Sunday, 19 January 2014

delightful haberdashers

I enjoy shopping online; the ease, the ability to order from the comfort of my sofa and the hours I can spend browsing beautiful fabrics and haberdashery. I like finding interesting and independent shops. Most importantly I like quality products and great service, which you will always find with my sponsors. I will also share other shops (not sponsored) that I like and would recommend. 

Recently I found the haberdashery while searching for some Sashiko thread. It is a shop full of beautiful products from Japan, including beautiful Nani Iro fabrics and other haberdashery from the Netherlands and Australia. They kindly sent a sample of some of their products when I ordered white Sashiko thread. For a special touch and excellent customer service check out the haberdashery.


I will be trying some Sashiko for the first time (something I keep wanting to do) and I'm hoping with the help of The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations I will be able to attempt a quilt. I can practice some patterns and that could be turned into a nice project for this month's theme 'The Rising Sun' at le challenge


Another favourite and familiar shop is The Village Haberdashery. Annie always stocks beautiful fabrics as well as a huge range of haberdashery for a range of different crafts. I had a little spare birthday money and a birthday voucher so I got some Kona white because that's always useful and then found this incredible stash builder: Square Dot in Grey, Urban Classics by Nancy Mahoney. I hadn't seen this line before but what a great pattern and I will use it in lots of projects.


I have a stash of 30s reproduction fabrics I'm collecting for the the Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt that I will be starting at some point. I decided using just those fabrics was too 'put together' and I wanted to throw some other fabrics in that had a similar vibe but in different colours. I chose Cracking Codes in Jade, Dowry by Anna Maria Horner, Lincoln Log in Malachite, Florence by Denyse Schmidt and Scattered Floral in Lime, Urban Classics by Nancy Mahoney.



I love the lines and details of this print, Urban Classics has some gorgeous prints and since I won a Customer Advisory Board survey voucher I went ahead and ordered more fabric from Annie yesterday! Share those with you soon. The Village Haberdashery has a fab sale section and this weekend all red fabrics are 10% off with no voucher needed, so hurry (good excuse to get this!).


This week my mum gave me a huge bag of vintage (?) tapestry wool. I picked out these colours for a project I'd like to do at some point (maybe when I've finished some of my FAL list!). I love the Penelope labels.



Finally I bought some ridiculous cheap cotton thread off Ebay (just search cotton thread pack and I'm sure similar will show up). I need a variety of colours for my applique and as much as I love Aurifil, there's no way I could vaguely afford a big selection. I'm hoping these are going to be ok quality or at least suffice!




Molli Sparkles




14 comments:

  1. I am interested in your views on the threads, the colours are great.

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  2. I may well be checking out The Haberdashery at some point, I've just recently bought that book and have wanted to try Sashiko for ages, I'm thinking it would make a good sofa project for when the baby arrives, thanks for the info :o)

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  3. I am in love with every single thing you got. Great haul!

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  4. Love fabric choices. Not sure if I want to do the green tea... pattern but I've been stashing some similar fabrics for a quilt at some point in the future. Will be interested to hear what you think of the threads.

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  5. My mum got a new machine for Christmas which came with about 100 big spools of cheap thread. She told me today she'd just got it out for the first time and reading the manual had managed to thread a bobbin (to be clear, she has an ancient machine, this is just technology under 50 years old ;o) ). She told me she'd used purple thread. I was a little puzzled as she hates purple, and suggested she hadn't thought it through very well. 'Oh', she said, 'Well I didn't want to waste any of the colours that I would actually use'. Right. The fact that she has enough to last her the rest of her natural life, just hemming trousers and curtains, is obviously besides the point ;o)

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  6. I am lucky as I get a lot of threads from the market near my office, thasy work really well

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  7. I love that grey fabric and have added to my V haberdashery wish list - thank you! I used patterns from the sashiko book to make my sashiko sampler (http://flic.kr/p/aBPm3N) but just stitched through one layer of fabric and used quilting thread - I'll be interested to see sashiko done the proper way!!!

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  8. I'm going to have to check out Sashiko now, my interest is piqued! Love the grey fabric, as well as your birthday goodies from Village Haberdashery! x

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  9. I love getting haberdashery from the market as well as routing around charity shops -wierd perhaps but I am happy! Di x

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  10. lovely goodies :-) I loved sashiko when I gave it a try - I'm sure you will enjoy it :-)

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  11. Square dot in grey is fantabulous! It is so sophisticated and would be a good companion to so many projects. You have been a crafty collector this week, love it! haha Thanks for linking up!

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  12. mmm, lots of eye candy and some great finds, lucy angel! I saw my first sashiko at a farmer's market this summer. stunning! looking forward to seeing yours. =)

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  13. REALLY like the square dot/gray print. I could see using it for backings or bindings.

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  14. You scored Lucy! I think you have a lot of goodness to come with all that yummy booty! -Lettyb

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