Join us as we unpack the boxes from France! Friday, August 18th and Saturday, August 19th
French General will be open from 11-4pm and celebrating all
things French! Stop by to see the beautiful linen sheets we brought
back, or pick up a Bakelite needle case for your stitching basket!
Croissants and Lillet served all day!
Feel free to call the shop on Friday or Saturday to place an order!
Early Bird Sign-ups for 2018!
If you have been thinking of joining us
for our France Getaway - now is the time to let us know! Our weeks
sell out very quickly - so the best way to ensure your spot in France is
to sign up on our early bird list.
Join us for a week in France. Spend a week in the rural part of the
south of France and visit the flea markets, the farmer's markets and
local artisans. Our weeks are filled with creative women from all over
the world who come to relax, learn and create. Our wonderful friend and
chef, Charlotte, will join us and share her passion for local food and
French General's collection of antique fabric scraps from the 19th and
20th centuries, hand piece a patchwork square and learn the art of
Sashiko - a Japanese hand stitching/quilting technique. Once the
patchwork is completed, students will stitch their patchwork to a linen
tote, perfect for a traveling sewing bag. All materials are provided for
Artistic Weaving Workshop Monday October 30th 2-5pm
a modern tapestry loom, learn to warp the loom and then weave the weft.
Instruction will include simple weaving techniques as well as rya,
soumak and shape weaving. The yarns can be used to "paint" a picture
across the supporting warp threads. Kaari will bring a selection of
fibers to experiment with, as well as the traditional yarns. All
materials, including looms, are provided for this workshop.
Join Tyn Atol as she teaches you to
explore, learn and play with the process of cyanotype. Developed in
1840 to mostly make copies, and used to create beautiful art pieces.
Students will learn the process, and have ample opportunity to print and
try various techniques to create different color tones.
Los Angeles Downtown Dig Tuesday, September 5th or Monday, November 6th
Join French General for a day of digging
for treasures in downtown Los Angeles! We will go hunting for beads,
baubles, buttons, fabric and inspiration! Meet at French General for a
petit dejeuner and then drive downtown (less than 10 minutes away) where
we will spend the morning at some of our favorite fabric, bead, and old
millinery shops. Lunch at the Ace Hotel, one of our favorite downtown
restaurants, and then more digging for gold!
The Fine Art of Paper Flowers by Tiffanie Turner Saturday, September 16th 1:30-3pm
Tiffanie Turner will be teaching two
workshops at French General on Saturday and in between workshops will be
signing copies of her new book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers. Please
Spend a Fall weekend with artist and teacher Molly Meng Saturday & Sunday, October 7th & 8th
Spend two days at French General with Molly and learn all about her paper art and book making
Petite Theatre with Molly Meng Saturday, October 7th
Join us in the construction of your very own petite theatre. Learn the
art of creating a small scene, framed within a vintage wood backdrop and
your own special story to tell. Beginning with hand-crafted
recycled-wood boxes, we will create our individual stories using vintage
ephemera, photos and fabric.
Concertina Book with Molly Meng Sunday, October 8th
A fantastic way to display your keepsakes: have it standing up to show
off your artwork, hanging on a wall, or lay it down and let the pages
tell a story in themselves.
In this class you'll be creating a hard-backed, accordion-style book.
You'll learn how to construct the book and it's pages, as well as
advanced elements of collage for an ongoing themed-book. You'll have
all the juicy ephemera, vintage photos, and stamping materials you can
fit and, as always, I suggest for your own personal touch bring
something that is uniquely yours to incorporate!
Embroidered US Wall Map with Robert Mahar Saturday, November 11th
Celebrate your home state, commemorate a
recent road trip or stitch connections between you and your loved ones.
We’ll explore all of the ways you can embroider your adventures in the
“Lower 48” as we embellish a beautiful 1906 map of the contiguous United
States custom printed on a half yard (27” x 36”) of cotton linen