Mr S earned brownie points by agreeing to detour to Stafford Street. Just a 10 minute walk from Lime Street Train Station it's well worth a visit. There are taxis parked at the end of the street ( if you don't fancy walking back with heavy bags) and on street parking (you will need change for the parking meter).
The Abakhan store is spread over two floors and its massive - a sewer's paradise. Downstairs is mainly fabric pieces sold by the weight and upstairs fabrics sold by the roll. There are large haberdashery and yarn sections too. The store is so big I only had time to explore downstairs on our first visit. The prices are very reasonable and with a sale on there were real bargains.
Mr S gets lots more brownie points for offering to drive via Stafford Street on our way home. Lucky me got to explore the upstairs of the Abakhan store and the other two fabric stores on the street.
Just a few doors down from Abakhan is The Fabric Place, which also has some lovely fabrics. I was very tempted by a beautiful, quality lace at a very reasonable price - but without a reason I could not justify buying it - but I know where to look if I ever want to make a lace dress.
Opposite Abakhan is a store selling mainly curtain and furnishing fabrics. I nearly didn't go in as I have no interest in making such things but I am glad we did. What a find. All the fabric was only £3.99 per metre. The store itself seemed a bit of a mess with rolls just stacked up around the room (I'm not sure if the ladies were in the middle of sorting stock out). Downstairs there were also bolts of fabrics, cushions with pads and lovely covers and other random bargains. All were really good quality - it made me wish I had a suite to cover.
This is what a brought in Liverpool:
Although the knit fabrics are smallish pieces I can make them into tops or combined with black fabric to make dresses. The peach skin is for lining but would make a nice top and the wool should make a nice coat, jacket or skirt. The yarn is for making a scarf as a gift ( are you impressed I'm thinking a head and stocking up on materials for gifts when I see a bargain).
From the curtain shop ( I could not see a shop name above the door). I brought 1 m of a grey marl furnishing fabric to cover the lids of 2 footstools and a dog bed cushion with removable cover. Total cost £10.
- Mr S is wonderful.
- Liverpool is definitely worth a visit. You are sure to find some good quality fabrics at a reasonable price and if like me you can combine it with a weekend break to the city even better.
- I just wish I had thought to take some pictures although the cold, grey skies of winter would not have done Liverpool justice - perhaps I should go back in the summer.
- I like the idea of buying fabric from different places we visit and think I might try to do that in future it's much better than a postcard.