Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

WOYWW 262

COLOURS OF DAY DAWN INTO THE MIND
THE SUN HAS COME UP, THE NIGHT IS BEHIND...

Edited 12.42 GMT.  There will not be a WOYWW link today, I've just heard from Julia, she has been taken ill whilst on holiday and is in hospital. Not life threatening but she is not well. PLEASE do not email her, if you want to send a message, then do it through me. She won't be home until next week, so I don't know if there's going to be a WOYWW next week either.  Sorry, I don't have any more info at the moment but will let you know with updates as soon as I get them. Jan xx

Cor, those lyrics take me back...when I was a Teaching Assistant at our local primary, I used to play piano for the hymn practise/choir club etc and that was a favourite of the kids!  Isn't it funny how the brain reaches back and plucks out a random memory?!
It was inspired by all today's pics:
The current yarn basket......

which is turning into this!  *Happy dance*

A metre each of two new fabrics - you know, for 'research' purposes.... ;-)

A tuk-tuk taxi that was in Tesco's car park in Hungerford, of all places!!!  I like the airhorns on top....I want a ride in this!!

But the main focus of today is to share an amazing fabric shop in London. I'd gone up to meet a great friend of mine who now lives in Auckland, NZ but is back visiting her family. She'd heard about Shaukat fabrics on the Old Brompton Road so we walked across London, catching up and generally talking non stop. But this shut me up!








The shots are a little blurry cos they were taken on my phone but you get the idea......






two floors of fabric......









Rolls of fine cottons, silks and lawns.....





Kate, browsing the bewildering selection (this was about 1/20 of the shop!)
My purchase....I almost couldn't choose because there was too much choice!  It's the finest printed cotton from which...and brace yourselves....I may attempt to make a tunic top for the summer.
If you want to have a nose yourselves, it's www.shaukat.co.uk

This is a scheduled post as I'm in Wales seeing to my Dad (and also meeting up with WOYWWers Lynda B and Ali H for a drink!)  so please forgive me if I'm late with visiting you.

xxxxx


63 comments:

  1. Love that crochet blanket! Glorious colours!
    What a fun spot in Tesco's car park!
    How did you ever leave that fabulous shop? love the fabric you chose though, can't wait to see what it becomes!
    Debxx

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  2. Lovely fabrics. Hope you have a good visit with your Dad.

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  3. The blanket is really lovely, Jan, and that shop is amazing. Have a great time with your Dad, and the crafty catch up with mates. Hugs, Chris (Chrysalis - no no. yet) x

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  4. WOW what an amazing shop, I just love all the colours. Oh and the air horns would have been a great snap for my Summer Scavenger Hunt. Is Julia still away as the link post hasn't appeared as yet and it is 7.20am already BJ#??

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  5. OMG OMG what an amazing shop. However did you choose. I'm going to London for a day out next month I might have to walk that way he he Enjoy the time with your dad.
    Janet

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  6. Wow wow wow that fabric shop is amazing....and you only bought one piece? :-)
    Hugs,
    Annie x
    http://wipso-astitchintime.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Oh my, Jan. I think I need to go and lie down. Amazing shop! Reminds me of a shop in Bradford I went to when buying Daughter Number 2's wedding dress fabric. Abakhan couldn't get what we needed - so off we went... drooling, was the best description of all we saw that day! However did you restrain yourself from buying much, much, more?!
    Trust all goes well in Wales. Have a great week.
    Margaret (no number yet)

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  8. ah Lunch lady Jan love the blanket you are making - so very well worthy of a happy dance!!!


    ... as it is the material shop how amazing is that???
    ... and think you excelled yourself in your choice too, well done you!!
    happy WOYWW love Shaz in Oz.x no number yet.

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  9. Oh Em Gee! Gob smacked I am! I thought the store in America was well stocked!
    Hope dad is well and you are enjoying your visit. Sadly no Julia, gone nine now and shopping to do [food :( variety]
    Hugs
    Neet xx

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  10. Forgot to say I love the wool and the work you are doing with it. Hope Julia is ok.
    Hugs again, Neet xx

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  11. Oh....my....word!! I think I would have been overwhelmed by the choice and come away empty handed! Loving the new rainbow crochet blankie.

    Fiona xx

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  12. Oh Golly! Poor Julia! Wish her well from me. We could do a round robin WOYWW next week if need be - take it in turns to host! Or do it as a blog hop so you follow each person's link to the next....

    Love the fabrics, reminds me of the fabric shops in Soho at the back of all the theatres!

    No WOYWW from me this week either.

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  13. Oh noooooo that's such awful news. Please give her all our love and really hope she makes a good speedy recovery.
    Hugs,
    Annie x

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  14. Oh wow what a shop, so many colours. Please pass my best wishes on to Julia, I do hope she is ok and recovers soon. Send my love. You take care too. Zo xx

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  16. First please give Julia our love and tell her to get well soon.

    Second what a find that shop is amazing, wow, wow, wow I like the excuse for research purposes. LOL You take care too

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda

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  17. Thank you for the update on Julia. I truly wish her well. I can't think of anything worse than having to be in hospital while in a foreign place. As to the fabric shop...well, that just blew me away! Good choice for your summer tunic!

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  18. Just left comment and it disappeared! Hope all is well with Julia - send her our best wishes. Amazing fabrics - Annie and I just wouldn't be able to make up our Libran minds there now would we! Check out my cupcakes - 34GGs. x Jo

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  20. Oh my goodness it's a week for it isn't it. Poor julia please send her my love and speedy recovery and thankyou for letting us know.
    Take care and enjoy your holiday too
    Janet

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  21. Wow, that fabric is glorious and I can understand your phone shaking when you looked at all the lovely fabric. I am so sorry to hear about Julia's illness. We are all thinking about her, and hoping she is soon fully recovered. In the meantime, we will do the DIY bit to keep things ticking over for her. If you speak to her, please send her my love and best wishes. xx Maggie

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  22. I'm having trouble getting your photos to load, dear, but what I see makes this fabric lover SWOON. Truly fabulous. This is definitely a place I would love to visit.

    Thanks for letting us know about Julia. That was very sweet of you, especially since you are also on holiday.

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  23. Golly, I forgot to say my thoughts and wishes are for a speedy recovery for Julia. Where ARE my manners? Probably with my not-yet-consumed coffee.

    I won't ask you to tell her anything. I'm sure she'll know soon enough how much we miss her and wish her well. Now she just needs to GET well!!

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  24. At the risk of overloading your blog comments, I didn't refresh mine until I read your blog and saw the update. Then I went to MY blog and updated based on what you had written. It was at that time my blog comments also refreshed. Talk about feeling foolish!! Sorry I wasn't here earlier, like I normally am on late Tuesday night.

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  25. First off, thank you for taking some of your holiday time to let us know about Julia.

    Next.......OMG all those beautiful prints, they make me want to set up at least one, of the four, sewing machines I own, and make something!! Your "tunic" fabric is just gorgeous, absolutely love the print and the colors.

    Sending love, hugs and get well wishes for Julia. We will all try to get by on our own for a week or two. You take care of yourself too!

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  26. Thank you so much, Jan, for letting us know. I knew something big must be up when I got up this morning in California and there was still no link. I will keep Julia in my thoughts and prayers for a smooth and full recovery and return here for updates on her condition. Bless you for being a good friend! Hugs, Darnell

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  27. Thanks Jan, I was getting worried so decided to use last weeks numbers and happened to visit Chris and saw your comment.
    Sending great big hugs and get well soons.
    Angela @Felix the Crafty Cat http://angelacuttingandcarving.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Me again - thanks for the heads up, Jan - please give Julia our love and best wishes. I hope she's better very soon. Thanks again for holding the fort. Chris x

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  29. Thanks so much for the update, Jan - Krisha just told me about it...
    Do send her my love - she's in my prayers for a speedy recovery xx

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  30. Forgot to add link to my desk today x
    http://anotherdeepday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/woyww-262.html

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  31. Jan - thanks for letting me know! I've posted an edit to my blog too. I sent up a prayer for Julia, I hope she recovers quickly from this and feels like her crafty self again very very soon!! Bless her. And I love those photos today of the fabric shop - heavenly! Hugs dearest and take care of you! Sandy Leigh

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  32. Thanks for the update-send Julia my blessings! And wow...I can only imagine the euphoria when walking into that store! I love the fabric you picked out...very lovely!

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  33. thanks for keeping us going- and sending Love and light to Julia! Loving your colors!
    I'll put a note on my blog!

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  34. Thanks for letting us know what is up with Julia...do send her my love and best wishes. That song took me back to my primary school days - it was our school song! I just love all that gorgeous fabric...I bet you were in seventh heaven. The Tuk Tuk in Tescos is just too funny. Happy WOYWW. Caro x

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  35. Come anytime - I have spare room with ensuite facilities and enough crafty stash to last us both a lifetime! x Jo

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  36. Thank you for letting us know Jan, that is so awful, hoping she will be better soon. I will keep dropping by for news!
    We were only over there for a week, I barely saw anyone unless they came to visit my mum as it was such a short time and I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. Her prognosis is very poor. When we visit under different circumstances I will certainly give you a shout!
    Debxx

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  37. That fabric shop does look the place to send anyone into a fabric frenzy:) , what a wonderful taxi too, i want a ride in it as well!
    I hope julia is on the mend, sending her get well wishes. x

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  38. Thanks for the update on Julia. My prayers are with her for a speedy recovery. That is one amazing fabric shop! And I love that taxi!
    Carol N

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  39. Thanks for the update on Julia, please pass along my wishes for a speedy recovery. Gorgeous blankets and fabrics.

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  40. Hi Jan. I did comment first thing this morning then lost the comment. Not had chance to get back until now. In a way glad I did as I was wondering about Julia and guessed that something was wrong. Along with others I send my good wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Your words this morning brought back many memories of school and hymn practise. Taken a few of those :-)
    Oh my the fabric shop is AMAZING !!!!! I would never have been able to make a choice. Anne x

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  41. I was just going to email you, as I texted julia when I got home from work as I was worried- hadn't come here first otherwise I wouldn't have troubled her! Poor Julia, hope she is better soon, and home too.
    Love that fabric - stunning display!! Your choice is good too, look forward to seeing the top!

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  42. I had no sooner said that Julia must have been taken ill to miss woyww and that I hoped she wasn't in some foreign hospital than I read your blog! Do wish her well! What a fantastic fabric shop! Love your research! Not taking part - been out on a playdate with friends - came home to find T not well!! Chrisx

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  43. Thanks for letting us know about Julia, I hope she gets better soon. I can slightly sympathise as I had a bad fall in badminton yesterday and am very sore today. BJ

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  44. Send her my best and please do update us, as and when. I love the rainbow colours of your blanket and that fabric is stunning!!

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  46. Jan thank you so much for letting us know about Julia ..... Please send our best wishes
    Jackie xx

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  47. Love all the colorful photos on your post today. I keep waking to Penny Lane playing in my head. I wonder the significance of that? I was a hippy in the day so maybe nothing more then a flash back to the days of wine and roses. Speaking of which! I love that purple patterned fabric. I love it and it would match my hair perfectly! Off to the shop to see if I can find one to match. Have a great week and I am sorry to hear Julia is ill..not a lot of fun. Vickie

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  48. Plentiful hugs and well wishes for our lead Desker! Wow that fabric is minding boggling! Love your purchases just to test you see and the new topper! I wanna ride in the crazy taxi too....please please?! Hugs Nan G

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  49. Hi Jan, just read about Julia, so sorry to hear the bad news - I hope she will get better soon, and get home safely next week - what a shame and she was so looking forward to have a rest and fun on holidays! Ahhh!
    Your shots of that fabric have given me the will to go there too, even though I am not a fabric person! I think my next trip to London will end up in Old Brompton Road!
    Lots of hugs to you
    Cardarian

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  50. Hi Jan lovely to see you on Monday. Please pass on my love to Julia. I hope she gets better soon. How awful for her.
    Hugs
    Lynda B

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  51. Wow Jan that is some shop.I'm not surprised you had so much difficulty choosing, so would I. enjoy stitching with it.
    Give my love to Julia, can we get an address to send cards to?
    Chris

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  52. What a colorful post you have today and what a wonderful shop to visit. Oh I would have a hard time choosing as well. Thanks for letting us know about Julia. So sorry to hear she isn't well.

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  53. What an amazing array of fabrics! Have fun using what you brought home.

    Thanks for letting us know about Julia. Please pass along my best wishes & get well hugs.

    Sandy @ http://keepsakecrafts.net

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  54. Hi Jan, first off, Alan & I would be grateful if you could pass on our get well wishes to Julia, we hope she recovers quickly and is home again soon. Also let Mr and Miss Dunnit know that we are thinking of them too ... it must be a worrying time for them.

    Your crochet blanket is gorgeous - love the mix of bright and cheery colours - and your 'research' fabrics are lovely ... can't wait to see what you create with them.

    And now I'm suffering from real geographic envy ... how I wish that fabric shop was a lot nearer than London. I'd happily move in tomorrow :)

    Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  55. Please send love and best wishes to Julia.
    Am drooling over that fabric shop :). Love that piece on the left, simply gorgeous!

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  56. Thanks for your comment and the update on Julia. I', wishing her well as I am sure all WOYWWers will be doing. Let's hope she recovers soooon.
    That shop looks amazing and I know I would love it. I must tell DD in Brighton as she can easily get to "the smoke". I love your choice of purchase too. It reminded me that I have some Liberty Tana lawn to sew up into a Summer top....
    Jo x
    Thanks so much for my ATC treasure.

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  57. Hi Jan...happy WOYWW and thanks for letting us all know of Julias absence. Please join me in with everyone else wishing her a swift recovery, all our love and hugs. I'm gasping at the fabric shop picks...that would've been scary and if you only walked out with one piece..wow!! you did well. Cheers and have a nice visit with your dad, Lynda and Ali, RobynO

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  58. wow wow wow love your knitting it looks fab!
    hope julia is well again soon

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  59. Oh crumbs Jan - please send Julia my love and get well wishes.

    LOVE your photos, so much yummy fabric.

    Hugs, Di xx

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  60. Thank you for letting us know about Julia, sending prayers... The fabric shop is such a great find. And you only purchased the one piece of fabric? I doubt that i would have been that good. Diane @ afocusedjourney.blogspot.com

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  61. Thanks for letting us know about Julia - what a shock! Sending prayers for healing and comfort.
    Love that shop - there's one by B'ham centre markets .... it's a great place to go and browse on a rainy day!!
    Love that crochet - I'm hoping to buy some small lots of bright colour wools like yours for my baby blankets, thought I would add a bright border round each one.
    Have a good week and (((hugs))) to Julia.
    xx

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  62. OMG! First off, give our leader a hug from me please.
    Secondly, loving your crotchet.
    Thirdly, that tuk tuk is great but the shopping will fall out if you go round a roundabout!
    Lastly, when are we going? I think you found heaven on earth!
    Hugs
    xx

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  63. Julia, TAKE CARE OF YOU!!! You are missed. I am sure you will have a wild tale to tell when you are mended and able. Hugs Thanks for letting us all know Jan

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