French needlepoint skirt with hunting scene

dsc_0214You can find some lovely needlepoints in French car boot sales and second hand shops all over France. It’s harder to find large ones to make clothes so I was really glad to find these ones. I used different needlepoints on the back and lined the skirt with red silk, then used a ribbon for the waistband. I used this youtube link to make the pattern:

Industrial sewing chair covered in needlepoint

Swivel chair covered in French needlepoint

Swivel chair covered in French needlepoint

Metal machinist chair covered in French and Viennese needlepoints with a hessian backing. If you’re looking for similar chairs then the gigantic Newark International Antiques Fair would be a good place to find one, next fair is on 18th and 19th August http://www.iacf.co.uk/newark

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French monogram letters for linen

French cotton monogram letters

French monogram letters made out of felt

In the same shop as the earrings, I found these monogram letters. They had so many it was difficult to choose which ones, but I decided on these which I’ll sew to my piece of  hemp coloured linen to make a monogrammed curtain for below the sink in the kitchen.

Monogram letters placed on linen material

Monogram letters placed on linen material

Apparently you just sew over each letter – sound easy enough (famous last words) – I’ll show you the result when it’s finished!

French earrings and Jacques Fath scarf

French earrings 'boucle d'oreilles'

French 1950s clip on earrings ‘boucle d’oreilles’ an  orange rose surrounded by pearls

I bought these little french earrings today at Limognes made of (‘pate de verre’) paste and glass, they’re so pretty and probably from the 1950s.

French scarf

Vintage French Jacques Fath scarf

They’ll go well with this vintage french scarf, from the 1950s. I’ve just researched ‘Jacques Fath’ and he was a famous Parisian fashion designer, who was the star of haute couture and died at aged only 42 in 1954. He was among the three most influential post war fashion designers, the other two were Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain.

1950s scarf

1950s  Jacques Fath vintage scarf

His stunning New Look gowns are investment pieces apparently! See this link http://www.queensofvintage.com/one-to-collect-jacques-fath/

Fantastic fashion photos of Jacques Fath’s New Look gowns here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53035820@N02/sets/72157625308058686/?page=3

He also designed costumes for a number of films including ‘The Red Shoes’.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Fath

A French Potager

Leeks growing in a French Potager

Winter vegetables growing in a French Potager

Even the scarecrows are stylish! It’s a beautiful sunny day today, there was even a little snow in the nearby village of Espinas. Very cold but sunny – just how I like it.

Potager near Le Rouquette

Potager near Le Rouquette – leeks and cabbages