This seems a slightly parochial subject, but even in a small country like the UK there are big differences between the North and South. I live in the Southwest, pretty, hilly, not many people although I am in a busy urban lite bit, and we just returned form a visit to Damian's parents who are in the Northwest, big flat, lots of people. The distance between us is about 260 miles. Back in the Victorian hey day of industry, the cotton mills were based in the North and even now fabric is easy to come by and at times unbelievably cheap. Turquoise linen £2 per metre at the market, lovely soft quality too.
The shot green linen- one thread is pistachio green, the other amber golden brown is from Abakhans. A huge great length for £6- UK sewers will appreciate the bargain of this purchase. I have mentioned Abakhans before, the website experience is not the same as being in in their bricks and mortar shop. Big wire baskets of random craft fabrics meet you as you walk in the doors and you buy by weight or length. There are lots of old Moda fabrics, other fabric companies odds and ends and seconds. I found a big piece of green houndstooth check from one of my favourite Moda ranges 1974 by Urban Chiks as well as a bit of Chloe's closet and a great little print by Sharon Kessler for Vera Bradley (both new names to me) but I love the pattern. I have plans for the first two for my partner's little clutch pouch in Pretty Little Pouch Swap on Flickr
I couldn't resist these measuring cups- not in Abakhans but a garden centre/ lifestyle store/ cook shop kinda place. I love nesting things although strangely not Russian dolls.
And these cute tape measures were in Hobby craft, I was stocking up on Needle grip it pads and these were at the till, one for me, one for my partner.
Enjoying the new blog look? Cleaner, fresher and about as restrained as I can get. I struggled not to hang a million bits and pieces on the baker's twine but I try to remember less is more and stuff generally looks better that way, being selective, paring down, is all to the good.