Fabric Shopping in Yorkshire!


As you know I am rather partial to the occasional retail therapy when it comes to fabric, even better when it is totally unexpected….

fent-shop-homeSkipton is turning into quite a good centre for fabric. The Fent Shop has been there for years selling furnishing fabrics both by the metre and also in fents, they also sell quilting and dressmaking fabric  and a bit of haberdashery, trimmings and the like. It’s quite an Aladins Cave, full of good quality fabrics at good Yorkshire prices!


A new shop opened over the summer opposite the church which sells John Lewis roll ends at very good prices too…

14494607_1395048227194180_2487328730774262517_nLast weekend I was dashing through Skipton market as I was late for my slot helping at the Skipton Embroiderers Guild exhibition. Now it’s not easy to dash through Skipton at the best of times, but Saturday must be the slowest! All of a sudden I came to an abrupt halt as I spotted fabric!!! Quilting fabric too…and beautiful quality…all at £2 for a fat quarter or £8 a metre!

I bought some gorgeous fat quarters and 2m of two different neutrals. It turns out the gentleman was from Quilt Cabin in Hebdon Bridge which sounds an amazing shop if ever you’re out that way. Anyway the good news for me is that he is going to have a regular stall on the Saturday market, though this is not necessarily good for my bank balance!

Fat Quartes

felt-colours2-214x320Yesterday I was in Skipton again for my regular Embroiderers Guild meeting and I spotted a new fabric shop on the main street. It’s called Cool Crafting, for those who know it it is the same people as the shop in Kirby Lonsdale!! I’ve never managed to get there but apparently it’s jam packed with crafty goodness and they have similar plans for their new shop in Skipton! It was their first day yesterday, it’s a lovely shop, they’ve got beautiful cotton, linen and wool fabrics, their heathery wool felts were gorgeous, just need to work out what I could make from them!! They have a good selection of independent patterns and lots of nice haberdashery too. They’ve a teaching corner with lots of plans there too. I think it’s going to become one of my regular haunts!


On 5th November it’s Sew Up North, a sewers meeting in Leeds organised by Becca from Red W Sews and Sally from Sew Sweet by Sally

They’ve been very busy making a great program for us, even as someone who shops regularly for fabric in Leeds, there’s a couple of places that are new to me, there’s much more detail on her blog here but the basic outline of the day is as follows;

Meet at Costa Coffee, visit Kirkgate Market, Samuel Taylors, Fred Aldous, John Lewis’s and Fabrication. If you fancy coming along, drop her a line, it sounds a great day.

Looks like my fabric stash is going to be going up rather than down!!



About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Fabric Shopping in Yorkshire!

  1. I never buy much at the red stall on leeds market, they’re a bit pricey, but b and m is great. hoping to pop into the new john lewis next week, although I’ve found the newer john lewises aren’t great for fabric etc


    • craftycreeky says:

      I shop more at B&M but I have found a few nice lengths at Fletchers, I got some beautiful Liberty jersey there last year, they also have nice colourful jacquard linings which are really nice for jackets.


  2. claire93 says:

    oooh wish I’d been with you on your shopping trip ^^

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    • CurlsnSkirls says:

      Agree with Claire above!
      Sounds like a wonderful day, and I was already thinking Yorkshire is getting to be The Place for fabric at good Yorkshire (anybody’s!) pricing. Will follow all your links, trying not to drool to much over the keyboard.
      We’ve nothing like this over here, except maybe in NYC’s garment district… but don’t know if they also have the embroidery & knitting that goes on up your way, too.
      Deep sigh . . . Anybody got a shed for rent?!

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      • craftycreeky says:

        Have to admit, Yorkshire’s pretty good for fabric shops and they do seem to be increasing, we have a long history in northern England of textiles which probably helps 🙂

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        • CurlsnSkirls says:

          I read somewhere lately that Yorkshire is increasing fabric manufacturing, too, which would help fill those new stores!
          This looks like a wonderful day for everyone, so well planned and thought out. Know everyone will have great fun! Will be with you all in spirit. 😘


    • craftycreeky says:

      You’ll have to come up next time you’re over 🙂


  3. Oh I love Skipton. Next time I go there, I’ll be rereading this post so I can plot my route around town 😉 My accomplice (bag carrier) will never suspect LOL.

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  4. Thimberlina says:

    We are so lucky being surrounded by all these shops. Looking forward to Sew Up North, even though i’m hoping not to spend to much! 🙂


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