Mondo 24 r.  Lane is owned by a small old lady who does not speak english. She had hundreds of yarns, but I find the vintage (“out-of-print”) yarns interesting, because I have not seen them before. It was difficult with the language. That is when I decided to learn at least the names of the colors: red-rosso, pink-rosa, blue-blu, violet-violetta, black-nero, yellow-giallo, orange-aranzio, green-verdi, brown-marrone, grey-grigio, silver-argento, gold-oro.

You might find other stores, that has machine-embroidered linens and clothings, like Busatti in Lungarno torrigiani 11 (on the way to Piazza di Michelangelo) and Loretta Caponi in Via della Belle Donne 28-r (the main door is on another Street, I forgot to write it down). These two stores sell high quality machine-embroidered home textiles (pillow cases, aprons, etc) and clothing. I just happened to be more interested in products I can use in my needlework or products that inspire me. There are also lots of Textile (tessuti) shops, which only sell fabrics, but I will not blog about them.  I did take the time to look at the fabrics, but most of the linen and silks I can also find in Berlin.

Special thanks to Jeanine (Italian Needlework) for the information about Florence in her blog!

My 2010 Florence, Italy Vacation Part 2: Antique Textiles in Museums

23 04 2010

There are quite a few very important antique textiles in Florence museums, which are considered very important in the history of embroidery. It is not strange to find that the designers and embroiderers of these works are males. (Quoted from Davanzati Museum): “Embroidery from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century was a highly qualified male profession, although 16th century documents attest to the activity of highly qualified female workers who, during the course of the 19th century – with the end of the Corporations – completely substituted the male embroiderer.

1. I will first start with the Davanzati Museum. It houses the largest collection of antique laces (both bobbin lace and needlelace) and embroideries (mostly samplers) in the highest quality, despite the small rooms. Most of the laces and embroideries are hidden from light in drawers so take time to inspect these drawers.  Also don´t forget to read the descriptions of the exhibit. Groups of needleworkers around Florence, like the cross stitch group, hold events at the Museum every now and then, so be sure to ask for information. About antique embroidery techniques in florence, they have 3 types: the stitch (ricamo a punti passati), the appliquéd (ricamo in applicazione) and the drawn or pulledwork ( ricamo sfilato e tagliato) embroideries.

Entrance to Palazzo Davanzati

2. Next important place to visit is the Museo dell´Opera del Duomo, whichis located at the back of the Duomo (Cathedral). Fee is 6€. It houses antiquities which are found in or made for the Dome, including Michaelangelo´s unfinished Pieta. The Museum used to be a workshop where masters like Donatello used to create masterworks.

Entrance to the Museo dell Opera del Duomo

Though largely damaged, the Life of San Giovanni series in Or nué (Silk shading and goldwork embroidery) are the most important textiles in the museum. It is designed in the later 15th century by Antonio del Pollaiolo for the Baptistery. The techniques used are extensive.

San Giovanni baptizing believers

3. The last piece of embroidery is the largest of the embroideries and is difficult to find. It is the piece called The Coronation of the Virgin Mother with 8 Angels and 14 Saints (Incoronazione della Vergine fra otto angeli e quattordici santi) and is located at the 2nd level of the Galleria dell´Accademia, where Michaelangelo´s David is also a resident. This embroidery is more than 4 meters wide and more than a meter high. The male master embroiderer was Jacopo Cambi. The embroidery is preserved very well,  considering it was finished in 1336, compared to the John the Baptist series! It has both gold and silver threads, and silk embroideries. This altar piece has interesting embroidery techniques in the ornamentic details on the borders, the clothes and jewelries (including the halos) of the figures. The silkshading of the leaf work on the borders are also impressive. Except for the Dome Museum, it is forbidden to take photos or videos. I can only share photos of the entrances.

Entrance to the Galleria dell´Accademia

4. Though the costumes at the Costume Gallery in Palazzo Pitti seem a lot, I do not find the collection to be important to hobbyist needleworker, unless you are interested in making costumes. Most of the collection are from the 19th century. I find the oldest pieces to be the most interesting, but they are heavily damaged. No photos as well.

Entrance to Palazzo Pitti

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