Saturday, 11 February 2012

I sew grateful for...

Well I didn't think I was going to be able to participate in this Sew Grateful week, the last few weeks have been so different and quite an upheaval in some ways.

The last post was written in the UK in the winter and now I'm writing this from our amazing new apartment in Wellington, New Zealand. We're now right at the beginning of the world's day and it's strange reading some of the posts which have giveaways (I have to really think what time it is!)

We've been here just under two weeks and I love it. The city is fantastic, it's small, compact and bijou and everyone is sew friendly (geddit!) :-) Yes, I've had a couple of moments when I miss my friends back in the UK, especially those I sang with and saw frequently and those at work. Others, it's not quite so bad, as we often communicated by email. Sometimes that email is now quicker because I write in the evening and they write in the evening, we're only 13 hours apart and not 24!! (If that makes sense?) Mornings are fun, it's when I pick up most of my messages so far, which is a real brightener, particularly if you're not a morning person!

So how am I being sew grateful? Well, although I've not been able to sew with my machines since December (our container should get here by the middle of March), I've had the whole sewing blogisphere to keep me going throughout this time. We don't have broadband, so only one PC is running the Internet, so sometimes it's a fight to get to it (I've got it now!!) Ha ha! But I have managed to read so many of your posts to cheer me up and keep me going until that machine arrives (it's got past Somalia, so I'm hoping we're OK!)

I'm sew grateful for all your posts, Did you make that? has given me two points on the Map of Snoods (and more importantly got me knitting again!), I won a giveaway from Finally Waking Up, Lazy Stitching introduced me to some of her Kiwi friends, who in turn (the Curious Kiwi) has linked me to a sewing group meeting once a month to chat about sewing, etc, etc.

I also want to mention a couple of people here in Wellington who've helped out... Charlotte, who met us on the first day and has taken us under her wing, telling us all about the formal stuff we needed, applying for an IRD, etc, etc and finding our apartment. And Jenny, a friend from my choir in the UK, who moved out a couple of years ago and has been a star taking us shopping and inviting us for lunch and telling me all about the choirs I should join.

Both of them have shown me some fabric shops, which I think I might be frequenting quite soon!!

Discount fabrics:  this mainly stocks upholstery and furnishing fabrics (might need new curtains!!) and an amazing collection of buttons...

Sorry it's gone sideways and I can't turn it round (any ideas??)

Global fabrics:  oh, such a lovely selection of knits, linens and the finest cottons around! Mainly plain colours, but such a selection of plain colours.

A bead shop in Cuba Street:  I've never seen so many! Mind you, I've since seen a larger store in Petone!!

There were more than this on each side of the store!

A craft shop near Cuba Street, loads of embroidery threads to keep me happy!

A knitting shop, also off Cuba Street (this is the happening part of town) with loads and loads of wool, not to mention a lovely selection of sewing machines...

 Surely enough wool to keep anyone happy?

A Singer 160 Anniversary machine, $959 is about £500

Finally, the Spotlight store (I've signed up for their VIP club already!!)

There is still apparently another fabric shop for me to check out! Help! Will I ever have any money left?

And for those who are wondering... I did get the job I was interviewed for! I'm hoping to start work on 20th February as a Collection Management Librarian for the National Library of New Zealand! Yipee!! I'm excited and can't wait! (Mind you, I can't wait until March and our container arrives with our furniture and my sewing machines!!) 

Thanks Debi, I'm Sew Grateful :-) 


  1. This is so sweet Nikki. its good you've settled in ok, and have made new friends and been reunited with old friends. well thank goodness your machine has gone past Somalia.....that was so funny.

    1. :-D Yep, was worried for a while, but it's somewhere near China now! It's taking a roundabout route to get here!

  2. Congratulations on your new job Nikki, and the best of luck with settling in! Wow, you have some wonderful new fabric stores to tempt you... I've heard really good things about Global Fabrics, it looks pretty amazing! Ditto for that wool store. Spotlight.... well we have them here too, and you might have to search through a lot of rubbish to find the treasures! But it is great for zips and threads and such like.

    (my word verification; welly ! Funny!)

    1. Thanks Carolyn. I had a good look around Spotlight and did notice a lot of stuff that wouldn't be much good, but on the other hand, my friend with her three year old was very happy. Cheap stuff is perfect for kiddies! I think she wants me to show her some sewing tips - yikes, not sure I'm up to teaching standards!

  3. Welcome to NZ and Wellington and your new job! Is the other fabric store you have yet to find Warehouse Fabrics? If so, it is worth a look..

    1. Thanks Emily, yep Fabric Warehouse is the one yet to find. I didn't notice it when I went to Spotlight, but I was with a friend of mine who possibly didn't know it was there. I'm still reliant on buses, so will have to get the bus out one day and check it out!

  4. Welcome to New Zealand. Ahh Global Fabrics, I miss that store. It was unfortunately one of the February earthquake casualties. I hope they reopen again. I don't know what Spotlight is like in Wellington but ours seems to be really disorganised and ther is never enough staff.