A very quick trip to Melbourne, partly to source some new fabrics, trims and ideas and just as a break from the intensity of motherhood. After my last trip I am starting small this time 36 hours away and I will build from there in the next year. If you remember last time I went away to the Selling Yarns conference in Canberra I was away a week I had a great time… but at home I spent the next 6 months getting the kids back to functionality. Sounds dramatic, but one of my children is so very sensitive to the world in so many ways, that I need to not rush the separation.

What to take to on a trip…. prepared cloth for dyeing and stitching, a small saucepan, scissors, chocolate, thread, sample cards, small wooden blocks for shibori, metal findings for dyeing. Did I already say chocolate, chamomile tea and of course my trusty water bottle. Should have taken some loose chai, mental note the powder stuff is crap!

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Where to go…. Luccello, a very lovely find full of vintage and reproduction haberdashery: Beautiful Silk, for all things natural… fabric and thread: The Fabric Shop, just for a look, they listed ‘organic fabric’ but really x2 merino wool was there only offer, Rose Street Markets, locally made some upcycled lovely local makers.

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Where not to go…. Job Warehouse, it doesnt exist anymore, hasnt for at least 2 years. Tylers Lace and Silks, the staff were lovely, but I really hadn’t thought about how the bridal industry is riddled with non-sustainable options… just to get the ‘perfect’ look. We were on different planets, they just didn’t get my sustainable spiel.

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Where to eat…. taking full advantage of not having any food intolerant children in tow… so vegetarian a very easy option (salicylates normally make this a difficult option)… Flinders Lane, the soup from the little tiny hole in the wall was delicious…Mushroom with Truffle Oil..mmmm my mouth waters even now. Brunswick Street Vege Bar yum for a egg, mushroom and tomato tagine, with a side of beans…. was yum, but not quite up there, still worth a try the staff were lovely and the range of raw vegan was pretty tantalising. Smith Street, seemed to have a huge variety of vege and vegan cafes mental note for next visit.

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A new little friend, a nest and a rainbow on a winters day, always a good sign.

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Streets to walk…. Brunswick, Gertrude, Smith Street a must,  Victoria St, Finders Lane, basically I love Fitzroy… Disappointed in Lygon Street, made the effort, but very quickly headed back down to the Brunswick side of the world.

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And to finish it off a pot of dye bubbling away while I binge and watch junky TV, eat Vietnamese Takeaway and Ice cream and drink my quarterly can of coke out of a wine glass. Pure Heaven… my only regret is not having a case big enough to bring back some of  these wonderful dye pots I found.

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STAY TUNED FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE DYE POT….

www.luccello.com.au

www.beautifulsilks.com

www.thefabricstore.com.au

www.rosestmarket.com.au