I think I found that one. But I haven't had the chance to contact them yet. I see that there is a membership fee, does that cover cost for classes or are those extra? For now I only cross stitch, but I would be interested in black work and hardanger. But what would really interest me is Japanese Embroidery. Is there really no one at the center who can teach that course or at least give beginners courses? Because as far as embroidery goes, I'm still a beginner. Thanks :)
Hi Nancy, I'm glad to have you as a friend and hope you will add me to your friends list. I've been looking at your camellias and they're lovely!
I also noticed that you plan to attend the exhibition in Kentucky next April. So do I and would love to be able to meet you. Wouldn't it be fun if a group from Stitchin Fingers arrange to go at the same time so we could all meet each other?
Hi Nancy...on another note, I was viewing your work and it is beautiful. I am not as far along the phases as you are, and I've had to take a little break for a couple of weeks to get something else done for my art show in a couple of weeks. My heart was going 'pitterpatter' when I saw your work. Japanese embroidery does something to me that nothing else does. My heart rate goes up - just from the sheer joy of seeing it.
Thank you for your kind comments on my "Riches". It was rather fun to do and I stitched it in, what for me, was break neck speed. Although I began it in May, stitching was delayed for nearly a month. All but the real gold on the cords was stitched in a period of 10 days!
Nancy, it's very difficult for me to answer, because the subject is very big.
You can buy some beautiful french fabrics (like Toile de Jouy) around Montmartre (I like the atmosphere of this place) and you have 2 wonderful museum for textils:
1. Musée Galliéra or - Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris with wonderful exhibitions about Dior , Chanel.......... and near Paris (you have underground) in Jouy en Josas le musée de la Toile de Jouy( site: http://www.museedelatoiledejouy.fr/
I live far from Paris (in S.W 4 hours in train ) and here no textil tradition, but in Provence, yes: go in Grasse (for the perfume and the boutis tradition)
I would be happy to welcome at my home.
For this moment, no more ideas or difficult to explain in english)
Thanks for your message. When I visited Paris last 2005, it was especially during the L´aguille en fete needlework fair.
Do you know Mireille of the Japonaise Broderie? It was there that i first saw japanese embroideries. Her website does not say her sched for 2010. Maybe she is in Paris in June. lol. you can write her an email. She can also speak English. http://broderiejaponaise.com/francais/stage.htm
Check out for needlework fairs if there are any.
Also, check out these bloggers´ textile tour: http://www.textilearts.net/features/travel/paris.php
You might like to check out the chinese silk embroderies and kits at endOra shop. http://www.fildesoie.fr/
you might also be interested in the Gobelin Manufactures. they have guided tours (in French) to the old workshops (2 buildings) for 8Euros. For more than an hour, you will see how the royal tapestries are woven in different techniques. http://www.museums-of-paris.com/musee_en.php?code=349
When I visited France, I was only doing cross stitches. It was there that I first saw needlework in full range. lol. So I was not able to take note of everything I saw there. But the above left impressions in me.
There are lots of needlework shops almost in every street, so keep an eye on them.
I will visit again next L´aguille en Fete (Festival of the Needle) in 2011. I will want to visit (inquire) at Embroidery schools like L´Ecole Lesage. Also I might visit private ateliers of textile artists or haute couture embroiderers.
They usually pretend not to speak English, so it becomes very difficult for me to get infos on the spot.
I found these parisian stores in the internet. The french have different taste in colors and motifs, but you might still want to check the stores. http://www.desfilsetuneaiguille.com/ http://www.casalopez.com/8.aspx http://www.bucherie.com/categories.asp
Please put up a list later for me. I won´t be able to provide a better list until my visit next year. ^_^
have fun in Paris!
Hi Nancy, thank for the tip about these angles. Some of my stitching colleagues use them and find them very useful, but I just can't seem to get on with them. The angles worked ok in the end so all is not lost.
We are really weaving a web across the world! Erma is also friend of another canadian lady, Jeanine, who lives near Vancouver. I met Jeanine several years ago on the newsgroup rec.craft.textiles.needlework and I met her in person two years ago in Italy, at the Internationa Forum of Lace and Embroidery. She will be again here in two weeks, and I'm eager to meet her again :-)
About Japanese embroidery: I know there's a teacher in Lion - France, but it is too far for me... I can't leave the kids for many days, so it is not an option for me, at least for more several years. But I'm patient ;-)