Most of these shops are ones I’ve visited regularly, especially the Yorkshire ones, others are ones I’ve heard of which sound great, I’m just waiting for the opportunity to visit! This page gives me a reminder of such places as well as hopefully helping others!
Leeds market; there’s three great fabric stalls, a couple of haberdashery stalls and a very good sewing machine repair shop. Fletchers is in the old hall at the top, B&M fabrics is in the 1981 hall and Jax is in the 1976 Hall, I think I’ve got my dates right!! On a Wednesday there’s the outdoor Asian market when there are lots of fabric stalls and trimmings stalls.
B&M Fabrics, Leeds; this is lovely shop on the outside of the market, they have more quilting fabrics there than in their market stall.
Samuel Taylors, Leeds; Fabric, patterns, haberdashery, craft stuff.
The Shuttle, Shipley; I’ve been going to the Shuttle since I was a child, still great fabrics at good prices, lots of big bargains at the back of the shop, and they always have a big sale on Bank Holiday weekends!
Fent Shop, Skipton; This is mainly soft furnishing fabrics, they have beautiful designer fabrics, but also sell fabric in fents which are usually a good price. There’s a section with dressmaking and quilting fabrics too which is worth a look in.
Duttons for Buttons, Ilkley and Harrogate; boxes and boxes of buttons, you can always find a button to match there, varying prices, if you want something special, go to Duttons.
Fabworks, Dewsbury; Great for dressmaking fabrics and soft furnishings, beautiful fabrics at good prices, now on line too.
Lucky Fashions, Dewsbury; Small shop packed with fabrics, great prices too, first time I went I got a metre of Linton Tweed for £5. It’s only open Wednesdays and Saturdays
Dewsbury market; Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, good fabric stalls and very cheap trimmimg and haberdashery stalls.
Boyes, Ilkley, Skipton…lots of branches; surprising good for haberdashery, buttons, laces etc.
Goldhawk Road; Fabric shop heaven, there’s about 15 fabric shops within 100m of each other…and a Costa Coffee in the middle! Good prices
Berwick Street; Beautiful fabrics but you pay for the central London location! Borovics was my haunt when I was a student nurse in London 30 years ago, before Soho got trendy
Woolcrest Textiles, Well St Hackney, this is on my to do list, it’s a wholesale place that sells retail too, it’s just round the corner from the London College of Fashion, it’s not a pretty place, you have to hunt, but good quality fabrics at really good prices.
Guthrie & Ghani, Moseley; Beautiful shop with more ‘trendy’ fabrics, lots of independent patterns stocked.
Fancy Silks, Birmingham; it’s just behind the Bullring, three floors packed to the rafters with fabrics, I was quite overwhelmed! Their silk floor had some beautiful fabrics and laces.