Sunday, 4 September 2011

Wool Flannel Quest Day

What a great Saturday I had! As previously mentioned here, I decided to hit the finest central London fabric shops in search of some wool flannel fabric. I got some of that but my favourite part was meeting up with three fantastic bloggers. Here they are in front of MacCulloch and Wallis:
Left to right we have Justine from Polkadot Pebble, Lauren from Tea and Crumpets and Tors from Girl Meets Wolf.
MacCulloch and Wallis was our first shop and it was also the one where I did all my shopping (more on that further down). Apparently the shop assistants have a bit of a reputation and I was cautioned against using the word muslin or toile. But my experience was very pleasant, staff was courteous and helpful. Maybe I got them on a good day, it was sunny after all! I loved all three floors, there is so much fabrics and haberdashery is easy to get overwhelmed. I had a shopping list with me and it helped. Saying that I might have to go back soon as their bias binding, ribbons and trimmings choice is just amazing. My favourite shop of the day and a must to visit, I think.
After a light lunch we went to Liberty. It was my first time there and what can I say! What a fantastic department store and a cute fabric and habby section! The fabric is gorgeous, most of it a bit too flowery for me (love to look at but would not wear). Interesting discovery for me, is the fact they also sell woollens and jerseys. I always hear about lawns and poplins. Pricey, very pricey!
Justine looking works of art.
We then proceeded to walk the famous Berwick Street! The silk shops where gorgeous and I saw types of fabric I never had before, Some very peculiar stuff too! My favourite there was the Cloth House, one in each end of the street.
The decoration is outstanding and the fabric choice vast. In both shops there are rooms after rooms with fabric displayed beautifully. Prices again are very central London but if you can afford it and you're looking for quality it's a good choice.
It was brilliant having company to rummage through these shops, I didn't really have much of a plan but I think we all enjoyed the day. We ended up in a coffee shop having a good rest and great talk.
Now the whole reason I went to London was to buy my wool flannel and I did buy it, amongst other things.
It doesn't look much but let me tell you, it feels gorgeous. I have to be brave to cut into it now. I have been reading about pre treating and washing and considering a cold hand wash with Eucalan. Anyone else tried this with wool fabrics? Any other recommended method? I also bought some other supplies as I'm starting a patternaking course beginning of October.
Finally I could not resist this lovely book, it's beautiful!


  1. I haven't gotten as far as pre-shrinking my wool flannel yet, but I have pretty much decided on trying the London method (in short: letting it lie damp for a long while followed by steaming the heck out of it).

  2. I'm travelling to London (from Australia) in January. Could you send me a list of fabric shops?

  3. So jealous! I wish I had just one of these amazing shops near me! *pout*

    Looks like you had a great time, can't wait to see what you make with your new fabric.

  4. I had a totally awesome day and have been babbling at everyone who will listen about just how awesome a day it was. I also had to take today off work because I was still knackered, but it was totally worth it and I can't wait to do it again. It was a real pleasure to meet you and I hope we get to hang out again soon! Good luck with your fabulously soft and yummy wool, can't wait to see the finished dress!

  5. Oh what a totally amazing day!!! Love your wool flannel - scrumptious!

    PS: I hate the word toile, too :)

  6. I can see how gorgeous that fabric is in the photo! Be careful with Eucalan. I've never used it but I've heard mixed results - which may have more to do with appropriate use of the product than anything else.

  7. Strangely, the Eucalan link here keeps routing me back to my Blogger dashboard? How is that??

  8. Hi Suzy - I am a big Eucalan fan, and use it for wet blocking knitting and washing cashmere. What are you making with the wool flannel? You might be better off steaming it if its not something you're going to wash as a garment. I pre-shrunk some fabric I used to make a jacket with the steam dry setting of my tumble drier and that worked fine but took some nerve! xxx

  9. Thank you for all your replies on the wool washing.
    Emma: London method sounds interesting but I have 4 mtrs of wool, not sure I can do it.
    Gail: I will send you a list tonight, no problem.
    K.Line and Mrs. Exeter: Eucalan sounds contentious, now I have to try it on something. The flannel is for a winter dress and I would love the able to wash it after is done. I don't thinkI have the guts for tumble dryer, lol.

    I have to say, after reading all different methods and suggestions I called the shop to ask and they say either cold hand wash with soft detergent or dry cleaning. I think I will buy some Eucalan this weekend and fill the bath tub. Cross your finger for me!

  10. Wow Suzy I work in central London and although I know Berwick Street well, never even knew MacCulloch & Wallis existed! Can't wait to check it out in my lunch hour - thanks!



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