We were a little early so we had some amazing pastry at a local shop. I'm telling you, there are these little places every other block and they all have wonderful food. This place is definitely a foodies paradise. I had an apple croissant and Bre had a chocolate coffee cake kind of thingy. Both were delicious.
We walked a couple blocks back to the Handmaker's Factory where we met Nichola, the instructor. She is a cute, perky woman who has this amazing studio to teach different crafts.
She demonstrated 3 different techniques before we got started and then it was off to the races with us starting out trying all three techniques on fat quarter size light cotton. They all turned out so pretty. Then we got a scarf size piece that we could try anything on. I used all three techniques on mine. Awesome. It was great she had all the right equipment for all of us to do what we wanted at the same time.
We broke for lunch and Bre and I walked a couple doors down for Japanese food.
In the afternoon, we were free to dye whatever we brought so I did a light weight hoodie I ordered before I left. I was pretty pleased with the results. Bre dyed some t-towels the she had ordered from the U.S. they turned out amazing. She really had a great knack with the plastic discs.
It was a lovely day, learning new things, meeting new people, and sharing a great experience.
On the way home, we stopped at a quilt shop that Nichola recommended, Amitie Textiles. This is a very cute little shop with a lot of beautiful fabric. There were some really cute patterns and a whole wall of notions. I picked up a set of hexie templates. Almost every store I've been in so far has had a plethora of English Paper Piecing notions. Love it. I've worked a little on the ones I've brought with me and it is very relaxing. There were three ladies in the shop and they were all very helpful. They had some fabric that wasn't exactly quilter's cotton and wasn't linen either so I asked about it and found out it was double gauze. Not something I've seen much of in the U.S. So a bought half a meter of the cutest French Bulldog with glasses fabric. Such fun.
It was a really nice day with Bre. Love spending time with her and learning stuff too. Life is good.