On our return to Leeds whilst handmaking t-shirts in Leeds Trinity (click here to find out more about our Pop-Up T-Shirt factory) we started thinking about how much D.I.Y sewing went on in Leeds and where people got their materials and inspiration. We headed to a favourite spot – Leeds Kirkgate Market – to revisit the local haberdashery and fabric businesses helping people to make the move into handmade!
Opening in 1822, Kirkgate Market has grown to become the largest covered market in Europe, and is always a bustling hive of activity in Leeds attracting over 10,000 visitors for week.
With over 800s stalls it’s not surprise that the maket is a much-loved a resource for everything DIY and handmade in Leeds! Visit at Vicar Lane, Leeds City Centre LS2 7HY – opening times Monday-Saturday, 8am-5.30pm
Of course, keep an eye out for Marks and Spencer’s first market stall too – the beloved British brand first started here as a penny bazaar in 1894, and their original stall is lovingly preserved within the upper section of Leeds market.