Having run a UK designer-maker pop-up shop for 30 consecutive days on Upper Street, I will always have a soft spot for Angel. If I could afford it, I would love to live there- it is full of the cutest independent boutiques and has great shops to stash up on craft supplies and sewing materials! Here’s a list of my favourite places
Ray Stitch, Essex Road
I found this shop online by accident and discovered they had the MOST AMAZING sewing class ever – it allows you to recreate your favourite garment! So off I went to check it out, and promptly fell even more in love with it.
Here’s the beautiful exterior- they’ve just expanded into new premises (previously, they were up the road).
Look at all this gorgeous cloth! I wanted to sign up for the class on the spot but unfortunately you need to have intermediate skills to attend and I’ve still not even threaded my sewing machine… Better get some practice in first, I guess!
And all these patches! Perfect for the DIY embroidered clothing trend that’s been pretty popular lately!
And all these trimmings- I felt like I’d died and gone to crafter’s heaven. And a stylish one to boot!
They even have a lounge where they’ve done up all the sewing patterns so you can reference them – and some books for you to relax with. (Well I’m pretty sure the want you to buy the books not read them there, but I love the little alcove they’ve built for them!)
If my dream craft room appeared in reality, it’d look a LOT like Ray Stitch- the most stylish haberdashery I’ve seen in London so far!
If you’ve scrap fabric at home, why not try this easy fabric flower tutorial? Great as clothing/ hat appliqués, or brooches and jewellery!
Not much to say about it as it’s a pretty well known art supplies chain but it’s just a few doors down from Ray Stitch and housed in this gorgeous building!
I mean look at all those art supplies!!
Just when I’d thought all independent shops had closed up in London, I find 2 amazing haberdasheries within 2 minutes of each other. Loop is located in Camden Passage – the cutest part of Angel Islington! It’s full of independent boutiques and cafes and has an antiques market every weekend. If you’ve never been, you definitely should! 🙂
Whilst Ray Stitch focuses more on sewing, Loop concentrates on knitting- and the difference can be seen in the decor of the 2 shops. Ray Stitch looks very modern and Scandi whilst Loop is very warm and old-school 🙂 Shabby chic, I guess 🙂 I always love popping in for a peek at what they have 🙂
They open late on Thursdays for a free knitting evening hence the darkness outside.
Right next to Loop is Smug- it’s a boutique (so does not sell craft supplies but I’ve added it to this list as it offers regular craft workshops- you can make terrariums or try brush lettering! 🙂
Sew Over It
Slightly further away is another haberdashery Sew Over it- they actually have 2 branches in London!- and what’s really cool about it is not only do they offer sewing classes, they have a sewing cafe! So you can rent one of their machines if you don’t have space at home! Very, very handy 🙂
Maybe I’ll see you at 1 of these amazing craft shops sometime? 🙂