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Ever heard of French General? Of course you have. If not, you're in for a treat, as the renowned owner of this lovely craft/notions store has penned her first sourcebook for lovers of French country coast to coast. Kaari Meng includes ready-to-use pattern sheets, embroidery transfers and step-by-step instructions to infusing your home with a bit of 'a francais.'

One of my favorite projects of Kaari's is her gorgeous scalloped tablecloth that looks like an image straight from Martha Stewart herself. I'd love to try the project with a beautiful floral fabric for a last-minute summer dinner party. A similar tablecloth in French General's 'red quilt' fabric would look equally striking, especially for a backyard bbq baby shower I'm currently planning.

I feel silly craving a book that focuses on sewing and embroidery when I haven't yet perfected the art of either, but I suppose a gal can dream (even the French ones!). And dream I shall...

French General: Home Sewn
Written by: Kaari Meng
Chronicle Books, $24.95



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