These are fabulous art related shops I’ve visited and can vouch for their friendliness and customer service.

Stuart R Stevenson – Clerkenwell Road, London. Small but perfectly formed. Good selection of materials and very knowledgeable staff.

The Handweaver’s Studio and Gallery – Finsbury Park, London. Walking into this shop is like walking into lamb that swallowed a bunch of dye and burped. A full frontal assault of colour which, when I visited on a wet, grey day, lifted my spirits. Fabulous selection of yarns and books and very helpful staff if you have to change your choice of yarn due to availability.

Wyern Bindery – Clerkwenwell Road, London. 2 doors up from Stuart R Stevenson. It’s like stepping into Olivanders. Gorgeous shop, lovely staff, some of whom teach book binding at the London Centre for Book Arts.