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Taking Liberties in London


Life is so busy at the moment that I don’t get as much time as I’d like for some of my hobbies.  Blogging has boosted my interest in photography and that now gets plenty of learning and practice time, but one of my other loves is sewing and that barely gets a look in.

I still love to browse around a good craft or haberdashery shop when I find one, though they are fewer and further between these days.  London has a few, and if you are visiting central London you simply have to make a stop at Liberty’s.  They still have a good fabric and haberdashery department, with fabric and accessories in famous Liberty print plus a selection of cross stitch and tapestry kits, and even make-your-own-knickers kits.


Better than that, however, they also offer workshops in various aspects of sewing, knitting and crochet including patchwork and applique.

Liberty patchwork bundle, £49.95, enough to make a simple quilt of 130cm x 185cm

Personally, whenever I’m in a place for a little while, I plan to fit in an organised activity of some sort, be it a specialised walking tour, a “cook-it and eat-it” event or a hands-on workshop.  Liberty has a wide timetable including some evening sessions which last two to three hours and include wine and nibbles – absolutely perfect for the craft-loving tourist who doesn’t have much time to spare.  If you fancy adding this to your visit to London, check out the timetable here – but do it well in advance as they sell out fast.

Linked to Daily Prompt: Express Yourself.




15 replies »

  1. Make your own knickers? They wouldn’t be decent, in any sense, Debbie 🙂
    I didn’t know you were a sewer! Liberty’s is purely fabulous, isn’t it?


    • It’s amazing what you can buy! And these are a good example of Simone’s comment on price – you could buy several pairs of ready-made for the price of one make-your-own kit.

      On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 11:57 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:



      • You’re right. At the end of term at uni there would be a scramble to see who get hold of the college sewing machines first to make some clothes, Nowadays you’d do better to run down to Primark.

        On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 11:23 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:



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