A guest blogger...

    From Elisabeth, author, and my belle soeur  in every sense of the word !   "Why do French women love scarves ?”, Lisa asked me…"Mmmhhh… Well… " I said, "Let's think about it…" There are two words in French for scarf. One is écharpe, from which the English scarf is derived. It is much longer than wide and is worn around the neck or over the shoulders. The other is foulard, which originally designated a type of fabric: a very light one, made...


I think i have a fourth cone

                                                    nude in bath, pierre bonnard   First, a disclaimer.  My entire scientific knowledge could be stuffed into a thimble with plenty of left over room for my finger. Frankly, the id...


The Scissor Man

Of all the things at thefrenchneedle.com, I think the hand made scissors create the most excitement.  I did not know this before, but stitchers are crazy for scissors ! M. Jean- Marie Roulot makes very special scissors. In fact, until someone proves me wrong, I think he is the finest scissor maker in the world. He was born in 1936 close to the little town of Nogent, or as it has been called, Nogent- les-ciseaux...(Nogent is the premiere village of France in all things cutlery in the 18...


La Charite Sur Loire

  How could one not like a town called “La Charite” ?  La Charite sur Loire more precisely, was the site of our most recent family foray into “la France profonde”. I love this kind of trip:  a few serious pretenses for being there, but mostly lots of downtime for exploring, reading and stitching. And lots of delicious food. We were there on a quasi business trip and found people very friendly. Except one really nasty guy at the post office. La Charite has...


C’est l’ete

11 pm June 2, 2011 Well something really fun about my life is I never know when I will end up in France….that was the case for an unexpected ten days zigging and zagging through Champagne, Provence, Normandy and Paris. And it all happily corresponded with the longest days of the year…The trip was for family business, business business, and plain family. It was fun, productive, and, of course, delicious. When I get my ...


Fete du muguet

Say what you will about the French, but they do have a few really charming customs. My personal favorite is the Fete du Muguet, which somehow is intertwined with the French Labor Day. On the first day of May, it is customary to present friends and loved ones with tiny bouquets of Lily-of-the-Valley. The flowers are symbols of good luck and mark the arrival of spring. And, I guess, a day off work. At any rate, they are so...