The Story of The French Needle

The story of The French Needle began many years ago with a trip to an American needlework shop with my French sister-in-law Élisabeth. She wanted to find a project in embroidery or cross stitch and left the shop empty-handed. She lamented (as the French do) that the type of piece she was looking for was simply not in the American shops.

This piqued my curiosity. I had always loved the American kits, but I really had not seen many French designs. Fortunately I travel to France frequently and soon started discovering the French needlework treasures.

Each trip I found more and more beautiful kits, patterns, fabrics and accessories. The products have a true heirloom quality which, for me, justifies the hours spent on stitching.

In 2002 I finally decided to start a business with something I have been doing for years: bringing back the most elegant needlework supplies from France.

The French Needle is above all a service business. I take care of customs, currency and language differences plus I ship by first class mail to you from within the United States. You always have someone you can talk to in English if a problem arises.

Nearly 20 years on, The French Needle is now the leading importer of many of the finest French and European needlework companies. As our business has grown we have come across irresistible finds from other countries including Italy, Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

We continue to scour the globe for wonderful projects as well as phenomenal hand crafted items. We are proud to offer kits and patterns from a myriad of independent craftspeople, designers and artists, many of whom are too small to partner with larger retail outlets. 

We hope you enjoy discovering these treasures as much as we do. I truly hope you will be as enchanted as I am with these products à la française.


Lisa Dugua
Owner & Founder