|My latest Chanel-style jacket|
BUT, I did manage to spend one evening playing with what I learned in June Colburn's class on silk-screening, got about 6 women at work to agree to being my pants fitting guinea pigs, started a pair of toe-up socks on my shiny new Chaiogoo Red Lace circular needle and made really good progress on the latest Chanel jacket (it is ready for trim and pockets). I even found some cool trim to use.
I also did some brain-storming on the Threads Challenge for 2014.
One of the things I found out at conference was how many people were following my blog while I was in Europe last year--fabric shopping and exploring with me vicariously.
So I will plan to do the same and try very hard not to complete flake out when I hang out with my friends.
I've booked our plane tickets already (Austin to Heathrow direct, baby!), reserved all our apartments and we've got a house-sitter/critter-sitter.
|The London flat|
COSY STUDIO FLAT IN THE HEART OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Marseille, Port Vieux--March 15-20
Two Steps to Vieux-Port
|The Marseille apartment|
|Our stay in Lyon|
Lyon, La Croix Rousse--March 20-22
Furnished Apartment in Historic District of La Croix Rousse
|The gorgeous Paris Flat|
Amazing Terrace Eiffel Tower View
This is the place I stayed in April--so perfect I just had to share with hubby. (AND it is close to the fabric district!)
I'll be doing things differently this time in regards to work. Instead of working 2 solid weeks, then taking off a week I plan to scatter my days off so that I work a couple of days, then take a day off. I'll probably end up having the same number of days off, but this should be easier for my co-workers since there won't be any large block of time where I'm not available. It also means far less catchup for me when I return.
I've decided I am a "Touriste des Tissus" (Fabric Tourist) or maybe better a Fiber(Fibre) Tourist.
Other than working and spending time with friends/co-workers, I hope to do the following:
- Visit Liberty of London, have hubby pick out fabric for a shirt
- Visit Joel & Son Fabrics, drool over fabrics the queen might wear. Doubt I'll be buying anything, but you never know...
- Spend some time in the new Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion--just need to write a request after I figure out what I'd like to look at.
- Maybe hit a yarn store or two....
Visit La Droguerie and a couple other merceries (notion shops). I haven't seen any fabric stores that I really want to visit.
- Visit the Fabric and Decorative Arts Museum
- Tour a silk weaver's studio, maybe this one: http://soierie.st.georges.free.fr/ssmenu_visites.htm or this one: http://www.atelierdesoierie.com/
I was sad to find out that most museums have stopped having textiles and historical costumes on permanent display, thought I understand why. Textiles by nature are fragile and difficult to curate.
I was lucky in April to catch the Couture exhibit on Hotel de Ville (and that Mario was a good sport and agreed).
I just found this museum and am trying not to get my hopes up, but.... http://palaisgalliera.paris.fr/collections/les-collections
I am hoping there is another exhibit when we are there, but if not I'll just have to check out more fabric shops and maybe some vintage clothing stores.
All I need to do now is book train tickets: London to Paris to Marseille, Marseille to Lyon and Lyon to Paris. Have I ever mentioned how much I love traveling by train?