Sunday, August 17, 2008

Day Trip to Berrima

Jeremy took me for a drive to Berrima today. It was a beautiful day for it - really pleasant in the sun and not too cold for this time of year.

We had a look in my favourite antique shop of all time. Apart from Berrima Patchwork, it is my favourite shop in Berrima. I just don't know it's name! It has just about everything you could possibly think of, including a whole room devoted to needle crafts. Just look at this wall of antique quilts:

There were heaps of vintage DMC and anchor embroidery threads, and truckloads of vintage buttons, buckets of antique knitting needles and beautiful bone crochet hooks. I was tempted by a lot of the threads but in the end, couldn't decide, and resisted. Jeremy bought us a 1950s vintage aluminium bread bin, though.

I also was pretty restrained at Berrima Patchwork. I am still a bit ashamed of myself as I have been on a very reckless online spending spree lately. I am currently awaiting delivery of parcels from 4 different online patchwork shops, and I am not even going to tell you how much I have spent. More than I can really afford, anyhow. I have just been out of control! So I tried really hard to be good today and only bought these Bareroots patterns:

They had samples in the shop of these, which were just amazing. I always think "ho, hum, whatever" when I see a Bareroots pattern but whenever I see one of them made up, in the flesh so to speak, I am just amazed and want to make one too.

We had lunch at the Surveyor General's Inn and then headed back via Mittagong where Jeremy stopped to let me look in Timeless Treasures Patchwork Shop, but I was good and didn't buy anything. I knew there was another patchwork shop in Mittagong, but didn't know where and didn't want any more temptation, so we didn't visit it. I just googled it and found out it is the Village Quilt Shop and we were just around the corner from it. Oh, well, next time.

Then we stopped at Victoria House Needlecraft. Wow, I've never stopped there before. It must be the biggest cross stitch, embroidery and tapestry shop I have ever seen. They have everything! And best of all, so many things were half price. I don't even like doing cross stitch very much but the kits were so cheap I just had to buy some:

These are fairly small ones, so I may even finish them!


Lynn said...

It sounds like a lovely day trip. You must have a lot of will power - all those antique quilts!

Carin said...

What a great trip! Those patterns look so fun.drmvg