Sunny Days

Apologies in advance that this sewing blog is taking on a bit of travel twist for a short time.

I’m not sure when I’ll next get to post so here’s a quick little taste of Wellington in an attempt to encourage you to pay a visit sometime.

First up, a relaxing dinner around the bays:

Wellington always knows how to make me homesick

Ok, not very healthy I admit, but look at the view!

Looking towards Eastbourne

Or how about a beautiful bush walk in the Rimutaka Forest Park?

Orongorongo track

We walked to the Orongorongo River, 1 hour and 20 minutes each way but it was well worth it, so beautiful.

Half expecting a dinosaur to wander into view

The great thing about anywhere in New Zealand is that you don’t have to go far to experience the native bush areas and these kind of tracks are all well sign posted so no chance of getting lost. Just take some water, a cardi (because it can be quite cold in the shade) and even though it might be cloudy make sure you wear sunblock because the UV index can be really high.

That’s all for now guys, normal service will resume eventually, promise :)

Craving Coffee & Fabric

I have some more fabric shops to share with you that I didn’t get a chance to visit before I got impatient and published my draft of the first three, I didn’t want you guys to think I’d forgotten about you ;)

A few more days after my last fabric shopping trip I headed up to Palmerston North to visit my Dad and help him with his tux selection. Of course a google search turned up another Morelands store and I figure if I’m going to be driving for 1.5 hours I may as well indulge myself and see how this shop stacked up against their Lower Hutt outlet before the return trip back to ‘Welly’. Most Kiwis might consider a day trip to ‘Palmy’ North a tad too far but having lived in WA for so long (where everything is a minimum 30 minute drive away) it’s really quite a short trip for me. It’s interesting how your perceptions can change no? Palmerston North is a short deviation off SH1 via SH57, you can drop by on your way north for a lunch break and quick fabric fix.

Morelands Fabric Outlet Palmerston North
517A Main Street
Palmerston North 4410

Map

Well I was a bit disappointed to find a note on the door announcing that the shop wouldn’t be open until 1:30pm that day since this store is twice the size of their Upper Hutt version. I couldn’t hang around until then but that didn’t stop me fogging up the glass as I gazed through the windows. I’d like to go back but I probably won’t get the chance this trip. The selection looked very good and the half-price sale signs called to me but I really had to get back to Wellington and lodge our “Intention of Marriage” form.

With two weeks to go until the big day the nerves were building and I was seriously craving a good Wellington coffee…oh and some more fabric :) With a bit if spare time after visiting the florist in the city I popped by another store I was already familiar with. They have relocated since my visit here last year and there was a small moment of panic as I walked up to their very empty old tenancy but a relocation sign sent me a bit further down Willis street and into their new larger shop:

Arthur Toye
The Grand Arcade
16 Willis Street
Wellington
04 473 6942
Mon – Thurs 9am – 5.30pm, Fri 9am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 5pm
http://www.arthurtoyefabrics.co.nz/

Map

My previous experiences at Arthur Toye have been a bit hit and miss but their new store is absolutely brimming with fabric and another 50% off all stock sale! Their selection was huge and interesting, well laid out and well labelled.

A quick duck into the BNZ Centre (famous for being Wellington’s ugliest building) for some lunch and I stumbled upon Sherazad.

Sherazad
BNZ Centre
B1 No. 1 Willis Street
Wellington
0508 333 333 (toll free)
www.sherazad.co.nz

Map (ignore the photo on the google map, that’s the Old Bank Arcade, not the BNZ Centre)

What a find! Specialising in all kinds of silks from bridal to the exotic this store is amazing. Prices varied but the quality was excellent. There were a few cottons and other blends but mostly you’ll have your breath taken away by the absolute beauty of  the fabrics and whether you can afford them or not it’s worth a visit.

Fabrics Direct
97 Ghuznee Street
Wellington
04 385 6767

Map

I’m afraid I can’t say much about this store as I only spotted it as I was heading home and went for a quick look but unfortunately they were closed. Google seems to think they are in Newtown so perhaps they have moved or have opened this CBD store aswell. I did peak in the window though and there seemed to be an interesting collection of fabric bolts, I will definitely have to go back for a better look. If anyone else has been in please let me know what you thought.

I have decided that not only does Wellington have great coffee, they have great fabric stores too! This is by no means a complete list of fabric shops in Wellington, there are also two quite good Spotlights and plenty of other smaller independent stores which I have yet to discover but based on the above I think Wellington sewers can count themselves very lucky.