No crafter's visit to Tokyo can be complete without a day of shopping for fabric or notions or wool, or all of the above.
I didn't make it to Fabric Town in Tokyo's inner north last time, but this time, I wasn't going to miss it.
Fabric town, or more accurately, Fabric Street in Fabric Town is just a skip away from Nippori station, which is conveniently located along the famous Yamanote JR line.
Down Momiji bridge and along a short street, there are pretty sign's pointing the way.
Fabric street does exactly what it says on the tin. Want new curtains? The curtain fabric shop is for you. Need sequined dance fabric? Suit cloth? Fine lace collars? There's a shop for that.
Fabric prices (and quality) run the whole range. If you can't find it here, it might not exist at all.
Just strolling along the street is a nice experience. You could duck into the many small, ground -level stores, or lose yourself in the mother of them all, TOMATO. They give you a convenient guide to their various building, but just dive in and have at it.
Want to shop but don't have the space for Fabric, or don't sew at all? Never fear, get some notions! From embroidery thread that looks like a gorgeous, hand-dyed yarn skein to walls of buttons, from lace-edged zips to cast-iron sweater clips, from grosgrain ribbon in all the colours and patterns to sew-on patches, they've got the notion for you.
And tools. All the tools you need and some you never even knew existed!
I got myself some wonderful Clover needles for hand sewing. Their points and eyes are things of beauty.
I also got buttons, lacey zips, embroidery floss, a sweater clip and several kinds of grosgrain ribbon.
I didn't buy any fabric here, but I do have some. Stay tuned for part 2 of this post!