John Cleese famously dubbed Palmerston North the ‘suicide capitol of NZ’ and advised that a visit to the city would inspired anyone to be able to do the deed.
If you are a fabric and textile enthusiast there are only two reasons that a visit to Palmy would only inspire you to end your existence. You might do it if you were completely overcome with fabric fabulosity and couldn’t stand the wonderfulness anymore. Or perhaps you might need to permanently alter your social standing if you spent so much money on fabric that you decide it would be easier to kill yourself than to face your significant other when they see the bills.
One of the main reasons for all the fabric fabulousness in Palmy is Bryan Gaskin Fabrics, 402 Main Street, Palmerston North (just off The Square)
BGF’s stocks…well…everything. They focus on bridal and evening fabrics, so the selection of laces, beaded fabric, and silks of every variety is spectacular.
Being bridal specialists, they have a lot of white, but their stock comes in every other colour too.
Of course, I’m notorious for loving white and pales, so I drooled over the whole selection.
They also stock some extremely specialist and hard to find fabrics, like feathered fabrics…
And pleated and ruffled fabrics…
And the most amazing rhinestones and pearled motifs…
And gold and other lace trims…
And more lace…
Yep. Pretty much everything you would ever need to make endless fancy, fancy, delicious dresses.
Of course, as much as we want to, we can’t live in pretty princess dresses forever. Sometimes you need fabric for things that are just a bit more casual, and BGF’s have that as well.
There is the really practical:
And the somewhat practical, and utterly adorable:
Beyond fabric, they carry a selection of basic notions and buttons and bits:
And a less basic selection of all the the sparkly bits that brides love to deck themselves out in:
They are all the way up in Palmy! And the prices are not exactly low (well, neither is the merchandise) and I didn’t get the impression that that they have a lot of sales.
Well, maybe not precicely ugly, but certainly only suitable for very specific purposes.