Most of the craft blogs I follow are from the UK - it's only natural then, that whenever I go to London (Eurostar is such a great invention - 2 hours from Brussels!), I will seek out any of the addresses I've found mentioned.
This time around, it was Tilly and Karen who mentioned Walthamstow and Berwick Street, and I was happy to oblige. Walthamstow is in East London, an area heavily under development. Which is great from an economic/social point, but not so great from the point of trying to walk around in search of a craft heaven!
|my mini-loot from the W. Morris Gallery: |
a bookmark and a folding bag
|my maxi-loot: all the trimmings and more!|
What I did find, however, was a tiny little shop with all the trimmings! Now, that was a great discovery and I'm not ashamed to say I bought half the store (ok, I'm exaggerating a little). Seriously, all the bindings, the threads, the needles, the zippers -- anything that has to do with sewing was there, and it was at 1/4 of the price here in Brussels. How could I resist?
|my medium-loot from the Cloth House: rollends|
The next day it was Soho day, with a visit to Berwick Street and then on to Liberty. The Cloth House is a very nice establishment, that carries mid- to high-range fabrics (again, vs. the prices here) but I really liked the ambience that I found there - they even have vintage French buttons (how cute is that!). I did not leave empty-handed: I found these two rollends at a bargain!
All in all, a great way to discover yet another facet of London. Next time, I'll continue with my Goldhawk road adventures...