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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cottage Life - French Embroidery Hoop

I'm a bit of a fabric addict. It's a big reason I love quilting, sewing, rug making. . . anything that's related to textiles gets my attention. 

I can't pass up a fabric store or quilt show.

If there's an antique mall with vintage material, I'm right there.

And I've never met a box of vintage embroidered pieces in a thrift store or yard sale that I didn't like.

Hand embroidery is on my to-do list this year. I learned to embroider as a child and after noting a wonderful revival of the craft I've decided to get back into it. Which brings me to the subject of this post.

Earlier this month I ordered something special for myself, which I rarely do, and then anxiously awaited its arrival. In just a few days it showed up.




A gift to me. . .from me. 




My heart skipped a beat when I opened the package.





The pretty wrapping really did make me feel as though I was opening a gift.




And there it was. . .


my French Embroidery Hoop.


The hoop was designed by French General, a company I first discovered when I began quilting and saw their beautiful material for Moda Fabrics. After visiting French General's website I signed up for their newsletter, and that's how I first learned about the new French Embroidery Hoop.




The light-weight embroidery hoop has a brass ring and a steel coil wire which holds the fabric tightly in place.  




The hoop is just so pretty and unusual, and I can't help but believe my embroidery experience is going to be better for it. I'm already imagining winter evenings in front of the fire, French embroidery hoop in hand, stitching beautiful patterns. Très francais.

I'm not receiving any compensation whatsoever from French General for sharing this. I purchased the hoop and simply wanted to share it with you. I will tell you that you can find French General on Instagram here, and a discount code for $10 off the French embroidery hoop, if you'd like to have your own.

18 comments:

  1. Enjoy a warm and comfy evening in front of the fireplace with your embroidery. Enjoy.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  2. Ohhhh Nancy, you are going to have fun! And I love French General products!

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  3. What a lovely gift to yourself, Nancy. Happy stitching!

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  4. Embroidery is relaxing, and I've noticed more embroidery blog posts recently. I haven't done much in the last ten years; perhaps I need to search for my supplies.

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  5. We may be far apart geographically but are spirits are connected. I say that because we seem tp get interest in the same things at the same time. I to am getting back into hand embroidery. In my case it has been 30 years since I have done any. Love that hoop, I see one in my future. Blessings soul sister.

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  6. Nancy, I can see you sitting by the fire, hoop and needle in hand. What a great way to get through the rest of this cold winter before gardening begins. Sometimes we just need to treat ourselves . . . it's lovely how they packaged it and made it so fun to open. Enjoy!
    Connie :)

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  7. So, what will your first project be? :)

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    1. Good question. I'm pretty rusty after all this time, so probably something relatively easy. I'll share it when I'm done. :)

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  8. Sounds like a lovely thing to do in the evening. Can't wait to see what you stitch1

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  9. I remember learning to embroider when I was young, as well. Then my sil taught me more. I haven't embroidered much though in the past 25 years. Looking forward to seeing the work you will be doing.

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    1. I'm happy to see a revival of hand embroidery. It's such a beautiful craft.

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  10. I must confess that I need to learn more about French embroidery. The hoop looks great!! Look forward to see what you created!! Enjoy the weekend!

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  11. Hi Nancy, that hoop looks amazing and I'll bet it really holds the fabric taunt. I will for sure be getting one of these charming hoops. Thank you for posting about it.
    xx Jo

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  12. Everyone deserves to treat themselves every now and then! I can't wait to see what you make...and how it performs!

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  13. What a treat! The packaging so lovely, your little picture peeks are perfect. Curious to see what you will first create, I know it will be lovely! The fabric inside the hoop is gorgeous. I too love fabric, paper, anything tactile. Have fun creating :)

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  14. I had never seen such a hoop before, it seems pretty clever. Have fun with some embroidery projects now!

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  15. I have never seen this loop. It is so exciting. Yes, I have noticed embroidery working it's way back in. I did it when I was younger too. It looked really specific on my blue jeans and other clothing. I can't see to thread the needle anymore and even though there are mechanisms out there to get it done, I haven't gotten over the frustration! Hard Headed Me.

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