A Maker's Australian Vacation
I recently returned from a three week trip to Australia. The trip brought me to many exciting locales including Sydney Harbour, The Blue Mountains, The Great Ocean Road outside of Melbourne, and Rottnest Island off of the coast of Perth (to visit the lovely Quokkas pictured above) to name a few. While in Melbourne I found myself with a little time on my own and couldn’t resist visiting a local fabric store and yarn shop.
Tessuti Fabrics – 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
This beautiful fabric store was just blocks from where we were staying in Melbourne’s Central Business District. It was a fairly large, very organized and tidy store with a selection of silk prints, lace, and bridal fabrics. They also had beautiful wool and novelty coat and suiting fabrics. I contemplated their lovely selection of Liberty cotton prints for quite a while before deciding on a fun print featuring plum, cobalt, black, and white which will hopefully become a shirt this fall! The clerks were also very helpful and knowledgeable making it a memorable shopping experience.
Morris & Sons – 234 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
There are so many amazing shops on Collins Street in the heart of Melbourne’s downtown core and Morris & Sons did not disappoint. I scanned every aisle admiring the beautiful range of yarn, sample projects, books, patterns and tools and was greeted by a very helpful and friendly salesperson. I was struck by a selection of variegated 100% Australian wool yarn in an amazing array of colours. I decided on a combination of blues, brown and pale cool yellow. The yarn is well on its way to becoming a cozy scarf for when cooler weather arrives!
It’s always exciting to visit shops in different cities. I often look for fabric, yarn, or quilt stores. The products often reflect the unique flavour of the local area and anything that I buy always reminds me of that destination. If you’re a “maker” who’s collected souvenir fabrics, yarn or other treasures, please share with us in the comments below. What kind of shops are on your “must-see” list when travelling?
Yeah!!! two of the three that I hit a little more than a year ago. Tessuti also has wonderful patterns of which my friend and I own a few and exchange/alter regularly. Such a talented crew and a wonderful online service. Morris brothers was also a highlight for me with the making of the cacti pin cushions and the Spanish dress (Debbie Bliss) for each of my grand nieces. Both are Totally inspirational store. But you missed out on going to Bendigo WOOLlen Mills (in Bendigo-2.5 hours east of Melbourne) to visit what happens before you purchase the fibre. I still visit this site online and on Facebook to get inspired. Just being there gave me goosebumps. I am a knitting geek. So glad you enjoyed these stores, In many ways it is an homage to sewing/knitting in the past mid century. I hope you find your purchases inspiring and better than you imagined. Regards Fran
Sorry I missed the Bendigo Woollen Mills. The main reason for our stay was the wedding of two of our dear friend, but I was glad to be able to sneak out for a fabric and yarn fix! Thanks so much for sharing your experience in Melbourne. In a future post we will be sharing some photos from an exhibit about the history of quilting in Australia, so keep watching for those (very inspiring!) If I ever return, I hope to have more time to explore.