New York Bound: Who to meet and what to see?

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This week I’m going on a whirlwind adventure when I fly out to New York City with seven of my students for a journalism conference. I have faith that they will blow me away with their professionalism, (insert intense prayer here) but I know myself well enough to predict that I will be a tad stressed either way. Between missing my husband and kids and worrying about getting my group there and back in one piece, I’m going to need to take the edge off in a non-mind altering way.

So, in true CraftSanity fashion, I plan calm myself by scheduling a bit of exercise into my day and capping things off with some handmade awesomeness back at the hotel. I will be very busy with the conference, but will be staying close enough to the Garment District to sneak off and get tangled in fabric and trim for a bit.

Rebecca Ringquist, of Dropcloth Sampler fame and my guest on episode #158 of the podcast, recommended that I visit the following shops:

M & J Trimming – Rebecca described it as the “candy store of ribbon,” so how can I not go? And I think it’s open until 8 p.m., so I think it might be doable.

Daytona Trimming – I gather that there is ribbon and ric rac downstairs and a complete stock of all the DMC Pearl Cotton color upstairs which sounds pretty awesome to me.

Makuba New York – This is a Japanese trim store that looks like a an Instagram addict’s paradise.

Pacific Trimming – Rebecca said this is the go-to place for sewing machine thread, so yeah, I want visit this place, too.

If time allows, I’d like to also check out Purl Soho and the Lion Brand Store.

I’m also hoping to meet some people to feature on upcoming episodes of the podcast and in my next magazine. Get in touch if you’re a New York artist or crafter or want to suggest a must-see creative destination. I’m flying in Tuesday evening (March 10) and jetting back home at dinner time Saturday (March 14).

See you soon, New York.