Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango

I think it’s time we started getting excited, don’t you? I am going to be away for a few days soon and I want to know exactly what I’m doing when I hit Goldhawk Road in ten days’ time.

When: 2.30pm, Saturday 14 May

Meeting point: Goldhawk Road Tube Station

What: Fabric buying like it’s 1999.

Why: Because we’re worth it.

Goldhawk Road tube station is on the Hammersmith and City line in Travel Card Zone 2. It’s a much quieter station than Walthamstow Central, so we won’t be negotiating loads of other frazzled shoppers as we gather there.


Walk down the stairs to exit the station. Take the exit on the right and gather on the wide pavement. I’ll be there bright and early to meet you all. Please note: we will wait until 2.45pm and no later! If you’re running horribly late, don’t worry – you WILL be able to spot the large group of Sewists that has taken over this square mile of London. Let’s face it, you’ll be able to track us by the cackles of hysterical laughter from five miles away.


In order to encourage prompt arrival, I am going to present free fabric shopping bags made by my own fair hand to the first TEN people who arrive. Yes, you could be the lucky owner of a Didyoumakethat? shopping bag!* My only proviso is that you MUST cram this bag with fabric shopping purchases. Tell your family I made you do it.

*No expense will be spared on these items, using fabric at £1 a metre and the original design of two rectangles sewn together will be trademarked so no copying.

The details

There are a stunning FOURTEEN fabric shops crammed into a half mile stretch of road, right next to Goldhawk Road tube station:

A-One Fabrics, Fabric House, Classic Textiles, Orya Textiles, Unique Fabrics, A-Z Fabrics, Toni Textiles, Fabric World, UK Textiles, Fancy Fabrics, Universal Textiles and Tajeena Designer Fabrics.

On a recent reccie, this was the first shop I wandered into:

Loadsafabric? You betcha!

The gentlemen in this shop were very attentive, making me want to giggle in a girlish way until I remembered my age. I told them I would be coming back soon with a shed load of other Sewists. They handed me their business card. I think that means they’ll be glad of our business!

In another shop, I noticed Liberty prints being sold:

I know this will make Pins & Needles happy.

And further down the road, in Alanaka Textiles, I found a hidden Aladdin’s Cave of silk priced at £14.95 a metre:

Other random notes I made from this reccie:

  • Brushed animal print cotton at £2 a metre in Fabric House. Would make great fun pyjama bottoms.
  • Wedding dress fabric at £4 a metre in Fabric World.
  • Some serious haggling going on in A-One Fabrics (plus loads of silk crepe, silk velvet, silk lining and high end fake fur).
  • Silk chiffon at £5.95 a metre in Unique Fabrics.

I think we’re going to be busy. Other highlights of this stretch of road:

  • Zippy’s Diner with retro booths.
  • Top Star Nails where you can get a manicure for £13.
  • Shepherd’s Bush Market for notions.
  • Shepherd’s Bush Green if you fancy sitting in the sun on the grass beneath a tree (surrounded by fairly heavy traffic!).

The plan

At the last count, there were going to be about 30 of us on this trip. Anyone who has commented with a ‘yes’ or a ‘maybe’ or sent me an email: I’ll send a group email with my contact details ahead of the day.

There’s no way we’ll all be able to squeeze into the same shop at the same time. So I’m going to suggest splitting into four loose groups, each with a group leader. I have already approached three lovely ladies to help lead groups as we rove from one shop to the next.

There will definitely be some crossover as we race from shop to shop, so don’t panic about not being able to chat to everyone. Particularly as I have also planned…

A Nice Sit Down and A Glass Of Something Cold

Once the fabric shopping dwindles to an end (sob) I plan to book us a space in Vesbar on Goldhawk Road from 5pm onwards. This is a large bar with lovely staff and big tables for us to spread out at. Last time I popped in there (research only, you understand) it was really quiet and ideal for a mob descent from Sewists keen to share their purchases with each other. This pub also does platters, nachos, olives and other affordable food, should you be hungry.

The Sew Weekly Sewing Circle

The Sew Weekly Sewing Circle are planning to visit Goldhawk Road on the same day. Can you believe it? Debi from My Happy Sewing Place has liaised with me and our hope is that the two groups can meet. Hope? We won’t be able to miss each other! The Sewists from TSWSC are all going to be dressed in handmade red, white and blue outfits. I can’t WAIT to see their creations. In turn, they’ll be able to spot us by the feverish glints in our eyes and our bowed backs from the weight of fabric we’re carrying. (Oh, and Debi and I have exchanged phone numbers.)

Anyway, The Sew Weekly Sewing Circle posse has a vague plan to hit Goldhawk Road from 3pm onwards. But their plan, like ours, will need to be flexible because – heck! This is one hell of a group outing.

Now, does everyone have a clean handkerchief and  a spare 50p for emergency phone calls? See you on the 14th! Those of you who attended the Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy may want to wear this:

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44 Responses to Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango

  1. I can’t wait! Making my fabric list already, and really looking forward to meeting everyone.

  2. Dibs says:

    I dream of nothing but this these days. so excited.

  3. Pin Queen says:

    Oh I so wish I could join you on this trip, but I have to be in Leeds that weekend. Thanks for posting the details of the shops; I’m hoping to be back in London in July so watch out Goldhawks Road! I hope you all have a lovely, lovely day.

  4. Yadira says:

    How cool! I wish I could go, if only I wasn’t so far away.

  5. Laura says:

    Looks fabulous! The mind boggles at the idea of so many sewists descending all at once – at this rate, we’re going to make the local news 😀

    So looking forward to it!!

  6. PinnyPinPin says:

    oh my oh my – this is TORTURE! I can’t make it to this meet up (or can I ask my friend to reschedule her wedding? hmmmm) 🙁

    It’s taking an awful lot of self-control to not leave the office right now and RUN to that shop with the Liberty prints. Looking forward to the post-fandango summary. happy shopping! x

  7. Tamsin says:

    I’m really looking forward to this – I was checking out the pattern books yesterday in preparation!

  8. Tilly says:

    Eeeeeeee! So excited! I’ve got my sights set on one of those Karen bags. I may have to camp out the night before.

  9. Bold Sewist says:

    I am seriously worried there won’t be anything left in Goldhawk Road by the time I get there a few days after your trip! Happy shopping ladies – WISH I could be with you all! x

  10. Debi says:

    SOOOO EXCITED! I’m opening an etsy shop this week JUST to make some extra cash to buy fabrics…heheheheehe

  11. Freya says:

    I’m hopefully going to make it as I may or may not have an interview on the same day. I know, saturday is a weird day for that. Can’t wait though! Wondering whether I should be disciplined and make a shopping list or throw caution to the wind and just buy randomly!

  12. Elizabeth says:


  13. Alessa says:

    That sounds like it’s going to be so much fun! I wonder if I can get a cheap last-minute flight to the UK…? 😉

  14. Huge excitement! I’m going to try to be mega organised & come with a shopping list. Will be lovely to meet even more lovely like minded fabric swashlers (sorry it’s made up but sounded right!!) Thanks for organising it again 🙂

  15. Portia says:

    This is going to be HILARIOUS,lol! Can’t wait 🙂

  16. zoe says:

    I’m totally there! tell me what I need to do to get one of those badges?! Who do I have to kill?!


  17. Marie says:

    Yay, this will be my first ever blogger meet up (or should I say mash up) and I’m so excited! My train tickets arrived in the post the other day and I actually shrieked with delight!!! I’m determined to get there in time for a handmade bag…oh and I’d love a badge too ;o)

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  19. Anwen says:

    Deeply jealous of the badges! But yay, meeting people who sew! Hopefully I will finish the dratted skirt I am making by then… And possibly make a top to wear with it.

  20. susan in dulwich says:

    I’d love to join you on this fabric crawl but sadly I’m not able to make it on the 14th. I hope there’ll be another similar event sometime soon.

    • Julie in Herne Hill says:

      Hi Susan in Dulwich. I am not sure that I can make tomorrow either. Maybe we should have a separate excursion from South London. Am seriously concerned that there won’t be any fabric left though after tomorrow!!

  21. Caroline says:

    *seriously regrets just writing post about using up fabric stash* But oh, that sounds fun! Can’t make this one but I’m TOTALLY up for the next (if there is anything left…)

  22. Pia says:

    Ohhh I am looking forward to this trip – I only sneakpeaked a little upon your advice

  23. lisa says:

    If you get chance – pop in here too.

    Would love to come, but really must not buy any more fabric..

  24. ooobop says:

    Hi Karen. Can you please count me in for the 5pm meet up at Vesbar. I wont be able to make earlier frivolities but it would be rude not to join you seeing as Im just down the road! x

  25. ooobop says:

    Just subscribed to comments. Should have done that before! See you soon!

  26. Can anyone come? I’ve been denying myself fabric shopping for ages and this sounds amazing! Plus I wouldn’t have to drag the boyfriend along to give me his apathetic opinion!

  27. Ayse says:

    Hi Karen!

    First I saw your beautiful dresses through Burda Style. Then I jumped on to your blog. Since I discovered it I’ve been reading it time to time. I’ve just noticed your fabric shop trip in London on the 14th. I would like to join with you if there is an available space. Look forward to hearing from you and thank you very much for organising such an exciting event 🙂

  28. Cecelia says:

    oh, I’m green with envy! Will you consider another expedition when I can make it to the UK…say 2012 or 2013? 😉

  29. mujerboricua says:

    Can I still join in, by chance?

  30. Santie says:

    Am so very excited for tomorrow! Hurrah for organised shopping – it’s like a school trip without the boring bits!

  31. Lady J says:

    I’ve been deliberating because I feel very shy about meeting lots of talented and productive sewers! But if you’re still taking all comers, I’d love to join the party. There are some lovely Liberty silks in one of the shops for about £9/m that are worth checking out.

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