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Every so often you come across a company whose products take your breath away – well, welcome to my recent breath thief, the Remakeables (thanks to my sister Shiv for sharing this one with me!)

I could barely contain my excitement when I clicked on the link and saw the swathe of beautiful kitsch fabrics and super-cute buttons that they stock, and the prices aren’t half bad – of course, it is a US company (sheesh!) but hey, I’m getting used to that!

Here is a selection of the fabrics that I have already ordered:

 

Origin: Japan
Length: 113cm
Prices start with 1 unit=25cm – £3.17

Oh so lovely Bambi-inspired orange (my fave colour) fabric – planning to make some cushions in this one…

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Origin: Japan
Length: 115cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.11

I can’t get enough of text fabric, so these green and orange based images and newsprint on beige cotton fabric tick all the boxes…

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Origin: Japan
Length: 114cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.80

I love this beautiful flower print and think it would look great around the bottom of an A-line skirt

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Origin: Japan Length: 114cm
Prices start with 1 unit = 25cm – £2.80

 

Super summery, these lovely, bright and colourful flowers on medium-weight cotton blend fabric make me want to take off my shoes and run barefoot through a meadow – mind the thistles!

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And how about these rather super robot buttons – and the good-enough-to-eat apple buttons at the top of this post – there is a remarkable range of buttons and other trimmings to choose from too! Now shoo! You’ve had a taster, go and see for yourself.


Why are there no fabric shops? Why?

 

I have been thinking of creating a resource for those in my local area of Bristol and Bath for some time now as I have been growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of fabric shops in the South West.  

In London, there are more places to grab a fabriky bargain than you can shake a stick at so bear with me. Here goes:

 

My local haunt is The Nylon Shop on Two Mile Hill in Kingswood (no website sorry!) It smells bad but it’s cheap and has a good range of fabrics, often with new ranges coming in. The have mountains of felt for smaller projects and I bagged some great little trimmings for next to nothing to embellish my bags with. It’s a good all rounder and is open quite late so you can always pop there after work. Next door has this strange little shop full to bursting with feathers and findings, fake fur and other fripperies that can add some pizzazz to your projects.

 

 Fabric Land, York House, Bond St, Bristol – 0117 942 6155

Enter with caution! Is it me, or do you want to be inspired while you are shopping for material? Now, I don’t mean to be mean but unless you are searching for some nasty wet-look fabric for that fetish outfit you’ve been considering making or are a mum in desperate need of a nativity costume for Emily and Jack’s debut performances, then this really doesn’t have much for you. Ok, that’s a bit harsh – it has good cotton, a range of handy things like netting and calico and felt but in terms of getting some stylish textiles, I really wouldn’t bother.

 

 
Avon Textiles – St. Nicholas’ Market, Market Gate, BRistol – 01454 632 279

Yet another mixed bag to be found at Avon Textiles, tucked right out the way at St Nick’s Market off Corn Street. I went there, eyes full of promise, a happy heart, and returned with my little face crumpled and frustrated. It was old and smelly (again? C’mon people, get a glade plug-in! Heard of Febreeze anyone???) It had lots of putrid flarey old fabrics and lots of punky neon netting which I saw lots of A Level students buying to incorporate into for bizarre art projects but that was about it – plus it was quite pricy. So be warned, not all it’s cracked up to be.

 

 

 
Shannon, 68 Walcot Street Bath 01225 424222

 

Hurrah! This is more like it! Shannon is an exclusively Scandinavian store and has…wait for it…Marimekko fabrics in store! Yay! It ain’t cheap but it certainly is pretty. Don’t need to say anymore, just visit if you get the chance (note to above fabric shops: atmosphere goes a long way!)

 

 

Eastville Market, fabric supplies,  Eastville, Bristol, Avon BS5 6XY, 0845 355 2264

Cheap cheap cheap, often naff but good for buttons, bits and bobs for crafty projects. Cups of tea sell nearby for about 40p and the best bit is, it’s right next to the following resource…Yes, you guessed it – IKEA!

   Ok, so I sometimes ramble on about Ikea but to be honest, I’m so strapped for places to go, that Ikea offers a very reasonable and tasteful alternative. I have made many a cushion from treasures found at the Swedish furniture superstore.

 

 

And that’s all folks. Isn’t it sad? For  such a creative and diverse area as the South West, this is all I have managed to find – yes there are John Lewis, Cath Kidson and Laura Ashleys in abundance but it’s the little folk that I care about. So please, please, please, let me know if there are any others I have missed – there are bound to be but the issue is that I haven’t been able to find them, anywhere. Marketing goes a long way, eh?

 Until next time….

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


bigbuttons41.jpgForget zips, leave Velcro be, buttons is where it’s at.

Indeed, I have gone barmy over buttons this week and have been eagerly seeking out the best places to buy your buttons – if anyone knows any more, please let me know and I can add them to my list which will be appearing shortly on the right side of this blogski.

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One cute little on-line shop is Josy Rose which caters to all sorts of whimsical crafty bits n bobs including jewellery findings and the like. I particularly like these pretty little ‘mother of pearl’ buttons which can look really vintage when coupled with a lacy fabric.

Josy Rose buttons

Likewise, Vintage Buttons– which actually, does what it says on the tin, offers lots of Victoriana and kitsch buttons that will give a little oomph to your vintage-inspired creations.

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One of the best places to snap up a bargain button is on eBay. One of my regular haunts is Button Heaven as they have a selection from 1930s to 1980s – I recently got some fabulous Bakelite beauties here and have already been embellishing my bags with them.

If you live in London, you are certainly well catered for as there is a host of shops – one I have heard good things about is The Button Shop in Forest Gate however, they don’t have a website, well only a landing page, so you will have to visit in person like in the olden days.

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For buying in bulk, then wholesalers like Jaycotts are a sure bet  and for cute buttons to stitch onto any knitting projects or if you are sewing for children (see cute Japanese fabrics in my last post) then Knit and Sew do a good range.

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So there you have it, at the moment that is what my studious research has produced – there just have to be more button shops around so please let me know if you come across any worth adding.


Retro and vintage boutique

Having just returned from a lovely break in Amsterdam, I managed to snap some great images to inspire me in my designs. If you get the chance to visit, there really are lots of quirky little shops and markets to snap up a bargain or two.

One of my fave shops is on Haarlemmer Straat in the Jordaan area, about five minutes from Centraal Station. They always have such lovely window displays. I fell in love with this funky bag which looks pretty easy to make and thought this polka dot display was the bees knees…

amsterdam-pics-044.jpgpolka dot madness

 Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!

Yes, I was on shoe watch too and found some great second hand shoe shops – I am kicking myself (ha!) for not getting any.

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I picked up some great trimmings in one of my favourite shops on Oud Hoog Straat – some of which have already made it onto one of my latest bags – pictures will be uploaded ASAP.

Finally, I found the Droog flagship store whilst stumbling about the place, attempting to keep my bicycle tyres out of the tram lines. If you haven’t heard of it, Droog is a cutting edge Dutch interiors store famous for such delights as the milk bottle lights which I managed to snap secretly when I peeked in for a good old browse. Check out the rag rug chairs!

 Droog bottle lights         

 

 

 

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