Address: Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow, G1 2GF (on Google Maps here)
Do they sell online? Yes they have a sewing and knitting section in the 'Sport & Leisure' section of their website. If you buy online you can 'click and collect' in a John Lewis or Waitrose store too.
Easy to get to? Yes, it's very central, right at the junction of Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, in the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre. The Bus Station is right behind it plus it's near Queen Street train station and Buchanan Street underground. The haberdashery is on the first floor, right before the cafe.
The haberdashery is handily located by the cafe, so it's always nice to have a look on your way to get a cuppa. The section is smaller than in the Edinburgh store but there is still a good selection of craft items which has really increased in the past few years, in keeping with the increased popularity of crafts. They now have an area with sofas, which is perfect for sitting and perusing books and patterns.
Their haberdashery range is very good and they sell Prym brand rather than the pink Hemline brand which you find at pretty much every other fabric shop in Glasgow. Earlier this year I found that the Hemline large plastic snaps didn't suit a cardigan I was knitting so it was great that John Lewis carried this different range to save me the hassle of ordering such a small item online. I will warn you that their zips are expensive though...
Impressive selection of Prym products relating to bras, dress cups and lingerie
John Lewis have a 'never knowingly undersold' promise and although this would apply to this area of the store like any other I do find it generally expensive plus I noticed several items which I have seen cheaper elsewhere. A perfect example is the fabric in this picture:
Cotton Print Factory. Hmmm...
What can I buy there?
They have a great range of yarns, the main brands are represented - Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Sirdar, Wendy. I noticed that they also have a new range of yarns and patterns by Erika Knight exclusively for John Lewis.
What's the best thing to buy there?
I love their ranges of knitting bags and storage boxes. They make great gifts for crafters.
Cath Kidston knitting and sewing products
Their range of haberdashery is very strong but generally, wait until the sales is my advice. They have good wool and fabric sales after Christmas and Easter and probably at the end of the summer too (check their website for details). To be honest, the only time I have ever bought fabric there is when it has been on sale. It's not a cheap place to buy wool either. Again, one of Glasgow's excellent independent shops will see you right for that.
Sum it up
It's handy with a good range but expensive so shop independent first and check out the John Lewis sales.
This is one of a series of reviews of fabric and wool shops in Glasgow. See more here. All posts are independent and represent my own opinions.