The streets at the base of the hill of Montmatre are well known for their myriad of fabric shops, but the first fabric shop we visited we stumbled upon while looking for a Metro.
We found Toto on Avenue d'Italie, however there are 10 other Toto shops in Paris and many more throughout France.
Toto sells fabric and haberdashery and the store we visited was on 2 levels. Upstairs they sell precut pieces of fabric by the kilo! The pieces vary in size from just a few centimetres to over a metre. After a bit of a rummage around I found these 3 fabrics:
This toile fabric is in a slightly heavier weight than the usual quilting cotton fabrics.
Next I went downstairs to look at fabrics on rolls.
A beautiful floral linen..
Another toile, also a heavy linen. There were quite a few toile fabrics with different designs and colours.
Lastly a red fabric. This one has a chintz like finish.
Toto also sells African fabric.
The lady at the register was very polite and helpful.
We eventually found the Metro and headed to Anvers.
The shops around Montmatre sell every kind of fabric you can think of!!
There are dozens of shops!!
I remembered Reine from our last visit to Paris. Out the front you find tables of rolls of fabric. Inside there is much more fabric and miniature mannequins, about a metre tall, dressed in outfits from the fabrics. They have lots of Liberty fabric there too. Last time we were there we got a very stern look when taking a photo, so this time I just took a photo from across the street!
Adjacent is one of the most well known fabric shops in Paris. Marche Saint Pierre (aka Dreyfus) is 5 floors of fabric!!!
I could have spent hours in there! They had a quilting fabric section, but the fabric was no cheaper than here in Melbourne. There was a huge array of furnishing fabrics. We saw a fabric that would have been perfect for new drapes here at home, but I couldn't bring home 30 metres of fabric!!! There was also a huge range of furnishing weight toile fabric. I didn't visit all the floors.
On the ground floor I found a small table of African fabrics. I choose 2 to bring home.
While wandering around we passed a small shop that had lots of linen toiles at a lower price than some of the larger shops.
This fabric I plan to use as the back of a quilt. (No idea what the front will be yet! Lol)
Next we visited Moline Mercerie. It has a small quilting fabric section, but is mostly haberdashery and books. Moline has been trading since 1879!!!
Here I found this!
The book is in French but has lots of photos. I found lots of hints by looking at Google too.
I have already chosen a pattern, found fabric, needles and thread. I haven't tried Boutis before, so I am going to experiment on a small piece and try some different threads and see which I like best. The 2 top yarns are cotton, acrylic mixes of different plys. The other thread is DMC Perle 5.
The last shop we visited was Mercerie Saint Pierre. I was the last person to leave at closing time, so I didn't have a lot of time to look around!! I did buy a small pair of embroidery scissors.
While strolling the streets of Dinard after lunch we came upon a small book shop. The book above (written in French) is more a a beginner book for embroidery, but has many pages set aside for notes and pages of graphs for your own designs. I stitched the Eiffel Tower in DMC 321 from a graph with the book.
I hope to go back to Paris again some day and have another walk around the fabric shops! :)
This morning I visited Quilts in the Barn.
Linda and her friends have once again done a magnificent job of creating a stunning display of quilts! There are red and white quilts small and large. There are also several antique quilts from Mary Koval's collection. Mary is there with her DH and she has a selection of fabric old and new. Mary also has some antique boutis quilts which I really loved to see!!
I encourage everyone to visit. All funds raised over the 3 days are donated to breast cancer research.
(Scroll down to the bottom of this post on Linda's blog for all the information about the Exhibition)