Yup. Definitely not Walthamstow.
What’s the first thing you’d do on a venture to the north of England?
Hit Google and type, ‘Fabric shops in Yorkshire?’
How would you test your non-existent driving skills in a hire car?
Cross your toes and fingers and drive 30 minutes to Skipton?
Ooh, we have so much in common!
All in the name of research, I went to check out The Fent Shop in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Squeezed down an alley between a newsagents and a sandwich shop, blink and you’d miss it. Blink I did, but a kind florist told me where to go. Soon I was crossing this threshold:
The Fent Shop’s website had made a bold statement, calling itself a sewer’s paradise. You’d better make it good, I thought. I’m hitting Goldhawk Road next weekend.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Straight through the door and I saw some lovely fat quarters for £1.75 each:
That’ll do for my friend’s wedding bunting!
And talking of bunting, check these glories out:
Now THAT’s bunting!
The Fent Shop went on…
It was so big, it was like an aladdin’s cave. A cave you get lost in. A cave that makes you abandon all sense of day or night until … garghhhh! No! Look what I did:
They tried to make me go to rehab, and I said no, no, no…
Now, I can explain. This lot only came to £12.75 for three metres, three fat quarters and some thread. I’ve been looking for ages (okay, weeks) for some black fabric suitable for a second Beignet. You have to be careful with black. I wasn’t sure that cheap stuff off Walthamstow market would cut the mustard. Nowt worse than black that’s green-looking. So when I spotted this black cotton sateen for £3 a metre, I was sold.
What I couldn’t have predicted was the following conversation:
Shop owner: Oh, I’ve just spotted a flaw.
Me, squinting at the spot of glue: Don’t worry, I’m making a skirt. I can cut round it.
Shop owner: I tell you what, I’ll only charge you for two metres instead of three.
Me: ……!!!!! (Incapable of speech as dance of joy too demanding.)
You see, the God of Sewing moves in mysterious ways. Sometimes, you just have to do what higher beings command.
- Yorkshire is a really cool place.
- The Fent Shop should be on your ‘to do’ list if you’re ever in this area.
- I have to find a way to make fabric purchases tax deductible.
Neigh more shopping, Karen!
Not until next weekend, anyway…