All posts tagged: Palmerston North

Friday Review: Bryan Gaskin Fabrics in Palmerston North

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) The Good: 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 …

Friday Review: Village Books & Crafts, Palmerston North

I’ve been meaning to write this review for ages, and ages, and just haven’t gotten around to it. Village Books and Crafts 318 College Street Palmerston North Ph:06-355-5735 Email: Village Books and Crafts What it is: Village Books and Crafts is a small, friendly locally owned store, teaching centre, and mail order company.  It stocks everything you could ever want for quilting, fibre, and surface design.  And Dianne Southey, the proprietor, knows everything you could want to know about quilting, fibre art, and surface design. The Good: So much delicious quilting and crafting pogey bait!  Silk ribbons!  Lace (on sale as the store was clearing out its stash, so I picked up a bunch), embroidery floss, buttons (one of the largest selection of novelty buttons in New Zealand), thread, fabric, jewellery fixings…the list goes on and on. There is even oodles of stuff that I have no idea what to do with – fancy interfacings and fabric dyes, doll bits, and acorns (I still don’t know what those are for). Fear not though, the shop is …