A taste of knitting to come

 

On a grey February Sunday in Paris what could be better than a taste of knitting at a trendy Parisian café alongside the Bassin de la Villette where the Canal d’Ourcq flows quietly in to meet the Canal St Martin? Clearly quite a lot of people knew there wasn’t much better because the first Sunday afternoon Gôuter-Tricot at the Pavillon des Canaux organised by Enrico the Flying Knitter was a great success – so successful that we knitters over-populated the café, filling up every last quirky corner of the old house with stitches and yarn in a thousand colours. Continue reading

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Art and Stitching at the Musée d’Orsay

Among the impressionist works by Monet, Renoir and their contemporaries, and the equally famous van Gogh works that together draw 3.5 million visitors to the elegant Musée d’Orsay every year, a sharp eye – a needle crafter’s eye – will find delightful details in a number of interesting works in the Orsay collections. Continue reading

We’re celebrating! Stitching up Paris is in print.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our book Stitching up Paris: The Insider’s Guide to Parisian Knitting, Sewing, Notions and Needlecraft Stores.

Just about a year ago we began this exciting project to write about the many fabulous stitching and needlecraft stores that we love in Paris. We set our sights on creating a crafter’s travel guide: enticing, yet practical enough to slip into your handbag for your trip around Paris. It’s finished; we love it and can’t wait to share it with you.

Along the way we’ve had a wonderful time chatting with store owners, hearing their stories and talking about our common passions for making things, stitching and needlecrafts and the joy we feel at discovering beautiful old textiles on market stalls. It is such a pleasure to share these stories with you in Stitching up Paris.

What’s inside the book? More than 65 addresses for shopping at boutiques, stores, fabric warehouses and local flea markets, Neighbourhood Notes, anecdotes, historical notes and tips. Everything to make your visit to Paris truly delightful, whether it is real or virtual.

For the cover image we searched through our stash of supplies bought from Paris boutiques and craft fairs to find glorious woolly yarns and colourful contemporary fabric that captures the spirit of the fresh and flourishing Parisian needlecraft and stitching world that is as chic as ever.

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The colourful fabric featured on the cover is one of the Linna Morata range woven and printed in France. Nathalie Aflalo owner of this company took the Italian word innamorata, meaning sweetheart or lover, for her business to describe her attitude as a lover of life. The name perfectly reflects her vibrant and enthusiastic personality and the fabrics she makes.

Linna Morata fabrics are available at boutiques featured in our book and at the Linna Morata showroom in Montreuil where you can shop for fabrics, haberdashery trims, bags and satchels as well as a selection of Michael Miller fabrics. The warehouse is open Friday mornings and on special sale days notified via social media, (see address details below).

Stitching up Paris is available now on Amazon and at these Paris stores:

  • Les Tricoteurs Volants
  • La Bien Aimée
  • L’ Oisivethé
  • Le Comptoir
  • Les Petits Points Parisiens
  • Tapisserie de France

We’ll update details of stockists right here on our blog site along with more Paris stitching stories, new addresses to stash and information about exhibitions and needlecraft events. Be sure to sign up and follow us.

Stitching up Paris is available to book retailers internationally through Ingram,  so if you ask at your local bookstore they will be able to obtain copies for you.

You can also find us @Stitchingupparis on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Addresses to stash

Linna Morata   www.linnamorata.com

76 Rue Marceau, Montreuil, 93100 (At number 76 walk through to the building at the back of the courtyard.)

Metro Robespierre Line 9

 

 

 

Welcome!

Hello,

Welcome to the brand new blog site for Stitching up Paris – The Insider’s Guide to Parisian Knitting, Sewing, Notions and Needlecraft Stores.

We’ve got lots to tell you about the imminent launch of our book, the stores where you can buy it and more.  There is already information here about us, a peek inside the book and a page for news about events, exhibitions and fairs that might be of interest to folk who enjoy a variety of stitching and needlecrafts pursuits. We will be posting more stories about Paris and needlecrafts, and generally keeping you in the loop about great places to shop for stitching supplies.

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