As well as Milton being the merchant, we also asked him to speak. It was interesting and funny listening to him. He started selling fabrics for Pollock & Milne in 1967, and did so because he thought it would be a good way to meet girls! He was only going to do the job for a couple of years and then move on, but fell in love with the fabrics, so opened his own business and 43 years later is still selling fabric. He spoke about specialising in batiks and his trips to Indonesia to source them, and he also had photos of the fabric being made. He has started to design his own New Zealand themed batiks which are proving popular. Here's a photo of Milton tidying up his fabric after a frenzy of buying. Milton has a great website that you can order fabric from if you missed out yesterday, check it out.
Milton also judged our mini challenge (which was to make anything using the fat quarter of Milton's fabric that we received as xmas presents). Bernice's 'lizards' and Jules 'seahorse' won.
Here's the other entries to the challenge