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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Exploring London - Liberty 2016


I can't visit London without nipping into Liberty but last time I shared pics with you from inside the store was back in 2012.



On my visit last month, I met my quilty friend Gertie Pye for breakfast in CafĂ© Liberty and took fresh pics so let's have a look at what's happening there now.


Stepping out of the lift there's a huge array of home accessories in several of Liberty's fab designs


and stationery too.


Turning right we enter the main Liberty fabric gallery and see the season's new collections.



I love how the gallery is centred around an atrium giving the wooden structure so much light.



In the basket above are these gorgeous 2.5" squares - colour selections of various liberty prints put together by Alice Caroline.  If you haven't heard of Alice Caroline they're a UK based company selling a variety of Liberty fabrics and kits and also have a Liberty Stars Club.  You can sign up to receive either a Liberty six fat quarter bundle or six fat eighths bundle shipped to you either monthly or quarterly for 12 months AND they'll ship worldwide.  

Disclaimer: I haven't ordered online from Alice Caroline or taken part in the Liberty Stars Club myself I'm providing the links for info only so you can explore yourselves.


In case you'd like a closer look at the sewing machine in the earlier pic, here it is for you.  It's a Silver sewing machine with the Flowers of Liberty, Theodora Liberty print.  The bad news, unless you're living in Britain, is that it's only compatible with British power supplies and sockets.




I've used the above print in a few pieces I've made over the years, it's a favourite of mine (click images to read more).

  



Above is another print I've had in my stash for several years now and not used yet.  I took the pic though in honour of my NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild friends - I think they bought every available yard of this particular print in a recent Manhattan store closing down sale and who can blame them at $10/yard!!!  Shame I already had the prints on offer, hard to justify it then better just to feel sorry for yourself thinking about the price you paid :'(


And my purchases this visit which I paid quite a bit more than $10/yard for!?  
I gave you sneak peeks earlier without you knowing!


Do you shop at Liberty when you're in London?  
You know they sell much more than fabric too: fashion; home dec; beauty; jewellery; and more, you can get lost in there for hours.


Liberty
Regent Street  London  W1B 5AH
Tel: +44 (0)207 734 1234

Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm

Permission granted by a staff member to take photos.


Visiting The British Isles?  Read my previous Exploring posts by clicking the images below:




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21 comments:

  1. Liberty Love, Liberty Envy! Gah! I only have one piece, and I fear cutting into it. It's that lovely! Am I alone?

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    1. You most certainly are not alone Melody - I know so many quilters who won't cut into favourite fabrics and I've been guilty of it myself. This year I decided to use my fave fabrics in gifts to make other people happy too, that way I could reduce my stash and work with fabrics that made my heart sing as I worked. I finally realised that using my stash leaves plenty room to buy new fave fabrics, give it a go, it's not as difficult as we think it'll be :D - Chris

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  2. I passed by Liberty on a day trip in 2014 but didn't have time to pop in; just took 2 outside photo's for the memory. I've seen tv programmes about the store and your photo's reminded me of how gorgeous it is inside:)

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  3. I sent your link to my sewing group... great pictures Chrissy

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    1. It's hard to take a bad pic in Liberty to be honest, there's just eye candy everywhere you look. Thanks for sharing :D - Chris

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  4. Beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. Ten years since I visited Liberty and after seeing your post I am now trying to think how I can fit in a visit!. Not sure if I have told you this story before but in the early 70's I worked next door in Dickens and Jones and looked enviously across the road at their beautiful window displays. It was always a favourite place to visit in my lunch hour and I spent one lunch time starting on the top floor and working down trying to visit as many departments as possible! xx

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    1. Oh Lin, how wonderful you lucky girl. In the 70s I worked in a hairdressers in my hometown and my lunchtime treat was going to the chippy and buying a mag in the newsagents. Cheaper but waaay more fattening - Chris :D

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  6. You're a star! Now I know what to ask my husband for. He likely won't make it to the other shop you mentioned. I hope you left a few charm packs for me ;)

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    1. Lol, just a few Andy, I hope Liberty Santa thinks you've been a good girl and brings you lots of pressies ;D

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    2. I hope he does too! We'll find out on Sunday...

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  7. I just love going into Liberty when I get the chance... it is just a total treat just to be there (super expensive, though). I loved looking at your photos - thanks for the post!

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  8. I live on the outskirts of London. I haven't been to Liberty for years. I must have a shopping trip.

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    1. Isn't it funny how we hardly visit the places we live near? When I lived there I didn't go to Liberty as often as I do now, these days I avoid Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty - Chris :D

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  9. I've never been in there, definitely will make a trip next time I'm in London

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    1. Absolutely, it's well worth going in at least once, trouble is then you'll be hooked ;D

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  10. I've always wondered what is like inside! Xx

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    1. It's beautiful, if you get the chance do go in and take a look - Chris :D

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  11. I love Liberty, not been for years. Always there when younger as Mother used to buy the lawn for my dresses. Liberty, Harrods and V V Rouleuax along with Walton Street shops are my old haunts. makes me want to have a trip to London again.

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  12. I love wandering around the Liberty store when I get the chance, even better if hubby is busy elsewhere :)

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  13. I'm in love with those sewing machines! Thank you for sharing them (and this lovely store) at The Really Crafty Link Party this week!

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Chris Dodsley