Christine's Color Connection
A newsletter for quilters who love color
August 2019
The Rest of the Adventure . . .
Thank you for your emails after my post last weekend! It was fun to hear from so many of you, and I'm glad you enjoyed the images and commentary. I just saw the information on Linda Lee's 2020 workshop at Chateau Dumas, so if you're interested, check out the Events Calendar at The Sewing Workshop.

Every day at the chateau, amazing books on textiles, fashion, and sewing appeared on the outdoor tables. Pure inspiration! This one is about French ribbon . . . of course.

Following is the rest of my adventure. Lots of photos, but a quick read.
So Many More Memories
I ended my previous post with a photo taken from the porch where we ate most meals. Here's a view of the outdoor dining room, from the CD website:
Fellow student Laurel came to my rescue again (merci, Laurel) and sent pictures of the approach to the chateau. It's no exaggeration to say that seeing it for the first time was a thrill.
Almost there. Doesn't this photo look like a painting?
The workroom wasn't this neat when we were painting and sewing, but you can see what a wonderful space it is.
Before the workshop began, we went to a popular Sunday market in St-Antonin-Noble-Val, not far from the chateau. Much of the 2001 movie Charlotte Gray was shot there. I recently watched it and loved seeing where I had just been. Fellow student Michelle (merci, Michelle) took this gorgeous photo of the iconic bridge and church. You see them often in the movie.
The contrast between the brilliant flowers and foliage and the muted background caught my eye. I took this from the same bridge.
Call me crazy, but this is one of my favorite pictures, kayaks tied at the bank.
This could be anywhere, though the labels give it away.
Off topic a bit, here's the view from the B&B where I and two others stayed; there aren't quite enough rooms in the chateau itself. (The light-colored area is the cover for a small swimming pool.) It was lovely, and our hosts Claudine and Bernard were so friendly.
Back at the chateau, a few more interior photos.

A grand house requires a grand clock.
Love the mix of pattern styles and scales in this corner of the dining room.
Tobie, Carolyn, and her husband Courtney on "the Internet settee," in the entry
I spied this through the kitchen door and snuck in for a quick picture. If only my local egg cartons looked like this.
Every chateau needs "un chat," yes? This is Ventura, aka Ven or Ven-ven. He was very vocal but wouldn't hold still for a photo, so I caught him lying down on the job (which is to be the resident mouser).
Steep steps down to the lower property made me think of a scene from a cozy mystery.
Back in the workroom . . . . The first few days we painted/stenciled on fabric. I couldn't resist taking this photo of Celia, wearing a dotted blue tunic while working at a table protected by a dotted blue cover.
A unique display of an antique dress in the workroom.
Backsplash and faucet at the workroom sink. Look carefully and you'll see C for chaud (hot) on the left, and F for froid (cold) on the right.
I was so taken with this cabinet for tools and supplies. At the bottom left you can see that the fronts open out to show the contents.
Not written in French, but oh-so European.
A silly pic of me taking a pic of the dress-shaped mirror in the workroom. Isn't the fixture above interesting? I never got around to checking it out—I had my head buried in my sewing.
I have a confession: I was SO busy in the workroom that I forgot to take more photos. And many of the students, like me, worked on multiple projects, not necessarily finishing them.

But here's a bit of my project in progress. Instead of painting directly on my cut-out fabric pieces (I didn't want to ruin them) I stenciled smaller pieces, with a plan to appliqué them to the shirt. This is one of my "oops" pieces, pinned to the back of my London Shirt. I decided it would be fine there, where I couldn't see it, and I prefer to think of it as a "sketch" rather than a rejected practice piece. You'll see the finished shirt at the end.
Emma and her grandmother Jan were delightful—and excellent seamstresses. Here Emma is wearing her softly painted version of The Sewing Workshop pattern "Berwick St. Tunic." Linda Beckman is taking a different picture, wearing the same pattern minus the sleeves. She also painted directly onto her fabric. It was such a treat to watch the other projects develop.
Off topic again, below are some supplies for the millinery classes, which take place in the upstairs studio. The name of this material is on the tip of my tongue; please tell me if you know. I was drawn to the strong color and texture.
More ingredients for makers.
Alas, the excellent instruction, endless inspiration, amazing food, AND great fun came to an end. I so enjoyed the women in our group, for their friendship, generosity, and laughter. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. Many thanks to Linda, chateau owner Lizzie, and Nancy, below, for sharing their gifts. I hope to cross paths with all of you again.
But wait, there really is more . . . . Below are photos of The Sewing Workshop "London Shirt" pattern, and my version, which I'm calling my "Chateau Shirt." It's far from perfect, but I'm happy, and for me it captures the flavor of the experience. La Belle France! Mes bonnes aimes!
I loved working with the rayon/linen blend Linda suggested, from The Sewing Workshop online Shop. It's a good weight, supple and just right for a shirt. It presses beautifully, too. The front:
Upper back detail. The black "big stitches" were fast and fun to make.
Until next time, when I return to color ideas/concepts for quilters. Thank you for joining me—it's been a pleasure to share my time in France with you!
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