A quick visit to Liberty’s haberdashery

March 1, 2011

When I found myself in London today I made sure to pop in to visit the newly expanded haberdashery department at Liberty. I’ve been meaning to check it out since they announced they were doubling the size of the department in October last year.

I thought it was a done deal that it would be absolutely fabulous and I’d love it. But I have to admit, I came away feeling a little disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a delicious, inspirational place to go for divine fabrics, buttons and the like, but given the massive hype about the expansion of the department, I thought there would be more ‘new’ things to see. It does seem to be a bit more spacious, but they seem to have added only small amounts of new stock. The knitting section has been moved in to the adjoining room, and they’ve added more fabric cutting tables, and some more habi bits. They now have a section dedicated to silks & jerseys, which looked a little understocked and sorry for itself:

Liberty's silks and jerseys section

Luckily, the wool (yarn? wool? I’m not a knitter and not sure what the UK term should be, please enlighten me) section was a completely redeeming feature and I came away dying to learn how to knit. Just look at this:

Liberty's Great Wall of Wool

I met the loveliest shop assistant there who promised to give me a free knitting lesson next time I pop in. How’s that for service? I’m going to have to take her up on that!

Has anyone else been to the Liberty haberdashery since it expanded? What did you think?



{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy March 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

Hi Leah!
I was there yesterday too! I was just whizzing through on the hunt for grosgrain so didn’t really have a chance to look round properly, but I did notice all the great colour displays – the wall of Rowan is always v tempting. Yes, you should learn to knit! It doesn’t have quite such instant (relatively!) gratification as sewing, but it’s so therapeutic! You should sign up to and have a look around http://www.ravelry.com if you want huge inspiration!
And thank you too for your lovely comments on my new blog adventure! xx


Catherine March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hi Leah

I’m glad to have stopped by Sewbox today and find your new blog. I hope you are not suffering to many withdrawal symptoms. As a knitter I was most happy to read about Liberty’s big new department (I usually go to John Lewis) but also just love haberdashery depts too – my haberdashery stash is almost as big as my wool stash!

Thank you for reminding me how lovely Liberty can be.




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