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 !
We have just returned from a summer vacation in Germany. I had been looking forward to cool breezes, low humidity and spending time outside. Surprisingly, Germany has been having a heat wave, and the day we arrived it was 40 Celsius in our little village. Even the furniture was hot ! Fortunately, things cool down a little at night, but not much. This became the pattern for the whole 2 weeks, and we really missed our air conditioning !
We visited the Landesgartenschau in Landau, very pretty but somehow I had expected more. It is situated on the old French barracks property, and construction was delayed for a year while several WWII bombs were discovered and removed.
This trip I had a special visit planned. I have long had an interest in Schwalm embroidery, and have followed Luzine Happel on her blog and website for some time. Luzine has a wonderful collection of Schwalm work, most of which she has completed herself in her more than 30 years of perfecting
this art. The collection and exhibition are open by appointment. Luzine has a wonderful website in English as well as German, so I encourage you to visit her and learn more about the Schwalm area and traditions. These few photos were taken in Eschwege, where she lives. The area is completely new to me, and the "fachwerk" (half-timbered) style of the houses is different to our area on the Southern wine route.
I could not resist purchasing a couple of Luzine's books. They are so detailed, logical and clear, it is a pleasure to read them. She is also in the process of developing more detailed beginner guides, and is considering online workshops. My personal interest is in exploring how to adapt some of these designs to boutis .....but I have to complete something in the correct style to understand the process first. The appeal of Schwalm is that infinite variety is possible, so each stitcher can adapt the many patterns to develop her own individual taste.
The following day, we went to Eisenach, and visited the town and the Wartburg, which has long been a wish of my husband's. Luckily, it was market day, and I could stroll around the colorful vegetable and fruit stands. Another strong local market basket found its way into my possession, and now has quilts folded in it in Birkenhoerdt.
A particular highlight was visiting the Georgskirche (St George's church) on the market square, where Bach was christened, and where Martin Luther preached. During the summer, there are daily organ concerts at 11am, and on this day 4 pieces of music were played accompanied by a wonderful soprano voice. I was so happy, it is humbling how beautiful music can transform an ordinary weekday morning.
And here we have the Wartburg, towering above Eisenach. It is said that nothing has been changed in the room where Martin Luther was sheltered.
We have a beautiful day here in Clearwater, very hot and sunny and I expect we will have the usual thunderstorms later.
I am stitching on my large boutis, so nothing to show yet. I am on the last two borders, then will follow at least a year stuffing I think. Large pieces take their time, but in my opinion are totally worth it.
I was able to purchase an antique petasson recently, a very nice quality piece with fine stitching and stuffing. I bought it because I liked the unusual corner motifs, plus the fact that the workmanship is excellent. It came from Aix en Provence, made for a little girl, but I do not have a date. I would say around 1900.
Lovely unusual corner motif.
Recently we went to a Hibiscus society show here locally. Just happened to see the notice in the newspaper, that the local show and plant sale was taking place that Sunday. I persuaded my husband to go with me and he was thrilled at all the very unusual varieties there are, some blooms are as big a as a dinner plate. I had not seen the unusual grey flowering varieties before. Of course, 3 different plants came home with me, this is the first one to bloom:
Beautiful, isn't it ?
Off to do a little boutis stitching now, plus handsewing the binding on the quilt shown above underneath the boutis. Happy Sunday stitching to all !
I like books about Provence (of course !) because I enjoy looking at the houses, colors, decoration, and gardens. For some years I have had a book called Provence Style by Noelle Duck. Sometimes I put these books out as coffee table books, and browse through them myself. Recently I noticed a boutis that looked very familiar ! It is the twin of one I purchased a couple of years ago - see my post of Oct 2012 for many more photos.
At the time Chantal G suggested that this was made in a studio for purchase. Mine has no initials in the center, and she said it appears that this one was not bought. Usually when they were ordered, the center was finished with the appropriate initials. The boutis pictured in the book does have initials added. I have attempted to photograph my boutis next to the book - hope you can see !
Mine with no initials ....
Hope you can see the initials here
Corner shown with hand made tiles
I'm glad I saw this, it prompted me to get the boutis out again, and it truly is lovely ..... I never get tired of looking at them.
My weekend sewing will be making some boutis progress.
My niece is getting married next week in London. I made her this ring pillow in ivory silk as she requested, the design is from Kumiko Nakayama's book the Art of Boutis. Sorry for the poor picture - as I have already sent it, I can't take a better one !
Yesterday I went to the Quilters Workshop show in Tampa. Many very nice quilts and a nicely organized show. In that group they seem to have a number of members who enjoy machine embroidery, and for the first time I saw a lot of quilts with machine embroidered elements, some of them with large flowers and so on. I can't say that is something I would want to do myself, but I do see the appeal for ladies who have the big embroidery machines.
Here are some photos, no particular order and of quilts which I personally liked:
Perfect way to use very tiny scraps ! I liked the dark background on this one.
Spring is the season for quilt shows in Florida, and today we went to Sarasota to experience their show. This guild has 300 members and puts on a very nice show. Here are a few quilts that I thought were especially beautiful or interesting:
I have this book,Carrie Hall patterns by Barbara Brackman. Great to see one made.
A Jo Morton pattern, so nice to see one of these made as well
I do not do paper piecing, but I do appreciate them.
This was incredible work,it looks just like a painting.
Loved this, a Blackbird Designs applique from
the Garden Club book (yes, you guessed, I have that book too !)
Lovely wool applique quilt, beautifully made.
I thought this was such an interesting modern quilt, loved the quilting which is not clear - narrow horizontal lines.
Great quilting on this one too, very detailed machine work.
You can see the scale of this from the ribbon - tiny wool applique and half inch !!!! finished triangle squares.
Bird applique, details were very nice.
Fun Christmas quilt also with beautiful detailed machine quilting.
I am anxiously awaiting some photos to be posted from the boutis expo in Pierrefeu - I will post links as soon as I get them from our French friends !
This is a blog where I want to share about one of my passions - the Boutis - which is an old and beautiful Provencal art of the needle. I also love applique quilts, and make them often - usually big ones that take a long time ! Otherwise I love travelling, especially to our 100 year old cottage on the Southern Wine Route in Germany. PLEASE do not use my photos or content of this blog without permission.