As you know we are big fans of fabric and haberdashery shops and are always on the look out for new and interesting places to add to our list of favourites. For a while now we have been bemoaning the fact that we have to travel into the West End to find any really nice fabric shops, and even then, the John Lewis fabric department has never really been the same since the refurbishment, when it moved upstairs. Why, in these days of craft and make do and mend, aren't there more local shops haberdashery shops (especially in London)?
On a recent visit to one of my favourite local shopping streets, Broadway Market, I was delighted to find, Our Patterned Hand, a new haberdashery and fabric shop. Owned by Leanne Finn-Davies, an ex pattern cutter in the fashion industry. Leanne has always loved fabric shops and like us realised the need for a local shop which sells all the essentials for sewing and making. After giving up the fashion industry when she had her two children, she was keen to open her own shop. Luckily her husband already owned the hugely popular cafe L'eau a la Bouche, in Broadway Market and was looking for bigger premisies, so she had the shop she needed.
Our Patterned Hand had been open for two weeks and was buzzing when we visited. As well as stocking some really lovely fabrics, Leanne also supplies dyes, zips, needles and trims, in fact anything you possibly want to make your own clothes or furnishings. She also plans to offer classes in pattern cutting, customizing and sewing in the basement.
We will definatley be visiting again and hope to see more shops like this opening in the future.
Our Patterned hand
49 Broadway Market,