As promised, here are some of our favourite fabric shops in London and further afield. Do get in touch with your recommendations.
The Cloth Shop: this small shop on Portobello Road stocks gorgeous natural fabrics including Swedish linens
MacCullock & Wallis: fabulous fabric and haberdashery online and in their London store on Poland Street, W1
The Cloth House: online fabric and haberdashery plus a shop on Berwick Street, W1
Liberty: needs no explanation (but a large wallet perhaps!)
Fabrics Galore: 54 Lavender Hill, SW11: a small shop crammed with fabrics include Liberty.
The Wimbledon Sewing Machine Company, 292-312 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA
020 8767 4724: this slightly old-fashioned shop (which is more Balham/Tooting than Wimbledon) is packed to the rafters with fabrics and haberdashery
Sew Over It: the lovely sewing café in Clapham and Islington runs sewing courses and stocks fabrics and sewing kits – also available online. Their founder, Lisa Comfort, has also written a blog on her favourite fabric shops in London.
The Guardian lists its top ten fabric shops in the UK – it’s worth reading the comments underneath for more recommendations.