For over 30 years the Parkin family have been weaving a unique blend of history, products and expertise.
Who We Work With
We offer a variety of services providing fast, insured delivery to anywhere in the world.
The delivery time and charge for international orders depends on the destination, weight, value and size of the order. Just let us know which items you would like to order and the destination and we will calculate an accurate shipping charge.
Please note: Outside the EU, local customs' charges may be payable or import licences may be required. We cannot be responsible for these and advise that you check before ordering.
We welcome visitors to our warehouse during our opening hours and will even make special arrangements too.
With over 4000 products to choose from and with such a wide veriety, we're often described as an Aladdin's cave!
Feel free to order 1 metre, 1 bobbin of thread, whatever you need. We try our best to keep our units of sale exactly where our customers need them at their most convenient measurements.
It's worth remembering that postage is free anywhere in the UK¹ if you spend just £40!
We hold a comprehensive selection of courses carefully constructed to cater from the absolute beginner to the experienced looking to widen their skills.
We even hold courses online too so if we're too far to travel, advanced learning is achievable with our experienced milliner Christine.
Based in Oldham, Parkin is a family business that takes great pride in creating and sourcing top quality fabrics, feathers & accessories for milliners, furnishing, cosplay, bridal and fashion designers across the UK and the world over.
Parkin Fabrics has been supplying leading brands for over 30 years. On the 3rd of April 2019, Parkin Fabrics celebrated 30 years in the industry. As a family run business, we’re incredibly proud of our heritage as a leading manufacturer and supplier of fabrics to the millinery and other industries. While we have now been trading for 30 years as Parkin Fabrics, our history dates back some 20 years earlier when David Parkin revolutionised the millinery industry with the introduction of a new type of medium-weight Buckram.
With his background in textiles, David understood that there was a market for a refined Buckram weave for use in millinery manufacture. To this day Parkin continue to be the only producer of this refined Optic White Buckram, and in fact all Buckrams, that are used extensively in millinery and other niche industries.
Our cotton heritage also dates back many decades to the days when David Parkin started out his journey into textiles, after leaving school, in a cotton dye house in Saddleworth, Oldham in Lancashire at that time, the cotton capital of the world! With his wealth of experience passed on to his son Nick the legacy continues and Lancashire cotton lives on to this day!
Parkin are also known for bringing back the ever popular Paris Net after the French knitting machines had long been abandoned. Although it took 5 years of development to create the new knitted Buckram, Parkin persevered due to its passion for the industry.
At Parkin, the textile industry is very much a part of who we are and, to this day, we continue to lead the way both in terms of manufacturing and supply. We were the first company in the UK to import Sinamay and we remain one of the largest suppliers the world over.
The last 30 years has seen us introduce many other fabrics and textiles to manufacturers and customers around the world with the same passion and determination that brought millinery Buckram to life.
At Parkin we are much more than just a supplier, we’re the market leader in millinery fabric, accessories and many other materials. With over 4000 products available, we’re always happy to provide advice, support and guidance to help our customers in their creative vision.
Parkin have been supplying me for well over a decade now and the service and care taken to fulfil my orders is always exemplary. The quality of the materials and consideration taken to ensure their speedy delivery always impresses me as well.Noel StewartLondon, UK
Parkin’s are the bread and butter of any new millinery project.
I’m so reliant on their extensive stock that I have a permanent Parkin’s tab open on my laptop.
They’re more than just a shop!Fern Berreen MillinerySussex, UK
I have been working with Parkin Fabrics for over 30 years and their service is unparalleled.
Over the years I found many fantastic fabrications for my collections.Philip Treacy LondonLondon, UK
The quality of Parkin’s Velour felt hoods and capelines are the best that I have ever purchased! The quality is superb and an absolute delight to work with. They may be a little more expensive than other suppliers but well worth the extra.Christine CanavanCheshire, UK