French General Events & Giveaway

French General Events & Giveaway

French General: Home Sewn by Kaari Meng
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Kaari Meng’s shop French General is an oasis of lovely linens, sparkly beads, and vintage notions all tucked away in sweet cottage in the heart of Hollywood. If you can’t get there in person, you can console yourself with her beautiful book, French General: Home Sewn. Inside you’ll find 30 simple yet stylish projects for the home created from drool-worthy textiles collected from Parisian flea markets and elsewhere. I love how the rustic charm of the projects, such as the Bread-Warming Seeded Bag for the supper table, Washing Mitts made from hemp fabric, and linen-backed Wall Hangings–and the book includes embroidery transfer patterns which add an extra personal touch.
There are a few special events coming up (in NYC, LA, and Claremont, CA) where you can help celebrate the release of French General: Home Sewn. Be sure to check one of them out soon! The first one happens next week at the gorgeous shop Tinsel Trading Co.–be sure to RSVP pronto to ensure a place in the class.
French General Book Signing & Craft Class
Thursday, November 13, 2008
@ Tinsel Trading Company
1 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
ph: 212-730-1030
Also! Chronicle Books has been kind enough to donate a French General Gift Pack for one lucky Craftzine reader! Simply comment on this post by this Friday, 12pm PST and you could receive a copy of the French General: Home Sewn book, plus the Labels & Stickers paperback and a French General Stationery Box!

256 thoughts on “French General Events & Giveaway

  1. Hannah says:

    I have never heard of this book before but it looks great!!

  2. Nicole C. says:

    The cover of the book is beautiful- I can only imagine the wonderfulness on the inside!

  3. highchair says:

    Did someone say embroidery transfer patterns? Oh Yeah! Sign me up.

  4. Nicole C says:

    The cover is beautiful.

  5. amysahba says:

    fingers crossed! i’d love this book!

  6. rhysbethan says:

    The book looks beautiful and I am smitten with the stationery.

  7. Judy says:

    How beautiful! Love the cover- the fabrics and colors are lovely!

  8. melanie says:

    This is exactly what I need, I can’t wait to see the projects that are inside!

  9. says:

    The fabrics on the cover have me sold. I wish they had events in my area too!

  10. Kate says:

    Gorgeous books – and very cool giveaway!

  11. Charity says:

    gorgeous use of colors & prints!

  12. Jennifer W. says:

    Oh la la! Looks lovely!

  13. kc says:

    Gorgeous books! Just think of all the crafty goodness packed inside!!

  14. Jennifer W. says:

    Oh la la! Looks lovely!

  15. erin says:

    if only i had known about french general when i lived in l.a. *sigh* this looks like just the book to sit and dream over.

  16. D says:

    This looks quite lovely.

  17. Margaret says:

    The cover alone has sucked me in!

  18. shea says:

    This looks so cool! I am in the process of moving and would love to have this book as inspiration for decor in my new home!
    Yay craftzine!

  19. Mollie says:

    I am so excited about this book. The cover itself inspires so much creativity.

  20. Jessie says:

    I was about to say exactly what Erin said! I lived in LA for 7 years and somehow missed this store? I can’t wait to see the book.

  21. says:

    This looks so super. I’m super interested in this book.

  22. says:

    This looks so super. I’m super interested in this book.

  23. betsyann says:

    Yes please!

  24. Debbie says:

    There’s something so appealing about everything they do!

  25. Sarah says:

    That book makes me want to take off for the french countryside with my baguette and brie.

  26. betsyann says:

    Yes please!

  27. Jenna says:

    Cool – the book looks interesting.

  28. Julie says:

    I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover…but I’m tempted. They look fab!

  29. Mary H says:

    The fabrics on the cover of the book are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Helen says:

    I love the colors!

  31. Fina says:

    This book looks and sounds fabulous! Please enter my name into the drawing for it.

  32. Meghan C says:

    I flipped through “Home Sewn” last weekend at Borders and loved it!! The projects in it are really great, and many of them were suited for beginners (like me). Hopefully I can work my way up to the more difficult ones. Great giveaway!

  33. Charolette33 says:

    This looks just wonderful. I will definitely try to look through these books.

  34. kelidevi says:

    I’ve been eyeing this book for a while, it looks great!

  35. kelidevi says:

    I’ve been eyeing this book for a while, it would be great to win it!

  36. filminthefridge says:

    I’d love to win – that book looks inspiring! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  37. filminthefridge says:

    I’d love to win – that book looks inspiring! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  38. Anjali says:

    I hope I win – the stationary and the book look gorgeous!

  39. Sarah Adamson says:

    i love french general! i have their beading book, french-inspired jewelry and would love to add to my collection. of course, everything is just a bit too difficult or uses too-expensive materials. for now, i’m just collecting drool puddles on the pages. i’m a much better sewer than jewelry maker, so i’m pretty confident i’ll do better with this new book!
    love, sarah

  40. heavyknitter says:

    This book looks beautiful!

  41. WiseArts says:

    Looks swell! I’m in!

  42. Heather says:

    So many lovely red linens… great inspiration for a Friday morning!

  43. the story of your red right ankle says:

    these are so adorable. fingers crossed.

  44. WiseArts says:

    Looks swell! I’m in!

  45. mj says:

    This book looks great!

  46. Telan says:

    Oh wow, this book looks so gorgeous. I’m jealous of the fabrics… wonder where I can get them?

  47. says:

    Oh I hope so, This would be a dream to win. *** Hoping in allows internationals as well!!***

  48. Stacy says:

    I’ve pored over this book soooo many times at Borders – would love to win it!

  49. Anne says:

    Gorgeous! Such a lovely eyes for the colors and patterns!

  50. missknitta says:

    Gorgeous! Fingers crossed :)

  51. whimsybliss says:

    This book would be great to have for handmade Christmas presents. Great use of fabrics!

  52. Stacy says:

    I love this book! I’ve pored through it at Borders – but didn’t come home with it sadly! :(

  53. laur_uic says:

    What a pretty book!

  54. Knittingrid says:

    Oh, I’d love to win this book and goodies. The reds and whites just get me.

  55. sararonni says:

    Looks lovely! Would love to win a copy!

  56. alicia says:

    Looks terrific! Thanks for the chance to win!

  57. sararonni says:

    Looks lovely! Would love to win a copy!

  58. alicia says:

    Looks fabulous! I’m already envisioning loads of beautiful handmade Christmas gifts. Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Lien says:

    I would love to win this! :]

  60. Sarah says:

    Wow–looks awesome!

  61. Kam A says:

    This looks great!
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  62. Jen says:

    This looks so lovely and inspiring!

  63. Andi says:

    I’d love to win this book!

  64. Sassy Priscilla says:

    I know I would love this book. Thank you for offering it.

  65. Bhavana says:

    Enter me please. Thanks!

  66. stacysews says:

    I just saw this in the bookstore and was very curious about it! Thanks for the review and crossing my fingers I win!

  67. Madison Avenue Baby says:

    Tres bien! Je suis enchante!
    I would LOVE to win this.

  68. lovesfunnies says:

    This looks so amazing–can’t wait to see the book!

  69. Jenni says:

    Pick me. Pick me. Please

  70. Beth says:

    I drooled all over “Hand Sewn” at my local book shop. Who wants that copy?! I promise to take better care of this one if I win it.

  71. amy j says:

    I had my eyes on the French General sewing book for a bit now; great stuff.

  72. janapl says:

    I’ve been a big fan of French General for years- so, pick me :0)

  73. elizabeth says:

    This looks like a wonderful book! I so love French style.

  74. laura k says:

    Oooh, beautiful. Enter me up!

  75. Eva says:

    that book looks lovely- i’d love to own a copy ;)

  76. Michelle says:

    Oo! That book looks drool-worthy. I’d love a chance to win it!

  77. Lea says:

    Just beautiful!

  78. Janet says:

    Love French General. I am really excited because I didn’t know there was a store in Claremont. Would love the book.

  79. Angie H. says:

    Wow, I’ve seen this book and its great. So many practical and easy projects!
    Thanks for letting me enter…Angie

  80. shallowwater says:

    ooo, I love the cover! such pretty patterns!

  81. Debra T. says:

    Looks beautiful!

  82. Wendy says:

    I love French General!

  83. Holly says:

    *Puts her hand up* Oh me, pick me!

  84. ashley says:

    just beautiful!

  85. Julie says:

    Ooooh! So pretty!

  86. Beth Walker says:

    Already on my x-mas wishlist!

  87. Lauren says:


  88. mommymae says:

    wow. this books looks great!

  89. onetigerlilly says:

    How wonderful, the books looks great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  90. Bladerunner says:

    Pick me please!

  91. tendril says:

    I was looking at this book today in Barnes and Noble and I love it! I barely got through the first few pages before I was whipping out my little notebook to add it to my wishlist. Such a cute book!

  92. Sandy says:

    I was flipping through this book today. The projects look great and the photos are fantastic, I hope that I’m fortunate enough to win this.

  93. Bree says:

    Such a cool book!

  94. Madison Avenue Baby says:

    I would love to win these fabulous prizes.

  95. Eve says:

    Oh man! I love this style. I’m crossing my fingers.

  96. stacy says:

    What a gorgeous book! If I don’t win I will have to check it out at my bookstore.

  97. thgil829 says:

    i hope, i hope, i hope…

  98. Natalija says:

    No chance for me, but please sign me in. Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. vera says:

    oh this book looks wonderful. will definitely be adding it to wish-list!

  100. mara saltzman says:

    This book sounds fantastic! Giveaways definitely get the name out there too.

  101. Countess.Laurie says:

    WOW. I am inspired. Thanks for the chance to win!

  102. treasuresofjoy says:

    I would love to win this book. I love that it has the transfers.

  103. Melissathelibrarian says:

    I, too, would love to win this book and goodie pkg! Thanks Craft and Chronicle!

  104. Kangiskawe says:

    WOW! It’s a great book! I have the library copy here right now. Was tickled to see it pop up on craftzine. :) Would love to add my own copy to my library.

  105. LoriB says:

    Wow! Gorgeous cover. Can’t wait to see the book

  106. Kangiskawe says:

    WOW! It’s a great book! I have the library copy here right now. Was tickled to see it pop up on craftzine. :) Would love to add my own copy to my library.

  107. Pinya says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE books like this. I just mentally checked out and found a happy place looking at the cover. I got my toes crossed for this one.

  108. B says:

    Had a chance for a quick look in our local bookstore. It’s wondrous.

  109. Joanna says:

    I would love to have this book – the textiles are gorgeous and I’m totally in need of some new projects for around the house.

  110. crafty1900 says:

    these fabrics are so pretty! hope to win…

  111. PterodactylPants says:

    I am drooling at the thought! What a gorgeous book.

  112. heven2mrgatroid says:

    Would love to win this book!

  113. Deanne says:

    What wonderful looking books. Put my name in the hat, please!

  114. susan says:

    ma maison needs this book!

  115. heidi says:

    I’ve only recently started exploring my crafty side in a little more depth. These books would be a fantastic resource!

  116. ewhitney says:

    I think this book would make me a better person.

  117. Tiffany says:

    Woohoo! I would love to win this :)

  118. Kathryn says:

    Ooh how I love linen. I would love to win this book.

  119. qrious says:

    Loved Kaari’s other two books. Can’t wait to check this one out!

  120. abcgirl says:

    pick me!!

  121. chris says:

    can’t wait to check the books out!

  122. rachelh says:

    I looked through this one at Borders a few weeks ago and almost bought it. There are some great items in there.

  123. Michele Delfino says:

    I live to send “fun mail.” Mail that isn’t necessary, but it hand made by me or my kids, just to let friends and family know I’m thinking about them — and they can have the glee of seeing something beautiful in their stack of mail. Your stationery is lovely and timeless.

  124. Jeannie-Bean says:

    I absolutely love the look of that stationery. It would be perfect for the letter writing project my best friend and I are working on.

  125. Malinda says:

    They are just gorgeous – can’t wait to see the book.

  126. Jen S says:

    such lovely things. thanks for sharing info on this and for a chance to win. – jen

  127. natsknits says:

    I love, love, love Chronicle Books!!
    Please pick me!!!

  128. Jill Crossfield says:

    OOOOOhhhhhhhhh waving from Florida…. me, me, me. I can’t wait to dig into this book! Thanks for the chance!
    Jill C.

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Jenny Ryan is an artist, crafter, and maker of things. She lives in Los Angeles with a pack of various animals (including her husband) and writes about her adventures in creating at Exit Through the Thrift Shop.

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