Photo by Tsia Gibson
Turns out New York City is just as perfect a locale for a sewing weekend as the hills of Vermont and the high dessert. I think it's becoming increasingly clear to us that these can happen almost anywhere, because it's so much more about the people than the place.
That said, the place was pretty great. The Sewing Studio was by far our prettiest workspace thus far (excepting the teepee that we use for cocktail hour at Blueberry Hill, of course, but we have yet to set up a machine inside), and so perfectly located just blocks from the cities best Garment District shops and the hotel. The Sewing Studio is doing such an amazing job right now of providing a full service sewing studio (New Yorkers can even join their Sewing Studio Club, and drop by almost anytime to sew) and a wide range of classes. We really lucked out when they invited us to use their space for our NYC workshops.
We found lots of stuff to do outside of the studio too, including a private shopping party at Purl after hours, a trip to Mood that could have been three hours longer, the discovery of the new Marimekko store at Madison Square Park (OK, we didn't go in, but we admired the printed umbrellas from our spot in line at the Shake Shack), and some great dinner spots.
In the studio we were lucky to have some of the finest designers and artists in the industry with us for the weekend. Anna Maria Horner came loaded up with new fabrics and patterns to show us (holy wow this girl is on FIRE right now), Liesl Gibson came with hot-off-the-presses pattern designs for her Lisette collection and dispensed what Amisha referred to as LIFE CHANGING instruction on a full bust adjustment, and Denyse joined us for lunch and fabric shopping, where she took the plunge I've been wanting to make for years and bought a leather hide. Denyse, if you didn't know this already, knows how to do things like re-upholster her furniture and make leather bags. Melanie gave a great talk on what she looks for in craft book proposals and brought a photo gallery of shots from upcoming STC Craft titles from me, Denyse, Gretchen, and Natalie, and one very special guest (see below) came by to shoot our group photo.
Vera kept things sunny and organized, as usual. What would I do without her? Oh, and my fabulous inlaws came into town to help TC look after Trixie, who decided that Shake Shack was the place to suddenly learn how to hold one's head upright. Perfect.
I think the best part of my weekend was seeing so many familiar faces. We are so especially flattered when workshoppers come back for more!Thanks to everyone, guests and teachers alike, who came and spent the weekend with us in New York City. We loved having you.We look forward to many more weekends in fabulous places with fabulous people... Anna Maria and I even chatted up the idea of a Weekend Sewing Workshop in Greece. Good idea, no? Be sure to let Anna know if you agree.....
Next month's NYC workshop and our upcoming Palm Springs workshops are both full, but we will be announcing our 2012 workshop schedule (which includes a brand new workshop dedicated to print design in Photoshop, and a return to Blueberry Hill Inn!) next week. Sign up for our twitter feed or this blog for up to the date information.