NEW French Boutis Etsy Sale–40% off

There will be a sale of 40% off the Boutis Kits listed on my Etsy site from June 17 – July 6.  I have only a limited amount available of each kit and each color. My patterns are small and perfect for a beginner.

If you are new to my blog or my Etsy page, French Boutis is an exquisite ancient needle art. It consists of two pieces of delicate batiste fabric sewn together on patterned lines with a tiny running stitch (like a quilting stitch) or sometimes a back stitch. Cotton yarn is then pulled through the channels created by the stitching creating a raised relief. If you love hand quilting or other types of detailed hand needle work this technique is perfect for you. All of the kits are complete with instructions and all necessary materials.

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Here is a photo of another piece I have been working on. The pattern is from a Boutis book entitled “Traditional Boutis” by Christiane Vignal. The book is filled with lovely traditional Boutis photos. Patterns are included in the book.

Another lovely source of French Boutis patterns is from Monsieur Hubert Valeri.  He has a website entitled “Boutis Archi Dessins”.  They are very lovely modern Boutis designs.  He sells patterns already printed on fabric although limited instructions are in French.  However, if you have a simple knowledge of how to do Boutis, his patterns are easy. Here is one of Hubert Valeri’s patterned that I stitched with “untraditional” varigated green thread using a backstitch for the entire piece.

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Lots of patterns are available if you are interested in trying French Boutis.  My beginner patterns on sale for two weeks are a perfect way to begin.

Amities, Averyclaire

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a truly blessed Merry Christmas and a peace-filled and healthy New Year!

Amities, Averyclaire

Gratitude

This has been a difficult year for the family in many ways, but it is with much GRATITUDE that I share the following photos. All three of my children are avid dog lovers and each of them lost a dear member of their family this past year. While all of us were stricken with sadness and grief, we are eternally GRATEFUL for the love they gave to everyone. While their departures left holes in everyones’ hearts, the memories they leave behind are filled with love, laughter, and GRATITUDE for having been a part of our family.

The first photo is of Ollie. He was a King German Shepherd who passed away suddenly of stomach bloat at the young age of 8 years old. He was a well-behaved and loveable guy who loved to play ball. He is missed by all.

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This lovely lady is Birdy. She was a Border Collie/German Shepherd mix who actually smiled when we arrived for a visit. She was gentle and kind and oh so huggable! She died of old age at the age of 17! Again missed by all.

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And last, but not least, and the most recent loss, is this beautiful lady, Razzle. She was an Alaskan Malamute. Larger than life, she would “WOO” for you when you arrived and immediately roll over for a belly rub. Such a sweetheart! She passed suddenly from an aneurysm at the young age of 7. Very much missed by all.

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During this past year I managed to complete one quilt. This was made as a gift for someone. The soft colored batik squares make this quilt just lovely. I have always wanted to do some straight line machine quilting and quilted this one only 1/2 inch apart. It turned out perfect. I can’t wait to give it to the person it is meant for.

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For myself personally, I am GRATEFUL for all my family and friends who sent flowers, cards and gifts in the past month or so. It was appreciated more than you will ever know! I had not been feeling well for several months and suddenly found myself in the hospital having emergency surgery at the beginning of March. It has been six weeks now and I am a new person. Still need to build up my stamina for all my activities, but I feel VERY WELL! Thank you again for your kindness!

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And lastly, I am GRATEFUL for many boring days during my recuperation when I finally got up the desire to work on some needlework. I managed to complete about HALF of my “Tulips” cross-stitch piece. I still have a long way to go. But to me HALF done is ALMOST done. SMILE

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Happy Spring to everyone! It has finally arrived in Chicago. Although I would like it to be a little warmer, I will take what is given.

Amities, Averyclaire

Zippered Bag

This past year and already into the new year I have been busy teaching French Boutis classes and designing new patterns. I also have done several quilt trunk shows for quilt groups.

After many months my new French Boutis Zippered Bag pattern is published on Etsy as a complete kit and as a PDF downloadable pattern. The small bag when completed measures about 5 x 7.5 inches. It has a 12 inch zipper and is lined with beautiful fabric.

Once again French Boutis is an ancient art. Simply done, two pieces of special fabric are sewn together with a small running stitch (quilting stitch) on drawn pattern lines. Then a double strand of Boutis yarn is drawn through the channels from the reverse side giving the piece a raised relief. (Similar to trapunto but has no batting.) Traditional Boutis is done on white batiste fabric. However, I have fallen in love with the Provencal bright colors. Hence my colorful kits.

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Luscious Provencal colors are available with the kit including beautiful lining fabrics. The fabric is 100% pima cotton and the linings are carefully chosen 100% cotton quilting fabrics.

For those not interested in a kit, the pattern and instructions are available in PDF downloadable form. However, the pattern must be enlarged 129% from 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper to 11 x 17 inch paper. It was reduced for ease in printing. A full size pattern is included in the kit.

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Alas there has not been much time left for my other interests such as stitching. I hope this year allows more time and better health!

Please visit me on Etsy or Instagram at “Averyclaire222“.

Amities, Averyclaire

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my blogging friends around the world!!! Hugs!

Amities…Averyclaire

Boutis Kits on Sale

For one month, my patterns and kits are on sale for 10% off.

Please visit my Etsy site and try your hand at a beginner Boutis project!

Each kit contains all the materials necessary to complete your project.  Give it a try!

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Three Ornaments

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Two Hearts

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One Scissor Case in your choice of colors!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!   Averyclaire

A Few Favorites

These are a few favorites of mine for this time of the year. A “Boo Bag” … “Halloween Pumpkin” … and “Halloween Fairy.” I have a couple more to post later.

Happy Autumn! Amities, Averyclaire

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