Sunday, July 26, 2009

New Laser Cut mirrors available online & in-store. Designed by Clare Birtwistle, all the designs are made on our laser cutter. Priced at £15 each. Lots more laser cut products coming soon.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Here at Fred Aldous we've always tried to source exactly what you want...going the extra mile to make sure our valued customers get just what they need for their projects.

One of our most popular requests was BUTTONS! Month upon month people requested we stock buttons,. Unfortunately we couldn't seem to pinpoint the right range of buttons, one that ticked our criteria, obviously; fantastic quality, great value, breadth of range and availability of supply... if any company fell down in just one area, we felt we had to keep looking. Only that way can we offer a product that is truly suitable!

Dill Buttons finally came through, with a wide range of over 300... (313 in fact!!!), a fantastic range of metal, wood, acrylic buttons, in a gorgeous range of colours that will harmonise beautifully with all kinds of themes, from rustic folksy looking big buttons, to sophisticated diamante pearl buttons, funky bright tradtional buttons in juicy shades, to skull and crossbones metal buttons, there's something for everyone.

...and of course you'll all realise just how useful buttons are... obviously you can use them as buttons, perhaps you're updating a favourite garment; a quick dyeing in the washing machine and a new set of buttons is a simple and canny way of achieving this.

Or maybe you're a jewellery maker, and want to wire some chunky buttons together for a striking necklace, or make some funky earrings. The card makers out there aren't left out either, buttons make great motifs for card embellishments, and with such a wide range of colours you're sure to find something that ties in with your favourite papers and cardstocks, Scrapbookers too can achieve interesting pages with the addition of a few strategically placed buttons...the options are endless.

Come and see and perhaps you'll find the button of your dreams!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pictures paint a thousand words

Have you been to a special occasion this summer, maybe a family barbeque, a relation's wedding or perhaps you and your friends have just had a great time together. Chances are there'll be some photo's to mark the occasion.

At Fred Aldous now we can turn your photo's into beautiful quality prints, either onto canvas, or onto high quality artist paper.

In collaboration with 'The Art Surgery' we have cutting edge technology that can transform your photo into a work of art, worthy of hanging on the wall.

Rather than have your memories tucked away in an album somewhere why not share them with your friends or give a special gift that's totally personal!... and it couldn't be eaiser, either by following the directions via the link on our website's homepage, or by bringing your image in to the store in photo form or digitally on CDrom, or Memory Stick and choosing from a range of finishes, and custom sizes.

We can even frame your picture, in a stunning variety of frames that will complement your home, and your picture.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Ever Changing.....

Here at Fred Aldous we're always thinking up ways we can help you get the most from us, and from your Craft. Whether you're a regular shopper or an occasional visitor we hope you always find at Fred's just what it is you're looking for.

At present we're currently undergoing a new store layout in our famous "Aladdin's Cave" basement shop. The aim is to show you the full range of goods we sell and hopefully present them in a much more ordered fashion, displaying all the Textile Crafts together, the Jewellery and Cardmaking in designated areas that allow you to choose your items easily, and perhaps introduce you to some items you are unfamiliar with or didn't know we stock! With over 25,000 different products there's bound to be something that you might have missed...

The changes should be completed within the next week, so pop along and see how Fred Aldous is changing! Or if you're one of our thousands of internet customers come and see how it's all done; there's bound to be something to tempt you, and our knowledgable staff are always on hand to offer their expertise and advice.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Manchester Art Crawl - July 2009

Fred Aldous is helping to host 'Manchester Art Crawl'; part of the fringe festival 'Not Part Of', which runs alongside Manchester International Festival. This interactive event opens up the centre of Manchester, leading visitors through a series of temporary gallery spaces ranging from Deansgate to the Northern Quarter.

We are excited to be part of this event and are opening our sub-basement to exhibit the work of 6 up-and-coming local artists, which will include animation, sculpture, installation and photography. Come to the preview on Thursday 9th July between 17.30 and 20.00 or visit the exhibition which runs from Friday 10th-Thursday 16th July 2009.

Please see the poster below for more information.

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For directions to our show and contact information click here

Friday, July 03, 2009

Branching Out - Laser Cutting

We have just bought ourselves a big shiny laser cutting and engraving machine which we are hiring out to everybody and anybody. We can cut all sorts of materials to a design specified and also engrave onto almost any material. Follow the link > >Laser cutting and engraving more information