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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > New Zealanders: Kutwell in Chch still open ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/19/11 9:14 PM

Kutwell Fabric in Christchurch, long the Aladdin's Cave of random fabric bargains and cheap zips, was due to close at Christmas because the owners have retired. However, the owners' son decided to buy it and keep it open, so it's still here for the foreseeable future.

The original owner is now overseas but is still sourcing fabrics to send back, so we'll have some new stock to look forward to soon. In the meantime, it's a great place for dirt-cheap fabric. I got lovely white organza in there at lunchtime for NZ$3/metre

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Date: 1/20/11 3:25 AM

Ooh, goody. Feel free to list all the good fabric shops because we'll be moving up to Ch-Ch in November with a few visits before then. DH goes up in a month to start his new job. Wonder if I can persuade him to explore fabric shops on the weekends he's not coming back for visits

On another note, hope those aftershocks have settled back down. I hear today was unsettling again.

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Date: 1/21/11 0:16 AM

Yes, still getting lots of aftershocks. We had a few big ones and got woken up in the early hours two days running. Let's hope the weekend is a bit more stable!

There are some really great fabric shops here -- you'll love it! These are my favourites:
Spotlight (in Sydenham)
Fabric Vision (Bath St and Papanui branches)
Global Fabric (Tuam St)
Kutwell (Colombo St near South City mall)
Moreland's (Moorhouse Ave/Montreal St junction)

Global is the most expensive but has some beautiful fabric and lots of designer prints. Kutwell is the cheapest and you never know WHAT you'll find in there. All the rest fall in between and they're all worth checking out when you visit

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Date: 1/21/11 2:57 AM

I can see I'll be spoilt for choice coming from Dunedin with Spotlight and... nope, that's it. Just Spotlight. I have a feeling I'll be shopping for my friends back in Dunedin too. Or having them come to visit often

I shall have to get a map...

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Date: 1/25/11 0:16 AM

I need to add another one to my list: Bolt of Cloth, on Madras St. I was in there for the first time today and they have a much better selection of fabrics than I had realised. Lots of well-known designers like Amy Butler, Alexander Henry, Marimekko, and quite a good selection of NZ and Aus designers too. It doesn't come cheap, but I don't think there's anywhere else on this island that sells these particular designs.

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Date: 3/14/11 11:54 PM

Guess I should update this topic to say that as far as I know, Spotlight in Sydenham and the Papanui branch of Fabric Vision are the only fabric shops in Christchurch that are likely to be open any time soon (I know Fabric Vision is open already).

I haven't been able to find out much about the shops in the cordon but Kutwell is on a street that is very badly damaged, as is Bolt of Cloth. And this photo shows how Global Fabrics looks right now. Look at all that stock still inside after the demolition crew took down the dangerous front wall. They had really beautiful stuff, designer fabrics and more NZ merino than I have ever seen anywhere else, and it must all be ruined by now



As far as I know, all staff and customers escaped safely, but this sad sight makes me want to cry.

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Date: 3/15/11 1:02 AM

Bolt of Cloth has posted to following update:
EARTHQUAKE & TRADING UPDATE

With our families safe we are working hard to get Bolt of Cloth back to normal. You are now welcome (more than welcome!) to place orders. Some products are available for immediate delivery, while some have a 1-6 week delivery time. Please click here for details or email us for information at info@boltofcloth.com if you need your order in a hurry.

We have secured temporary premises and will be relocating as soon as we are able to remove everything from Madras Street. And thank you for all your messages of support, it is really appreciated. The best way you can help us is to place orders, tell friends about us, make enquiries, and keep us busy!

So still trading which is nice.

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Date: 3/15/11 1:07 AM

Thank you Ruth!

I see Global Fabrics has updated its website too since I checked last week. Their staff are safe and no customers were in the shop at the time, but they will never trade from that shop again. They hope to reopen somewhere else at some stage, but no firm details yet.

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Date: 3/15/11 1:43 AM

I am so glad to see this post, as I have been so saddened to think of your lovely city in tatters. Thank you for bringing us some cheery news, especially in light of the terrible tragedy unfolding in Japan.

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Date: 3/15/11 1:53 AM

Yes, Lee Ann, it is so good to be able to post about two places that will trade again, even if the photo of one of them right now is awful!

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