We will choose 30 blocks to be featured in our Celebration Sampler.
All block winners will receive a French General Charm Pack, a pattern of the Celebration Sampler, and credit in the pattern.
Blocks will be re-made using our upcoming Atelier de France collection from Moda to design the Celebration Sampler.
Contest runs from January 5th through February 1st, 2017 and winners will be announced February 5th, 2017.
Well, if you have been following us on Instagram
or Facebook, you know we have a NEW EMBROIDERY HOOP which we are so
excited about! Based on an old French Hoop, we designed an embroidery
hoop with a brass ring and a steel coil wire which holds your fabric
tightly in place. It's light-weight so it doesn't put any stress on
your hands and works best with a cotton or lighter linen fabric. We are
totally crazy about the new hoop and think you will be too!
To celebrate the New Year - use discount code newhoopnewyear and receive $10 off the hoop!
If you would like to order the French Hoop wholesale for your shop,
please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for wholesale
We are cleaning out our archives and selling off our pre-cuts! Have you
been looking for a French General Fat Quarter from Rue Indienne or
Rural Jardin or Chateau Rouge? If so, we've got you covered! For a
limited time, we are offering our VINTAGE Fat Quarter collections.
These bundles are going fast so don't wait!
We're taking our show on the road and will be exhibiting at QuiltCon February 23rd-26th in Savannah, Georgia!
We will have lots of new pre-cuts, samplers, and fun French General kits
to show off. Be sure to visit our booth daily for our $5 special kits!
Hope to see you there!
It just wouldn't be summer without our yearly trip to the South of
France! We are sold out of our 2017 France Getaway but would love to
have you join us in 2018. If interested, please send us a note to
email@example.com and we will put your name on the early-bird
Coming Soon! Our latest quilting collection with Moda, Pondicherry, is
due in any day now. Filled with old block prints in French blues,
antique reds and seaside greys - Pondicherry is the perfect Indienne
inspired collection for a new quilt project!
Our love of fabric has been lovingly translated into our second
collection of home interior fabric and trim for Fabricut. Due out in
February, this collection of linens, cottons, embroideries and wovens
features the soft subtle colors of old France, as well as the deep
charcoals and stark whites of contemporary France.
Time to start thinking about our France Getaway for Summer
2017! We've just opened up our sign ups and have already sold out of
the first two weeks. Week Three June 24th - July 1st has been added and
we still have a few spaces left. Join us for a week to explore the
flea markets, the farmer's markets, visit small villages, craft in the
afternoon and of course, enjoy amazing French food prepared by our
friend, Chef Charlotte.
Feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and available rooms
Can't make it to France - but still want a souvenir? Be sure to check out our Found in France treasures we brought home from the brocantes and vide greniers this summer.
Don't forget to use our free shipping code: bonjour
Join me in McKinney for a series of classes offered at the Art house and at the Davis-Hill Historical House.
Using antique African, Italian and Czecho glass beads learn how to make
simple bracelets that can be worn all together or given away as
out your old rosaries, beads and pieces of broken jewelry and we will
create a wearable necklace. Class includes instruction on color and
design, rosary bead looping, correct way to open and close jump rings,
and charm making.
Patchwork Boro Tote Bag
Join me for for a full day Stitch Workshop at the Davis-Hill Historical
House! We begin the day with coffee and a conversation about the
design process, sewing with antique fabric and how to choose fabrics.
You will choose your own fabric from French General's collection of 19th
century antique scraps and stitch a patchwork sewing bag - complete
with boro patching and sashiko stitching. This is a day of slowing
down, putting needle to cloth, and storytelling.
I'll be teaching two classes at Quilt Market this year - all materials
are supplied and students will get the first chance to try out out our
new, long awaited French Embroidery Hoop!
The Art Of Embroidery
the process of choosing a color palette, prepping your project, and
learning the correct way to stitch over a dozen embroidery stitches,
including running stitch, whipped running stitch, stem stitch, couching,
French knots, and the spider web stitch. Relax and get hooked on needle
old bits of rosaries, beads and pieces of broken jewelry we will create
a wearable necklace. Class includes instruction on color and design,
rosary bead looping, correct way to open and close jump rings, and charm
Our upcoming collection of quilting fabric, Madame Rouge, is in the
house and available online! Stop by the shop on a Saturday or check our
website for our collection, including precuts and patterns.
beautiful hoop is ideal for embroiderers, quilters and sewers. Made
out of rolled brass and a steel coil wire this light-weight hoop is easy
on your hands and will hold your fabric taught without putting stress
on your fabric. Works best on a light-weight fabric such as linen,
cotton or silk.
I am so excited to be traveling to Fargo this fall to teach three workshops for the Quilters' Guild of North Dakota! A Weekend with French General will feature an evening lecture on Thursday, September 22nd. I will present the history of our 20 (yes 20!) year old company, how I find my inspiration in the South of France (not difficult!) and how we created a company that has become a staple in rural French design.
On Friday, September 23rd, I will teach two workshops - a jewelry class in the morning - featuring one of our vintage kits along with some special antique beaded friendship bracelets.
After lunch, I will teach an embroidery workshop using one of our new floral patterns and our collection of floss. All materials are supplied for both workshops.
On Saturday, September 24th, I will be teaching the magic of shibori and indigo. This all day workshop will teach you how to make an indigo vat, prepare your fabric using different shibori techniques to create patterns, and how to turn your textiles a brilliant shade of indigo blue.
It's sure to be a weekend of inspiration, craft and friendship - I hope you can join us if you're visiting or live in the area!
As an added treat, Mogull will be coming along to run the French General Pop-Up Shop...filled with our quilting fabric from Moda, our exclusive jewelry and embroidery kits - as well as the first opportunity to try out and purchase our new French Hoop!
This post was originally published on January 24th, 2012
couple of summer's ago in France, we were digging at a flea market in
Caylus, and I came upon an old quilted coat. I wasn't sure if I liked
the idea of a quilted coat, but I loved the idea that there were two
different fabrics, the liner and the outer fabric. Both fabrics, I
thought, I could use for our Moda fabric collection. I took the coat
back home to the chateau and showed it off during our show and tell time
before dinner. Molly immediately gravitated towards it (or did I make
her put it on?) and modelled it for everyone to see the beautiful
details and masterful stitchery. We laughed and laughed and then,
somehow I put the coat away and almost forgot about it.
week ago, when I was sorting through a pile of old fabric from France,
looking for inspiration for our new line, and found the coat. The first
thing I did, was put it on and was instantly reminded how much we
laughed that summer in France when Molly would wear the coat - just to
stay warm at night! We made up fanciful stories about the old, grand
chateau owner, who had no heat and resorted to having one of his 18th
century quilts made into a robe or smoking jacket...just to stay warm.
the magic coat out, I realized I had forgotten that inside the lining
of the two fabrics, was yet another fabric - one that had been covered
up by a 19th century floral. I spent a weekend (yes, a whole weekend!)
completing the task of pulling out each and every stitch so I could
remove the outer layer of fabric and get to what had been hiding
underneath. I had no idea what I would find, but after seeing a small
corner - I knew I liked what I saw.
I found was an 18th century French linen ikat - in perfect shape, not a
hole to be found. I think it had probably been covered simply because
someone was tired of the design and wanted to update the quilt.
ikat fabric is woven using a very complicated dyeing technique. The
dyes are applied to the yarns prior to weaving which will create designs
on the finished fabric. Depending on the pattern, specific areas of
the warp and/or weft threads are are protected from dye to prevent them
from absorbing color. When the threads are dyed, each thread will have
different color pattern along its length. When the threads are ready
for weaving, each thread has to be lined up perfectly on the loom. The
warp thread is first to be set on to the loom, and then one must keep
all threads in position very carefully to achieve the desired pattern in
the final weaving of the textile. There is natural movement in these
threads, which give an slightly feathered, or blurred look to the final
To say I was blown away - is to put it mildly! Funny
how one little textile can create so much excitement and then spur me on
to search for as much information as I can get my hands on. The
funniest part of the magic coat story is that I would have never known
the little gem that was hiding inside had I not been curious...and taken
the coat apart. So, I guess the moral of this story is....always look
deeper, there may be something beautiful hiding inside!
This post was originally published on July 8th, 2009
favorite day so far! We spent our day learning about woad - an ancient
blue pigment. Medieval Toulouse was built on woad, regarded then as a
magical substance because it begins as green leaves and initially
imparts a yellow dye which turns blue only when oxidised by the air.
Denise Lambert, the Woad Master, mixed up the woad bath dye in the
garden early in the morning. By 11:00 we were all dipping our linen
nightshirts, bundles of lace and hanks of yarn. I threw in a hand full
of sheep's wool for needle felting as well. As one woman in the group
said, it was as if we were transported back to ancient times - quietly
spending the day doing woman's work. Everyone worked together either
dipping the fabric, pushing it down into the vat, wringing it out,
hanging it on the lines to dry and then repeating the process for a
second dip. Everyone was mesmerized by the simple process and the
beautiful results. “It is a complex and difficult pigment, but it
produces one of the most beautiful blues in the world,” Denise said.
broke for a lovely lunch on the patio and then went back to work. No
one could get enough of their pieces colored! By the end of the day -
everyone had their arms full of the color of France - it was a beautiful
day filled with imagination, creativity, and camaraderie - who could
ask for anything more?
This post was originally published on July 5th, 2009
breakfast bell was rung at 7 and we awoke to a wonderful meal of fresh
baked croissants, home made jam and coffee. Everyone piled into the
coach and we sped away to St. Antonin for the early Sunday morning
farmer's market. About 30 farmers come into to town every week to offer
up their finest fois gras, bread, vegetables and fruit. We had a great
time tasting some of the local flavor - as well as buying the melons,
fruit mustard and fresh honey. With baskets full, we headed back to the
chateau to drop off our market finds in the kitchen.
market in Toulouse happens on the first full weekend of every month -
Friday through Sunday. The vendors are local folks who have been
selling their wares at this particular market for years - so there is a
great air of friendship and familiarity throughout the loop. (The
market is set up in a loop - like a track field with a sausage and
frites "kitchen" at either end). Everyone went to work immediately -
hunting for old textiles and digging for small treasures. Lizzie helped
out with the French bargaining and I did my best with a pad of paper
and a a bit of "Bon prix s'il vous plait" I think the vendors were
happy to see us all and everyone in our group walked away with some
This post was originally published on October 28th, 2009
of my favorite things to find in France are the old linen and hemp
convent night shirts. Sewn throughout the 18th, 19th and early 20th
century, these fine linen nighties are sewn with an impeccable hand.
All of the stitches are tiny and all of the details are precise - the
scalloped edge along the necklines, the elegant monogram either in the
center or over the heart, the simple cotton tie that gathers the sleeves
- nothing was left untouched by the needle and thread. Usually I find
these gowns at a flea market, in a heap on the ground, covered with
years of age and neglect. I usually scoop them all up, because I know
underneath the grime is a simple dress waiting to shine again. Many
times the dresses will have a small repair where the fabric has been
hand-stitched back together, over and over again - I am sure that once
you were given a gown, you were expected to take care of it forever -
not just for a year or two until it wore out. These gowns, usually sewn
by and for the nuns in a convent, are cool to the touch and feel like
silk - the result of years of well worn linen.
This post was originally published on November 6th, 2010
is an old hat factory in Septfond - a small town near the chateau we
rent for our Chateau Getaway. I try to explain this hat factory to
people and I can never get it quite right. I want to tell them how it's
an abandoned factory - how one day, the workday bell rang and everyone
put down exactly what they were working on and walked out. A cigarette,
a half finished crown, the iron - everything is left - exactly where it
was left 50 years ago. There are rooms and rooms filled with old
horsehair braid, crinolin, buckram, unfinished straw hat blanks and
yards and yards of old silk labels for berets. The owner, Guy, doesn't
really think too much of his old warehouse - although pick up the wrong
hat to buy and he will quickly replace it with another - regailing you
with the time Maurice Chevalier came in and was personally fitted with
that particular hat. Lately I find myself crossing my fingers and
hoping that the old hat factory remains untouched until we return next
summer. Not that I am worried about the stock being depleted - but more
so about the character of the rooms being disturbed - I don't want
anything to be cleaned up or tidied - I want time to stand still at this
small secret stash in France.
This post was originally published on July 20th, 2012
big part of what we do on our French General Getaway is craft. We
craft in the morning, we craft in the afternoon, and those of us that
have good eyes (myself not included!) even craft after dinner! It's
funny, when we originally planned these getaway weeks, we didn't leave
as much time for crafting - thinking everyone would rather run around
the countryside seeing the neighboring villages and markets. But, we
have found that when you have 18-24 women gathered in an 18th century
chateau, crafting is actually a luxury - something that everyone wants
to spend more and more time doing. This summer we were honored to have a
handful of friends and artists join us for a week each - including:
Shea Fragoso and Debbie Murray from A Gilded Life, Charlotte Lyons, Jenn
Texiera from EK Success, Susan Fuquay from American Quilt Retailer,
Monica Medieros, Wendy Addison and Marcia Ceppos from Tinsel Trading.
Each brought their own unique craft and a bunch of wonderful kits so we
could create to our hearts desire! Here's a look at some of the
projects we worked on this summer, students in the studio, and a few of
our friends that came to teach....