As for the workshops, Kaari and her staff are focused on both the project and the process, and they want their students to be exposed to different crafts and techniques. Seven years ago, they started taking groups of women to live for a week in a 17th-century chateau just north of Toulouse, France. These trips not only inspire participants, they also influence the workshops French General does for the rest of the year. “I’m not interested in the quick fix or the make-and-take in a minute,” Kaari says. “I really love exploring a concept, dedicating time to the craft, and then ending up with a beautiful object.”
Kaari and her talented crew have filled every inch of the shop with beautiful displays designed to inspire shoppers and get their creative wheels turning. In the fabric section, multiple armoires hold vintage French linens from delicately embroidered pillowcases to luxurious bedding because, as Kaari explains, “everyone should be sleeping underneath an old French linen sheet.” Shelves are lined with neat stacks of material just waiting to be turned into cozy quilts, beribboned book covers, and pretty rag dolls, and an antique cabinet’s narrow drawers showcase a rainbow-hued array of embroidery thread. If you’re wanting a true craft experience like none other, visit French General and explore your own imagination.