It's that time of year to start thinking about your creative endeavors - learn a new skill, take a class, create something for a friend! We've got a handful of workshops planned for you - in Los Angeles and Texas too!
Spend a Fall weekend with artist and teacher Molly Meng Saturday & Sunday, October 7th & 8th
Spend a day at French General with Molly and learn all about 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!
French General will be in Houston at the International Quilt Market where we will be introducing our new collection, Jardin de Versaille, as well as teaching two workshops.
Boro Patchwork and Linen Tote Workshop Monday October 30th 9am - noon
Using 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 this workshop.
Artistic Weaving Workshop Monday October 30th 2-5pm
Using 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.
Antique Boro Textile Tote with Kaari Meng Saturday, November 4th
Spend a day at French General in Los Angeles learning the beautiful art of Japanese Boro.
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.
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 canvas.
Los Angeles Downtown Dig Tuesday, December 5th
Tuesday, February 20th
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!
Boro Sampler Book with Jody Alexander Sunday, February 18th
Jody Alexander, of Wishi Washi Studio will be visiting Los Angeles and teaching her well-loved Boro Sampler Book workshop at French General. Limited seats available for this special class!
Jody's description of the workshop:
What I try to do in this class is teach students the language of Japanese Boro but then encourage them to use their own fabrics, palette and style to bring the Boro aesthetic to their own work - that will be unique to them. Each student gets five fabric "pages" to practice the different mending styles seen in Boro that I guide them through. It is fun to see how personal styles develop as the day goes on. At the end of class we bind them into a book using the Japanese side sewn binding.