Perfectionism can be good and a real pain at the same time. Keen for my brother’s cushions to be, like, shaa-amazing I’ve wandered around fabric shops, hand on face and muttering to myself trying to pick well. In my last post I mentioned buying fabric in Hackney – well, on second thoughts it-was-too-thin-and-required-lining-and-really-cushion-covers-are-made-from-thicker-material-so-let’s-try-again. So two weeks ago I decided to make my long intended visit to Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush. A good excuse to see the fabric shops I’d read so much about online and pick up some new fabric for the cushions.
I’m amazed at the number of fabric shops on Goldhawk Road and in such close proximity to each other. Like the kids’ song ‘in and out the dusty bluebells’ I went between shops – it was wonderful! Shepherd’s Bush Market is a few steps away where more fabric traders can be found and reasonable prices too. For a great overview, see Karen Ball’s blog post: Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango.
I found some fabric priced at £4 per yard for my brother’s cushions. Not to my taste but I’m pleased to say he approves and all that matters…and here they are…
…two cushions for his sofa. Both fitted with zip openings. I’ve not sewn zips before so although not perfect (hence pics are not up close) I’m pleased with my first attempt. So is my brother. Hurrah!
Booked weeks ago, I was really excited about my cushion making class. Once my new sewing machine had been delivered I searched online for a suitable beginner’s class to kick off my sewing adventures. The 3 hour class at The Saturday Sewing Session in Chelsea looked good and included making button holes – something I’d not done before. The class included all materials – fabric, thread, pattern piece and plenty of free tea and biscuits.
The class took place in a lovely small room with lots of natural light. There were four of us altogether (meant to be five as Bridget called to say she was lost but never made it). The tutor gave an introduction to sewing machines and showed us how to thread one. One learner brought her own machine – a Bernina (I understand these are the absolute best machines but with prices to match!) that had belonged to her grandmother.
I did think half-way through the class was just a little too basic and I could have picked up how to sew an envelope cushion for free online instead. However it was a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning and I came away with a cute cushion.
After the class I crossed from south-west to east London, to Hackney to buy some fabric. My Mum had mentioned a stall in Kingsland Shopping Centre selling African printed fabric cheaply. Yes please! Priced at £5 for 5 yards I bought two lots. I then headed outside to Ridley Road Market to investigate the fabric stalls and a shop called Dalston Mill Fabrics.
Trips on a Saturday to Ridley Road Market were a regular occurrence when I was young, being the nearest and best place to buy West Indian food e.g. yam, green and yellow plantain, Jamaican sweet potatoes, saltfish etc. Good stuff that couldn’t be found in the supermarket but I digress…
I passed four or five stalls (nothing to see here) to Dalston Mill Fabrics – an Aladdin’s Cave of fabrics. There is much to look at crammed together. So much so my eyes darted back and forth from roll to roll.
There’s a haberdashery at the back and the staff are really friendly and helpful. I bought some blue-green paisley printed cotton fabric (£7.70 per metre) to make cushions for my brother’s flat. He has seen it and approves. Yay.
Enjoy your week!