Shopping Around

When I teach a workshop or give a talk about my practice one of the most common questions I get asked is where I buy my materials. I use lots of different suppliers, most of which are based in Yorkshire so I thought I would share some of my favourites with you.


Barnyarns are based just outside Ripon in a warehouse packed with threads, haberdashery supplies and interfacings. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable about the products they sell.

I buy my rayon threads from them as they stock a huge range of Madeira and Gutermann products. I also get my Filmoplast, Aquasol and Stitch n Tear interfacings from Barnyarns. They often have a multi-buy discount on many of these products.

Dinsdales Logo

Dinsdales are really local to me as they are based in Headingley, the owner is a great chap who knows his art materials. I get all my photocopying, binding and larger printing done here.

They also stock a great range of mount-board, portfolios and all the art materials and stationery you can think of so they are a great place for me to stock up on essentials for the studio.

Fred Aldous Logo

Fred Aldous was an old haunt when I was studying in Manchester, they opened a shop in Leeds too which is great. They stock a huge range of art materials and haberdashery as well as more interesting items like mini embroidery hoops.

I buy my embroidery thread cards, presentation materials and storage from here and I try not to indulge on their wonderful gifts.

Samuel Taylors

Samuel Taylors are based in Leeds city centre on the way to two of my teaching jobs which is great for picking up supplies. They stock a huge range of fabrics and haberdashery supplies.

I buy felt, sewing needles and quilting thread from here as well as patterned fabrics for quilting workshops. They are great for those last minute purchases as they stock such a variety of fabrics.

Whaleys Logo

Whaleys are a fabric supplier based in Bradford, they stock a huge range of fabrics and offer great multi-buy discounts. I buy my calico from here in bulk which works out at about £1.30 per metre, fantastic for workshops and sampling.

Their website is easy to use and you can order samples of the fabric, if you are unsure about what fabric you need a quick phone call to the team will advise you on what is suitable.