The Art Of Craft


Chateau Getaway 2015

Come and spend a week in France

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!

The Art Of Blue

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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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Art of Craft 2015

I can't believe it's that time of year again...Art of Craft is just around the corner...well around the Thanksgiving, Holiday and New Year corner!  We are excited to announce our annual creative event has been scheduled for January 9th, 10th and 11th, 2015.  Filled with some of the most creative teachers around, our Art of Craft event features three days of workshops and lots of old and new friends!

Never taken a flower making class from Arlene Baker?  Now's you chance...Arlene is the best at what she does...making beautiful millinery flowers!  On Friday, Arlene kicks off our event by teaching a beautiful hand-wired burlap flower.  Arlene's techniques and instructions will allow you to continue making flowers and experimenting with all sorts of materials...including leather, denim and wool!

Friday evening we welcome one of my favorite friends, Monica Medeiros, from Port Costa, California. Monica is not only a talented typesetter and printer, but has amazing typography skills and will be teaching a chalkboard typography class.  Each student will receive their own framed chalkboard and choose an inspirational quote that will be scripted on the board.

Saturday morning, we start bright and early with a breakfast of Bread Lounge croissants and coffee, and then jump right in to Robert Mahar's workshop.  Robert, one of our resident crafters, will be teaching a pretty tableau using early bird trading cards printed on linen and demonstrating how to make millinery botanical leaves and stems.

Jenny Hart returns to Art of Craft to teach her craft, creative embroidery!  Saturday afternoon, after lunch, Jenny breaks down the simple task of learning how to put needle to thread and making small works of art.  Inspired by the Proust questionnaire, Jenny has designed this embroidery sampler and will teach you how to transfer your favorite color onto the canvas.

Old friend and artist, Wendy Addison joins us for the very first time this year, Sunday morning, to teach her hand-dipped wax flower crown.  Made to look like an antique French wedding crown, Wendy will bring all sorts of vintage millinery which will be dipped into wax and then formed into a beautiful crown.  Silk ribbon streamers will add the finishing touch to the headpieces which can be worn or hung.

It wouldn't be an Art of Craft without Molly Meng finishing up the workshops on Sunday afternoon!  After lunch, Molly will reintroduce us to her world of miniature shrines and collage techniques.  Filled with lots of old ephemera and millinery, students will design a small world which will be preserved for years to come under the bell jar.

Sign ups are limited to twenty-five students per class.  Friday night we serve proseco and snacks,  and both Saturday and Sunday we serve breakfast and lunch.  Sunday evening, we throw our annual Art of Craft Soiree from 6-9pm and all students are invited back for a creative craft gathering with friends and artists that are visiting town for the CHA show.  

All Good Things....

Yes, it's true, all good things must come to an end...and so we announcing the end of our monthly Botanical Charm Bracelet Club.  Next month, October will be the last month to sign up for this bracelet club, which will finish October 2015.   But never fear...we are not one to sit on our laurels...we have two brand new monthly clubs coming in the New Year!  Get ready for a monthly fabric club and a monthly jewelry club!  Cause it's always fun to get a little something-something in the mail!
Sign up here for the Botanical Charm Bracelet Club and receive a beautiful bracelet kit every month for six months or a year!

A Little Late to the Party!

I apologize for the delay in posting the Moda Love Tour Winners!  I loved reading about what you LOVE about quilting...thank you!  Since I am late...I will send out fabric to twice as many winners!  And the winners are....

Pat Addler
Kathy Gates
Michele Deedy
Diane Remmer
Barbara Woods
Becky Babcock
Tina McNamara

Please send me your address to and I will send you some beautiful new fabric to start working with!  Be sure to write BLOG WINNER in the subject line of the email.


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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