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 !
Recently I corresponded with Donna about an antique quilt she had shown which belongs to a local museum. At first I thought it might even be a boutis, and Donna was kind enough to go and look again and take more pictures. The quilt is a lovely white trapunto, and she had the idea of reproducing the pattern to raise money for the museum. So of course when the pattern was ready, I bought one. If you are interested, go visit her blog. The quilt is large, 88 x 88 inches, and the border is quite lovely. Donna has included her instructions for the trapunto. Of course, this could also be made as a boutis, omitting the batting, drawing in channel lines and stitching and stuffing as for the boutis. The cost is $40 plus $4.95 for priority mailing in the US. (No affiliation, of course !)
As all the US knows (and probably most other people too !) today is the Superbowl. My husband even went to an ice hockey game before the Superbowl ....... so I spent some time stitching. Here is the beginning of the stuffing, just the center and one leaf so far. Maybe I'll get some more done later.
I am making progress on the reproduction of the antique Nimes petasson I found last year. I had made some small design changes to the original, but the main elements are all still there. I decided to make the center of the border flowers in the style known as Rosette de Petite Camargue. I love this little stitch, it adds a delicacy to the piece. However, it is HARD to cut into the fabric you have spent so many hours stitching, and I really had to take a deep breath before I did it. There are 4 total rosettes, one on each side of the piece. The rest of the design is rosemary sprigs, flowers, grapes, leaf swags, and the traditional petasson border. If I can stuff a decent amount before the end of the day, I will post another picture (might even happen - what else should I do during the Superbowl !!!)
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.