Ray Stitch: Upholstery at Number 99

Exciting news!

As the Make it Yourself movement continues to grow we found that many of you were turning your creative hands to more than just garment making. We have seen a rise in the numbers of people attempting upholstery diy and making soft furnishings for their homes, and many more who are tackling coats and bags and looking for heavier weight fabrics - so we've opened a new space catering specifically for those type of projects.

Number 99 is across from our main shop at 66 Essex Road, and if you've been a regular customer you will be familiar with it already - it used to house our main store until the big move last year! The new/old shop has had a makeover and now is a light and airy space in which to peruse our selection of fabrics ideal for upholstery, soft furnishings, interior homewares, curtains, bag and coat making. We also offer a full upholstery and curtain making service if using our fabric and we can talk you through measuring and calculating fabric quantities. If you want to tackle it yourself we have all the sundries and some helpful advice.

We have great range of end of roll upholstery fabrics (at very good prices!) and we're very proud to be the exclusive stockists of London Cloth Company fabrics: - produced on their range of carefully and lovingly restored vintage shuttle looms.

Number 99 is already open for business (Monday to Sunday 11am - 5pm) but we'll be celebrating the opening of the new shop with the launch of something a little bit special: On Friday 4th May we will be holding the first of our after-hours events, 'An Evening with...' Amanda Girling-Budd from The School of Stuff.

(Read more about this here... a fortnightly programme of talks by designers, creators, innovators, movers and makers)

Amanda Girling-Budd has been a professional upholsterer for many years, has taught Conservation and Upholstery at the London Metropolitan University as well as having a PhD in the History of Design. She set up the School of Stuff in .... as a studio to teach furniture crafts in Dalston. After 10 years based at Hackney City Farm, specialising in upholstery, the School of Stuff moved and expanded into their current studio in Shacklewell Lane and added classes such as cabinet making, furniture restoration and marquetry. The length of courses range from a two year long one day a week syllabus, to one-off days or weekends with intensive weeks and 12-week classes in-between. Check the timetable on their website here.

An Evening with The School of Stuff is on Friday the 4th of May, starting at 6.30pm with drinks, nibbles and a chance to look around Number 99. Amanda will be starting her talk at 7pm and there will be a chance for questions and further discussions from the audience before finishing around 8.30pm. We hope these events will be a great way to kickstart your weekend with an inspiring and informal evening and look forward to meeting you after-hours! Tickets are £10 and can be booked here.

As always, we would love to hear your views and comments, and if you have an idea for a great speaker or panel then please do get in contact and we will do our best!

*You can join us for An Evening with Daniel Harris from the London Cloth Company on Friday 27 July.