French Fabric Books With Suzette Smart *New 2024


 You will be shown ideas and techniques to create a little French book which can be used as a needle case. It will include free machine and hand stitching and collaged windows made from fabric and paper. There will be templates to use as you are guided through the steps for the stitched bird and all other design ideas.


On this 2 day workshop you will be shown ideas to make a little French book which can be used as a needle case. Your foundation fabric will be a vintage French tea towel on which you will add window and pocket details designed to keep your favourite embroidery floss, needles and  beeswax safe.

There will be embroidery designs and bird templates to choose from which can feature on your front cover and plenty of opportunities to add words and phrases in French. These might be free machined or hand stitched. You may also include some vintage French paper in your design.

For the inside of your needle case you will layer broderie Anglaise over a dark fabric and stitch a fleur de lis design for the front of a pocket. Add your own monogrammed detail which might be a vintage find or your own stitched initials and there will be other templates available to use too.

When you have all the details of your book finished it’s time to stitch up the seams and fill with your sewing bits and pieces.

Suzette will source the French tea towels for your foundation fabric to buy on the day but you are welcome to find your own.  TBC additional Tea towel cost from Suzette.

There will be templates for the birds and fleur de lis.


Additional information


21st and 22nd November 2024




 Your Lunch

Sewing machine with feed dogs down and freehand foot


Hand sewing kit

Low loft batting (Suzette will have some available to buy)

Broderie Anglais/lacy fabric

Frixion pen


Lightweight fabrics for collage, lace, ribbon

French tea towel (Suzette will have some available to buy)

 Suzette will have the following available to buy ( no prices yet )

 French tea towels

Low loft batting


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