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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fabric Shopping In Seville, Spain

When I visit Seville I always drop by my favourite fabric shop - Zález.
It's too good to keep secret so about time I share it with you too!!!

Zález is a fashion and accessories brand owned by Núria González, a fashion designer originally from Barcelona.  Specialising in bags, rucksacks, purses, vanity cases, brooches and rings all pieces are handmade here in her Seville studio/store.

What draws me back, again and again, is the fabric - mainly Japanese  - Kokka/Echino and this time I pulled some English fabric too by dashwood studio.  You don't need me to tell you more here's some pics to tempt you.


On this visit I didn't have my Spanish dil, Ana, with me to act as a translator so, as always DH, Simon, was embarrassedexasperated, amused at my attempts to communicate with anyone Spanish using English and a selection of elaborate hand gestures.  

When I'm travelling I can easily fashion a hand gesture for 'is it okay to take photos?' but I haven't come up with an appropriate one for 'do you mind if I blog about your store?'.  It seems I indicate some sort of circle around the room and then pretend to write, rather like the international hand gesture for 'can we have the bill?' at which point Simon usually huffs quite a bit and then shows them my blog via his phone.  This time, he sidled up to me in the store and whispered: "how do you think you're going to be able to tell Núria how much fabric you want cut?" I enjoyed pointing out to him that being English I actually know the European word for fabric measurements - "metres"!

Here's my restrained purchases - 5 x 1-metre cuts on the top row and 2 fat quarters on the bottom row -  the Kokka Scottie dogs were two fat quarters from my last visit but I thought I'd share them here too:

Top row left to right:
Petite Street by Wendy Kendall for dashwood studio
Flurry - dashwood studio
atori echino Huedrawer collection by etsuko furuya - new to Kokka a cotton sateen, you can read about this new fabric line here on Kokka's blog
Tortoises by jodds for dashwood studio

Bottom row left to right:
Patchwork Cars - by Kokka
Scotties - Trefle created by Kokka

Zález can be found right in the centre of Seville, if you're visiting the Cathedral and other major site seeing locations then you're right there already.

Don Alonso el Sabio, 6, Seville 41004.
Current opening hours are 10 am to 2 pm and 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm daily. 
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Núria gave me this sweet gift as I was leaving and that's exactly what my husband, Simon, thought it was - a sweet but take a closer look - it's a tape measure, how cute's that?!!!

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  1. What a stunning shop! There are flights to Seville from Bordeaux and we did think about it for our autumn break this year but the flights to Rome were at more sensible times of day! Visited the Cathedral years ago but would love to go back. You were very restrained with your purchases - there are some stunning fabrics in your pictures. Thank you for sharing. xx

    1. Love Seville but equally love Rome and enjoyed seeing all the photos on your blog but was reading on the subway so could read but not comment. It's not too hard to be restrained with most fabric available and cheaper for me at The City Quilter so I'll only ever buy what we don't have in stock when I travel. When you work in a fabric store I think there comes a point when you have to stop buying it on impulse or from love - I really try just to buy for specific projects now as I've got plenty fabric in my stash, nowhere near as much as many quilters but more than I need! - Chris :D

  2. I visited Seville a few years ago for a short break. There is so much to see there. Great photos of the fabrics. Yummy!

  3. Thanks for sharing all those lovely fabrics and for introducing me to dashwood studio!

  4. Such eye candy! I'm so jealous and want to hop on a plane right this second! ;)

  5. Oh such pretty things and gorgeous fabric to see and buy. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love Dashwood Studio fabric, I live in the UK so I am able to get it quite easily. I saw some fabrics from Retro Orchard on the shelves a particular favourite collection of mine also by Wendy Kendall.

    1. Oh that collection is lovely too, I could have bought all of it! - Chris

  7. How fun. I really enjoyed the virtual tour.

  8. What gorgeous fabric. I haven't been in a fabric shop for a while so I'm not sure if we have gorgeous stuff like that here but these are wonderful!!! Gosh, I love fabric. It's just so expensive. I love just looking at fabric and the feel of it, too. Well, best wishes to you, Linda Crafts a la Mode

  9. I love going fabric shopping. Thanks for the virtual tour, it was fun shopping in Spain :)

  10. Looks like a wonderful place to shop! It's fun seeing places to visit in other countries. If you're looking for another place to share your posts, I would love to have you stop by Etcetorize and join our Make it Monday party. It's open now :)

  11. Lovely fabrics and the shop looks great - the perfect excuse for a visit to Seville.

  12. Thank you for sharing these beautiful fabrics with us at Make It Monday.

  13. Visiting from the Sew Darn Crafty Linking Party! I love reading about travel adventures, especially in Spain :) I've never been to Seville but maybe someday!


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