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
Thank you to everyone who participated in our sampler block contest! We we're overwhelmed by all the beautiful blocks that were submitted and it took us a bit longer than we thought to choose our favorites and design the quilt. Here is an early picture of what quilt designer Candee Ferris has been working on - as you can see it will be an heirloom quilt filled with all the classic French General fabrics
Following is a list of our 32 block winners - please email your name and full address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out a pattern and some French General fabric once we have completed the writing of the pattern.
Block 1 – richyjr16, Richy Jr
Block 2 – happy_appliquer, Heather Kosbab
Block 3 – penelope_tucker, Penelope Tucker
Block 4 – jean_brad, Jean Lynton
Block 5 – dennielebohannon, Denniele Bohannon
Block 6 – email, Lindy Mundy
Block 7 – ginderellas, Paula
Block 8 – email, Cathy Cook
Block 1 – x695, Sarah and email, Julie Kato (blocks were identical)
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 email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.