Bergère de France evening at Hollies Haberdashery

I had a really super evening at the end of last week when I attended An Evening with Bergère de France at Hollies Haberdashery – my lovely local fabric/yarn emporium. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the lure of mulled wine, mince pies, and (most importantly!) yarn was enough to tempt me.

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Tucking in!

We were ably guided through the Bergère de France yarn collections by Fiona, the sales rep, who came armed with loads of gorgeous samples, pattern books and ideas! We got to take away a design book and pattern instructions too.

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Design book

I was much taken by this jumper and scarf, both knitted up in lovely Filomeche yarn (a really great quality wool/acrylic mix).

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Fair Isle jumper and chunky scarf in Filomeche yarn

But fully aware that my knitting skills would not be up to the task (although I could maybe just about manage the scarf…!) I spent my money on a kit to make a very light and sparkly stole, using Angel (a mohair mix) and Lumiac (a very pretty yarn with sequins).

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Beautiful stole kit

It is an aim of mine to improve my knitting skills in 2017 – so it is good to make a start in 2016.. it is going well so far, but still I sit, hunched over my needles – I wonder if more mulled win would help?

It was lovely to be introduced to the different yarns by an expert!

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Bergère de France yarns at Hollies Haberdashery

And with my sewing/crochet hat on (not literally, haha) I was really inspired by some of the accessories that Bergère produce. Here’s a bag made using their faux leather bag pieces:

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Faux leather and yarn tote bag by Bergère de France

My brain started whirring and imagining a bag made with crochet, fabric and faux leather. I also totally loved the stitchable vinyl, made up into this really stylish little pouch:

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Vinyl zippy pouch by Bergère de France

Again, I really like the idea of combining the vinyl fabric with standard fabric to make big pouches and bags. And how great would a personalized stitched vinyl luggage tag look on a handmade bag?!

Such a fab and inspirational evening, especially at this time of year when I was feeling a bit crafted out. I highly recommended it if you get a chance to attend an event like this near you.

P.S. I attending this as a paying punter rather than on a press freebie – so many thanks to Sarah at Hollies Haberdashery and Fiona from Bergere de France and the other attendees for letting me take some pics, and for a fun evening.

5 thoughts on “Bergère de France evening at Hollies Haberdashery

  1. I always enjoy reading your emails and what you have been up to plus it is good to see different crafts. I am knitting a tea cosy at the moment, this has been in the making for 2 months now as I got caught up in making various home made gifts for Christmas so this was a timely reminder to get my knitting needles on the go again after the big day.
    I am off to spend Christmas with my son and his partner in Edinburgh tomorrow so may I just take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful 2017.
    I look forward to receiving many more emails in the coming 12 months.
    Many thanks for all the hard work you put into your blog and sharing ideas an insights into your crafting world.
    Lynne

  2. Good to meet you Ali and glad you enjoyed the evening. I am sure Sarah at Hollies will help you develop your knitting skills! Have a wonderful festive season, Fiona

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