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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 .....