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Date: 7/3/05 2:46 PM

We will be off to Tuscany for 2 weeks shortly and I wondered if I could feed my fabric addiction while I'm there. We will be staying by Montalcino , a small town south of Siena. We will fly into Florence but will only be there overnight. Any thoughts from PR folk? Thanks so much.

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Date: 7/3/05 3:51 PM


Passameneria Roscana, piazza San Lorenzo, 12r, Florence 50123 (mostly trimmings, upholstery, etc.)
Tel: 39.05.52.14.670

Other places to look:

1. There are travel books available that are dedicated to shopping in specific cities/regions. You should easily be able to find fabric stores in your area.

2. Look up the words for fabric, sewing, etc. in Italian, and try an internet search.

3. Do a search at budgettravelonline.com.

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Date: 7/3/05 4:45 PM

PM Rhonda; she was there a year or so ago. I think a couple other people have visited, but I can't remember who.

Sounds like a great trip.

Fabric = stoffa or tessuto; not certain what the difference between the two is. My little dictionary lists both.

to sew = cucire
sewing = cucito (noun)

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Date: 7/3/05 4:55 PM

I don't know fabric places there, however, it is very worth to look at places that sell leather goods. You will find extraordinary beautiful clothes and accessories at a fraction of the price in US.

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Date: 7/3/05 8:05 PM

Patti, you can ask when you are there..somewhere will know of a place/s or will look it up for you.
Have fun

Just as a side note
Different country, but if anyone is visiting Paris, there is a fabulous textile area at the base of the Sacre Couer (?sp).
As you alight from a bus or taxi in the main street, walk towards the church and the little streets are filled with the most gorgeous fabrics from dress fabrics,silks and trims to furnishing fabrics

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Date: 4/15/06 9:59 PM

Patti, did you have any luck finding fabric shops? A fellow sewing enthusiast at my closest Australian Sewing Guild group is going to Italy in June and is hoping to find a textile mill outlet shop, or manufacturer's outlet that has fabrics. I'm sure there must be at least one outlet of some variety somewhere, the problem is finding out where!

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Date: 4/15/06 11:13 PM

Lucky friend! Oh yes, I found fabric shops but nothing that would remotely qualify as an outlet! Valle shops have amazing fabric with amazing prices -- truly unbelievable! Marfy uses their fabric for their samples. My one fabric buy was in a remnant bin at a tablecloth shop.

Here is a webpage that may help shopping in Italy . And here's another And one more this one does mention outlets near Como.

Hope she/he has success! And pass on some info on what and how they found it. There is a design museum in the Pisa / Lucca area I think; it would be an interesting outing. There may be some street markets that would have fabric too. Wish I were going too!

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Date: 4/15/06 11:15 PM

I'm going to Italy too! The last two weeks in June I will be inTuscany near a small town:Cortona. My DD1 is getting married there on June 29th. I doubt I will have time to fabric shop but I would love to take a peek. Any info will be appreciated. I will be in Rome for 2 days.

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Date: 4/16/06 0:50 AM

I don't know nothing about fabric shopping in Italy.
But I would definitely pop into a shop where they sell magazines and look for "Cartamodelli moda pui" and "Modellina", 2 Italian pattern magazines.

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Date: 12/6/06 4:08 AM

Too late for the folks who went on holiday this summer, but for future reference...

Giesse Scampoli

They have shops all over Italy (and one in Birmingham, England). Scampoli means remnant. They have designer end of line and slight seconds, all fabulously cheap prices, stunning quality, all Italian made. Most of their stores also have a section for Merceria (Haberdashery) with bins of zips, buttons etc, again so cheap! I got concealed lightweight zips for 20pence each!!

They also sell threads and some brands of patterns.

If anyone wants a quick Italian lesson with the names of fabrics, let me know. I'm not fluent, but I did manage to do all my own shopping in Italian - it was so cool!

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AJ

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