Friday, September 29, 2017

Winter Workshops

Winter Workshops

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.

Sign-Up Here
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!

Sign-Up Here

French General Visits McKinney

October 23rd and 24th, 2017
Join Kaari for two days of workshops and creativity in McKinney, Texas! Hosted by Magda Dia of Jump into Art and Robin Cook of Soho McKinney.

More details and Sign up Here
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.

To sign up visit or call 713-781-6864

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.

All materials supplied.

Lunch included.

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.

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 if you would like more information

We are happy to announce that

French General is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4pm.

We hope to see you soon!



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