Ten Minutes down the road from Mum's is Otaki. Otaki is a little town that is split into three different communities. There is the 'Road/Highway' which is famous for big brand outlet stores. It's a very popular shopping destination. Then there is the 'Township' itself which has small local shops, supermarkets etc. And finally the Beach which of course is the beach! In the Township there is a factory & store that I have wanted to visit for a long time, Sander Ties.
Can you see my shadow taking this photo? It looks like Darth Vader is coming to get some new ties :-)
They have a big selection of Ties at Sanders, and also do a lot of Souvenir ties & make the All Blacks Ties.
I bought a tie as a gift (so I can't show you).
I was allowed to have a little nosey at the factory, there was so much to see!
Look at the piles of cut out fabric waiting to become ties.
I also bought a bag of 'scraps' from Sander's. I thought I had lost the bag, I have been known to throw supermarket bags away before, thinking they had rubbish in them :-( . Anyway after hunting everywhere I thought I could have put it when I came home and finding nothing, I looked in the boot of the car and there it was waiting for me! Yay!
Here's the bag, can you see the fabric peeping out the side?
Oh yeah that is me trying to quilt the biggest quilt ever on my domestic sewing machine (so it can go into the Quilt Show) in the background. More later if it ever gets done :-)
Closer shot of an uninteresting bag, with gold fabric peeping out....
But there is treasure inside. Lots of variety, many of them lovely silks. As I was buying scraps I thought they would be little bits, like 5 inch squares. But these scraps are bigger than fat quarter size.
No plans for them yet, before anyone asks! I need to finish so many things before I start new.