One of the things which makes Frome stand out is its independent traders. From March to December there is a monthly market called the Frome Independent, and there are a great many independent shops as well. Many of these are situated on Catherine Hill.
|Looking up Catherine Hill . . .|
|. . . and looking down|
One thing which Frome is not, is flat.
|Steps up from Catherine Hill|
Fortunately there are places to sit down if it all gets too much.
|Somewhere to take a rest|
I spotted a few lovely hanging signs, such as this:
and, erm, this.
So, on to the shops themselves. There were too many to describe them all, but are a few of my favourites. I loved the colours in this display, not least those of the birds.
|Florist's display in Cheap Street|
And I always like to see an independent bookshop.
|Bookshop in Cheap Street (and the stream)|
Sadly this vintage shop was closed for a refit.
|The window display was wonderful|
Poot Emporium is a collective which sells vintage and upcycled clothing by a variety of makers.
While Deadly Is The Female sells modern reproduction vintage brands.
|Apologies for the reflections|
If making your own is more your thing, there are shops which cater for this as well.
|Frome Yarn Collective|
Unsurprisingly, my favourite shop was this one.
One half of the shop is used for workshops and classes, while the other is packed with fabrics, haberdashery, indie patterns, and an impressive display of vintage sewing machines.
|Patterns and haberdashery|
Confession time: I had already bought some cotton velvet from Sew Over The Moon in Glastonbury (because even though I don't need it until later in the year, good quality cotton velvet at a reasonable price was too good an opportunity to pass up) and some retro cotton from Sew Vintage in Wells (because it was half-price, and cute), so I resisted buying any more fabric. I did buy a few bits and pieces though. They were beautifully wrapped up, in sheets of discontinued pattern tissue - a lovely touch. In fact, nothing which I bought in Frome was wrapped in plastic; a detail which pretty much sums up the whole town.
|Meanwhile, the stashometer - it's really Not Going Well|