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Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 2:56 pm
by Tuppence
Ian Deveney wrote:Sorry for not being more clear the Barras In London road is in Glasgow and the Victorian market in Inverness is in the Highlands of Scotland. :D

ah, yes, but they're not really in Scotland - you're just imagining it :wink:

please bear in mind btw, peeps, that this is a thread intended for the recommendation of haberdashery shops - not traders who sell haberdashery, and certainly not self advertising.

BUT....

If a haberdashery stall were available at events, what would people want to see on it?


There is a serious lack of good quality "authentic" haberdashery - especially for the earlier periods (pre 15th C) - and slightly surprizingly, the post-18th century periods. Don't get me wrong, it's there if you look for it, and are willing to traipse round 17 different stalls at half a dozen markets through the year, but all in one place would be such a bonus.

Bronze and iron needles would be good - smooth ones without burrs, and finer ones for embroidery - needle cases that aren't blatantly obviously machine turned - decent threads (not counting embroidery ones, cos the mulberry dyer pretty much has that covered!!) - thimbles, etc, etc.

Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:06 pm
by Ian Deveney
It occurs to me that, as haberdashery shops are closing down still, there are fewer and fewer left to go to for those last-minute things one always needs. So maybe we could compile a countrywide/UK (oops. Scotland and Wales may still have a few too) list of shops selling beads, buttons, braids, needles and so on suitable for costuming. These are mostly places that keep normal shop hours.

Just trying to help those who are looking for a better range OK supplies, like those mentioned above.
i am not a suppler and have no vested interest in recommending them, i use them my self and have found some nice rare items to help with my authenticity.
as for not really being in Scotland it seams you share the view with the royal mail who like to charge extra for coming north of Perth( That's Perth Scotland by the way) :lol:
Any way i will take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy new Year and maybe bump into some of at the re-enactors markets.
All the Best.
Ian

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:53 pm
by steve stanley
Button Boutique(!) in Malcolm Arcade,Leicester....another permanent stall in the indoor market....& Stuart's fabrics also in the market...
Steve

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:37 am
by Tuppence
Ian Deveney wrote:
It occurs to me that, as haberdashery shops are closing down still, there are fewer and fewer left to go to for those last-minute things one always needs. So maybe we could compile a countrywide/UK (oops. Scotland and Wales may still have a few too) list of shops selling beads, buttons, braids, needles and so on suitable for costuming. These are mostly places that keep normal shop hours.

Just trying to help those who are looking for a better range OK supplies, like those mentioned above.
i am not a suppler and have no vested interest in recommending them, i use them my self and have found some nice rare items to help with my authenticity.
as for not really being in Scotland it seams you share the view with the royal mail who like to charge extra for coming north of Perth( That's Perth Scotland by the way) :lol:
Any way i will take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy new Year and maybe bump into some of at the re-enactors markets.
All the Best.
Ian



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Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:52 am
by Nicole
Linlihgow, West Lothian, Scotland

Norman Cummings (Textiles)
75, The Vennel, Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 7ET
Tel: 01506 842013

They are lovely and get you everything you want, really.

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:33 pm
by frances
Oh no! Even my little local haberdashery shop is about to close down. I was so proud to have one just around the corner, but the man, who has been there for 12 years is giving up. He says that the custom is there, just. But when he goes to his supplier the cost has gone up so much that people will not be willing to pay the prices he has to charge. He is concentrating on property maintenance from now on.

Look out for his stuff on Ebay. Unless someone has a need for zips af all sorts, big rolls of bias binding or men's suit buttons. Also loads of polyester linings or all-wool tarten fabric at about £2.50/m. He also has bags of that modern scarf-knitting wool.

Sorry, but everything vaguely historic already has a good home!!

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:38 am
by frances
Two more Croydon closures. A little sewing/kniting shop in St Georges Walk is about to close down, and the haberdashery/crafts department in Turtles will soon go too. Both to make way for an indoor shopping centre with all the national clothing stores. There are already two enromous indoor shopping precints and a very big high streeet full of similar shops. Boo hoo, all the interesting small shops are going.

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:22 pm
by Spinit
Colorcraft in Saffron Walden stocks or can get most things for crafts-also linen for embroidery,appletons wools anchor dmc etc..whilst not strictly a haberdasher will stock some it is always woth asking.closed allday thurs,open 9-30 to 1-30 and2-30 to 5-30 phone 01799522607........we are used to being asked weird questions-the usual response from us is what do you want to do with it ?

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:43 pm
by craig1459
Hook & Eye
2, Corn Exchange,Albert St, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 2DS
Tel: 01332 381744

Habiknit
Stall 99-100, Market Hall, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 2DB
Tel: 01332 206764

not exactly a haberdashery shop but

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:06 pm
by janes-wardrobe
Bombay Stores, Shearbridge Road, Bradford does have a haberdashery department. It has all sorts of baubles, bangles and beads as well as some interesting trimmings that might be authenty for some periods.
sometimes they have silks suitable for some periods - and silk Dupion in every colour you can imagine - be wary though Dupion is not authentic for most periods. Useful if you want some for modern purposes though. :wink:
One useful thing is they open 7 days a week from 10am (I think) until probably 8pm (except Sundays) there is parking close by and a curry house (run by them) next door - you used to be able to get into the curry house from the shop but I think they changed it to keep food out of the shop.

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:40 pm
by Alicia
Oakmount Mills in Burnley have a wonderful supply of fabrics and haberdashery thingamebobs. Its located behind Focus, up a "blink and you miss it" side street.

Its my new favourite fabric place, and that's putting aberkhans into second place!

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:06 pm
by frances
Leamington Spa has a haberdashery shop located between the main town centre and the railway station. Limited stock and on the more expensive side of things.

And I found a super shop in Oswastry in the summer, the opposite side of town to the old railway station, on the high street.

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:02 pm
by Aitken Drum
Hello :D This shop is great, but a huge 'Fabric Warehouse' has been built almost next to it!! :shock: I won't even look in it I swear :evil:

MALKIN & PYATT FABRICS
THE FENT SHOP
PICKFORD STREET MILL
PICKFORD STREET
MACCLESFIELD
CHESHIRE
SK11 6HX

Selling fabrics,haberdashery,dressmaking and home furnishing accessories

THE FENT SHOP has been in Macclesfield for more than 25 years.

http://www.fabricsatthefentshop.com/

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:19 pm
by Izabela Pitcher
Two London ones, but they do mail order.

http://www.bltrimmings.com/
fantastic trimms, well worth a visit since they store much more than shown on the website! as foor samples, they are happy to provide them off charge.

http://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:15 am
by frances
Saw a shop in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. But I was only wizzing past in someone-elses car so could not stop.

Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:31 am
by frances
Now here is a well-kept secret in London - Deptford High Street. There are a few shops selling saris and such and an Indian lady selling a goodly amount of haberdashery, particularly braids. Her buttons are a bit limited though. In a tiny arcade further down the street are two African shops with fabrics, and one of them has the most amazing huge stock of white guipre lace, from wide to enormously wide. She makes robes for gospel choirs and traditional African weddings.

Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:47 pm
by Helen W
I'm afraid I'm rubbish with shop names, but...

Ely: really good one; bottom floor, back of the Cambridgeshire Bicycle Centre (which also sells toys, railway models and ironmongery, go figure.
ElySmaller dedicated haberdashers on the high street just near the Cloister walls
Darlington Behind the two storey walk through department store off the market square
NottinghamStall towards the back right hand of the indoor market in the Victoria Centre
Downham Market Two great shops, a couple of others with craft supplies selling some things.. one on entrance to Downham from the A10 direction, just opposite the traffic lights as you hit the main crossroads entering town, other on the other side of the street.. walking into town.

...actually every market town in Cambridgeshire and North Norfolk still seems to have a good haberdashers.

I reckon its because we're old fashioned round here.

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:23 am
by DeviantShrub
frances wrote:Two more Croydon closures. A little sewing/kniting shop in St Georges Walk is about to close down, and the haberdashery/crafts department in Turtles will soon go too.


:( Oh no. I used to almost live in those shops when I lived in Croydon. Is the rest of Turtles staying open?

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:50 pm
by frances
Nope, Turtles is still there. Another three years before redevelopment commences - but then they said the same 3 years ago. Almost every shop around St Georges Walk has been closed. A very empty place it now is.

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:26 pm
by CelticHeart
Hi.
I work for a company called Fabricland. We sell fabric (what a surprise with a name like that) and habadashery in 10 shops in the south of England, with branches in Poole, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Newbury, Basingstoke, Reading, Bristol, Salisbury and Kingston (London). We also have a Mail order service via our website that can post out samples.
As a re-enactor I'm waiting for the winter seasons wool/blend fabrics to arrive.
Hope this helps people.
The website is fabricland.co.uk (sorry no good at inserting links yet)

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:10 pm
by frances
Well that's it. Turtles in Croydon is to close on Christmas Eve. For good.

But then the haberdashery section in the department store called Allders has expanded a bit. But it is jolly expensive.

Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 4:05 pm
by Sandie Vike
m300572 wrote:Black's, Topping Street, Blackpool


Also Trim-It on Central Drive and any branch of Abakhans.

must admit I love Letham but always come out having spent far too much!

Re: not exactly a haberdashery shop but

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:36 pm
by purple peril
janes-wardrobe wrote:Bombay Stores, Shearbridge Road, Bradford does have a haberdashery department. It has all sorts of baubles, bangles and beads as well as some interesting trimmings that might be authenty for some periods.
sometimes they have silks suitable for some periods - and silk Dupion in every colour you can imagine - be wary though Dupion is not authentic for most periods. Useful if you want some for modern purposes though. :wink:
One useful thing is they open 7 days a week from 10am (I think) until probably 8pm (except Sundays) there is parking close by and a curry house (run by them) next door - you used to be able to get into the curry house from the shop but I think they changed it to keep food out of the shop.

Oh god, yes! I'm so glad I don't live closer to this place. It would be extremely dangerous. Got all the fabrics for my wedding dress and entourage from here (embroidered sari fabric being just what I was looking for, for Regency frocks).
Also Boyes - North Yorks and North East chain.
John Lewis in Newcastle.
Viking Loom in York as Tuppence has already said.

We did have a VV Rouleaux in Newcastle as well, but it didn't seem to be open that long :(

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:55 pm
by gingham chicken
Hi, I dont know if anyone will read this but I am building up a small haberdashery business I have traded at a few events over the last couple of years and have found that there is a need for general sewing stuff aswel as more authentic stuff.....if anyone needs anything in particular I will try and source it for them

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:19 am
by Alice the Huswyf
Re Frances earlier posts about 'Indian fabric shop behind the station Leamington Spa', apparently then criticised in a later post "Leamington Spa has a haberdashery shop located between the main town centre and the railway station. Limited stock and on the more expensive side of things," er no if you are referring to the large shop Royal Fabrics. Their prices are reasonable for a large town centre premises and the width of stock he carries. If you are looking for medieval wool types at a market stall price, yes he will seem 'expensive' (and good luck finding a wide range of those or any wool fabrics in 'town-sized' general haberdashers beyond a specialist supplier nowadays).

LEAMINGTON SPA: Just down the road to the left of the station as you leave it, past the rail viaduct which crosses over the High Street / Bath Street /Clements Road junction there are several Indian shops selling suit lengths and sari lengths, trimmings and cottons further along the High street.

Royal Fabrics is up Bath Street from this junction next to and at 90 degrees to the very large catholic parish church. (Church Walk) They hold some wool, some linen, trimmings, silks, beads, silk-alikes, cottons, laces, lace fabric, muslins, upholstery, patterns, buttons, pins, fastenings, boning, tapes, general notions, tapestry wools and canvas, cross stitch impedimenta, knitting stuff, foam cut to size etc, etc - the lot. Usually described as 'an Aladdins Cave' by those entering for the first time. They also have a branch in Rugby, will transfer stock held at that branch if your requirement is held there and order in silk from a wide range of samples and are very helpful.

There is also Harlequin Fabrics in Oxford street at the other end of the town centre - badly overcrowded with stock (so don't take in a big shopping bag, let alone a pushchair), but a large variety of modern fabrics, knitting wools, patterns, notions and a smaller (but still large by modern shop standards) selections of ribbons and trims etc.

WARWICK: has (or had) a good, old fashioned wool shop in the row of shops behind the museum on the corner of the market square for the knitterists. Also a range of notions associated with knittericity.

BIRMINGHAM : Have I missed any previous mention of Birmingham Rag market (I looked with care)? Several permanent stalls of textiles, trims etc plus some floaters. I went by train to limit purchases. HA! Came away with 35m of 'absolute find' fine figured cotton muslin (regency or mid-victorian summer dress) at £1/m and 6m of dove-grey sheer georgette at 50p/m. Plus the posh stuff for my friend.....
And for wool, linens (not dirt cheap but a huge range if you have patience to look everywhere) three floors of fabric at the prominently labelled Fancy Silk Store over the road from the Open Market by the Rag Market building. Ground floor wools, suiting , lycra and dance fabrics, First Floor dress fabrics, evening fabrics, lace, lace fabrics, plain and embroidered silks of varying texture, cotton and silk mix velvets, satins of varying weights. Top floor upholstery, curtain and tapestery-type fabrics and notions.
The Open market also has a lot of cheap fabric traders but you need to pick through.

COVENTRY: Coventry Market, - several traders there, but again , like most you have to pick through if you are after specialist items away from specialist markets or suppliers.
Various indian shops of varying size and type on the Foleshill Road including one huge, brilliant one (whose names escapes me).
Dunelm Mills outlet just off the A45 at the Airport island (small local turning between the A45 and M69-wards roads)

RUGBY: Rugby market used to be good too, but I haven't been over for some time so I can't judge.
Dunelm Mills outlet on the first floor of the Clocktower Centre.
The other branch of Royal Fabrics . The Robbins Bldg Albert St,

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:39 pm
by Demecat
Scarborough

Boyes - Queen Street - Large fabric department, large selection of buttons. Sadly no linen but they do sell sackcloth.

A wool shop - St Thomas Street - natural dyed, no dye, hand dye wool.

Cloth shop that specializes in quilting - Aberdeen Walk - Sells a nice linen (sadly not 100% natural), £4.30 a meter, A large selection of buttons and linen thread.

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:54 pm
by matlot
Pin tin
wilton st , millbridge plymouth

http://www.thepintin.co.uk/

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:47 pm
by Miss Costello
East Yorkshire

Hull-Boyes on Holderness and Hessle Rd selling a wide range of fabrics (none particularly useful for any era) but excellent for wool, haberdashery and a good range of trimmings and buttons.

Babes in the Wool- 187 Newland Avenue
Hull, City of Kingston-upon-Hull HU5 2
01482 446 307 Huge range of wool and patterns.

Hobbycraft-Kingtson Retail park.


Beverley. -Boyes
(but in Cherry Burton just outside of Beverley there is the fabulous North Bar Fabrics. They sell a wide range of fabric (pricy but good) patterns and hab. they also run courses for Quilting, cutting and fitting. lovely ladies run it. Highly reccomended.


York-
Gillies Fabrics‎
2 Peter Lane, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8SW
01904 626 244‎
Excellent, very professional staff. Lots of fabric and accessories.


Sadly many of our little fabric and Hab-dash shops have gone.

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:58 pm
by Shadowcat
Last year I found an interesting button shop in York - is that still there?

S

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:12 am
by Nigel
Duttons near coppergate ?

If so yes