Colourful tablecloths from Provence took centre stage in World Sewing Week, episode 8 of BBC TV’s Great British Sewing Bee 2020.
In this quarter-final episode, as part of the transformation challenge the contestants had to make a brand new outfit out of Provencal table cloths. Making skilled use of the tablecloths’ paisley patterns and vibrant provencal motifs, the talented sewers created a girl’s dress, a kimono, a halter neck top and skirt, a pair of ruffled trousers and a Japanese inspired jacket. The winner of this challenge was Clare Bradley with her little girl’s dress in striking blue and yellow with a lemons pattern. Clare went on to be crowned the overall winner of this year’s competion.
This episode is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000jyw6/the-great-british-sewing-bee-series-6-episode-8
You can find a full list of Great British Sewing Bee 2020 episodes on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03myqj2/episodes/guide
It was lovely to meet so many of my regular customers at the 2019 France Show at Olympia in January. Despite pre-Brexit jitters, keen Francophiles enjoyed the experience of ‘visiting France in a day’ at the show, it certainly beat queuing at the Channel Tunnel!
People come from all over Provence to visit Valbonne’s weekly market and it’s not hard to see why. Market stalls fill the little town, selling fresh local produce and other items typical of Provence including wine, lavender, honey, tablecloths and local pottery.
It’s Mothering Sunday on 14th March so if you are looking for Mother’s Day gifts for Mums who love colourful, practical presents with a dash of Mediterranean sunshine, why not buy her one of our beautiful French tablecloths?
Inspired by the colours and designs typical of sun-drenched Provence, French Shopping’s table linen collection comes in machine washable 100% cotton, French woven jacquard or wipe-clean acrylic coated, many with matching napkins and breadbaskets.
Stylish and practical, these tablecloths are ideal for informal entertaining and summer barbeques.
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Celebrating the culture, language and local traditions, Lu Festin de Nissa (Nice Folklore Festival) takes place at the Jardins de Cimiez in May. These gardens also boast Roman ruins and the Museum of Matisse. The women in the dance troupe wear traditional dress in designs typical of Provence – the inspiration for some of our tablecloths!
Nice is a vintage lover’s paradise, with a regular brocante market held in Place Garibaldi on the third Saturday of the month. A stroll round the town’s old quarter will also reveal retro and shabby chic treasures on almost every corner.
It was a pleasure to meet so many customers at the France Show at Olympia in January. My good friends Janet, Sue and Alison were on hand to help me out so I was able to have a good look around the show and the lovely French property stands.
French markets are a feast for all the senses, from the stunning displays of meat, fish, fruit and vegetable to the delicious smells of fresh baked bread, roasting chickens and fresh flowers. Even ripe cheese such as camembert and goats cheese add to the heady fragrant atmosphere! Here are photos from some of my favourite French markets in Sanary sur Mer, Bandol, Antibes and Nice in the south of France; Bergerac in the south west and Montreuil Sur Mer and Etaples in the north.
A French immersion course is a brilliant way to learn the language. My week at Le Bourdil Blanc in October combined French lessons in the morning and trips to wonderful sites in the Dordogne Valley in the afternoon. Vaut la visite!