Hey, everybody! I'm back from my vacation, and although my ambitious plans for crafting while away didn't work out (even though - or perhaps because - almost all the people I spent time with were artists), I managed to get the remaining work on Smmarrt's page done when I returned, and then conceived, started, abandoned, agonized over and finally completed Fancybutch's page in only 24 hours. All three pages went out on time yesterday.
When I got home, an amazing page from Fancybutch was waiting for me. I'll post photos in the Gallery very shortly.
I was visiting friends and family in British Columbia, and got to visit my favourite store in Vancouver, Maiwa Supply
on Granville Island. Maiwa is worth crossing the continent for, and I never ever visit without buying more than I intended (or can afford) and regretting so much more that I haven't been able to take. This time it was mostly hand-dyed embroidery thread (for some reason I simply can't
find perle cotton here in Toronto), some cochineal dye, and a handful of bits and pieces. Next door at the Silk Weaving Studio
, I got more embroidery thread (hand-dyed silk this time) and went weak in the knees handling some of the fabrics. But my suitcase was already full, so I resisted buying any, as I somehow also managed to do at the Cloth Shop
. I wish Toronto had a store full of wonderful quilting fabrics like this. But then, perhaps my stash is better off for having it remain so far away!
At a wonderful flea market in Victoria, I bought a few pieces of Japanese textiles (including some of the most amazing embroidery I've ever seen) and a box of antique sewing needles. I somehow managed to pass up an entire suitcase full of antique lace, even when it was pointed out that if I bought the suitcase too, it would
be quite convenient to take home! And then the day I left, I found a huge stash of good DMC floss at a favourite thrift shop in Kamloops. I didn't buy it all
, but that's as far as my resistance went. After all, everybody needs more embroidery thread, don't they?
A good trip made even better by some excellent craft shopping!