The streets of London

So a last minute trip to London with Mr B has meant a whole day to myself in the city while he has been working away at his desk and as I was there in time to hear Big Ben strike 8am it’s been a nice long day! 

  

After a bit of a wonder from the river to Picadilly it was time for breakfast and a spot of research…..what lovely fabric shops hadn’t I visited here yet?

I decided on two and my first stop was MacCulloch & Wallis This place is real treasure trove of fabrics, haberdashery & trimmings, I particularly fell for the little alcoved areas filled with millinery supplies. The blocked hats, fascinator bases, headbands….all of these things has got me thinking. Could I make my own Mother-of-the-Bride hat or assessories to use in my hairdressing? 

Mind buzzing I left! With a wander around Berwick Street then Liberty  I made my way up to John Lewis. As well as seeing some fantastic fabrics and crafting items here I was really excited to see a display of Jane Foster items. Not only do I love Jane’s style & design but I also have the pleasure of knowing her as a client….I wanted to tell everyone around that I was her hairdresser!

 

  Joel and Son was my next destination.  I got a little lost finding this place but it was worth the effort. So much fabric I was like a kid in a sweet shop. As I didn’t have a particular shopping list I was happy just to browse for future reference and to observe the knowledgeable assistants selecting fabrics for customers; colour matching, co-ordinating & advising. 

  

Happy with my new discoveries I was going to call that a day but with time still to spare a short tube ride to Goldhawk Road couldn’t hurt, after all I still hadn’t actually bought anything yet.

In the end I found myself with 2 purchases😃 I’m not normally a big velvet fan but it was my first buy, as a silk mix it felt so cool & soft, perfect for the pattern I have in mind although the colour looked a little different once I got out into the daylight! I also picked up a cut length of waxed cotton. I’d seen piles of these pre-cut lengths on a previous visit and the colours of this piece appealed to me so I don’t know what I can do with it but as it was only £10 for 6yards I’m sure I’ll think of something! 

 

So my day of fabric shops was complete & it was time to meet Mr B from work. I had a great day & walked so many miles that a glass or 2 of vino by the river was well earned 🍷

  

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