Friday, November 03, 2017

Winter Holiday and New Year


Winter Holiday and New Year

It's that time of the year again, time to be thankful for the friends and family in our lives.  Thank you for being a part of what we do and supporting us over these past twenty years.  We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful creative community and we could not do what we do without you.
We want to send out special love and prayers to our friends in New York this morning.  Molly and I first opened French General on Crosby Street in the heart of Manhattan - we were welcomed with open arms and will always remember the strength and resilience of our New York friends.

Merci.
Holiday Cheer at French General
Sunday, December 3rd 11-4pm 
Join us for our first Holiday Pop-Up Shop!  We've invited a handful of our favorite crafty friends to show off their art, kits and more.  Pop by for some holiday cheer and pick up something special for everyone on your list.
Atelier De France Fabric
Arrives at the shop in November
Our Fall 2017 collection, Atelier de France, celebrates the 20th Anniversary of French General. Twenty years ago, when we started French General, I began collecting the antique French fabrics that made my heart sing. The faded red florals, old tickings and small prints all seemed to blend together perfectly. It wasn’t until Cheryl, Lissa and Joanna from Moda Fabrics knocked on the front door of French General that I realized my treasures would make beautiful quilting fabrics. For Atelier de France, I chose some of my favorite prints and wovens and colored them in the classic French General palette of old reds, pinks, and neutrals.

The Modern Quilt Guild

Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA  
Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind.
Each year, thousands of attendees come to see nearly 500 modern quilts on display, including 350 juried in from MQG members around the world. The conference features four days of workshops and lectures led by leading designers and quilters, and the show floor has dozens of vendors and exhibitors for days of shopping and fun.
French General will, once again have a booth at QuiltCon featuring our hour-long workshops where you can stitch with our new French Embroidery Hoop, learn English Paper Piecing, crochet a necklace and more!
ALSO....If you are coming for QuiltCon, join us for our weekend of workshops offered Saturday, February 17th through Tuesday, February 20th - our weekend workshops are listed below.

W O R K S H O P S
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.  
Handwork Revisited:
Piecing, Applique and Layering with Heidi Parkes

Saturday, November 12th
Fine art quilter, Heidi Parkes, visiting from Milwaukee, Wisconsin will offer a very special one day class at French General.
Learn a new approach to piecing and applique.  Both techniques can be employed with visible stitches, rather than the invisible stitches that are most common here in the states.  Then, learn to experiment with the translucency of your fabrics, by layering and hand stitching. 
Los Angeles Downtown Dig
Tuesday, December 5th (Sold Out)
Tuesday, February 20th
Tuesday, March 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 Art of Shibori with Monica Medeiros
Saturday, February 17th
Spend a day learning how to use tiny stitches to create beautiful patterns on natural fibers. Join Monica Medeiros from Bricolage Press in Port Costa, California as she teaches you the ancient art of Japanese shibori.  Students will have the chance to make up a handful of pieces and then enjoy dying the fabric in our natural vats. 
This is a great opportunity to make up swatches to use in the Jody Alexander Workshop on Sunday, February 18th.
This workshop is part of French General's 4-day event leading up to Quilt Con which runs Thursday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 25th.  Consider joining us for one or more of our workshops!
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. 
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.
This workshop is part of French General's 4-day event leading up to Quilt Con which runs Thursday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 25th.  Consider joining us for one or more of our workshops!
English Paper Piecing with Lorraine Lovell
Monday, February 19th
Join is for an afternoon with Lorraine Lovell from Hetties Patch in Adelaide, Australia. Lorraine will be teaching an afternoon of English Paper Piecing, a technique developed in the 19th century in rural England.  Learning s simple technique to wrap fabric around paper patterns allows one to create magnificent shapes.
This workshop is part of French General's 4-day event leading up to Quilt Con which runs Thursday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 25th.  Consider joining us for one or more of our workshops!
Swaddled Baby with Mimi Kirchner
Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th
Mimi Kirchner returns for another creative workshop at French General.  After Mimi's popular class last Spring, we invited her back to teach her Swaddled Baby - a beautiful wool felt applique workshop.

Students will learn basic needle-sculpting to add dimension to the baby’s face and raw-edge wool applique to decorate the baby “blanket”.

This is a two-day class from 10-3pm each day.


French General is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4pm
We are located at 2009 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, California 90039

When shopping at frenchgeneral.com remember to use our free shipping discount code bonjour if you live in the United States.  If you live outside of the US, use discount code merci for $10 off of your shipping cost.



We are sold out for our France Getaway 2018 - but please let us know if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

Week One June 4th-11th Denyse Schmidt

Week Two June 13th-20th  Ann Wood

Week Three June 22nd-29th Jody Alexander

Drop us a note at notions@frenchgeneral.com if you would like more information






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1 comment:

Aqib Khas said...

Hi,
Fabulous collection.
Love to see this ..
Want to see more ..
Khas Store