Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fabric shopping in Bologna

I´ve been to Bologna once before and fell in love with this city and since I still havn´t found a love for Milan I decided to spend my last night and day in Bologna

I strolled the streets on a day with some showers and found a notion store that was closed but looked promising if when I return

The adress of this store is 29A Via delle Lame
Last time I was in Bologna I bought some fantastic fabrics at the market, this time I found one seller that had really nothing I even wanted to touch!

The fabric store I visted and bought a fabric from was Mercantino dello scampolo on Via Gandusio 35. This store is not in the center of Town but if you stand at the Railway station with your back to the building its maybee 4 blocks t the left, you will reach a bridge that takes you over the tracks. Go over the street to the other side of it and when you are over the part with the tracks there´s stairs that you take and if you look slightly to the right now you can see the store. This store is stacked with good stuff at reasonable prices and a very helpful staff who speaks italian.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Siena. Yes there was fabric!

 I was in Italy last september-october. I´ve been to Italy a lot of times but it´s been a while and I never been to Siena. I´ve forgotten how much I love this country... The real reason for me going is that I have started to reclaim my knowledge of the italian language so I went to language school for a week. The name of the school is Leonardo da Vinci, they have something that they called "La Dolce Vita 50+" language lessons compaired with guided tours and cooking lesson and if you stayed two weeks also wine tasting. The school organized everything and there where students from all over the world. We had the fantastic Serena as our guide and at school we where put in classes due to how much italian we knew. Leonardo da Vinci also has schools in Milan, Rome and Florence and I´m going back for two weeks in Rome later this spring.
Siena is famous for the Palio  but we learned so much from Serena and Karla, the lady I stayed at.
The Palio and the Contradas are so alive in this city the entire year
Young boys from the duck´s contrada practicing there skills


This is a jacket to a jockey from the Duck´s contrada´s museum

From the Duck´s contrada´s museum or church

The contrada´s museums are not open to public unless the night a contrada wins the palio, part from a museum and Church each contrada also have a stable...

Pici is the local pasta that should be eaten fresch, never use the dried one, this one is from the cookingclass that was included in the week

and this pici is from a restaurant

and this is me making biscotti, wearing my favourite Libertydress

The cooking class started with Serena teaching us about local food Culture, we then took a walk to a cooking school where we prepered not only biscotti and pici but tortelloni, gnocchi ( the best ever!) torta di nonno ( a chocolate cake ) and som more pasta, after this we went to a restaurant owned by the same man awho owned the school and we got our food prepered by the chefs with theire sauces
and finally we all got a bag of biscottis to go

Always time for coffea

or a glass of wine, This is Vernaccia di san Gimignano, but the drink of choise for many including me where Spritz

Coffea in Italy are so good! not only do they know how to make it , they know how to serve the right amount of it too!
And now over to the serious stuff!  Fabric shopping! I did a search before leaving and got a lot of adresses, all of them no more! But on Wedensday there was a market across from the bus station and I found 5 vendors who sold both yardage or remnants. This means that in another town  on another day in the neigborhood you can probably find these vendors too. Going to the market in Italy is always a good idea if you are looking for fabric. I bought two pieces, the geoetric silk for a blouse and the grey with some stretch in it maybee 5 euro each...

 I flew from Copenhagen to Milan and spent one night there then took the train to Florence, changed to bus for Siena, on my way home I took the bus to Bologna and spent a night there and then the train ti Milan. More on fabric shopping in Bologna later

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pink ribbon 2016

I´ve been writing about our Swedish  tradition that a celebrity design a pattern that are printed on them. This year the design that are waves is designed by Alicia Wikander, our Oscar winning actress from earlier this year for her portrait of Gerda Wegener.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Classic shirt Burda

I had a white shirt in my plan for fall but felt that it was not really what I wanted so I found this black shirting at Stoffdillen in Copenhagen. Stoffdillen is located in Ishöj center and if you plan to visit Arken; the artmuseum it´s very Close. They sell end bolts and 30 danish crowns is the common price, maybee 4 dollars a meter They also have zippers, lace and other stuff in a very not organized way...
I bought the Archer shirt pattern when I was in London earlier this year but after tracing it and saw the looong sleves and remember some issues with the collar I decided to go Burda instead, but I used the hemline from the Archer and my own placket and this is really the kind of sewing that I enjoy and I´m really pleased with it and will be more pleased after a date with the iron and a scissor to snip of some ends

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

ZickZack Scarf times two

About 2400 scarves have been posted on Ravelry from Christy Kamm´s zickzack scarf and it´s an easy pattern that should be knitted in a stripy yarn as the light one to the left, the effect is very Missoni, the right one is knitted in two more variagated yarns, beautiful but in a different way, two skeins of about 100 g each makes a 1,7 m long scarf and I would say that it´s a good scarf size. Winter is coming!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Black tops times two

I did some sewing today , finished two tops from the wonderful rayon knit I bought in Toronto, When we where shopping Connie had a top with a tulle neckline and I stole that idea straight up and added it to sleeves and neckline on both tops. Basic black tops are so boring to sew so I have to think about if that is something I should do in the future...Used two patterns from Ottobre that where very basic and since I´ve traced them I might as well use them again. Tracing Ottobre is not my favourite!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Fabric shopping in Toronto

For some reason Toronto has been on my list but I aways thought that I should go there in the winter.
It happened in July and officially I´ve been there before, but honestly it was only in transit. I remember Pearson Airport as a nice place to lounge between flight, but no longer....If you go to Toronto it´s very easy to take the train into the city it takes about 25 minutes and the railwaystation is beautiful!
 Toronto has a lot of neighborhoods with different approach, very much like Malmö, There is a Chinatown, and since San Fransisco I love to go there to get a good meal, Toronto Chinatown was not an exeption, there was also a Koreatown and a Little Italy there I got mý mandatory Cannoli ( I love those things....) and a lot of artisan beer, try the steam whistle but skip the tour!
 Most of Torontos fabric stores are on Queen street between Augusta and Palmira and I suggest you explore every one of them! I bought off white cotton shirting in a very posh store and grey denim in the basement next door. I also found Americo yarn here and did they have the good stuff and on sale since they where moving, I also did some shopping on Romni Wools
 Toronto has a lot of nice museums like the Bata shoe museum, the Textile museum and the fab art galleri of Ontario showing Leslie Harris ( If I ever get rich I will start collecting his work!)
 A lot of victorians around the Town, I stayed in one on Shuter Street in the Garden district via Airbnb, 20 minutes from Eaton center
 Yes I did go up there for the magnificant views of the town
 No I did not step on the glass floor!!!!
 manicure at the aquarium

and I visited Niagara falls a long time dream!! Fantastic!!and I will go back and visit the american side one day....
I did some more shopping, One day I meet up with Connie who is a friend from PR and Sue who I knew by name and Connies grandkids who tought me all about cheerleading. we Went fabric shopping at Fabricland who is the canadian kind of Joann but without the 1 dollar patternsale. I bought two fabrics there, one winterjersey and one according to the reciept; malycraknit a rayon elastan knit that are so yammy I regret not buying 3 meters of all colors

Help I have nothing to wear!

We have a fashion tv show in Sweden! Yey! and it´s a good one too! there has been 4 episodes so far and the concept is that someone who has problem with there wardrobe ask for help and the help is Carolina Gynning, She is besides Viktoria Silversteth the most glamourous Sweden has to offer, she is also an author and an artist, and a good one! The other host Li Gadd Dackås is head designer at Ellos, a Swedish mailorder company that has been around for ages....
What makes this program so great is that they let the "victim" discover her new look by giving her choises and as Liv said in one show; there´s a differense between dressing up and dressing out.
The show gave me curage to cleen out my closet on a lot of things that´s not me like clothes in odd colors and tops with prints.
Off course you can buy all the clothes at Ellos but they also keep what´s wearable in the original closet and bring something to the showroom to discover new ways to wear it.
And of course there is hair makeup and champagne at the end!