We’ll spare you cheesy puns about being part of the fabric of our town and just say this: Brocante should be on the to-visit list of any self-respecting sewer. Even if you’re not a sewer, it’s definitely still worth a look. Local owner, Ruth, was a primary school teacher in a previous life, but now she’s gone from running a stall on the monthly market to owning her very own town-centre shop.
Ruth has packed this place with fabulous fabrics at some wonderful discounted prices, and her collections include oilcloth roll ends, random pieces, and even some super-cheap seconds. Her passion for colour and pattern is obvious, and despite the wide variety here, Brocante’s ranges clearly reflect Ruth’s own love of faded French-style linens and gorgeous muted florals.
The fabrics on sale here change as regularly as the local weather, so there’s always something new to have a nosey at. Sewers and makers at every level can rummage through gorgeous tones and vintage designs from names like Liberty, Sanderson and Morris and Co, not to mention countless other timeless classics.
No good with needles? Don’t worry, Ruth offers a bespoke service for making your cushions, curtains or Roman blinds, and she’ll even alter your clothes too. You can bring your own fabrics or pick from hers, and all the work is done in-house (so don’t be disappointed if there’s a week or two to wait). There are beautiful handmade products and gift ideas here as well, all lovingly displayed among new or pre-loved furniture and homewares, also available to buy.