The Cornershop: a fuzzy shop of stitched goodness

I'm not the only one who's been raving about this stitched project in East London! Lucy Sparrow's Cornershop has even been on the BBC and has been attracting attention from media outlets all over the world. I had the chance to pop over on Sunday to chat with her and stitch my own can of Heinz soup!

An art show truly worth making a fuzz about, Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop is the fluffiest, furriest shopping experience imaginable. She’s filled a former derelict store in Bethnal Green with over 4,000 handmade felt versions of familiar grocery items – from fish fingers and cans of SPAM to sanitary towels and newspapers, rocket ice lollies and oven chips to ciggies, veggies, and what is most certainly the softest loo roll ever manufactured.
— The Cornershop

It really is all about the details in this place. The shop sign is stitched, the till, the price gun... Lucy really does have an eye for typography too. While we were sewing our soup cans at the workshop, she whipped up the Heinz label with fabric paint in about 2 seconds while we all Google Image searched what a can of soup even looks like.

Here's a little peek inside the shop

Want to learn to sew with Lucy?

Lucy is holding free sewing workshops at the Cornershop all month, just make sure you email ahead to get a spot as they're limited to 10 people per session. The shop is located at 19 Wellington Row, E2 7BB.

 

London Coffee Culture

Tea may be the most iconic drink in britain, but in London coffee is definitely king. I can't imagine London without its independent coffee shops but turns out the coffee bandwagon didn't arrive until 1952, when the first espresso machine arrived from Italy to a small bar in Soho. (Is it just me, or did everything great start in Soho?)

Cool to think that what we enjoy at typical cafe culture was really trial and error in desperation to break even. For every three cafes that opened, two would close. I love the narrator's subtle humour as he walks us through London's main coffee houses. Neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

Get a load of the clothing and style!

I wonder if any of the coffee shops featured here are actually still around.