Sunday, August 2, 2015
49 hours in NYC with ATP
ATP, Kashi, and me.
ATP was back in the tri-state area this weekend so of course we met up and went to NYC. This time we had 49 hours in the city, our longest visit ever together in NYC. Of course, our first stop was still Kashi at Metro Textiles. He greeted us with hugs. Love Kashi.
I brought the backpack I made from his fabric (exterior fabric) and he said I should sell them, that he didn't know that fabric could look that good. (He still has that fabric in two colorways btw--the black and silver that I used and black and gold.)
Pawing through the fabric at Kashi's.
ATP is wearing a dress she recently stitched up out of fabric she bought at Kashi's during her last visit. Such a great dress and great print, isn't it?
Kashi said there are people who complain when he gives them extra. Say what? Kashi and I assured him that we do not complain. Kashi is always generous with his cuts. He said it was more about there being flaws in the fabric, that he will give them the amt they asked for and the piece with the flaw, and they complain about the flaw. No worries, I can work around the flaw especially when you cut more!
This bolt was SUPER HEAVY.
The largest change since my last visit is that there is more floor space then I've ever seen in Kashi's store. It made it a lot easier to look around and see all the fabric.
This was the HUGE pile of fabric I bought. When we left he said, "happy sewing!"
NYC quilt, made from NYC subway fabric, at the City Quilter.
We also went to Paron Fabrics, a new trim shop called Lauren Trimming, and the City Quilter and a short stop at Mood where I bought a scant half yard. We even hit up Pacific Trimming, but I had not made a list of what I need so I bought nothing there (that's a first).
NYC sunflower and bumble bees Saturday afternoon.
Washington Square Park
Saturday was a clothes shopping day though neither of us bought any clothes; we went to several stores in Soho and even stopped in Purl Soho.
Here's when we were stitching sashiko on the Highline. The Highline is *great*. It's sort of like walking on a boardwalk, but high up in the city. When you see pix of it online (or even that epi of PR a few seasons ago) it looked kind of....abandoned? dilapidated? not like somewhere you'd want to spend time? to me. But it is just the opposite--full of life, breezy and cooler up there, has tons of people walking around, and benches to sit on. We were able to walk faster up there compared to on street level, no stop lights or waiting.
ATP and the sashiko she started and finished during our trip. She has never stitched sashiko before, but since we had more time on this trip I was able to teach her. I think she did a great job.
We celebrated her upcoming birthday. I gave her the best present I will ever give her: woven labels with her logo on them. I will not be able to outdo this present, ever.
I downloaded the logo of her website (RockOnTinyRebel) and sent it to CustomLabels4u.com. They look SO good. I kept this secret for ~2 months.
Yes, we totally were tourists! Looking up from the 86th floor at the Empire State Building
The Chrysler Building as seen from the 86th floor of the ESB last night.
ATP and I said adieu early this afternoon, but my next meetup will be this Wednesday at my house...stay tuned!