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Sewnforever
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Date: 10/9/13 12:55 PM

This time next week we should be in New York . . . then a week later, Boston. Sadly it seems that I will not be able to revisit my favourite pictures and museums, but this will leave more time to explore the Garment District and other interesting places which will be a bonus.
I have been looking at various blogs and have begun to plan which shops to target, but would really appreciate a list of any favourites you may have - especially grateful for any excellent trimming/notions shops as these seem to have all but disappeared in London.
I enviously read about the Chelsea Flea Market finds that Peter of Male Pattern Boldness writes about and wonder if it is held every Sunday and if it is considered to be one of the best places to search for vintage patterns/buttons/bits and bobs - is anywhere else worth exploring?
Now I headed this plea with a mention of a cloud, in this case a cloud which comes in the shape of a husband who hates shopping and hates flea markets even more. I can understand his point of view as I feel the same way about boat chandlery shops. What I need so that we both enjoy our time is a husband crèche - a couple of good cafes/restaurants or bars with a convivial atmosphere where he can read his paper and not get stressed - any recommendations gratefully received.
Also, any must visit emporiums in Boston? Just can't wait!!

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 10/9/13 8:47 PM

This topic has been moved from Fashion Styles and Trends to Regional Communities

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Date: 10/9/13 9:03 PM

Shop till you drop in NYC and visit Boston for the culture. Not that NY has no culture, only that Boston has no garment district. to tell you the truth, we have very little fabric/notion shopping. Hope other folks know something I don't and chime in. Ann

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Date: 10/9/13 9:18 PM

Unfortunately, as Ann said, not much for fabric / notions in the Boston area. We do a lot of mail-order. Apple Annies and Sawyer Book are in the state, but not particularly near the city. (Although Apple Annies might be plausible if you go check out the mansions in Newport RI.)

If you check out the PR Weekend threads that were in NYC you might get some nice listings of stores. But hopefully someone can give you an update.

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Date: 10/9/13 11:58 PM

This blog has listing of all the fabric/notions stores in NYC along with details of all of them listed. It may take a bit of time to go through and make your list but it's a wealth of info!

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Date: 10/24/13 6:20 PM

Thank you ladies for your replies.
The New York Garment District was mind blowing - I knew it was going to be a fabricholic's dream but, well I was daunted. And far from parking my husband, he came in handy to navigate and bag carry :-)
We are now enjoying a less frenetic few days in Boston - as you say not a fabric shop in sight, but there is a tempting wool shop round the corner from the hotel!
If any of you visit the UK and I can offer advice on where to go, please let me know.
Jane

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Date: 10/24/13 8:10 PM

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) We are now enjoying a less frenetic few days in Boston - as you say not a fabric shop in sight, but there is a tempting wool shop round the corner from the hotel!
Wool shop, you say? Please, do tell! Hope you enjoy your visit.
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Date: 10/26/13 8:19 AM

It's only a small shop called Newbury Yarns ar 166 Newbury, Back Bay. It describes itself as selling "Luxury fibres, fabrics and accessories", also custom design and knitting classes. from the quick look I had they seemed to have some tempting yarns, lots bits and bobs for knitters but I think the fabrics are more for quilters.
I used to always have something on my needles in the 80's - loved Rowan designs and yarns, but then my cat family grew and one of them would always be lurking under my left side ready to jump up and grab the needle pulling all the stitches off with it :-) so I have concentrated on sewing for myself which takes all the "spare" time I have. But when I look at shops like this the temptation is strong!

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