How is it nearly the end of February? The weeks are whizzing by and news that I have a project in Australian Homespun Magazine's February edition is starting to sound a bit late.... But here you have it. It's a Toddler Trilby - made to fit a headsize of 50-53cm.
I made this one in pinwale corduroy, but it would work equally well in denim or any décor weight cotton and would also work in wool flannel.
It's a bit like my Fedora pattern (remarkably like it, if I'm completely honest), but with a shallower crown, wider top and an obvious headsize difference.
The holidays passed and we all went back to work and school.
On the way to my first day back at work (with my bike panniers and basket completely loaded with books, fabric and resources) this is what happened....
I tried not to think of bad omens (and then I started looking for a tram).
No bad omen. All that preparation I'd done for teaching the new (to me) theory subjects didn't go to waste. So far, all is going well. I've realised how much of this stuff I haven't forgotten and how much of it has become habit and intuition over the years.
Being a complete textiles nerd helps, too. (For starters, all these books just happen to be from my own personal bookshelf. There is no end of resources to share with my students).
I have also begun teaching classes on weekends in various places. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of teaching in Kimono House's new space. And when I say "space", I mean it - it really is spacious and light and wonderful.
I always love working with Kimono House. Not only am I surrounded by drool-worthy fabrics and Japanese design, but I get to work in the Nicholas Building. I love coming in to work through this entrance!
If you haven't visited Kimono House or the Nicholas Building, I think you should put it on your "Things to do in Melbourne" list. Another of my favourite shops in the city is on the same floor - the completely lush L'Uccello.
Another reason that I love teaching in Kimono House is that I get to meet up with lovely people I have taught before, and see what they've been up to. I was absolutely thrilled to see that one of the "beginners" I taught in the 3-day Masterclass last year had been working her way through my book. She is now making quite advanced bags (like this well-worn-and-loved Seoul Handbag) and confidently modifying them with all the interchangeable techniques that she's learned.
If you're interested in getting started with bag-making, or simply want a fun day where you can sew in an uninterrupted fashion, there's a "Bag in a Day" class scheduled for 13th June at Kimono House. Watch this space for its listing, or simply contact the gals at Kimono House to book in.
There have been many reasons to be cheerful lately, and lots of much-needed validation of all the work I've put in over the years. Chickens are coming home to roost, and they have been of the friendly and exciting variety.
Even on the day that began with that bicycle puncture, there was a little reminder that what I put out in the world, continues.
Having had a hectic first day at work, a public-transport-trip too many, a rushed and stress-filled car pick-up and school pick-up, and then the contemplation of driving back through peak-hour traffic to pick up the injured bike (that was tethered in a street where parking is a problem), we stopped in to the local pub to have an early dinner.
Time out to regroup and recharge. Ahhh.....
And at the bar, a woman stood with a HAUL bag that was made from a pattern that I made back in 2003-4. Things like that mean a lot some days.
Hopefully I'll be able to talk a bit more about those exciting developments soon. But right now, I have to get back to work!