We’ve partnered with Alabama Chanin's The School of Making to launch a collection of fern inspired projects for makers and a brand new color, Plain Cake.
MADELINETOSH + ALBAMA CHANIN'S
THE SCHOOL OF MAKING
Laura Zander | Madelinetosh
Owner and visionary
Natalie Chanin | Alabama Chanin
Founder and creative director
Laura Zander first met Natalie Chanin, the owner of Alabama Chanin, through a mutual friend. Laura says she became enchanted with Natalie’s company and products, Alabama Chanin.
In 2017, Laura signed up for one of the multi-day hand-sewing workshops, which included 10-15 people and lunch in their cafe. Natalie’s son ran the cafe and baked a delicious plain cake.
“I'll never forget the excitement of being surrounded by fabric and art all day, but I'll REALLY never forget the food, especially the plain cake. I can almost literally still taste it - and smell it - and see it. It’s been 5 years and I STILL think about that cake every so often,” Laura recalls.
The inspiration for the custom color we created with Alabama Chanin's The School of Making comes from that delicious slice of plain cake that Laura ate.
“There was something about the perfect sweetness of it—and the grainy, organic color of the cake - that just made me fall in love,” Laura says.
We teamed up with Norah Gaughan to create the Fern Cowl, which uses 2 skeins of Plain Cake and 1 skein of Oak in Tosh Wool + Cotton. It’s a lovely natured inspired cowl that ties in the fern stencil you’ll see in the two kits from The School of Making.