Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Visiting Des Fils et une Aiguille

While in Paris, I got the opportunity to visit a wonderful needlework shop, Des Fils et une Aiguille. 

Elodie is the shop owner.  She is so sweet, and I certainly enjoyed meeting her. 

Elodie told me that Florent and Thierry first opened the shop in March, 1995.  Then, in 2001, Marie and Chantal bought it.  And then, on February 4, 2011, a week before the big needlework show in Paris, Elodie bought the shop. 

Des Fils et une Aiguille is fantastic!   Every nook and cranny is full of wonderful goodies.  Elodie has lots and lots of charts, ribbons, fibers, linen, buttons, books, scissors, and more!  I was particularly taken with the many different linen bandings.  I've never seen such a wide variety.

Here is Elodie with her lovely smile, standing behind the counter.  Look at the array of fibers behind her!

Here is a glimpse of just some of Elodie's many ribbons and linen bandings.  Some items from Sajou are in the foreground of the first photo.

Of course, I had to check out all the wonderful goodies.

Look at all the linens!

How about the scissors?

And then there were the books!

Look what was in one of the shop's display cases--A Hornbook Examplar!  It was so exciting to see a completed With My Needle project on display in a Paris shop.  The stitcher certainly did a wonderful job.  I particularly like what she did on the inside with the red wool needlepages--so striking, don't you think?

Elodie, I certainly enjoyed meeting you and seeing your fantastic shop!!  I hope our paths will cross again soon!

If you're ever in Paris, make sure you visit Des Fils et une Aiguille at 1 rue Chabanais.  The shop is very easy to find--just a short walk from the Opera House, which is one of the most luxurious and beautiful places I've ever visited!


The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Ellen, I am positively in love with this shop. If I ever get back to Paris, I am putting this on the top of the "must visit" list. Thank you so much for posting about it today!

Vivi said...

A fantastic shop and Elodie is wonderful, I was there last March.

Gillie said...

Oh, what a wicked temptress you are, Miss Ellen! Gotta go!

valerie said...

How wonderful that you were able to visit this wonderful shop! The photo of the Opera House makes me remember my Paris trip...over 11 years ago. I must go back and make sure to visit Des Files et une Aiguille. Thanks for sharing your photos!

Des Fils et une Aiguille said...

Thank you Ellen ! Your article is so nice.

AlineKa said...

I am so pleased to see you loved what I've done with your "Hornbook Examplar", such a pleasure to stitch and sew it ! And SO PROUD you took a picture of it ... many thanks. Aline

Anonymous said...

I have ordered many times from her website, it was so nice to see these pictures! What a beautiful shop, I wold love to visit this. Thank you for posting about Elodie's shop.

Giovanna said...

I've been there several times, and it's always such a pleasure... so nice to see it through your eyes, Ellen!

Encarna said...

I was there in July and fell in love with this beautiful store, on my blog talking about the store, but your comment was much bigger and beautiful. Greetings to you.