The purpose of my trip to Amsterdam was to visit Den Haan and Wagenmakers. This fabric shop is renowned for its reproduction of Dutch/Indian chintzes. Three years ago Petra and her friend Nel bought the shop and I had seen some of their fabrics at the Festival of Quilts.
After booking my hotel a couple of weeks ago, I was researching the shop's address only to find that my hotel and the shop were in the same street and, as it transpired, was just a 5 minute walk away! Now, how did I manage that one??
|Den Haan and Wagenmakers|
Oh, the colours and the fabrics...
|Model made in chintz and plaids|
|Spider Web Star and Log Cabin in barn raising formation|
|View from the top of the staircase|
|Some of the chintz fabrics available|
But, I was there with a purpose. I took over the mezzanine floor in my quest to find just the right fabrics for the old quilt. Bolts of fabric were pulled and put away and 3 hours later I emerged with these fabrics to add to the ones from Zutphen. I think I am done!
|Central basin and Cathedral|
|Entrance to one of the canals|
|Houseboat on canal|
|Seagill - whilst close to the sea, Amsterdam's canals are freshwater|
|Cycle park by main station|