Fabric shopping in the Netherlands – how pretentious does that sound?

By on December 15th, 2013
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One of my favorite things to do when I travel to other cities is to scout out unique fabric stores. Part of the reason is because I don’t spend a lot of time fabric shopping at home, and also it seems that almost every city has a unique gem of a fabric store that is the antithesis of the standard Hancock or Joann’s where you can find some unique fabric that you couldn’t find anywhere else.

This week I was in Europe at a conference in Brussels and then to teach a weekend workshop in Leiden. (The university where I teach has a campus in the Netherlands). On Saturday morning – the morning after I arrived – the city market was happening! Imagine rows of booths selling everything from fish to lingere to FABRIC! And of course – a lot of that fabric didn’t look anything like what you find at Joanns.

Because of the different measurement system it was a bit tricky to gauge the amount of fabric I wanted to buy and how much i was spending. Most of the fabric seemed to be akin to 54″ wide and priced by the meter, of course. So I had to do a bit of guessing at the cutting table. I tried to purchase several small pieces for appliqué but found a darling little red riding hood print and a fabric printed with the map of Amsterdam that I just spoke to me and I bought a bit more.

I am hoping I didn’t get too caught up in the thrill of the environment and end up with buyers remorse with all this fabric I bought. Hopefully you will be seeing some projects with my new Leiden market fabric.

Ok – and I know this is not related – but check out these beautiful flowers at the market in Leiden.  So inspiring!

flowers in the market

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