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!

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