Would you guess, from the photo below, that it’s a shop that sells embroidery supplies? No? Neither did I! But it is and therein lies a huge difference between shops in the UK and the USA and France. I found two stitching shops in the area and both of them sold thread, fabric, beads, books and lingerie. Yes, you read it right…lingerie. In the window on the other side was a gorgeous display of the prettiest lingerie I’ve ever seen. When I first walked up to the shop front I was disappointed, since I thought I’d gotten the shop address wrong or something…
Inside Sophie Passion, however, I found a collection of books and magazines on stitching. I found threads and fabric and needles and all kinds of goodies.
It really was a shop for embroiderers like me! (I also found lingerie…)
So what did I find to bring home? A pair of wonderfully sharp scissors, curved needles – which I’ve been looking for everywhere without success – and a book of Medieval patterns. Similar to, but not exactly like, the border designs in the Bayeux Tapestry. I like books that provide small designs that can be combined to make something larger if you want or something small for a quick project.
Here are some pictures of what I found inside. I really love this pair of birds
I like the dragon(?) eating his tail. It’s interesting and could be great in different greens.
In the book there are also some photos of the designs worked up in threads so you can see what kinds of color combinations would work.
Even though the text is in French, when it’s a book with patterns I don’t find my minimal French to be a stumbling block. I took time to look at some of the other embroidery books and found that I could understand instructions quite easily from the illustrations even though my French is rather basic. I like getting things from other countries since the design style can be quite different from that of the UK or the USA.
Today, you may have noticed that there is a new advertisement on the site. The French Needle is now one of our two (and only two) selected advertisers on the site. For those of you who can’t get to France, there are some really lovely “French style” things in her shop.
You will find Bayeux Tapestry kits, Rouge du Rhin kits which are my favourites with the natural linen and red threads…and a beautiful selection of Canevas Folies designs from Switzerland that can be purchased with or without the thread. For those of you who love scissors – and I mean love them – take a few minutes to look at the scissors page! Although The French Needle doesn’t carry lingerie, they do carry scarves! It’s a good thing Sophie Passion didn’t – those I find much harder to resist!
I think it’s always fun to look at things – I call it “internet window shopping” .
Do you indulge in Internet window shopping?