Crafty Girl's Road Trip
Aimed at those who get warm fuzzies just walking into a wool shop, simply have to stroke the fabric at the quilt store, and long to touch the textiles at museums, this round-up of New Zealand's craftiest places will go down a treat. It's essentially a guide to the many places in New Zealand where you can buy everything you need to make your own textile-based crafts. The book lists treasure troves for fabric lovers, embroiderers, patchworkers, knitters, spinners and other crafty types to find not only materials but inspiration on the road. And because they need frequent cups of coffee to fuel their journey and somewhere to lay their head, the book includes some favourite places along the way. Organised geographically, it also has suggested itineraries for a day, a weekend, a long weekend, a week in each of the regions. There are also excellent lists of great crafty blogs and events.
Ann Packer is a Wellington freelance journalist with a strong interest in craft. She currently contributes to the Dominion Post, NZ Listener, NZ House andamp; Garden and NZ Quilter. At various times in her life she has been a knitter, spinner, weaver, dyer and embroiderer. And she loves to shop for fabric and fibre - with plenty of coffee breaks. She is the author of Stitch which won the Lifestyle Category at the Montana Book Awards in 2007.