During my search for a suitable upholstery fabric, I was pointed in the direction of ‘The Fabric Mill’ at Halley Stevensons which is on Annfield Road, just behind the University or find it on the web at http://www.halleystevensons.co.uk/. What a great shop, with a fabulous range of fabrics all at very reasonable prices. It is well worth a visit.
They unfortunately didn’t have the type of piled fabric I was seeking, but I did have a good natter with Louise Forbes an ex-graduate who works there and is half of the furniture design partnership ‘TWIG’, see http://www.twigdesign.co.uk/index.htm for more details of their work. Louise said she had seen bathmats in a similar fabric at Dunelm Mill, so a short bus ride later and I had my upholstery fabric!
The other upholstery elements; foam, wadding and tools I purchased online from; http://www.upholsteryshop.co.uk/index.php which have just about everything you might want in upholstery.