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A Cut Above the Rest

The Marche Saint Pierre is fabric heaven. Literally. Nestled at the foot of the Sacre Coeur in bohemian Paris, the trip there is an outing in itself, but as I enter this 19th century, five-storey building, I have to pinch myself to believe this actually exists. A man operating a goods lift takes me up and down each floor dedicated to specific types of material, from bargain to designer, featherweight silks to heavy upholstery fabric. A herd of knowledgeable and well-mannered assistants are eagerly awaiting my command, as I browse, um and ah, calculate widths by lengths by euro, and helplessly watch my brain and heart fight. A word of warning: this Alibaba's cave, laden with textile, original wooden floors, staircases and counters can seriously affect your sanity!

After a couple of hours lost in this technicolour dream, rendered centime-less and crumbling under the weight, I emerge with two huge bags pulling heavily on my shoulders as the trip home promises to be rather painful. Note to self: must take a shopping trolley next time. I certainly would have liked to have purchased a lot more, still, I feel high and content.

Marche St Pierre

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Here is a peak at some of the gorgeous cloth I brought back. I absolutely fell in love with this colourful hand-printed cogs pattern on heavy cotton. I can't wait to put it, er... everywhere, got lots of it.

Cogs Fabric 3

Cogs Fabric 1

Some cheap and cheerful lightweight cotton for Zak's bedroom cushions. Some raw linen as well, always useful:

Camo Fabric 2

Camo Fabric 1

This midweight floral print arose my senses with its candid and colourful design, and its almost shimmering appearance:

Floral Fabric

I love this playful Mexican motif, which will be perfect for some small chairs that have been awaiting my attention:

Mexican Fabric

Heart With Wings Detail

Skull Detail

To top it all up, I received this pair of tailors' shears from my in-laws at Christmas, which will make dealing with these beauties much easier. Yes! They are left-hand scissors, my first ever pair. Might I cut straight and with ease from now on?...

Left Hand Scissors