VICTORIA FABRICS and Crafts

Fabrics, Haberdashery, Curtain-making services and needlecraft supplies for Wotton-under-Edge, Stroud, Yate, the Cotswolds and South Gloucestershire.

About Us

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Who we are...

Victoria Fabrics was established in 1995 by Elizabeth Shirley. Over the last twenty three years we have developed a strong reputation for the quality and value of our curtain-making work and the range of fabrics and needlecraft supplies which we offer. There are four of us in the shop -- each with her own specialist interests and expertise.

Meet the Team

Elizabeth Shirley (proprietor and curtain-maker)
Elsie Jubb
Elaine White
Jo Smith

The shop is situated in a lovely 17th century grade two listed building in the centre of Wotton-under-Edge. Before the arrival of Victoria Fabrics, the building was previously known as Victoria House, named in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. There is actually a strong Victoria connection with this end of Market Street. The building next door, the Tolsey, which was once the Court House, has an eighteenth centry brick exterior, but the interior is several centuries older. It has had a large street-clock since the seventeenth century, but the present clock was installed in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Jubilee.

Wotton-under-Edge is an attractive old market town in the southern Cotswolds, and was once the centre of England's wool trade. Unlike many other Cotswold towns, Wotton has maintained its working life, and has a vibrant commercial heart with many independent retailers. It is a rewarding place to shop, browse and relax. Victoria Fabrics is a vital part of the Wotton environment and, we believe, epitomises the best aspects of independent retailing.

Like all the best businesses we want to form a relationship with our customers, which, we are confident, will encourage them to come back again and again. Over the years we have become the main local resource for devotees of needlecraft and dressmakers and for the supply of curtain and blind services. We are known as much for our friendly, helpful approach as for the calibre of our products and the high standards of our work. Here are a few comments:

After moving into our new house we needed curtains and blinds in every room which was going to be an expensive and time consuming task. I first became aware of Victoria Fabrics after seeing some beautiful floral material in the window display. I investigated further and ended up ordering the curtains for the lounge and my new baby's nursery. I was really pleased with the result, they were professionally made, reasonably priced and finished on time. Since then Elizabeth has made curtains or blinds for most of the rooms in my house! She has a great choice of fabric to suit all tastes. I would definitely recommend Victoria Fabrics to everyone. asdasdasd asdasdasd asd

Jane Bennett Jane Bennett

For a small shop Victoria Fabrics stocks a good range of haberdashery and dress fabrics, as well as many samples of fabrics to order.
The staff are always helpful and will go out of their way to give a good service. We are lucky to have a shop like this in Wotton-under-Edge.

Barbara Daw Barbara Daw
Designer/Dressmaker

Trying our best to be the best we can be

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Elizabeth Shirley who set up Victoria Fabrics twenty three years ago, seen here against a riot of colourful materials.click to view Elsie Jubb who has worked for Elizabeth Shirley at Victoria Fabrics for many years.click to view Shop owner, Elizabeth Shirley in amongst the fabrics.click to view The new workshop (next-door to the shop, in the Tolsey) has allowed us to expand our curtain-making and sewing services.click to view In the nineteenth century the bulding was known as Victoria House, named for the Diamond Jubilee of queen Victoria, (a new  clock on The Tolsey next door was also erected in celebration of the jubilee).click to view An article from the Wotton Gazette telling the tale of a pair of children's boots made by Jehu Hunt for his daughter which have survived well over a century and have now been presented to the Wotton-under-Edge Heritage Centre. It's good to know that Victoria Fabrics is continuing the building's tradition of quality and durability!click to view Market Street in 1928 (Victoria House is at the far end of the street on the left).click to view Market Street in 1950 (the old Bootmaker's sign on Victoria House protrudes into the street in front of the Tolsey).click to view Marking the occasion of another Diamond Jubilee, 115 years later, Victoria Fabrics created a celebratory Jubilee window.click to view Looking down Market Street towards the Town Hall and the Chippings (ample parking available). In the distance is what must be England's only 17th century cinema (actually the building has been used as a cinema for an amazing 105 years.click to view The building gets a brand new colour scheme and the shop gets new signs in late 2012.click to view In 2016, we have increased our presence on Market Street by opening a workshop in the Tolsey, nextdoor, to allow us to expand our curtain-making and sewing servicesclick to view