Tuesday, 28 April 2015

London, Liberty and The Cotswold.

We travelled from France, Monday morning on the Eurostar, arrived mid morning, checked into our hotel, then used the underground like real pro's to get to Regent street, off Oxford circuit. I was asked by my friend Viv to go and have a good look around Libertys for her, when she was in London a few years ago, she did not get the chance to visit. I promised that when we got to London that is what I will do. On my trips to Japan I had purchased a lot of Liberty fabrics and used the fabric in a quilt that I had paper pieced. So with this in mind I was not going to buy anything unless it really shook my world. And shook my world it did, such array of fabrics and sooooo....expensive. I am having trouble with the British pound being two of our dollars. The liberty fabrics was £32 a metre ($64 ) in our dollar, but can one resist, minimum cut was half metre, Fabrics other than the Libertys were £17.50 ($35), which we can buy at home for $20, so of to the bargain bin for me 1 1/2 metres later, I am happy with my purchase.

First glimpse of Liberty

Window display

Window display, monkeys were very detailed in this design.

Liberty stationery
Liberty fabrics, quilts with Rowan fabrics.
Kaffe Fassat fabrics
Other fabrics than Liberty
Displays and decorations throughout Liberty
Some bird houses as a display.
Vintage Liberty, just loved this jacket, at £875 I made the decision to leave it where it was.
Loved all the levels and enjoyed my Liberty visit.

Walked down Carbaby Rd, to view some Levels neon fashion.

Tuesday we took a tour to The Cotswolds, it was a great day, we visited Bibury, Burford, Bourton on the Water and Stow on Wold. I managed to find a haberdashery in Bourton on the water and bought some fabric. I am at present collecting novelties for a quilt that I have in mind, I feel we are so lucky in Australia with our talented quilters and fabric selection, fabric and quilt shops are difficult to stumble across in the UK.
I will share some photos of the Cotswold with you.

Beautiful church in Burford.

Arlington Row cottages in Bibury
Bibury is the birth place of William Morris, no fabric, but cushion covers, tea towels and curtains available to buy, loved the one below.
The Black Swan where we had lunch.
Bibury is famous for fresh trout and has a trout farm, a very enjoyable meal was had by all.
Stow on the Wold, stumbled on a thrift stall, bought a couple of brass bells.
This concludes our tour of the day. Wednesday we head to Leeds and on the way will visit Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon.

1 comment:

  1. The price of Liberty fabric is ridiculous! Nice weather?