Last week, I had the good fortune to pop over to Paris for a couple of days with a dear friend. We happen to live only a few hours away from the “city of lights” & so it felt only slightly decadent. We had plans to visit a yearly show called “l’Aiguille en Fête” which translates roughly as “Needle Party”. It was a big show (over 250 exhibitors from many countries), which showcased anything & everything artsy that one could do with a needle (as well as some other crafts like stamping & paper work, too). To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show, it moved to a new venue & this year’s theme was KNITTING ! Yeah !
As I have been doing some needle felting lately, I was particularly taken with a Japanese booth which featured felted pastries & chocolates & other delicious goodies. A beautiful lady sat composedly needle-felting tiny confections while crowds gathered around her to watch. Her nimble fingers molded wool rovings into the most exquisite creations at a speed which belied her years of experience. I think that she, Rio Fukuda, was also responsible for the eye-catching 10 layered cake which stood at the entrance ( see above).
It was a jam-packed show in every way, not just people wise ( about 38,000 visitors give or take a few hundred) …
but idea-wise too ! I have so much more to share – knitting, embroidery, feltwork.