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Lee Mill Fabrics, Swansea Wales

2011 July 22
by elizabeth_admin

You didn’t think I would travel and not check out the natural wildlife (fabric shops), did you?  In Swansea Wales, Lee Mills Fabric shop is the only game in town.  I met Mike the owner and he was quite the cutie. They had a mixed collection of fabrics ranging from English wools to Italian wools, and polyester knits to spandex knits and lining to craft cottons.  There was a small collection of silks, and some upholstery fabric.

I picked up a beautiful stable knit in heathered blue.  It’s quite beautiful and will be a great staple in my stash.

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But I am looking forward to my Liberty of London visit next week.

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SEWN Roving Reporter signing off!

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Ta!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. July 22, 2011

    Ooohhh…fabulous. Good to know about more fabric stores in the UK! Have fun at the Liberty store!!

  2. July 23, 2011

    Wow! From New York to Swansea! Hope you’re not too full of jet lag.

  3. July 23, 2011

    Enjoy your trip. Hide your credit card when you get to Liberty!

  4. July 23, 2011

    Glad to hear that you are having a good time in Swansea. I haven’t been to Wales for a long time but when I was there I loved it, so beautiful and friendly. I’m looking forward to your Liberty visit too 🙂

  5. July 23, 2011

    I love the exit sign over your head! Glad you are having a great time and I can’t wait to hear about the Liberty of London visit!

  6. July 24, 2011

    Lee Mill Fabrics! What a great name for a fabric store! ; )

  7. Sara permalink
    July 24, 2011

    Are you getting to Shaukat while (whilst?) in London? The Liberty store itself was a big old bust the last time I was there — lovely old building but they’ve really gutted their fabric section (as of about 18 months ago, anyhow).

    However Shaukat, near the Victoria and Albert Museum, is full of 2- and 3-yard remnants of Liberty and similar fabric. Probably most of it is seconds but the quality is pretty good from my experience. Dollar vs. Pound may mean there aren’t GREAT great deals for a New Yorker, but the prices are good.

    Have a great time!

    • Anita permalink
      July 25, 2011

      I live in Bath, UK and Liberty sadly carries very little in the way of haberdashery and garment making fabric anymore. When I first moved here 10 years ago it was amazing. Now I think it is mostly Liberty lawn and Liberty prints – before it was the wolrd’s best of everything.

      The best place- the holy grail of fabric- I have been to this spring was in Rome- I was speechless.

      Enjoy your trip in the UK.

      I site an old article in the New York Times

      New York Times

      May 6, 2007

      FORAGING

      Rome: Bassetti Tessuti

      By DANIELLE PERGAMENT

      Bassetti Tessuti is more than Rome’s largest fabric store. It’s a secret world in a nondescript
      palazzo that is the textile superstore for many of Italy’s top designers, dressmakers and debonair
      businessmen alike.
      Opened in 1954 by two brothers, Emidio and Lorenzo Bassetti (“Tessuti” means fabric in Italian),
      the store is run by their children, Carlo, Antonio and Nicola. In the tight quarters of Rome’s
      historic center, the place is deceptively large — two floors with double-height ceilings. It holds
      200,000 fabrics in every color, shade and texture you’ve ever imagined, and a few you never saw
      coming (like, say, dancing Pinocchios on black velvet).
      In a country known for its textiles, Bassetti Tessuti is the mother ship. All the fabrics from the
      industrial north are here: lush silk from Lake Como, feather-soft wool from Piedmont. You are
      highly unlikely to find these in the United States; if you do, expect to pay much more.
      This is also where the top seamstresses for Italy’s famed fashion houses come to shop.
      “Occasionally, we carry exclusive fabrics from the high fashion lines — Giorgio Armani, Roberto
      Cavalli, Emanuel Ungaro,” said Antonio Bassetti. “But we don’t have a specialty. We have
      everything.”
      One afternoon during the winter, the place was typically packed: young mothers ran their fingers
      over rolls of soft cotton, to be sewn into pillowcases and sheets. Smartly dressed businessmen
      inspected a sea of finely hued gray wool for custom-made suits. A young woman held a piece of
      delicate lace over her head — an impromptu veil — then wrapped a roll of cotton eyelet around
      her clothes, checking the reflection of her makeshift wedding dress in a mirror. And elbowing
      through it all was an army of elderly, square-shaped Italian women who knew exactly what they
      wanted.
      It is reason enough to wander in from the overtrafficked Piazza Venezia, a few blocks away. The
      store is one of the rare places where you can catch a glimpse of real Roman life and where you won’t hear any English. Few of the salesmen — all tan, starched and pressed — even speak it.
      Still, tourists are welcome to browse the seemingly endless aisles for swatches of cotton, silk and
      fine wool — palm-sized souvenirs for a wardrobe they hope to make one day.
      Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 73; 39-06-689-2326.

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