A couple of weekends ago on a Saturday I made the trip to Moseley Village to check out Lauren Guthrie’s gorgeous haberdashery shop. You may have heard of Lauren Guthrie from the Great British Sewing Bee last year on BBC2 I always admired her creativity on the show and ever since I found out she had a haberdashery shop, I have been aching to visit.
The first thing you notice on arrival is the beautiful building which is home to Guthrie & Ghani and then the pretty pink door. The shop is large and spacious and full of crafter’s treasures. I love the colours of the fabrics and the ingenious way they have been chosen to be displayed the fat quarters in an old, vintage suitcase – it truly is a haberdashery heaven.
I was overwhelmed by the selection of ribbons, lacy trims and bias binding in the middle section. But then if your turn to the left of the room you will discover a sumptuous fabric selection. It is evident as you peruse the fabric selection that the choice of fabrics has been made with much thought, care and devotion and it is all divine. I saw more than 10 fabrics I would have happily taken home with me if I were not on a budget.
It doesn’t stop with the shop as up the stairs there is a bright and airy studio where Guthrie & Ghandi hold various workshops. To find out what they are offering check out the website. There is a variety of different crafts to try from beginner to advance I know the next time I am home I will be signing up to their Beginner’s Dressmaking course.
Of course there was no way that I could visit such a gorgeous shop without some crafty goodies for myself.
While I had visited, originally, to buy fabric and treat with myself with some pretty trimmings. I instantly fell in love with this simple, yet stunning mushroom fabric and then there is Emma Hardicker striking screen printed fabric. I think I will have to do something very special with these.
This one caught my eye and I was instantly in love. Its geometric pattern captured in a pastel green is utterly fabulous. I think I will have to go back for more. I had seen the yellow spot on a calico background on one of Lauren’s blog posts wheres she used it to make a pretty skirt.
I was charmed by the friendly shop assistant and the wonderful selection purse and bag frames. Intrigued and persuaded that making a small was achievable with help from Lauren’s tutorial on her blog and worse comes to worse a possible purse making workshop. Therefore I bought myself a 4 inch snap frames and a pastel green ric rac to decorate.
So as soon as I got back my sister and I sat down and started creating our purse using Lauren’s great Snap Frame Purse Tutorial, but that is another blog post…
So if you are ever in the West Midlands and looking for a fabric shop or some crafty inspiration – do not hesitate to visit Guthrie & Ghandi.