I’ve not ventured into their haberdashery for a few months (MacCulloch and Wallis on Dering Street has taken my custom because it’s 1. An indy and 2. Has a better selection of fabric.)
There’s not a hand embroidery thread in sight there, however, which meant a quick trip to JL. And what a most wonderful surprise. The haby has moved, it’s bigger, there’s more fabric and more yarn, there’s less focus on pricey kits and more on materials (something I was annoyed at last year), there are many (or seems to be more) experts on hand to help, there’s a large table in the middle so you can peruse pattern books, and there’s even a few creative flourishes (I love the knitted chair covers).
It seems there’s been a concerted effort to challenge the online stores, by creating a much nicer Real Life crafting experience.
Keep up the good work John Lewis (and make sure this this is rolled out across the country).