Posted by: Jess | 21 February, 2011

Haberdashery

Let me say, the British take their crafts seriously.  John Lewis, a big UK department store, has most of a floor devoted just to haberdashery – all the yarn, sewing and other crafty notions you can think of.  It would be like walking into Macy’s and popping up to the fourth floor for the latest Rowan release.  If only.

Haberdashery:  dealing in small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zippers, and other notions.  Of course, in American English, a haberdasher is another term for a men’s outfitter. A haberdasher’s shop or the items sold therein are called haberdashery.  The word appears in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  Haberdashers were initially peddlers, sellers of small wares such as needles, buttons, etc.

While in London I just had to make a stop at the John Lewis on Oxford Street for a quick look.  It seemed a little smaller on the yarn front than a few years ago, but there were more sewing machines, notions and other random crafty goodness.  Sewing box shaped like a house?  I love you Cath Kidston.  Rowan yarn at non-imported prices?  How strong I felt for sticking to my yarn diet.  Just becaues it’s on sale, and in a foreign country, does not mean I actually have more money.  So I walked away with a book of cute Debbie Bliss patterns.  Of course, I had dreams of the adorable poncho… until I was reminded that only waify folks with no chest can really pull that off.  Probably a good thing, too, before I’m 19 balls of Cashmerino Aran in the hole.

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