Have Your Say
26th October 2018
In All Stitched Up! #158 we asked if anyone was able to point Anne in the direction of a needlework shop or two for her upcoming trip. We just hope Anne’s set aside enough time to indulge her love of needle and thread for all the pointing the Inspirations Community was able to do!
Maureen Troake & Susan Bottcher
‘Regarding the request for details of fabric and/or embroidery shops in Cape Town, the main shops we can think of are:
Cross Stitch Cottage
5 Timber Way, Bergvliet Cape Town 7945
The Crafters Inn
Helderberg Village Walk Caledon Street, Somerset West Cape Town 7130
Thread Needle Street
1A Glebe Road, Rondebosch Cape Town 7700
As a smocker, Susan suggests a visit to the Fabric Centre which can be found at 9 Ardeer Road, The Interchange, Somerset West, 7130 as they have the best range of fabrics she knows of. Also, if you happen to find yourself in Stellenbosch Anne, Susan invited you to visit her at Graceland Vineyards!
Image Courtesy The Fabric Centre
‘There is an astonishing little textile museum, The Stellenbosch Village Museum, in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, which is a 50-minute drive from Cape Town. It’s open 9-12 weekdays and features permanent displays of lace, quilting, and knitting as well as an incredible range of whitework. There is also a display of work that has won the National Agricultural Association Embroidery Competition and it’s entirely possible to spend a few days literally drooling over the bobbin lace, hardanger, pulled, drawn thread work and other embroidered pieces! I hope Anne enjoys her visit.’
‘We live in Rondebosch and I am a founding member of Cape Embroiderers’ Guild. I would be only too pleased to welcome Anne to the embroidery world of Cape Town by inviting her to join us at one of our regular monthly meetings if the timing is right. There are always embroiderers meeting and we could arrange to introduce Anne to various embroidery enthusiasts. I would be delighted to be of service if it suits Anne.’
Anne, Toody has supplied us with her contact details so if you’d like to take her up on her very generous offer, let us know and we’ll forward them onto you.
We also heard from several people who suggested you contact one of the local Embroiderers’ Guilds. The two branches brought to our attention were the Cape Embroiderers’ Guild who can be contacted via email HERE and the Helderberg Embroiderers’ Guild who can be contacted via email HERE.
If those suggestions weren’t enough, Di van Niekerk (one of our tutors at Beating Around the Bush 2018) and Trish Burr both hail from Cape Town and while neither has a retail shop, your trip to South Africa might just be the perfect opportunity to stock up from their online stores and have them delivered locally to wherever you’re staying! You can check out their websites HERE and HERE
Anne, we wish you safe travels to Cape Town and look forward to hearing all the fabulous ways you indulge your love of needle and thread while there.