Whether we are designing clothing or a quilt a great source of inspiration can come from different cultures and we don’t need to travel to fare away places to find it either.
A trip down Ealing road can fire the imagination with beautiful saris in shop windows and at BL Joshi you will not only get a warm welcome the family run fabric shop will happily show you how to wear a sari and pick one that suits your skin tone.
I found this fabric shop on the web when I was looking for forty different coloured fabrics to use for a colour analysis class, the shop stood out from crowd with over 200 different coloured linings on offer at £1.50 a meter! On the phone they were incredibly helpful explaining each colour over phone until I have my forty colours.
It was some time later that I took a trip to Wembley to visit, this time I was on the hunt for black velvet for a client’s coat, I had phoned six or seven shops for samples and Joshes samples were by far the best and at the best prices, no competition I had to take a trip down.
It was a successful trip not only did we get the fabric for Karen’s wedding coat, my self and my best friend Debbie came away with all kinds of bargains. 100% cottons for patchwork were a faction of the cost normally found in patchwork shops; I shocked up on my interlinings and bought some black velour that looks like cow skin for a one day I will make coat.
Off course a trip to a fabric shop is not complete without food and just a few doors down at 218 Ealing road, we found a fantastic vegetarian pizza place were we could finish off our cultural outing with an eastern delight pizza, an Indian delight pizza or a hot Chinese pizza. All very interesting and homemade. Ikea is only just down the road too.