Yesterday I happened to be in London, Ontario with a little free time. (Free time? What is that exactly? Like the Dowager Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley I state: “Weekend…what’s a weekend”). Actually I had googled “Who sells Liberty Fabrics in Canada” a few days before and a shop in London Ontario popped up….so I confess, I actually did have something on my ‘to do’ list.
I spent my morning blissfully overwhelmed at Hyggeligt Fabrics located in the Richmond Row District. (515 Richmond Street, Unit 3, London, Ontario N6A 5N4 519-679-4907)
All of my favourites are here: Liberty Art Fabrics, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler (in velvet too!), Joel Dewberry, and Tula Pink.
I discovered Oakshott Handwovens which I fell in love with immediately. These fabrics are made by master weavers of 100% mercerised vat dyed shot cottons creating a fabric that is incredibly soft but shimmering with colour.
Naturally, you can purchase any length off the bolt or the shop offers pre-cuts. They will also cut into fat quarters or 1/2 yards any fabric of your choosing.
Unfortunately for me a number of the Liberty Prints (as well as other desirables) had travelled for the day to a quilting show elsewhere, but there were still enough options to satisfy me. Hyggeligt has a very large stock, including the William Morris prints in Tana Lawn which are fabulous for dressmaking. In this picture you can see, just peeking around the shelves from the left, a stunning wall quilt made of the Oakshott solids.
I must conclude with a picture of the beautiful woven silk ribbons the shop has. Most of these designs are by Kaffe Fassett – all are incredible. They are great for trims around quilts, pillows or any sewing project – I plan to use them to decorate seams of knitted garments.
The shop was founded by Chantal Lynch in 2008 – she felt there was a need to make these fabrics more accessible. In Danish the word ‘hyggelig’ means a spirit of warmth and coziness with friends or at home, and implies warm blankets. I’m not sure if this is where Chantal derived the shop name, but it certainly fits!
Hyggeligt has a fantastic web site: www.hyggeligt.ca. You can watch a video interview with Chantal created by UWO students about the ‘Handmade’ revolution under the ‘about us’ tab. The video also has some fantastic shots of the shop wares. Here is the link: http://www.hyggeligt.ca/pages/About-Us.html
As for myself, I plan to visit often!