For those of you who've never been there its famous for, among other things, its incredible and surreal bonfire night celebrations:
|Red flares and pirates, what more could you want?|
Anyhow, while I was wandering about looking for some lunch before I got on the train home, I came across The Needlemakers. I've just looked it up and, unsurprisingly, it used to be a needle factory (during WW1) and now its a group of little shops and a cafe. One of these shops was the sort of craft haven that could have been dangerous in terms of money spent if I was feeling particularly flush. It was called The Patchwork Dog and Basket (http://www.patchworkdogandbasket.co.uk/) and had an extraordinary array of cotton fabrics, buttons, ribbons and craft books (and a little dog welcoming you when you entered!)
|The Patchwork Dog and Basket|
In the end I bought some buttons to turn into a necklace and earrings (or at least that's my intention!) and a fat 1/4 (strange term...must look it up) of daisy covered cotton to add to my 'fabric stash' as the craft books would call it.
(Fat Quarter apparently refers to a quarter of a square metre of fabric, usually used for quilting...so I guess its 'Fat' because its a square 1/4 metre rather than a long thin 1/4 metre. Still, lets not give it a complex, eh?)
Its always nice to find new crafty places to explore, you find inspiration and, usually, something different that you never thought existed (and immediately think of a million reasons why it has to become part of you craft-kit...). As useful as the internet is for finding things, it'll never take the place of spending an hour or two sifting through the wares of a beautiful little shop.
In any case, I enjoyed my time in there and was glad it took up so much time otherwise I might have caught more logical trains and then I would have missed out on the chance to visit this wonderful place:
|Don't you agree?|