Edinburgh fabrics

The conference in Beaune went well. Now we’re in Edinburgh, on holiday. Yeah!

We did notice a difference in food between Beaune and Edinburgh.

Beaune supermarket:

Edinburgh cafe:


Now the holiday has started, I can do what everyone does; visit the local landmarks. Fabric shops are landmarks, aren’t they?

I went to Edinburgh Fabrics on the advice of Karen of Did you make That?  (http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2013/jun/11/top-ten-fabric-shops-uk)

Edinburgh Fabrics has a good range selection of most fabrics, a lovely selection of Scottish and British wools and a small but fabulous selection of Harris tweeds, including hand woven ones in gorgeous colours. At 90 cm wide and £60 per metre I decided they didn’t need to travel with me so I just enjoyed them in the shop

My long suffering husband sent a text while I contemplating whether to buy this tartan or not. “Stuck in fabric shop, send help”.

Ken responded “my advice is not to struggle”. Ken has a wife who sews too…

I bought the tartan.

This cotton ‘tartan’ is coming back to Australia with me too

Old Town Edinburgh

Tailoring in progress upstairs. Lovely things to buy downstairs.

Amazing mossy stonework.

You’re wondering how warm Spring is in Scotland? The Woolly Mammoths would have felt at home.

(the scarf was knitted from wool bought last summer in Paris, the coat is the egg)

We are staying in Hotel Missoni (He who Cooks well understands my fascination with couture).


The Lobby

The Room

Its lovely!


11 thoughts on “Edinburgh fabrics

  1. Sounds like you are having great fun! If you have the time you might want to head to Carlisle. It is just over the border in England and it’s home to the Linton Tweeds mill. Lovely prices at their shop.

  2. Oh, I love Edinburgh!! And yes, you are right, fabric shops are definitely landmarks! I’m preparing for some landmark shopping in London as we speak 😉

  3. Looks like you are having a wonderful time! If you’re ever interested in Harris tweed for reasonable prices, you can order directly from the mills in the Hebrides. Love the hotel choice!

  4. Other than being cold, it looks like you are having a lovely holiday. What a fun score on the tape measure plaid. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  5. So glad to see you are enjoying my home town! I saw that sign at Biblos last week and thought “have we really come to this?!”, but was also secretly intrigued – I beer they taste good! Have fun in Auld Reekie whilst you’re here. Rachel ☺

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