April Stockist of the Month: Black Mountain Fabric

Located in Abergavenny, the gateway to Wales, Black Mountain Fabrics aim to challenge the norm, whilst staying sympathetic to the origins of traditional crafts.

They offer a colourful and eclectic range of fabrics, including Liberty, covering a wide variety of genres and have been commended by their customers for the hints and tips they provide to dress makers and quilters alike as well as the all round service they provide. We caught up with owner Andrea Knight to find out more... 

Tell us about the history of your shop and the team?
I started the shop in July 2015 with the help of my daughter, who had the business mind, while I concentrated on the creative side. As the shop has grown in popularity, I now have Sarah, Lindsey and Paul working for me. We all have different strengths and work well together as a team.

What do you offer that makes you stand out from other retailers?
I have been told by many customers that the shop is different from other shops for many reasons.
I like to project colour and an eclectic array of fabrics. We have also been commended on our customer service, in particular, sharing hints and tips to both quilters and dressmakers.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about textiles and enthusing and teaching people about the beauty of sewing with wonderful fabrics. There are so many amazing designers out there today covering a wide variety of genres. I love rich beguiling colours but equally I love the dusky small prints of times gone by.

How do you choose what you stock?
It is very difficult sometimes to choose fabrics as I’ve already said, there are so many good designers out there. I tend to go with my gut feeling for design and colour and that way I know I will always be enthusiastic about showing them to my customers.

What do you love about quilting?
Quilting can be an art form and a therapy all in one!  I love finding a pattern, choosing the colours, cutting and piecing. I can’t wait to see how a pattern takes shape and I often get lost in the moment! Once I have finished the piecing, I’m not so fussed on the quilting so I give my quilts to Jo at Lou Lou Rioux to work her magic with her long arm machine! Jo is used to quilting with Liberty prints as she also quilts for Alice Caroline.

What project are you working on at the minute?
At the moment I am working on my next workshops. As we are now a Liberty stockist, my workshops will include a Liberty wall hanging and a tuffett made from The Hesketh House collection

Are there any future plans you wish to share with us?
We have been open for nearly four years and I believe that we can only go from strength to strength. I am hoping to increase the number of workshops to accommodate everyone’s preferences. Mixed media workshops as well as hand embroidery are also very popular. I would love to expand the shop but that may have to wait a little while (I have tried pushing the walls out but it’s not working)!!! So here’s to the future!

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