If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know that I love Edinburgh Fabrics (they don't have a website). They have everything: consistent offerings, great quality and excellent prices. I've made many of my garments from fabric bought at Edinburgh Fabrics. Here are a few of my favourite things:
Fun Buttons photo credit: Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons
Edinburgh Fabrics is small and jam packed with goodies. I always find something new every time I visit. Some of my favourite things they offer includes amazing British wool (at good prices approx. £15-20/mtr), crepe back satin in virtually every colour, fun buttons (including rhinestone vintage looking buttons), loads of trim, beautiful Chinese brocade fabrics, great linings and some beautiful netting (think petticoats) in nice muted colours. Edinburgh Fabrics is family run and I think you will love it!
We also have a store called the Cloth Shop (run by Remnant Kings):
Photos from Remnant Kings Website
Looking for home furnishing fabrics, fun stretch tartan fabric or funky prints? The cloth shop is a great store. I never know what I'm going to find but I always love having a look! They also have accessories such as shoulder pads, etc.
And last but not least in the fabric store category is Mandors Edinburgh:
Mandors Store photo credit: rovingreporterseca
They have their flagship store in Glasgow but have a two-floor shop in Edinburgh. The basement holds the quilting cottons and furnishing fabrics and the ground floor is dedicated to dressmaking fabrics. Let me tell you...they have an A-MAZING wool selection. Mandors is know for their colour coordinated stores and it is so fun to browse their amazing offering. There is a huge range in prices from bargain bin half-priced fabric to Alpaca and Wool coating going for £50/mtr. It just so happens our visit will coincide with their winter sale....hmmmmm
But wait....there's more.
Fancy knitting? K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique is a cute little shop with some very nice yarns. They also have a short stack of wool fabric and batik print fabric in the store (though it's a bit on the pricey end).
Do you have an embroidery project or are you thinking of starting one? Well....the Grassmarket Embroidery Shop (again no website) is the equivalent of handwork heaven. Every colour of floss, embroidery canvases and fabrics, speciality kits....
Do you love vintage?
Photo credits: Gloves and hats photos from La Poubelle Verte, Cashmere sweaters photo from Rosie and Gracie Vintage.
Armstrongs and Sons is THE place in Scotland for vintage clothing. Some of my favourite things include their vintage hats, gloves and of course, cashmere jumpers/sweaters. They also have vintage patterns and fabrics. Every time I've gone, I've walked away with some fabric at a fabulous price (in December I came away with three yards each of two separate wools!!) Plus, the store is such a fun experience--it's packed from floor to ceiling with pretty things.
I'm currently checking to see if any of these places will give us discounts.
What else? Bring your camera and plan for cold weather.....of course, you do realise we are all totally crazy for planning a meet-up in January in Scotland?? heheheh. The high is expected to be 6 degrees Celsius with light rain and wind--so bundle up. You don't have to wear a me-made creation, unless of course you have made a coat recently.....
We'll probably do a bit of traveling by bus around the city (Edinburgh buses are fantastic)--so plan to bring £3.20 in exact change to purchase a day ticket. Unlike other buses in Scotland, the Lothian buses do not give change so you have to have the exact fare.
If you have fabric, patterns, yarn or other crafty stuff that you're not using--bring it with you and put it in our swap!
More details on the actual meet-up location and other logistics will be sent soon! I can't wait for Saturday!!