zen stitching...

I am not a particularly talented needlewoman... I knit and crochet in rectangles  or squares only. Most of my blankets end up with the "Comfort for Critters"  charity which gives blankets to displaced dogs and cats. I'm thinking my handiwork will keep them warm, especially the cashmere and alpaca ones. And the dogs don't judge. When my husband asks for a button to be re-attached and I give him an indignant deer-in-the-headlights look, he actually should be grateful I won't do it, it would be...


pin cushion poetry

I met Deborah Heartwick at a Sully Plantation Quilt Show many years ago. We were actually booth neighbors. At that time it was news to me that one could make a career in pin cushions, but in fact, that is exactly what the talented Deb has done. She originally learned sewing, tailoring and upholstery from a Japanese mentor after earning a design degree in college. Simultaneously she developed an interest in antiques, particularly vintage sewing items. After many years collectin...


more simple things....

 I mentioned a while back my new obesession in stitching....embroidering on printed fabrics... well who knew, there is a whole book on it ! The book, Broderies sur imprimes by Agnes Delage- Calvert (perhaps the twin from whom I was separated at birth) has broken the book into chapters: striped fabrics, damasks, novelty prints etc. The text is in French, but the photos say it all. You can see the book on my site here: http://www.frenchneedle.com/collections/embroidery-...


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...


Simple things for simple people

  My current Favorite Thing in Embroidery is something that I did not invent and I don't think has a name. But it sure is fun. Most importantly it involves lots of colors and supplies. Find yourself a printed piece of fabric. I think two tone is best, and I really like the weight of a cotton linen blend. But as with all great crafts, there are really no rules. Now, the fun part. Embellish that bugger within an inch of its life. I use as many colors as possible f...


Something Royal

Surfing around the net these days I have discovered my newest and perhaps lamest obsession so far: Crowns and Tiaras…. I really do not care much about the British Royal family but find myself oddly obsessing  over which tiara is on whose head and for what occasion… Some of the papers report that the crowns are “loaned” and others say “given”…I do hope  at least the Royals are straight on it. And the crowns  have names. The Halo Tiara, The Meander Tiara, The Russian...


French Squirrels

Sajou needlework box kits – great for gifts Sajou box The French  must have all been squirrels in their past lives. They love packing things, putting little things into other little things, arranging things and generally squirreling their possessions. And like everything else, they like to do so stylishly. Forget designer handbags; the french have specific pouches, pockets or cases intended for everything imaginable.  They even have special envelopes for their c...