While in the UK, I didn't actively seek out craft shops but just visited ones I came across in my travels. I found more yarn shops than patchwork shops as well as some needlework shops which seemed to carry a lot of cross stitch designs. When I did find patchwork shops, the fabric was in the main the same as we have here except because of the exchange rate, it was more expensive - for me anyway.
I didn't see the point in buying fabric that I could buy at home but was more interested in fabric that I hadn't seen here.
In Rye, I found a really nice craft shop with fabric, needlework and yarn. Amongst the fabric I found this range that I haven't see here and was pleased when I worked out that they cost about the same as fabric here.It's called Wash Day by Henley Studio. They are colourful and fun fabrics and I bought 5 fat quarters. I will mix them with other fabrics I have in my stash and think I will make a small quilt as a holiday reminder.
The craft shops I did find always sold lots of ribbons and trims including colourful ric-rac braid which I couldn't resist. For the ribbons I sought out those with a 'UK' theme like 'Made in Britain'; 'Handmade in Wales'; and one of my favourites - 'Everything stops for tea'. I also bought some tartan ribbon in Scotland. I've used the trims as well as some buttons I bought to decorate my travel journal.
Until next time