Nantes Magic

I was honoured to be an invited guest at the wonderful ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’ in Nantes last week. It had been rescheduled three times but was well worth it and I really enjoyed my visit to France.

I was fortunate to have a stand which was near the entrance and many visitors came for a look and a chat. I also taught four workshops there which was a great opportunity for me to practice my French!

my stand

It was also lovely to catch up with other artists and makers – Jo Colwill’s stand looked great, and it was lovely to meet Cecile Franconie, Alison Glass and Christopher Wilson Tate, amongst others.

People are what make any event special and I was really touched to meet visitors who had visited my shows at Quilt en Beaujolais and Aiguilles en Luberon.

It was also heartening to meet these ladies from Norfolk, and Margaret Seaman, aged 92, who knitted Sandringham for NHS charities.

I am very grateful to Carol Veillon and her team at Quiltmania for the invitation and all of their hard work. They have also produced a beautiful article on my practice in ‘Simply Vintage’, current issue no. 40 available in English and French.

Published by Anne Kelly

Artist, author and tutor based in the UK. I exhibit and teach nationally and internationally. Member of Embroiderers Guild UK, Crafts Council Directory and Society for Embroidered Work.

4 thoughts on “Nantes Magic

  1. Oh Anne, what a lovely display—I was at the Nantes show in 2019–a true feast for the eyes and such delightful people, and fabulous displays. Many trinkets I bought there have found their way into quilt projects and hangings. Was hopeful Covid would have been gone by now, but alas here in Western Canada our numbers were to high to be travelling, but next year just try to hold me back from going.
    Everything on your website is delicious and full of memories, of past times and family and history.
    I am thinking of stealing one of my husband’s sail boat models and claiming it for myself by adding some wonderful needlework sails.
    There is truly Frost on the Pumpkins, here in Alberta this morning, but I have just spent a delightful time, looking at all the beautiful pictures on your site. Thank you.

    Shea Forster


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