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Thanks for visiting ! Please leave me comments, I love to read what you might think about the boutis (which is also known as "Broderie de Marseille"), please share with me what you have seen, what you love, how-tos, good museums to visit, pattern origins, and so on ..... you get the idea !

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Boutis - vanne

I have also recently bought an antique boutis, which my (very patient) husband accepted I wanted for my birthday this year (well, an early birthday present !)  It is 31 x 41 inches, extremely fine and unusual design.  This one is really museum quality, and I am thrilled to have it.  Date approx. 1880s, very fine cotton on top, cotton on the back with a slightly looser weave, edge treatment knife-edge, last row not stuffed.  Perfect condition.  I will need to soak it, it has some storage marks on the back where the piece was folded and put on a shelf.

Petite vanne 1880s, coton fin dessus, coton plus lache dessous.  Dessin tres fin, les points sont super fins, bourrage parfait.  Finition "toi et moi", le dernier tunnel n'est pas bourre.  Je suis tres contente avec ce boutis, il est le plus beau dans ma mini collection.

Bon dimanche a toutes !

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Petassoun ancien

I have just received a boutis which I recently acquired.  It is a beautiful piece but does have some damage.  I think I may well be able to repair it, or at least stabilize it so it won't become worse.  It is  a larger petasson at 23" x 23", beautifully squared and flat.  The stitching is even and fine, and the design sophisticated.  This one is destined to be reproduced, I will draw off the pattern and make it in Swiss batiste.

There is a split along one line of stitching with the stuffing still intact.

Very pretty central medaillon with unusual filling shapes.

Delicate vine and flower inner border.

Straight and flat border and edging, the edging is stuffed tight and the fabric has worn away in places.
I also have another piece, much grander and very fine quality, but I am saving that for another day !
Bonjour les filles !  Ici un petasson, achete recemment et malheureusement abime.  Je pense que je pourrais reparer cet endroit dechire.   Il s'agit d'un boutis tres fin, bien travaille et dessin leger.  Je l'aime beaucoup et vais redessiner tout et le refaire. Surtout je trouve que les motifs du fond sont interessants, non ?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Salon in Nimes, part 2

Since I did not take a large number of photos, I am relying on other participants to provide you with a glimpse of stands I missed.  We were on one side of the room, and many beautiful booths were in the first room at the entry.  Here is a list of other bloggers with large numbers of photos taken from all the various booths and their specialties:

Henriette from Pierrefeu

Boutis divins  They also have a wonderful description of the cutting of velours ribbon (needed for the hair ribbon of the ladies of Arles), an art form which requires 5 years of apprenticeship and hours of patience and accuracy.  There was a demonstration at the salon.

Dominique Fave

Marie Silvestre  Marie also took some wonderful photos of the antique pieces on display.


When we returned from Nimes, we spent a couple of days exploring our region of the southern wine route with Nicole and her husband,   I never get tired of the villages and houses, and this time we were rewarded with gardens in full bloom, especially the roses which were already spectacular mid May.

Nicole in Doerrenbach

Our son Stephan, who traveled a long way by train just to spend a day and night with us before going back to university.

As always, we are looking for inspiration for our boutis

The Wehrkirche Doerrenbach,  we walked through the vineyards and forest from Bad Bergzabern to Doerrenbach, a great walk.

The figs are advanced in Rhodt already.

Irresistable !

Wissembourg - red house next to the canal.

Have a great day !

Monday, May 26, 2014

2nd National Salon du Boutis, Caissargues 16-18 May 2014

Back from my trip, arriving last night, I have been thinking about how to report on all the amazing things I have seen the last two weeks.  Before we went to Nimes for the salon, we were in Germany for a few days, and afterwards Lou and her husband came back with us to spend some time on the southern wine route of Rheinland Palatinate.  We were lucky to be there at the perfect time of year when all the roses were in bloom everywhere, and Lou and I were in heaven - we saw roses climbing the height of a small house, and others absolutely covered in flowers.

The salon was fabulous, it is such a feast for the eyes to see so many boutis at once, imagine how many hours of precise work were represented !   A huge compliment goes to Annie-Claude Pantel, president of France Boutis, for her organization and continual efforts to ensure that everyone had what they needed, and the charming and kind Mr Pantel, who visited everyone every day, bringing new people to meet and much-needed coffee.
Hiromi and Nicole hard at work labeling patterns.  We were there to assist Hiromi on her first expo, and her debut of her boutis patterns.  They are all elegant, delicate and beautifully finished. 

Nicole is one of the 4 founding members of France Boutis.

A corner of the stand showing Hiromi's work.  Nicole and I used our own pieces to decorate the walls, so some are my antique petassons and the beautiful large pieces hanging are Nicole's work.

I love these small pochettes, and the pattern for the "portemonnaie" in pink was very popular.


Two ladies from the "court" of Arles in traditional costume with Hiromi at the opening ceremony on Friday.


The charming and friendly Dominique Fave at her stand Credo Boutis.

Georgette at the stand next to ours had some lovely pieces she stitched.

The stand of Lei Roucas dou Barri of Pierrefeu - beautiful traditional boutis.

The stand of France Boutis where you could become a member.  In the background on the stage are the antique pieces that were loaned by M Cabanel, the guest of honour, and others.

The boutis of Nanou

Mr Hubert Valeri with his assistant and Christine.  M Valeri is always charming, gives his students his very best efforts, and has perfect, contemporary designs (my husband's favorite).

 Mme Calendrier with Dominique.
  Mme Dominique LeRoux.  I have her books, some of which have now been reprinted.  She specializes in patterns of antique boutis.
The stand of FB again, Henriette in the center and Danielle on the far right.

The stand of Mme Francine Born.
The girls of Pierrefeu, a fun and happ group.
Anne, Nicole, Henriette
And these two charming ladies, I do not know their names, but they kept us entertained - fun and passionate about their boutis.

An exhibition of Nihon Vogue.

The stand of Marie Sylvestre -her work is very good, and she is a very friendly lady.  Her stand was right at the entrance, so she had a lot of explaining to do all day !
Coucou les filles !  Je vais essayer d'ecrire un peu en (mauvais) francais chaque fois.  Il m'a fait beaucoup de plaisir de rencontrer tous les amis du boutis et enfin de recontrer quelques amies bloggueuses "en vrai".  La deuxieme partie suit ...
Ich habe entschieden, endlich mal wieder diese Blogeintraege auch in Deutsch zu schreiben.  Ich hoffe, diese Bilder vom Salon haben etwas Freude bereitet.  Waehrend des Salons sind auch einige Damen am Stand vorbeigekommen, die diesen Blog folgen, und es hat Spass gemacht, sie in "echt" kennenzulernen.  Es gibt noch mehr zu erzaehlen .....

Friday, March 28, 2014

2nd National Salon France Boutis 16-18 May 2014

Time is flying by so fast and I realized I haven't posted about the next boutis national salon yet.   In 2012 I was at the first salon and it was simply wonderful !  A feast for the senses to see so many boutis all together with their creators and many other exhibits as well.  The goal of this association, of which Lou was a founding member, has always been to encourage dialogue and exchange among boutisseuses.  I am happy to say I have been a member since the start.

This time it is even more exciting for me !  Lou and I will be helping our friend and sister in boutis  Hiromi Nakayama at her booth for the salon.   Hiromi learned the technique of boutis from Lou and has gone on to be her star pupil, designing beautiful small items, bags, pillows as well as wonderful larger pieces.  Her work has been published in Japanese magazines.  Hiromi will be offering her patterns for sale at the salon.   We will have 4 languages between us - Japanese, French, English and German - so we are hoping many visitors will come and talk to us and share our passion for boutis.  Lou and I will be sharing some pieces we have made,  and I will be bringing a few antique pieces to look at.   Go to Hiromi's blog and look back at all her wonderful boutis.

Go to France Boutis and look at the list of groups and artistes showing their work, as well as some shops.  The list is not yet complete, so check back on their site often.

2nd National Salon of Boutis
16, 17, 18 May 2014
Centre Saint Exupery
30132 Caissargues (close to Nimes)

I am thrilled to see so many boutisseuses again in one place, and I hope that you will come to this extraordinary expo if you are nearby.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Boutis expo at Pierrefeu du var March 8-9

The traditional Provençal association Lei Roucas dou Barri hold an annual boutis show in March.  This past weekend was the 9th edition.   Janet and I sent a small boutis item for the exchange, this year the subject was "butterflies".
Some of our boutis friend were there with their booths, and it seems it was a happy, friendly show with good exchanges between our boutisseuses.  I am posting links to their blogs so you can take a look at the wonderful photos and enjoy the quality and broad scope of the boutis shown.

Lou who took some fabulous pictures
Nini who had a booth
Henriette the amazing personality behind all the organization
Marie who also had a booth for her beautiful original designs
Lei Roucas dou Barri the association
Les boutis de Chateau Gombert who make wonderful boutis

There will be more, I will update the list as I see them.  Enjoy - you will see why this is a passion I will always have.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Small boutis (petasson) Finishing

Finally I have finished stuffing this small petasson, and decided to finish it in the traditional way with a taped edge, a "tresse" in French.  All of my old small pieces are finished in this way.  I have made some  pieces myself which I finished with an embroidered edge, or a fancy hem, and large pieces with a straight border have been finished with a small hem, as is tradition.  The tape utilized is a kind of lingerie tape with a knitted effect, not a tight weave twill tape.

I have been taking a few pictures as I went along, to show you how I do this.  I am sure there are many other ways, but this works for me and as far as I can tell, is the traditional method.
Here is the completed stitching, with the excess fabric still attached.

I will be working from the right side initially.

Pattern from Boutis Traditionnel by Christiane Vignal.

Materials used here are my stitching thread (for this small piece I used Gutermann hand quilting thread, 100% cotton.  It is quite strong and fine.  I usually use  Dual Duty handquilting thread with a polyester core, which is very strong).  You can see the white tape I am using for finishing.

I am pinning the edge of the tape to the last line of stitching, working from the front.  You can see that the tape is facing downwards, so I can flip it up and over to the back when the first line of stitching is complete.

This is the back, you can just see my pin mark on the outer edge through the last line of stitching

 And here it is stitched all the way around.  I use a small back stitch on the edge of the tape (no, I did not whip or use an applique stitch for this part).
The tape will stand up a bit from the work.  Be sure to follow the original stitching line (I stitch exactly on top of it)
Here is the"dangerous" part !!  You have to trim the excess fabric away.  I do this from the front so that I do not accidentally cut into the tape, and I keep the work on a flat surface.  I trim to about 1/4", and I clip the inner curve 3 times - once in the middle, and then one clip either side of that, about 1/8" apart.  Do not clip too close to the stitching.

 All that remains now is to fold the tape to the reverse, and pin.  You will stitch in the "ditch" of the last line of stitching.  I use the applique stitch for this and my same quilting thread.  If some of my seam allowance is peeking underneath the tape I just sweep it in with my needle as I go along.  Alternatively you might trim a little closer (I do not do this).
Just for comparison:  this is an old petasson, reverse side.  You can see how this one is finished with the tape.

I will post a final picture later when I have stitched down the final seam.  The next part will be to wash:   start with a soak in cold water for several hours to remove any remaining marks and help close any needle holes from stuffing, then wash in hot water with a mild detergent or Marseille soap.  Then lay out flat to dry on an absorbent towel.  I turn mine over once the top feels dryer, so that it dries evenly.  Sometimes I will pin to ensure the piece dries straight. 
I use a frixion marker to trace the design, which I remove by running a hairdryer over the piece before washing.  Better than ironing - remember a boutis must never be ironed.  I use this method for my applique too, it avoids the annoying white mark that these markers can leave.
Any questions ?
Here it is pinned, ready to finish

Finshed !

Wrong side view of edge

Complete piece against the light - the true boutis, relief and transparency.  It is now soaking in cold water.