Some of the things you could be buying.
Back on New Year’s Eve I suggested a Walthamstow meet-up so that Sewists could scour the bargain stalls and shops in our mile-long London market. The response was enthusiastic to say the least, with some people planning to travel to the city especially for this outing. But for new and regular readers I thought I’d post a reminder. This time next week you could be weighed down with fabric bought at £1 a metre, buttons, sequins, ribbons, interfacing, fake fur… You name it, the market has it!
We’ll be visiting approximately ten different venues, starting at Saeed Fabrics where they’ve kindly agreed to offering us 10% off purchases. The stall holder outside Sainsburys is making the same offer:
10% off at this stall
Other highlights will include my favourite notions shop, where I strongly advise stocking up on interfacing at cheap as chips prices, as well as marvelling at the shelves and shelves of exotic ribbons:
A treasure trove
I’m posting this photo because it’s far too easy to walk past this shop and miss it. Memorise those giant balls of wool and keep your eyes peeled!
The market is full of food stalls, too, in case you get peckish:
Now, for the details:
When: 12pm, Saturday 19 February
Where: Walthamstow Central tube station on the Victoria line
Directions to the meeting point: Exit Walthamstow Central through the ticket barriers. Immediately in front of you, you’ll see a set of stairs and a sign pointing to ‘Way Out, Platform 2, Trains for Chingford’. Go up the stairs and follow the platform round to the ticket office. I will be waiting to meet you by a bank of three public telephones. I’d wear a red rose so that you can recognise me but – hey, you already know what I look like!
At the last count, there were about 15 people signed up to this outing, so you’re guaranteed to meet lots of like-minded enthusiasts. And me! I’ll have hand outs for each of you, in case we get split up – the market is very busy on a Saturday:
I anticipate spending about an hour and a half scouring the market. After that, we will walk through Walthamstow village to have lunch in Eat17, nextdoor to Beautiful Interiors where you’ll find vintage patterns. This shop was recently nominated for a Best of British Award – read about it here.
On our way to lunch, we’ll drop off anyone wanting to go home at the tube station. (There’s also a large bus station here.)
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO IN WALTHAMSTOW?
Some people are making a day of this trip to E17. What else can you do whilst in the area?
1. Visit the William Morris gallery in Lloyd Park on Forest Road, details here.
2. Visit the Vestry House Museum, details here.
Vestry House Museum
3. Wander around the village, checking out the independent shops, pubs and restaurants. There’s a walking guide here.
4. Visit the Handweavers’ Studio and Gallery
29 Haroldstone Road
London E17 7AN
Please note: I have never visited The Handweavers’ Studio and can’t vouch for what it offers.
Final note: this trip will go ahead whatever the weather, but let’s hope it’s as lovely as today.
If you haven’t already alerted me to your interest in joining us, do post a comment below. Otherwise, I’ll be in touch with the group by email nearer the date with my contact details. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. We’re going to have a ball!