The Art Of Craft


Embroidery Kits and Samplers

We've designed a series of embroidery kits to get you stitching!  Each of our samplers are printed on a medium weight linen with a grey ground and grey artwork.  Each sampler comes with a simple stitch guide, showing you the stitches we love to use - but you are free to use any stitches and any colors!  Not for the faint of heart, these samplers may take you a bit of time...but they are worth the effort.  Enjoy!

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A Beautiful Opportunity Quilt

It has been some time since I have written on the blog...but I thought it's time to jump back in and write about this beautiful opportunity quilt that was made by the Napa Valley Quilters.  The pattern was adapted from our pattern, Le Bouquet Francais, and the fabrics are from the same collection released by Moda last Spring 2014.
This is called an opportunity quilt, because you actually have the opportunity to own this quilt by purchasing a raffle ticket for $1!  How amazing is that?  We have this beauty on display at French General until the end of April - please come by and see the beautiful piecing, applique, quilting and binding work!
You can purchase raffle tickets at French General during the month of April by coming in to the shop or calling us at 323 668-0488; or you can visit the Napa Valley Quilt site and purchase a raffle ticket online by clicking here.
And if you are the ambitious type, you can also purchase the pattern for this quilt - we have them in stock at French General.

Ok - I'm back in, I have written on the blog!  I will continue to do so!


Holiday Round-About 2014

Snow Globe Ornament by Molly Meng

Fabric Mistletoe by Robert Mahar

Stitched Holiday Apron by Tyn Atol

Holiday Earrings by Kaari Meng

It's that time of the year again...our annual Holiday Round-About is fast approaching!  Join us Saturday, December 6th from 10-4pm when we put on a full day of crafting and cheer!  Teachers include Molly Meng, Robert Mahar, Tyn Atol and myself...we each teach an hour and a half workshop and at the end of the day you have created a snow globe ornament, made a mistletoe out of fabric, stitched a holiday apron and made up a beautiful pair of sparkly earrings!  It's a bit fast and furious but it's four workshops for the price of one...our gift to you this holiday season!  Come join in the festivities, have some holiday proseco and a cookie or deserve it! 

Speaking of Michele Muska....

A couple of days ago I wrote about Michele Muska's new book, Quilting the New Classics, which is a beauty and if you are a quilter, a must have!  What I forgot to mention is that Michele, visiting from New York,  will be teaching an upcoming workshop at French General in November.  

Michele, who works for Simplicity, will be bringing out a bunch of Simplicity's 12-Needle Felting Machines and teaching us how to create a beautiful velvet and silk cuff bracelet.  

If you have never seen one of these machines at work, check out this video on You Tube to see the magic happen!  

This will be a fun workshop filled with lots of different techniques that Michele has learned while working in the fibre and craft industry for the past twenty years.  

Sign up here to take part in this special workshop on Saturday, November 8th and try your hand at the needle felting will open your mind to a whole new way of creating with fabric!

Quilting: The New Classics

It only seems appropriate that as I sit here in Houston, getting ready for Quilt Market to begin, I tell you about a beautiful new book that was just released by my friend Michele Muska.  Quilting - The New Classics is a practical and inspirational book that covers 20 traditional quilt designs as well as 20 contemporary designs based on traditional designs!  I was excited to be asked to design and make a traditional nine patch quilt...and lucky that I have a team of quilters and sewers behind me so I could actually turn it in!  To kick off the release of this cool new book, we are having a blog you can jump around and meet each of the designers.  I wish I could show you a picture of the quilt we made, using our La Belle Fleur collection....but that will have to be on Instagram later...I can only manage so many technical connections at once!

Follow along the hop below to see all of the beautiful quilts....I am sure they will inspire you to try your own classic or modern design!

Follow us @frenchgeneral to see lots more quilt inspiration from Houston!

*Oct. 20th Michele Muska

*Oct. 21st Leslie Jenison

*Oct. 22nd Janneken Smucker

*Oct. 23rd Valerie Bothell

*Oct. 24th Kaari Meng

*Oct. 25th Elisa Sims Albury

*Oct. 26th Heather Jones

Oct. 27th Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Oct. 28th Amy Smart

Oct. 29th Jackie Kunkel

Oct. 30th Pat Sloan

Oct. 31st *Shelly Pagliai

Nov. 1st Allie Aller

Nov. 2nd Kristin Omdahl

*Nov. 3rd Jacquie Gering

*Nov. 3rd Pat Sloan 4:00pm eastern time

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Summer Ledger 2014


We are off to France this month - excited to be returning on our Chateau Getaway for the 
6th year in a row!  We will spend four weeks in the South of France exploring flea 
markets, eating our way through farmer's markets and creating some beautiful new ideas in 
our craft workshops!

We have just opened up our weeks for next summer 2015 - we are excited to host both Amy 
Butler and Wendy Addison well as a very special French General week which will 
focus on antique French textiles - how to find them, clean them and work with them!

If you would like to join us, you can reserve your spot today by signing up here:

Meanwhile, back at the ranch on Riverside Drive....French General will be open all 
summer, Tuesday through Saturdays from 12-5pm.  We will be offering a wonderful line up 
of summer workshops including flower making with Arlene Baker, doll making with Julie 
Ippoliti, and hand-sewing with Merry Cox...just to name a few of our upcoming classes.

To see a full list of summer and fall workshops visit us here:

I hope you have a cool, creative summer and learn something new!




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