Sunday, 15 April 2012

Stitch Up - Just Another Excuse to Buy Fabric

Much to my delight, a new fabric shop opened three months ago in Wimbledon Park.  It's called Stitch-up and its proprietor is Sandie Bonfield, a former dressmaker, who saw an empty shop in Arthur Road (very close to the tube) and decided to go for it.

The shop is filled with beautiful fabrics, wools, trims, ribbons, etc.  It offers courses on knitting, crochet, quilting, making blinds, piped cushions and it even ran a course for teenagers to make skirts over the Easter break.  The last time I visited it, there was a course for 8 - 12 year olds making patchwork cushions.

It makes me happy to see youngsters engaging in sewing and knitting.  They are such good life skills and for me have provided lasting and enjoyable past times.

Every Monday there is a Knit and Natter group and one Wednesday a month there is a knitting group in the evening.  For full details, go to or ring 020 8944 6488. You can be put on their mailing list and receive details of all new course and events.

It's important to support small businesses, so needless to say, I bought fabrics on both visits. One of them was the pink pinwheel cotton, third one down from the top.


These wonderfully quirky teapots by Jan Tucker are dotted around the shop.  I love them!

There are also lovely things to buy or to inspire you to make.

Just across the road is The Aviary Society , a charity and tea shop that provides aviaries in care homes.  Lovely idea.

And just down the road is The Cake Parlour which specialises in wedding cakes and has cupcakes to die for.

Finally, on Saturdays there is a Framers' Market in Wimbledon Park.  (Sorry, no photos). What a lovely place to visit.


  1. Yes a really lovely place to visit!

  2. You are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful and resourceful part of the world. Your blog is delightful. Thank ou for signing onto mine....I am traveling in Sri Lanka at the moment and am using an I pad and just cannot load my log may have to wait till I am back on base. Such a nuisance but it seems I need an "an app" to do this. I am determined to sort it out.
    I too am a huge collector of fabrics and may just win the race!! Keep writing!

  3. I've put this on my 'to do' list for this Friday. Not that I NEED any more or yarn, or thread, or notions. Do I want them? quite possibly