Today, in the hot summer weather, with a wriggly seven year-old as my sidekick, I ran into the garment district to grab a few things.
Our first stop was SIL Thread, where I grabbed three zippers. Found EXACTLY what I needed, in the colors I needed, with no problem at all. I didn't need them cut to size, but I'm often amazed at how many people need their zippers cut. Maybe since I design so many of the things I make myself, I don't worry as much about the specific length as others do. I typically just design the opening to suit the length I buy. Total elapsed time was less than 5 minutes.
The second stop was Rosen & Chadick Fabrics, for a bit of research for a few upcoming projects. A wave of inspiration hit, as usual, and I dared to go upstairs to look at some fabrics for fall. Wow, did I see some gorgeous stuff!
Just ONE of the aisles upstairs on the third floor...
My gut drew me to these three, specifically.
If you could just FEEL this fabric, you would know why I swooned.
These colors really dance together.
Embroidered plaid. Yes.
Oh, and I brought a fabric home that we'll talk about later. After the weekend. Pretty exciting. Trust me on this.
So, yeah. With my wiggly 7-year old by my side, we moved on to Pacific Trimming, where I found some notions I needed, and some rings for a piece of crocheted jewelry (yes, seriously) that will continue to haunt me until it is made by my own hands...
This photo is from Vogue Crochet May 2012. Can you blame me?
And finally, we went to Beads World to find the beads for the above project. So aptly named. In this store, I experienced something I almost never do. I was completely overwhelmed. Trays and trays of beads in endless colors... frantic negotiations between buyers and staff, the specifics of which I can't even begin to understand. I put my tray and selection down, grabbed my son's hand and left, resolving to try that again another day. Here's the thing. I suggest you visit Beads World's website to see what I mean. Where do I even start with that place? I can't even form a review yet, because I couldn't even THINK once I walked in. This is not a negative. I just wasn't ready for it. The point is, my mind's eye needed to see my project, before the vast selection was in front of me. Lesson learned.
Total elapsed time in the district was 45 minutes. Over and out!
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