I think it’s time we started getting excited, don’t you? I am going to be away for a few days soon and I want to know exactly what I’m doing when I hit Goldhawk Road in ten days’ time.
When: 2.30pm, Saturday 14 May
Meeting point: Goldhawk Road Tube Station
What: Fabric buying like it’s 1999.
Why: Because we’re worth it.
Goldhawk Road tube station is on the Hammersmith and City line in Travel Card Zone 2. It’s a much quieter station than Walthamstow Central, so we won’t be negotiating loads of other frazzled shoppers as we gather there.
Walk down the stairs to exit the station. Take the exit on the right and gather on the wide pavement. I’ll be there bright and early to meet you all. Please note: we will wait until 2.45pm and no later! If you’re running horribly late, don’t worry – you WILL be able to spot the large group of Sewists that has taken over this square mile of London. Let’s face it, you’ll be able to track us by the cackles of hysterical laughter from five miles away.
EARLY BIRD GIVEAWAY
In order to encourage prompt arrival, I am going to present free fabric shopping bags made by my own fair hand to the first TEN people who arrive. Yes, you could be the lucky owner of a Didyoumakethat? shopping bag!* My only proviso is that you MUST cram this bag with fabric shopping purchases. Tell your family I made you do it.
*No expense will be spared on these items, using fabric at £1 a metre and the original design of two rectangles sewn together will be trademarked so no copying.
There are a stunning FOURTEEN fabric shops crammed into a half mile stretch of road, right next to Goldhawk Road tube station:
A-One Fabrics, Fabric House, Classic Textiles, Orya Textiles, Unique Fabrics, A-Z Fabrics, Toni Textiles, Fabric World, UK Textiles, Fancy Fabrics, Universal Textiles and Tajeena Designer Fabrics.
On a recent reccie, this was the first shop I wandered into:
Loadsafabric? You betcha!
The gentlemen in this shop were very attentive, making me want to giggle in a girlish way until I remembered my age. I told them I would be coming back soon with a shed load of other Sewists. They handed me their business card. I think that means they’ll be glad of our business!
In another shop, I noticed Liberty prints being sold:
I know this will make Pins & Needles happy.
And further down the road, in Alanaka Textiles, I found a hidden Aladdin’s Cave of silk priced at £14.95 a metre:
Other random notes I made from this reccie:
- Brushed animal print cotton at £2 a metre in Fabric House. Would make great fun pyjama bottoms.
- Wedding dress fabric at £4 a metre in Fabric World.
- Some serious haggling going on in A-One Fabrics (plus loads of silk crepe, silk velvet, silk lining and high end fake fur).
- Silk chiffon at £5.95 a metre in Unique Fabrics.
I think we’re going to be busy. Other highlights of this stretch of road:
- Zippy’s Diner with retro booths.
- Top Star Nails where you can get a manicure for £13.
- Shepherd’s Bush Market for notions.
- Shepherd’s Bush Green if you fancy sitting in the sun on the grass beneath a tree (surrounded by fairly heavy traffic!).
At the last count, there were going to be about 30 of us on this trip. Anyone who has commented with a ‘yes’ or a ‘maybe’ or sent me an email: I’ll send a group email with my contact details ahead of the day.
There’s no way we’ll all be able to squeeze into the same shop at the same time. So I’m going to suggest splitting into four loose groups, each with a group leader. I have already approached three lovely ladies to help lead groups as we rove from one shop to the next.
There will definitely be some crossover as we race from shop to shop, so don’t panic about not being able to chat to everyone. Particularly as I have also planned…
A Nice Sit Down and A Glass Of Something Cold
Once the fabric shopping dwindles to an end (sob) I plan to book us a space in Vesbar on Goldhawk Road from 5pm onwards. This is a large bar with lovely staff and big tables for us to spread out at. Last time I popped in there (research only, you understand) it was really quiet and ideal for a mob descent from Sewists keen to share their purchases with each other. This pub also does platters, nachos, olives and other affordable food, should you be hungry.
The Sew Weekly Sewing Circle
The Sew Weekly Sewing Circle are planning to visit Goldhawk Road on the same day. Can you believe it? Debi from My Happy Sewing Place has liaised with me and our hope is that the two groups can meet. Hope? We won’t be able to miss each other! The Sewists from TSWSC are all going to be dressed in handmade red, white and blue outfits. I can’t WAIT to see their creations. In turn, they’ll be able to spot us by the feverish glints in our eyes and our bowed backs from the weight of fabric we’re carrying. (Oh, and Debi and I have exchanged phone numbers.)
Anyway, The Sew Weekly Sewing Circle posse has a vague plan to hit Goldhawk Road from 3pm onwards. But their plan, like ours, will need to be flexible because – heck! This is one hell of a group outing.
Now, does everyone have a clean handkerchief and a spare 50p for emergency phone calls? See you on the 14th! Those of you who attended the Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy may want to wear this: