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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Back in the groove, Planning The Next Big Trip and Sewing Stuff

My latest Chanel-style jacket
I came back from the ASDP conference in Nashville all revved up, just like I do every year. My husband was sick of hearing about it by the time we got back home from the airport (about 45 minute drive), and so many things are spinning in my head I have trouble focusing.
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.

Our homes-away-from-home:

The London flat
London, Knightsbridge--March 12 - 15

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
Paris, Montmartre--March 22 - April 2
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 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: or this one:

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....
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?



  1. Hi Juliette, I hope I can meet you in Paris this time ! I'll be happy to be a fabric tourist with you !

  2. oh yes, Ségolène! Wayne and I would love to see you and meet your family!

  3. Hello Juliette,

    Best wishes to you and Wayne for 2014!
    Right now, it's time to book your train tickets, the prices increase very fast.
    Will you be in Paris from march 22 to April 2 ? When is the best moment to meet you?


  4. Hi Segolene!
    Bonne Annee to you and your family! I have our train tickets booked already--we will be in Paris Mar 22 to Apr 2, staying in Montmartre. I will be working that week but hope to take some time off--maybe half days. We aren't planning any side trips, so tell me what days work best for you--during the week or the weekend?
    Looking forward to seeing you!!

    1. Hi Juliette, thank you. I just bought my train tickets. I'll come alone, the girls will be staying with Ludovic. I'll be there from march 26 to march 29, so we can meet on 27 and/or on march 28 ! Cheers ! Segolene