(please bear with me while I flesh out this page, thank you. If you have recommendations I'd love to hear them)
Whether you're a native to Cornwall or you're visiting this paradise for a short time, I thought it would be useful to compile a quick-look guide to some of my favourite shops for fabric, wool, and the like.
This is by no means a comprehensive directory, and it will evolve only slowly, as I'd like to only mention places I have had dealings with, in order to give you some personal insight that you wouldn't get from a yellow pages-type list.
Needle & Thread: 5 Fore Street Comprehensive range of King Cole yarns, some patchwork fabrics, haberdashery, vintage patterns, bargain bin fabrics (some nice bits in here when I looked). Friendly service.
Cornish Market World:
Frangipani Guernsey Wool: website here No physical shop, website only, and ordering solely by telephone: 01736 366339. Traditional 5-ply Gansey wool in authentic colours. Fabulously helpful and highly recommended.
Sew & Fabric: Recently relocated to Biddick's Court. A larger premises means this shop will hopefully be providing workshops soon, plus a range of yarns. Good basic selection of fabrics and haberdashery, plus alterations service.
Cotton Mills Interiors Fabrics: Paydar Street Good range of furnishing fabrics in exciting prints.
Simply Allsorts: Lemon Street Market website here: Stylish range of patchwork cottons, off the roll and fat quarters. Notions and haberdashery. Bijou range of Stof linens, which are absolutely lovely to work with. Friendly service.
Truro Fabrics: Calenick Street, website here Large shop with broad range of furnishing, dress and craft fabrics, plus a range of yarns including Rowan, and haberdashery.