Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"France Boutis"

I recently had the opportunity to become a member of the association of "France Boutis". "France Boutis" is an organization, similar to the quilt guilds in North America, that promotes the tradition and heritage of boutis. In May they held their first "Salon National du Boutis" exposition in Caissargues. They also meet regularly to work together and to teach and support each other.
Last week, I attended one of these meetings, and had the pleasure of meeting 8 other women, all committed to mastering this traditional craft.

The women all came ready to work on their latest piece.
Here (left to right): Dominique, a patchwork quilter now also learning the art of boutis; Marianne, generous in sharing her expertise with others; Dominique, (seated) a lace artisan, working on a new design for her boutis; and Danielle, a "boutisseuse" whose  positive energy and cheerful smile  brightened the afternoon.  
Danielle with Marie-France, who was coordinating the afternoon.
Giselle, hard at work perfecting her tiny stitches.
Annie-Claude, Mme le President (seated) and Marianne. Both are seasoned "boutisseueses" who are generous and willing to share their knowledge and expertise with others.
(Left to right) Betty, very focussed on her "point de piqure", one of the intricate stitches used in boutis; Danielle's husband, who charmed us with some freshly cut, fragrant lavander from their garden; Dominique, Marie-France and Dominique.
I found myself very comfortable with this group of needle artisans. Their generous, welcoming spirit made me feel quite at home. I am looking forward to the next time.
Merci beaucoupe mesdames!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fun, Sun and Chartreuse?

This seems to be the year for vibrant greens.
The plants on the terrace are doing very well.
The local student housing is brilliant with colour.
Restaurants seem to be growing their own napkins now.
As well as placemats.

And who wouldn't want to wear these shorts?
Even the plants are known to come up green this year!
 Can a green quilt be on the horizon?

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Mussels" on the Beach!

Just a 20 minute drive from Montpellier is the sea-resort town of Palavas-Les-Flots, a great place to enjoy a steaming bowl of "Moules-Frites" (mussels and fries) on the beach, when a sudden urge hits.

For a light dessert, the "Cafe Gourmand" offers a sampling of desserts available that day.