Inspiration, Sewing

Craft Shop Favourite – Wheeler Fabrics

Last month I found myself in the beautiful town of Machynlleth, Wales. A place I have visited several times. On this particular visit I stumbled across Wheeler Fabrics. It was during my visit to the shop that I decided to post about my favourite craft shops (old and new). And so, I am pleased to introduce my first interview with Sam – owner of Wheeler Fabrics.

How long has Wheeler Fabrics been open? My parents and sister opened the shop 20 years ago. I have worked here since I was 16 and took over the business in 2006. My partner, Catherine joined me in 2011. We have two wonderful shop staff – Lynda and Becky.

Wheeler Fabrics

What’s the best thing about working in and owning Wheeler Fabrics? It’s great to have a job that is also a creative outlet. Lynda was previously a florist, so has a great eye for colour and design. Becky teaches sewing, so is able to draw on her wealth of knowledge. We love seeing what customers make with their fabric and encourage them to share pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We also love that we get to bring our dog Bo to work with us!

What’s your favourite item in the shop? It has to be our woven grey and white insect fabric. I’ve used it to upholster a couple of pieces of furniture and Catherine has made some cushions with it. Everything about it just works – it’s a good weight and colour, plus the proportions of the design and the pattern repeat aren’t too huge making it very usable. We are happy to offer a metre of this wonderful fabric as a giveway to one lucky reader. Please read on to find out how you can enter!

£16.95 per metre – win me!

What’s your most popular request and/or item sold? What we sell varies a lot. We have a great range of PVC oilcloth table covers that sell like crazy every March/April. I think it’s when we have the first sunny day and people want to brighten up their patio tables! Our most popular design is ‘Birdcage and Butterfly’.

Birdcage and Butterfly -£4.95 per metre

Birdcage and Butterfly -£4.95 per metre

As for made-to-measure items, we’ve noticed a huge increase in the popularity of Roman blinds over the last couple of years. In fact, they seem to be just as popular as curtains with our local customers. This is probably because in Mid-Wales we all live in old houses with 3′ thick walls and deep window recesses.

So if you ever find yourself in Machynlleth, please come and say Hello! If you can’t get to the shop then please website

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I would like to say a big thank you to Sam, Catherine, Lynda and Becky. You are all super lovely :) Especially as you have offered a giveaway to one lucky Katie Gets Crafty reader! You could win a metre of Sam’s favourite fabric by taking part in the following:

  1. Leave a comment below sharing what you would make with the insect fabric.
  2. Send me a tweet @katiegetscrafty and use the hashtag #KGCgiveaway
  3. Like Katie Gets Crafty Facebook page and leave a comment on the giveaway post letting me know you would like to enter.
Win me - what would you make with a metre of this beautiful insect fabric?

Win me! What would you make with this beautiful fabric?

Here’s the important stuff: The giveaway will close on Tuesday 1st July at 6pm and the winner will be picked at random. I will announce the winner on Wednesday 2nd July. Sorry but this giveaway is only open to UK residents.


Spinning at the Rivers Meet

August was the month I finally got away for a holiday. I was so excited to have an entire week in Leeds with my sister for two reasons. Firstly, she is awesome (she didn’t pay me to say that, she really is). Secondly, my sister made me an Aunty this year! Since the arrival of my nephew I had only managed to snatch the odd day here and there with him, so the prospect of 7 days was very exciting. So, I headed off to Leeds with my Sewing Machine (in it’s new padded/spotty bag) and a smile!

2a - Sewing Machine Bag

The week was fantastic. We managed to fit in a lot, Pramtastic, walks, shopping and baby club. However, the most anticipated outing was lunch at Rivers Meet. My sis had told me of this magical place where her friends meet, drink tea and eat cake whilst surrounded by lots of crafting goodness!

Rivers Meet did not disappoint. As soon as we walked through the door we were greeted by a lovely lady spinning.  She must have noticed my eagerness as she immediately jumped out of her seat and welcomed me to have a go. It was a lot harder than it looked. Getting the rhythm just right on the foot peddle whilst feeding the wool at the same time required gentleness and precision. Check out my ball of wool in varying thickness.

2b - Spinning

 2c - Wool!

After having a spin we sat and ate lunch. Whilst my nephew had a little nap I took the opportunity to explore the rest of the building. The front room was a very creative space geared up for various workshops of which I would certainly attend if I lived locally.  There is also a little shop with fabrics, buttons and felting kits. I couldn’t resist this elephant print fabric. I am not sure what I will make with it yet but I am sure it will appear in my nephew’s room soon.

2d - Elephant Fabric

I am now counting down the weeks to my next holiday and this time I will have three reasons to be excited, my sister, my nephew and Rivers Meet!