Patternistas of a crafty persuasion take note, a new haberdashery-cum-cafe – let’s call it a habercafery –  in Islington (99 Essex Road, London N1 34P www.raystitch.co.uk) offers tea and trimmings under one roof. There are fabrics and patterns for all the bags, cushions and throws you could dream of, plus glass headed pins, trim, buttons, measuring tapes, tailor’s scissors. You name it. And there’s a cafe, of course. Sip and snip!

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