On Monday we had a fall of snow. It wasn't much to write home about at first, but when I went out for a walk later, it came on harder with lovely big snowflakes.
Here are some photos I took in the churchyard, but then my fingers were getting cold and the camera wet, so I put them away.
Most of the snow had gone by Tuesday, so I decided to have a trip out on the train to find a fabric shop a friend had told me about in Dewsbury.
Coming out of the station, I could see the shop I was looking for, at the bottom of the hill not far away, but I wanted to save going there until last off.
I'd been on the Charity Retail Association website the night before to see if there were any charity shops in Dewsbury, and as there were quite a few, I thought I'd check them out first. Before I got to the first one I came across another fabric shop where a lot of the fabric was £1 a yard (I think that might even have been the name of the shop). It was a very higgledy piggledy place with rolls of fabric leaning up against the walls and you went from room to room and up and down different staircases like in a house. I was very restrained though and didn't buy anything (which I'm kicking myself for now, because there's no fabric shops at all locally).
After rummaging in all the charity shops I only bought one thing. It is however a little gem. A pure silk Chinese style blouse in a gorgeous blue and green colour for £1. It's too big though so I'll show you it another time when I've done something with it.
In contrast to the snow of the day before, it looked quite Springlike with the sun shining and blossom on the trees outside Dewsbury Town Hall (although it was really cold).
The statue is called The Good Samaritan but when I was googling to see what it was, it seems locals as usual, have other names for it, such as A Curry Too Many!
And now onto my reason for going to Dewsbury, Fabworks Mill Shop.
It's like a warehouse - the entrance is even through those hanging plastic strips like in a warehouse.
They've got absolutely loads of lovely fabrics and trimmings and very reasonably priced too.
Off the rolls I bought a metre of plain blue cotton for £2, and half a metre of some netty stuff for £1.50 that I want for a dress I'm altering.
They've got boxes of upholstery remnants at £1 each or you can fill a carrier bag full for £5. This is what I managed to get in my bag
8 pieces of a slubby dralon fabric in different colours which are each about 27-30" by 48" wide, two pieces of a fantastic blue and purple tweedy fabric in about the same size and over a yard of beige linen.
I also picked some pieces out of bins that were priced at £10 a kilo.
This little lot cost me £3. A yard of turquoise pure silk (which the very helpful assistant told me was a real bargain as it's expensive stuff),
27" of this great fabric which is a two tone red and green, with a raised flower design and fringing at one end,
and this scarf which they were selling elsewhere in the store but had somehow managed to get in the bin
All in all I spent £11.50 - I know, the last of the big spenders!
Returning to winter again, today is frosty and foggy.
(click on the photos to enlarge)