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Good art, craft and fabric shops seem few and far between in Britain this days.  Many department stores have ditched their haberdashery departments and not many high streets feature a craft store.

However, I have come across a few on my recent travels, and thought I should share my colourful finds.

Stoke Newington has Ultimate Craft at 149 Stoke Newington High Street. I am a cross stitch fan so I was pleased to see a great range of both Anchor and DMC threads. In addition, there are wools, fabrics, canvases and art kits for kids.  Here are a few bright photos:

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Shoreditch has a branch of Cowling and Wilcox at 112 Shoreditch High Street. Originally established in 1960 near the old Billingsgate Market, Cowling and Wilcox specialise in fine and graphic art.

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In Manchester, there is a vast art and craft shop, Fred Aldous, at 37 Lever Street. Established in 1886 to supply cane, willow and yeast to the local cotton traders, they have expanded to supply over 25,000 art and craft products.

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Across the road at 1 Stevenson Square is Blyth’s Art Shop.  This independent art store started in 1889.  It specialises in art, graphics and student supplies, and provides canvas stretching and framing services.

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Posted as part of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Color.

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