Cornwall LivingIssue #122

The fabric of time

Estuary Textiles is a small shop in Wadebridge stocking a wide range of materials and fabrics from across the decades and around the world.


Inside this textile emporium you will find a collection of antique quilts, including those stitched in America during the Depression Era from feedsack cottons, as well as those made closer to home by Victorian ladies a century and a half ago, from silk and velvet. There is an extensive range of 19th century French home-loomed linen sheets
and nightshirts, too; the sheets are of a beautiful quality and wonderful to work with. The nightshirts, meanwhile, make superb frocks – good to know with summer just around the corner!

Materials collected from around the world add a global influence to the Wadebridge shop. These are transformed into cushions and lampshades by a member of the team based in Padstow. Lampshades can be made from Kuba cloth which is sourced from the Congo – woven from raffia, dyed with mud pigments and decoratively stitched with cowries, making for a wonderful, textural addition to any home. Cushions, meanwhile, have been made with traditionally woven Kutnu silk from Turkey, edged in pleated fabric from the Hill Tribes of Northern Vietnam. 

As well as all of this you’ll find brightly coloured furnishing materials featuring striking compositions from the post-war women designers who came to prominence in the Festival of Britain era, plus beautiful patterns by artists who were commissioned to design fabrics in the early 1960s. More contemporary designs, meanwhile, are chosen for the quality of both fabric and illustrative style.

Estuary Textiles welcomes a range of customers as wide as the items it stocks, from young people just learning to sew, to fashion and textile students from local colleges, to keen stitchers and professional makers and artists. For those who want to create their own items, Estuary offers a custom cutting service, minimising waste and expense by selling cuts of material that are precisely the size and shape you require. There is also an extensive selection of threads and remnants for textile art, and the team will happily work with you to curate the selection that meets both your needs and your budget.

Whatever your project, you are bound to find something to suit at Estuary Textiles, so be sure to pop in and see what’s in store!


Estuary Textiles

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