Provence tablecloths are the stars of the Great British Sewing Bee 2020

Garments made from Provence tablecloths

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

Fun at the France Show 2019

French tablcloths at the France Show 2019

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!

French market in Valbonne, Provence

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.

Baby endive leaves, must try and grow these at home!
Some lucky forager stumbled upon this giant cepe, seen on sale in Valbonne market.
French tablecloths in Valbonne market
Colourful local pottery
More gorgeous tablecloths!
A quiet corner for a spot of lunch in Valbonne.
Local Provence cherries as far as the eye can see!
Browsing around French markets is a real treat.

Intriguing French doorways

I am fascinated by old French doorways, found in ancient villages and towns across the country. I’ve found several beauties in the Dordogne and Perigord regions,  in Provence, and Loire Atlantique.

Guard dog thinks he is a lion in Sarlat, Perigord.
Doorways in Menton, Provence

It’s not often you see an iron cooking pot hanging next to a doorway. Issigeac, Dordogne
Beautiful old wooden door and stone frame in Issigeac, Dordogne


Found in Valbonne,Provence

Lovely selection of old doorways found in Guerande and Piriac sur Mer in Loire Atlantique.

French Tablecloths for Mother’s Day Gifts

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.

French Shopping now ships worldwide including USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Free delivery on orders over £50 to UK postcodes only.

France Show 2017

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.

 

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French tablecloths from Provence
French tablecloths from Provence

 

 

Visiting French Tablecloth Heaven

Like a kid in a sweetshop, I just wanted to buy all the designs when I visited my tablecloth supplier in Provence! The firm dates from the 1930’s and is still run by the same family.

 

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French market love

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.

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Autumn in the Dordogne

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!

Le Bourdil Blanc front view
Le Bourdil Blanc front view

Le Bourdil Blanc rear view
Le Bourdil Blanc rear view

Pouriture Noble at Monbazillac
Pouriture Noble at Monbazillac

Grapes at Monbazillac
Grapes at Monbazillac
Beautiful autumn colours in Limeuil
Beautiful autumn colours in Limeuil
The old village of Limeuil
The old village of Limeuil
Bergerac grain warehouse
Bergerac grain warehouse
Chateau de Milandes
Chateau de Milandes
Bergerac is full of half timbered buildings
Bergerac is full of half timbered buildings