+ Ray Stitch +

Long have I waited/wished/hoped/prayed for a fabric shop in my part of London to stock Japanese print fabric. Then, it happened:

Ray Stitch on Essex Road is a charming little premises that serves as a cafe, haberdasher and fabric shop. But, more to the point, it's a wish come true for me and any other conscientious crafter out there.

The shop is beautifully presented with shelves laden with gorgeous fabrics including a nice collection of Japanese cotton/linens which really got me smiling! They stock Nani, Kokka and Echino fabrics and I no longer need to battle with hefty shipping costs and customs charges.

Here you can also find a handsome and well chosen selection of ribbons, tape, notions, buttons, gifts and sewing patterns and equipment and more.

Ray Stitch is a veritable bounty of inspiration with enough going on (did I mention that they hold sewing classes?) to jump start your creativity even if you aren't crafty by nature. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and you can even linger for while with a nice cuppa Teapigs tea and a slice of delicious cake.

Honestly, I don't know what else you can want from a fabric shop!


99 Essex Road
London N1 2SJ


  1. ooh, I love Ray Stitch. As I don't live in London, I frequent their online store often!

  2. I wish wish wish I could sew. I love the idea of making my own clothes.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing these hidden gems! Next time I'm in London, I'm going to prepare a Worship at the House of Blues itinerary...

  4. i used to live quite near essex road, i probably wouldn't have been mega interested in this at the time though. it does look like a sweet place, like the japanese fabrics

  5. Sounds like an amazing shop indeed. Saw a movie at the weekend called Norwegian Wood. Thought you might like it. Xxxx

  6. Fabric and coffee? This sure does sound like a magical place...

  7. I am taking my mum here, she would be in heaven!


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