Fabric shopping in melbourne australia

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I'm travelling to australia for christmas, and I was thinking that they
might have some cool fabric stores to check out.  How do I find out?  I
guess I post on austrialian newsgroups.


Re: Fabric shopping in melbourne australia
Beth,

I hope Melbourne has more fabric stores to check out. Here in Sydney, they
are all closing down. :-(

Lincraft is a popular one in both States.

Katherine



"BethInAK"

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Thats sad. Why?

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I'll be checking it out!



Re: Fabric shopping in melbourne australia
Not sure why they are closing Beth. We used to have "Home Yardage" - it
closed down.
Our "Spotlight" stores are few and far between now.
We had a good fabric and sewing section in our Kmart store, but that section
has gone. Only a few cottons are left :-(

It's ok if you are petite and very slim, you can get ready to wear clothes
from a lot of places, but when you have lumps and bumps (like me), it is
hard to find ready made clothes. Besides I do enjoy sewing.  I found it very
hard to find a dressmaker's dummy to suit my figure.

I may have to move to Melbourne :-)

Thanks to the poster who mentioned the Warehouses in Melb, I have found a
couple of outlets in Sydney I am going to try (for ready made though :-( )

Katherine




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I remember the local one well - a great shop.

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Our local one is sooooo appalling that I wish it would close.  We might get
something coming in to fill the vacuum then.



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Hi Beth

Hope you have a great time.  It will either be freezing (the wind blows of
the Sth Pole) or boiling (the wind blows off the desert).  Sometimes that is
am and pm!

As a visitor to the city, if you don't have anyone local to drive you around
you may be interested in this

http://www.bargainshopper.com.au/melbourne/household?cid=12143

If that link gets messed up just strip it back to Melbourne then select
household, then fabric and craft.  Shopping spree tours like these are
popular in Aus.  They are used as fund raisers for schools etc.  They can
get a bit rowdy as people get more drunk as the day goes on.  There is no
alcohol involved though - it must be adrenalin!  It is usually in a mini
bus - so you can pull up in an alley.  Remember to have your elbows outwards
after exiting the bus - this is an important cultural consideration. :-))
(actually don't do that- but you'll think about it-must get that bargain
first!).  Even if you don't decide to do this there are 4 pages of fabric
and craft stores for Melbourne all with address and phone numbers.

Go on the tour, live out my fantasy - I have always wanted to do this.  The
fabric and clothing in Melbourne is of much better quality than in Sydney.
Email these people with the dates you will be there and see if any group has
booked a tour for when you are there.  See how much it costs and if lunch is
included.  It would be a fun tiring day.

Lincraft and Spotlight are the two big chains for craft.  Lincraft is a bit
more upmarket, but a setback in trading meant that they moved a bit away
from being fabric focused so there is more craft and curtains now.  I find
the fabric in Spotlight is poorly treated.  My sister nearly cries to see
$80m fabric jumbled and screwed around with the cheap stuff.

Hope some of this helps.
I'm off to look at the Sydney shopping spree site....

chris


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We are visitors, will have a car and are right near the train.  We are
actually visting my brother, but I doubt he can find me craft or fabric.

But this website is AWESOME!


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This tour sounds like fabulous fun!! I might have to ditch my husband for
this.


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Thank you!! We are very excited and now I am MORE excited!!



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Beth

I spoke to my friend about fabric shops in Melbourne.  She mentioned some of
the ones that were covered in ChrisW's post where she gave the Bargain
Shopper URL and some that weren't mentioned.

She said that Rathdowne Remnants is "unbelievable" and the sort of place
that she and I would shop - that means it's good value.  She said that Clegs
in Elizabeth St is high end fabric but gorgeous.  She also mentioned a place
that looked like a warehouse and looked like it hadn't been opened for 40
years which was in at the 'top end' of Bouke St just up from a bookstore
called "Hill of Content" and which has the most unelievable collection of
fabric.  I think this is a place that I used to go to about 25 years ago and
if it is the same one, it is a 'must see'.  I recall it as being called
"Michaels" (but don't quote me on that as I only recall its location and I
know it was on Bourke St just near Chinatown and on a corner).  She also
said that the good Italian knit fabric could be found in the Sydney Rd area.

I did a bit of a net hant and found this site which looks promising:
http://www.designerstitch.com.au/fabric-shops/vic.html



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Thank her for me!! This sounds like a fun mix of places to check out !! I'm
very excited now!  I'm hoping to find some interesting stuff that I can't
get here at TSWLTH!


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oooh, it does! Thank you!



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The old joke about Melbourne is that it has 4 seasons all in the same day.
I believe it.



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Melbourne used to have some superb fabric shops but it's been years since
I've been there.  Give me a couple of days and I'll ask a friend who has
more recent experience of shopping there (and if you don't hear back from me
in a week, prompt me to get the info from you)

Will you be in the city area of the suburbs?



Re: Fabric shopping in melbourne australia

 check out the "downunder" forum on the PatternReview message boards.

 have a look at http://www.designerstitch.com.au/fabric-shops/vic.html

Rathdowne Remnants have moved recently to Victoria St East Brunswick (near
the corner of Lygon St)

To add to the designerstitch  list - Clear It in Brunswick St Fitzroy (the
Alannah Hill outlet)

Lincraft and Spotlight are all over - they are a Joanns type shop.

Clegs - the main store is in Elizabeth St (near Collins St) in the city (the
central business district) and a smaller store in Lygon St East Brunswick
near GJ's and Rathdowne Remnants.

If you are looking for a specific suburb or area, let us know (or post over
at Pattern Review) there are bound to be more. The Aust members of
PatternReview are having their 2nd visit to Melbourne  soon for  a fabric
shopping expedition. Members come from all over Australia and some are
coming from New Zealand. I live 10 mins away from the Sydney Rd Brunswick
strip and I guess I take it for granted.

Have fun on your visit

chris
:-)



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