New Fabrics from Makower


We took delivery of some delightful prints the other day, just right for some summer sewing inspiration. With themes of vintage tea parties, old school sewing and some nautical stuff for the kids (or anyone who loves a pirate) there is plenty to feast your eyes on!

Lovely bright summer bunting, and classic combo of tea and biscuits – pink and green go so very well together.



Plus cute, chirpy cherries – the best of all summer fruits and a classic print to boot.


Vintage sewing themes are always very popular – take a look at these gorgeous prints.


Embroidery and all the sewing kit you could possibly need, plus vintage style logos.



Cotton reels and buttons – good old fashioned sewing bliss.


Seaside fun for the little ones comes in the shape of fantastic sea creatures and pirates!

Fancy piratical bunting! Perfect for those pirate obsessed children’s parties.


And if you’ve had enough of asking your kids to tidy their bedrooms over the summer holidays, this could be the answer – a pirate pocket panel!


All Makower prints featured today are £12.50 a metre, available from the shop now.


New Arrivals from Makower


A lovely bundle of gorgeousness arrived from Makower first thing this morning, giving us that delicious Christmassy feeling of opening up a parcel that you know will contain objects of delight. Full of warm colours and appealing patterns, these little numbers are certain to get as many oohs and aahs as the turning on of the Christmas lights when you see them in person. But just in case you can’t get into the shop any time soon to see all the new designs, here’s a sneak peak at our newly arrived fabrics.


These beautiful tumbling circles with their multi coloured patterns and hints of gold are sheer bliss when it comes to choosing winter or festive fabrics in a non-traditional way. Full of rich and warm colours, they would make delightful table decorations, such as napkins or table runners.


Made from the same colour palette, these spiralling trees are just as perfect for the festive season. Featuring a stronger gold element in the tree trunks and inside the smaller circles, they contrast beautifully with the deep blue and the cool cream of the background.


Two more abstract patterns from Makower are also now on sale in the shop: the first is full of simple shapes and designs, combined with a limited colour palette of blue, cream, red and gold. Kind of jewel-like and very reminiscent of Klimt’s paintings, this is a fantastic design for anything that shows off its eccentric patterns. The second grey, red and white combination comes from a series inspired by Aboriginal art, featuring finger dots and swirling pathways representing travel. Great for decorating a home, these repeating circles are spot on for accessories for the man in your life.


The final design brings you yet more festive gold with these wonderful spiral designs set against a deep blue and that cool cream again. Bringing to mind hand drawn calligraphic script, these fabrics would make for a sumptuous winter quilt.

And if you were in any doubt as to how well these patterns and colours gel together, take a look at this pile of delicious fat quarters on the cutting table – doesn’t it make you just want to take them all home and immediately start creating a fantastic new project? Personally speaking, we’ve already got  at least five different projects ready to go!


All the new fabrics from Makower are on sale at Emporia Fabric & Craft for £11.00 per metre.



Funky Fabrics and Beautiful Buttons


Well, put on your sunglasses and wheel your sewing machine into the garden – it seems that spring is here at last! (Or it was yesterday at least.) It’s only just over a month until Easter and the clocks go forward in just three weeks’ time, so we at Emporia are starting to get a quite excited by the prospect of longer days, sunny afternoons and more opportunity to sew in natural daylight – it’s time to put away your headtorches and angle lamps, ladies and gents, and get all the brightness you need from our latest arrivals in the store.


We’ve had some fantastic new stock come into the shop over the past week or so, and it’s all simply perfect for brightening up these early spring days and putting a bit of sunshine in your sewing. First up, this simply amazing Riley Blake neon bright cassette tape print just screams summer with its good old fashioned 90s retro theme; it’s also spot on for anyone who actually remembers using these old school recording devices – taping the Top 40 on the radio, whilst trying to edit out the DJs anyone? No? Just us then.


Speaking of old school, fans of funky prints can also get excited about these Michael Miller printed spectacles in yet more brights called 20/20, while the elephants (Romp, also by Michael Miller) are feeling the zingy colours of spring in turquoise, purple, lime and orange.


Kids’ prints are always useful around Easter if you fancy a spot of chick themed sewing, or some delightful jungle themed line drawn animals in bright, bright blue.


Asides from all our delicious new fabrics, the newly stocked button table is full to bursting with loads of lovely colours, designs and pictures all waiting to be oohed and ahhed over by you. Giant red anchors, tiny green flower shapes, dinky trains and boats, yellow and orange polka dots, and wooden butterflies are just some of the beautiful buttons we’ve got on sale to accompany yet more ribbons and trimmings in a rainbow of colours and themes.


What more excuse do you need to come in and have a good old butchers at all our lovely new things? None! we hear you cry, so roll on springtime!