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"Les Cigales" and Boutis Celebrate Summer

During our time in the south of France, one of the quintessential signs and sounds of summer that I waited for every year, was the return of "les cigales". Their steady, yearning lovesong (or chirring) announced the arrival of the long, hot sultry days and nights ahead. So here, in tribute to those little fellows that are right now singing their hearts out to some little lady cicada under the next leaf in our old neighbourhood in Montpellier, is my completed "les cigales" boutis needle fold.

Completed needle fold.

The needle fold opens to hold all of the needles required for my next boutis project. I was fortunate to find a piece of wool felt in the appropriate colour for my needle case. To secure it firmly, I machine stitched it into place while at the same time, giving the boutis piece a better crease for the fold.

A collection of needles ready for all stages of boutis.

I'm linking up to W.I.P Wednesday


  1. Glad to see you at WIP Wednesday! This finish turned out beautifully. I really think I need something like this too ... I'll just whip one up in my free time!

    1. Sounds great Monica. And I'll whip up a BFF in my spare time and we can compare notes! :)

  2. I'm glad you like the cicadas. When we lived in Ohio I hated the d$%@ things! I always said that they screamed at me when I walked under the trees. At any rate, your boutis is lovely, even though it is of an insect. :)

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    2. I rather think that the French have the same opinion of cicadas that you have, but for me they were a novelty, and they became a comfortable, familiar background noise, that was accompanied by some of the most perfect summer weather I have experienced. Had I grown up with the constant "chirring", I may have the same opinion AS you. As usual, context has much to do with how we perceive things.

  3. Ah your needle case is delightful! And such a lovely color. Having grown up with the cicadas I don't seem to mind them. It was definitely a summer reminder.

    1. Hi Karen. Thanks for checking in and for your kind comment. Did you by any chance grow up in France?

  4. What a wonderful work!
    With the sunny colour it will remind you at lovely summerdays whenever you will using it.

    1. Thanks. You are right about that colour of yellow; it really does remind me of Southern France. Vielen dank fur den besuch.


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