Little Hands

The hopes that my children will enjoy sewing as much as myself have finally come true. My daughter’s first sewing project was a bed for her mouse. We spent Sunday making a knitted bed and a blanket-stitched pillow. Happy days.

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Icelandic Hearts

Icelandic Hearts

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Just finished this Icelandic jumper in time for the arrival of spring. The pattern comes from a free Ravelry download by Maria Vangen. I tweaked the pattern slightly to include hearts in the design.

Many thanks to While they Play’s You Tube tutorials … I used the ‘stretchy rib cast on’ and ‘stretchy rib bind off’ videos to teach me how to knit the ribbing with an ultra flexible edge.

Canvas Skirt

This flared skirt is made from a strong cotton canvas. The fabric is stiff so the skirt really flares out on its own, add to that a faced hem. The pocket flaps are piped at the edges in Liberty of London fabric and held in place with a gold button. skirt3 skirt1skirt2

Haberdashery #3 Brin de Cousette

A truly inspirational haberdashery specialising in cross point and embroidery. The shop consists of threads, canvasses, and a lovely collection of books on the subject (one was written by the shop owner). The aforementioned book was also the inspiration for Romeo’s Embroidered Doudou. Also available are kits to get you started and some very freindly advice. I also love that the threads for sale have been ‘hand picked’ by the shop owners so you can be sure to have a rich harmony of colours… no need to spend hours mulling it over.

#3 / La Croix & La Manière / 36 rue de Faidherbe / 75011 Paris


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Knitted Blanket

Here is a photo of the completed knitted patchwork blanket. The pattern is a free download by Lion Brand Yarns called Patchwork Sampler Throw in the category ‘Knitting Patterns for the Home’ on their website. The blanket was posted on my blog last year at it’s halfway stage. I’m happy it’s finished. Now I just need to decide who to give it to!


Haberdashery #2 Entrée des Fournisseurs

 This is by far the queen of all Haberdasheries in Paris and any creative visitor would be an April fool to not take a little peek Inside. With a button and ribbon collection to keep you umming and ahhing for hours on end. A capsule collection of Liberty of London fabric, multiple wool choices and a number of trinkets/ sew on patches/ bits and bobs that you didn’t even know you needed. Again, this is one of those haberdasheries that leave out the ugly stuff so the choice is made easier (or harder depending how you look at it). Tucked away in a cobblestone passage in ‘Le Marais’. Check opening times before visiting but do visit.

#2 / Entrée des Fournisseurs / 8 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris /


For a full list of the best Haberdasheries and Wool Shops in Paris click on the category ‘Best Haberdasheries and Wool shops in Paris’.

Haberdashery #1 Brin de Cousette

I’m starting a new topic of conversation here on the Bloomers Blog… I live in Paris (yes, we know that) and I love sewing and knitting (yes, we know that too)… A frequent question that I hear is ‘Where are the best haberdasheries and wool shops in Paris?’ So I’ve decided to talk about my favorites as I visit them. I am hereby compiling a directory of addresses for any creative visitor in Paris to refer to. I’m not here to talk prices and value for money. That’s a minor detail and I’m not a scrape the bottom of the bargain barrel kind of girl when it comes to sewing.

#1 / Brin de Cousette / 2 Rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris / 

This just happens to be around the corner from me. Which‎ is great news. They have a medium sized but concise haberdashery (what they like to call a micro-mercerie). This basically means its a haberdashery, with all the ugly stuff left out. What remains is a collection of well chosen fabrics, threads and ribbons. Resources such as books and patterns. A café and an area for lessons and clubs which always seems to be full of people busily beavering away.

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Romeo’s Beach Pants

Here is the pattern for Romeo’s trousers that I promised in the form of a downloadable PDF. They are in size 18 months although you can easily adapt the pattern to any size you like.

Click here to view the pattern, save onto your harddrive and then click back to come back to the blog:

Romeo’s Beach Pants

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Happy sewing and please do send me a photo if you make them!