Fabric Shopping in London and Paris
My daughter and I are going to London and Paris during the summer. We are interested in smocking, heirloom sewing, and quilting. Any information on shops specializing in the above requested. Also, have heard Liberty of London has an outlet store somewhere, does anyone know where it is?
Liberty's have an outlet at a shopping mall called Windsor Station in Windsor and another one at Terminal 4 at Heathrow (airside I am afraid)and maybe at other airport terminals. I don't think any of these sell fabrics - just the souvenir type stuff and finished clothes.
I am not sure you can do better than Liberty's for the kind of fine cottons you will be wanting, though I have an address somewhere of a small shop somewhere out in the South London suburbs which boasts a good range of laces etc. I have not been there - it is not an easy place to get to - but I can look out the address if you want it.
Liberty's have a sale in July. Sometimes you can make a real killing here, sometimes they have virtually nothing.
I have taken American friends who quilt shopping in the UK but nearly everything we saw was imported from the States and probably twice the price.
I find a lot of the finer laces and braids I have bought were made in France. Please let us all know what you discover in Paris!
*Thank you so much for responding. I would greatly appreciate it if you could send me the address of that small shop in the South London suburbs or any other info you might find interesting. If it would be easier to send me an email, its [email protected]. Thank you again.
*I can't help with London, but it looks like Ghillie C. has already given you an answer for that. Someone else asked about Paris six months to a year ago, so I'll copy below what I wrote then:You can find individual fabric stores scattered all over Paris, but THE place to go for fabric is an area called the "Marche St. Pierre" because there are dozens of fabric stores one right next to the other. To get there, take the Metro to the "Anvers" station (it's on Line No. 2 which goes from "Porte Dauphine" to "Nation;" you need to know the ending stations in order to find the right metro line when you're stumbling about in a station [i.e. the name of the end-of-the-line station is what you need to look for on the signs in your starting station]). There's only one exit in the Anvers station so you can't go wrong; go out and up the stairs, turn right and cross the street. You'll immediately start climbing a narrow street that has cheap-clothing and fabric stores on both sides. The two biggest, towards the top of the hill, are "Reine" and "Dreyfus." If you don't speak French, it'd be best to take pictures of fabric from clothing catalogs to give an idea of what you want. Some of the streets branching off this first one also have lots of fabric stores and there are usually mobs of people there. Seems the stores close around 6:00 pm.When you get tired of shoppping, you can climb the stairs to the Sacred Heart Basilica (you can see it right above you when standing in front of Reine) where the view of Paris is spectacular, especially at dusk when the lights are starting to come on (it's also free). If you're interested in other areas related to sewing, there's the Musee des arts decoratifs (museum of decorative arts) and the Musee de la Mode et du Textile (museum of fashion and textiles) which are both listed at 107 rue de Rivoli. The telephone number is (01) 44-55-57-50 from inside France; if you're calling from the US or Canada, that would be 011-33-1-44-55-57-50. The Metro station is "Palais-Royal." I'm not sure, but think they're both part of the Louvre museum.
*This message may get to you late as i have only just read your letter.In london; visit Libertys in regent street, you will find the famous liberty prints as well as beautiful designer fabrics. Muculloch and Wallace in Dering St, near John lewis, both are excellent for fabrics, and accessories. You must also walk the length of Berwick st in soho as its full of silk houses and the 'cloth house' which has an amazing range of fabrics. Hope this helps with your soucing.
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