Spring highlights and new addresses to stash

booksign photo2Friday last week was special –Paris turned on a gorgeous spring day for our visitors arriving from London. Helen of Curious Handmade, Renée of East London Knit and Pauline made the trip over to Paris for our book signing soirée and a spot of afternoon fabric shopping, patisserie hunting and yarn petting, (that may just have turned into patisserie tasting and yarn buying the following morning). 

In the few hours available between stepping off the Eurostar and turning up at L’Oisivethé for our book do, Barbara took us on a mini-tour of three newish fabric addresses in the 11th arrondissement. Come along and see what we found. 

First stop Maison Cousu on Boulevard Voltaire, a good-to-know address for novice knitters and sewists who are keen to pick up the wave of do-it-yourself clothing and homeware crafting. Everything here is contemporary and cool; kitset knitting and sewing projects like We Are Knitters kits, a super range of fabrics including Linna Morata designs, fabrics for dressmaking and making things for the home, plus a selection of buttons, ribbons and notions. Maison Cousu offers lots of classes for beginners – adults, teenagers and children. This is a fun place to check out. 

Next stop, Eurotissus for a quick look at this on-line fabric retailer’s no-frills store on Boulevard du Temple. It was a lucky day for a couple of bargains on pre-cut coupons.  

Mid-afternoon, right on cue like a well-rehearsed actor in a Paris classic, the rain arrived. Big drops landing splat on the pavement made us hurry down rue Keller into Anna Ka Bazaar. It was the perfect place to shelter and shop. There’s a tantalising selection of fabrics: Anna Ka’s own Atelier Brunette range of modern geometric designs, coveted Nani Iro fabrics and snazzy Ellen Luckett Baker and Kokka fabrics. (Love those seagulls!) There’s haberdashery and popular contemporary sewing patterns – the sewing bloggers love this place. Then there’s the kind of crafty goodies – paper, pens, stamps, string, threads, yarns and mini-looms – that are fun for everyone, and a cozy sofa to sit awhile and contemplate creative possibilities for the things that catch your eye. 

Purchases made, the rain gone and sunshine back on the scene, time to head back to base camp on the Butte aux Cailles. Aimee Osbourn-Gille hosted our book-signing evening at L’ Osivethé, Helen brought along a selection of her gorgeous shawl designs, knitting and crafting friends from near and far came along to share the evening with us. We could not have asked for a better way to celebrate Stitching up Paris. booksign photo3Special Stitching up Paris cupcakes made just for us by Sugarddaze Cupcakes 

(All photographs courtesy of Aimee Osbourn-Gille of L’ Oisivethé.)

Addresses to stash:

Maison Cousu

25 Boulevard Voltaire, Paris 75011

Open Mon 12.30 to 7pm, Tues-Sat 10am to 7pm

Metro: Oberkampf



28 Boulevard du Temple, Paris 75011

Open 11.30am to 7pm, Tues – Fri, Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm

Metro: Filles du Calvaire, or Oberkampf


Anna Ka Bazaar

16 rue Keller, Paris 75011

Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm

Metro: Bastille, or Ledru-Rollin