On my recent trip back to England I took the train out from London to Bath to meet up with my friend Vanessa. Bath was my old shopping ground when I lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire and one of my major interior design house projects was here too, so I know it well.
Knowing it well I'm afraid I didn't take any touristy photos to share with you
though I did pop into the local fabric store, Country Threads so let's take a tour together.
The outside of the store does give you a glimpse of the stunning Bath stone that all the buildings here are built from.
I love a good old cobble street and pavement it brings back memories of when I was much younger and ruined many a good stiletto heel in the cracks between the cobbles - I really am that old.
Walking into the store it's a bit of a tardis.
The front room is very typical of an English country style and full of ribbons, trims, notions, fabrics and more.
Don't be fooled into thinking that's it - behind the counter area to the left, there's a passageway leading through to a second room full of battings, panels and fabrics. Everything you could possibly need for your latest quilting project.
A sneaky pic of Vanessa handling the goods ;D
Vanessa is a quilter too and creates wonderful country style and applique quilts. If you'd like to see her work she blogs about it here at Mother Hen Quilting. We've known each other for years meeting when we both took jobs at the local high school, as you do when your kids are young and you want to get out of the house a bit but still have school holidays at home. Those jobs are long gone but our friendship grew and grew and has survived both of us relocating to other countries though V is now back in England.
And here's a much better pic of me and Vanessa in her stunning apartment overlooking the town.
And here's what I bought.
I'm crazy loving these John Louden collection stripes, I'd never heard of them before but they're a super soft weave, similar to Peppered Cotton and Kaffe Fassett's stripes, I couldn't leave the store without them.
Isn't it just the sweetest store? Have you visited Country Threads? Do you love Bath as much as I do?
If you're heading into the city to do some sightseeing now you know just where to get your fabric fix too right in the middle of town.
2 Pierrepont Place Bath BA1 1JX
Tel: 01225 480056
Mon-Sat 9.30 am to 5 pm
Permission granted by a staff member to take and blog all photos.
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