Friday, July 10, 2009

Fabric from Dublin

First of all the fact that I was able to get to the tram line, navigate about Dublin all day by myself, and not get lost is a miracle in itself.
The fact that I was able to find a fabric shop is yet another.
I'm just a regular Miracle Worker this week.
A little off the beaten path is Murphy Sheehy & Co. and you can visit their website here. I got off the tram at the St. Stephen's Green stop where all the happening things are and it's within very easy walking distance. If you can't find it, ask. That's what I did.

It's a small shop with two floors of fabric rolls. I bought three pieces for bags. I wanted a piece from a roll on the upper floor so the proprietress brought her scissors up, snipped, ripped, and it was mine.

The same thing for two pieces downstairs. I didn't need full meters and they were also very wide so I got approximately 1/2 yard of each. I wasn't sure how much I was actually spending and I was thrilled when it only came to 2o euros!

A view up the stairs.

Here's the girl who was running the shop. So very friendly and cute as a bug!!

If you're going to Dublin stop in. I only wanted cotton fabrics but they have linen, wool, etc...

Just inside the front door.

This print caught my eye. I have no idea what kind of silly birds they are but I liked them.

This striped fabric isn't an exact match as the stripe is more red and the beaks on the birds are more orange but we went with it anyway.

I have a pair of my sunglasses lying next to it so you can see how big the print is.

I see I left a sun burst cookie cutter lying there too. I got that for my mother.

This is the print I found upstairs. Actually it's fully embroidered. The underside is as dense as the upper and each sea creature is attached by all the threads from its neighbor.

The fabric is a heavy but very soft cotton. It almost has a flannel feel to it and I forgot to ask for care instructions. I'll do some experimenting on it when we get home.
Tomorrow is our last full day here so we're taking the hop on hop off bus tour. I love those things!! In total it's about an hour and a half but you can get off anywhere you want and just pick up whatever bus you want when you're ready to get back on. The weather's not supposed to be the greatest but since we'll be visiting the Guinness Storehouse and The Old Jameson Distillery I don't think we'll mind.


Sewfast said...

How fabulous! Great fabric finds and kudos to you for making your way around Dublin! I definitely will tell my daughter about this place because they plan to travel when they get settled over in England and I have already put my order in for fabrics from foriegn lands!

Mary Witzl said...

Thank you for what you wrote on my blog, about my cat. I am sure that what you say is right: I'm not just mourning my cat, but the period of my life she was alive in. I miss our eldest, who has left home, and I miss so much of the old familiar routine. Much of that time I had my wonderful cat on my lap, and the memory of that is achingly bittersweet.

Your cat sounds so funny and sweet. It always amazes me that some people imagine that all cats have the same personality; they are every bit as diverse as people. And how incredible that your mother had a cat who lived to be 19!

becki-c said...

That looks fabulous! It makes me want to visit Dublin even more. I love the purse and I can't wait to see what you do with that embroidered piece.