16th June 2010
Our Patterned Hand
Craft in Hackney
Have you noticed how many new funky craft, sewing and knitting shops are opening up? Loop in Islington has long been a top destination for wool and Fabrications on Broadway Market – a stone’s throw across the park from Buttonbag HQ – specialises incontemporary textiles and really beautiful handmade crafts and runs fantastic sewing and quilting courses too.
However my new favourite is Our Patterned Hand which opened a few weeks ago at 49 Broadway Market. Now I spent most of teens and twenties in my own couture creations (some of which should have never left the drawing board) – but bringing up children and running Buttonbag has left me ferreting round the High Street like most other mums. But the divine fabrics in Leanne Finn-Davis’ new shop saw me dust down my Dad’s old Singer this week.
I lost my heart to a modern Liberty Print of red, orange and green chairs on a black background. I would have bought dozens of Leanne’s other fabrics – she has sourced some really unusual hand-printed cottons and batiks, gorgeous Italian silks as well as Liberty Prints, but I’m going to try and finish one thing before buying any more. The plan is to make a summer skirt I can cycle in. When I’ve worked out how I’m going to do it, I’ll post the pattern. Hopefully, I’ll finish it before it gets too cold. In the meantime, do let us know about your favourite craft and fabric shops