Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Good Morning to you,

Imagine a space, that is let us say, the size of a small English garage.... and inside, it is filled from floor to ceiling with ribbons, braids, sequins, beads and other embellishments.

The space is small, but everything is neatly stacked, one on top of the other, with every available space filled.

You glance left, you glance right,

you look straight ahead, and everywhere you look there are the most luscious colours. There is every shade of blue, red, purple, pink, green, yellow, and orange. The colours are a feast for the eyes.  If the colours are too  vibrant for your colour palette   then there are beautiful whites, creams and soft pastel colours to choose from.

You do not really know what to expect from the shop, but you are sensible. Before you arrive you have decided on the colours you want to buy. You are armed with your wish list for ribbons and beads, but once you enter the shop, and see the range which is available to you, it is like nothing else you have ever seen, your list goes out of the window. It is like the list never existed. Your jaw drops and your heart starts beating faster, you do not know which way to turn.

You have to calm yourself, you have to take a deep breath, and find a starting point.

I think you have guessed that I was describing how I felt when I entered this amazing haberdashery shop known as Parry's Corner. 

Before I go any further, I feel I need to tell you a little bit about where the shop is located.  I think the best way to describe the area where Parry's Corner is situated, is not to describe it in words, but to show you.  You know the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words". Well let me tell you in this case it is true....let me show you.

How could I describe this to you? It would take so many words, so no, I am not even going to try, but this is the road, we had to negotiate to reach Parry's Corner. At one point we had to move, very carefully, past a cow pulling a you know it certainly added to the adventure.

There were so many alleyways like the one above, selling all things plastic, metal, stationery and so much more. Whatever you needed, you could find along one of these alleyways.

The front of Parry's Corner is narrow, it was only wide enough to hold a small serving counter. There was also room  for  only one person to enter at a time. It was really that narrow.  But from my standing point, while I was waiting to move from the front of the shop to the back, which was it's widest part, I could see all the treasure which lay inside, just waiting for me.

I felt like Jeremy from The Secret of Nimh. Jeremy was always on the hunt for sparkly bits, and pieces of string, to feather his nest. Yes, I was definitely like Jeremy, I wanted to feather my sewing nest with sparkly bits and pieces of string, well in my case ribbon..... I was in heaven!

There were fine ribbons which had sequins and beads attached,

There was thick braid, there was thinner braid, you could choose to have braid with woven elephants of assorted colours or you could choose a paisley design, with every colour you could possibly desire, and if that did not take your fancy, you could choose plain braids.

There were braids with mirrors. The mirrors were stitched with brightly coloured cottons or you could choose a plainer black and white version, there were so many different choices available, the choice was yours.

There were beautiful peacocks waiting in line to be appliqued on to a piece of material.

There were paisley shapes and daisy shapes, each with sequins and beads added... they were golden beauties.

Take a closer look and see how detailed the work is.....isn't it just gorgeous.

Each piece is exquisite and such a work of art, I am thrilled to have these pieces, to use in future beading projects.

I photographed this beautiful beaded and sequined  outfit to show you how beads and sequins and other embellishments are used on clothing.

Take a closer look, it is just so beautiful.

......and there ends my wonderful, exciting trip to Parry's Corner, the most amazing haberdashery shop I have ever seen. 

As I write this, I can feel the excitement returning. I am looking at the wonderful things I bought and I am still not sure what I will make with them.

.....but does that matter, when the inspiration comes, my beautiful "Shiny, Sparkly Indian pieces of Gorgeousness" will be ready and waiting.

This week I shall be joining, 

Take care and I will see you later in the week.


  1. Wow, those are so beautiful! I have never seen anything like that!

  2. Oh Daphne, that shop is just AMAZING!!! and the alleyway leading to the shop even more fun. Lucky you to experience such an adventure. I would have probably spent my life savings in a shop like that just on the embroidery and ribbons. Thank you so much for showing us. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Oh my gosh! This place looks unbelievable! I don't know how you were even able to decide what to get. . . what a wonderland! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. Looking forward to getting to know you- I'm following you now, too:)

  4. that's what I call utilize every inch of space. Definitely they know how to pack and stack

  5. What a great experience. I love all the gorgeous combinations of color!


  6. OMG oh my gosh !!!!! i wanna go to parry's Corner also LOL

    I love trims and braids and have lots but always can put more shinny trims on my shelves

    so wonderful , what a treat to get to experience that
    those gals sure know how to make a sparkely outfit

  7. What an amazing and wonderful shop!

  8. Daphne these photos are AMAZZZZZZZZING! I would have A.D.H.D. in there for dang sure. hahahahaha. You were so lucky to travel there and see off of that gorgeous linen.

  9. That is just beyond my imagination! I had my hubby sit down next to me and look at your photos! How amazing! I would not know what to buy...I would be overwhelmed! But what beauty! WOW! I'm so glad you got to travel there! Sweet hugs!

  10. It seems that you have found a bit of heaven on earth! I would have spent hours in the shop and gone back the next day for more. Thanks for stopping by our blog and leaving such a nice comment. You will be on my list to follow.

  11. LOL - A Sparkley!! Love the Nimh relate! The mirrored embellishments are
    my fav. I brought home a beautiful yellow tunic that had them along the bottom.

  12. Dearest Daphne,
    Oh, I know the feeling; it does make your heart beat faster. When I was in Madras (Chennai) in a silk fabric store I did not know where to look first... Incredible and they can make such fairy tale things!
    Thanks for sharing your joy and excitement with us.

  13. Wow! What a fabulous store. That would be a creative person's heaven. Thanks for taking us along and thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower.....Christine

  14. Oh my Goodness! Such beautiful things indeed. Seriously how could you decide what to go home I can imagine I would want to leave with arm loads!

  15. Daphne, thank you for visiting my blog! I had the good fortune to visit India a few years ago.There were so many fabric and notions dealers everywhere, what a feast for the senses. I hope you are buying lots of pashminas!I came home with at least a dozen.

  16. I can see how you fell in love with those fabrics, etc. The detail is remarkable. Puts our apparel to shame.


  17. Daphne,what a feast for the eyes,where would you start. Amazing place

    Thank you for visiting me and for your nice comment. I am also following you back. Nice to meet you. I was born and raised in England,so it's nice to meet someone from there. :)

  18. How I would love to go wandering around these places with you - that is beyond gorgeous Daphne!!! Puts us North Americans to shame really :(
    Have a wonderful day
    Big hugs,

  19. Oh my Daphne. Heaven is the word I was thinking from the very first picture. Did you feel like you had to rush since only one person could fit in there at a time? I would have wanted to spend hours in there looking through all the beautiful trims and beads. Thanks for sharing it with us. I can't wait to see what you make of the treasures you brought home!


  20. What a wonderful little shop! I could spend hours in a store like this. I can only imagine how much it inspired idea's for wonderful creations. Thank you for sharing this with us :)

  21. Amazing!! For anyone who sews, it must have been a dream come true. Thanks for sharing with us. Sally

  22. You definitely could not have described the location of Parry's Corner in words. WOW!! It's always fascinating to see shops around the world and how they display their wares. Very different from what I'm used too. Looks like a fun and productive day :) -Susie-

  23. Dear Daphne,so many beautuful fabrics!!What a lovely little shop!!I love those ribbons !!Thank you for sharing!!Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Can't wait to see what you do with the beautiful Indian pieces!

  25. Thank You for dropping by My place and following.I am now following you :)WOW!That place would overwhelm Me.So pretty,fun and just tantalizing.Talk to you again later- Denise

  26. Hello Daphne - here I am as promised. :) What a find your little shop is! That braid would make totally fabulous greyhound collars - I can just see a beautiful black greyhound in a collar made with the elephant braid. :)

  27. Hello Daphne,

    What list!!!! The mind boggles doesn't it, cows outside and such wonderful things inside. Your posting reminds me of my sister's travels to Hong Kong and the buttons she bought for me. I would be touching those beautiful bead creations. How does the shop owner know where things are, who cares you would certainly not leave that shop without purchasing anything. Happy that you shared your travels with us.

    Happy days.

  28. Hi Daphne,

    My goodness! This is indeed an Indian treasure! Where to begin?! Where to stop?! Your photos are incredibly telling - yes, without words! Thanks so much for sharing this gem of a store and how lucky you are to have visited it!

    Have a great weekend,

    Poppy :)

  29. Hi Daphne,
    Thank you so much for coming by my site and joining, love seeing a new face.
    What beautiful pictures and all that fun stuff!! I would need a very large carry all to go shoping there. Going now to have a look around your site.
    Nancy Jo

  30. Hello, I'm your newest follower, followed your trail from a comment left at the Auld grey mare.
    Love your blog!
    The colours here are just amazing, I think I'd have needed a cart for my purchases if I'd been in that shop!

  31. Oh my goodness, Daphne! I would have been overcome with excitement! I love that you shared both the shop and where the shop is situated with us - it really paints the whole picture!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  32. That is the cat's Meow of shops. Something to make a magpie's heart flutter for sure. I can't get over it. So many shiny objects all in one place. How did you resist not going home with the entire store? I would have been in some serious trouble.

    Dropping by from Claudia's and marveling at Parry's Corner.



  33. What a lovely post! My heart started beating fast as I read your story about the wonderful Parry's Corner! How lucky you are to have traveled there. How could you ever decide what to bring back with you? Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting my blog! My complete name is DIXIE! dix---

  34. I would need to buy it all!!! wow - my sister has just come back from a honeymoon in India. Loved it. Cheers Karen

  35. OOO Daphne this post was beautiful shower for my eyes...I 'll need 1-2 days in this place...
    spesialy I love your choise- a peacocks and a shapes!Congrats!
    Thanks for stopped on my blog!
    best wishes!!!

  36. Hy Daphne! Thank you again for becoming a follower . I was curious to visit you blog too, so I jumped from a post to another and I was trilled to see you have the same feelings I do in front of such beauties like indian treasures. See you around! Cristina


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