I have been spending a little time lately looking round the fabric shops of Lancashire. So it was inevitable that I would get to Abakhan soon, as recommended by Maria Josephine. The Abakhan name is common in Turkey, although it seems the family that started the chain originated in St Petersburg. Today they have a range of shops throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as in the North of England. Why not London Mr Abakhan?
What a great shop!
There are several of these shops throughout the Noth West, with their biggest shop in North Wales. If you are nearby it is certainly worth a visit. Although the prices are reasonable rather than cheap it is an amazing experience if you like hunting through shelving units stacked with a wide range of remnants. These fabrics are sold by the kilo. Of course you may not want a kilo! You may not even want the piece of fabric as a whole. They will cut meterage from the remnant so long as there is one metre left for the next person. They also have perfectly nice cloth by the metre on traditional rolls.
The other things that were interesting were the bags of assorted haberdashery – cottons, ribbons, etc. And the most lurid fake fur I have ever seen. I imagine this might be fun if you are planning a fancy Yeti party. Or maybe there is something here for Jungle January?
The 20 staff in the shop were universally helpful and engaging. Here is Denise in the black Abakhan uniform. She (and I) discussed the right colour for the ground and batting for a child’s quilt.
They have got a website too. They apparently send A4 samples for £1. Nothing like rooting around though, in my view.