Collecting antique textiles in France has long been a passion of Kaari Meng, owner of French General. French General is a workshop located in Los Angeles, California that stocks a collection of vintage craft kits, as well as fabric and old millinery supplies. The fabric collections represent colors that could have been found in 18th century rural homes in France. Different textures and prints are meant to blend together for projects that are both beautiful and functional. Filled with soft faded reds, ticking stripes and provencal checks, the fabrics are made to be used for heirloom quilts as well as home interiors.
French General has written over five books, including jewelry making, home decor, entertaining and crafts – each layered with the warmth, color and texture that French General has become known for. As well as writing books, Kaari teaches a variety of creative and inspiring workshops across the country on a regular basis.
French General also takes women to the South of France every summer to help them find their inner French woman. The creative retreats include flea markets and farmer markets, exploring local villages, and meeting artisans that still make things the way they were made 100 years ago. Each week is filled with workshops that use materials found in the flea markets as well as teach techniques in sewing, stitching, natural dying, paper crafts and mixed media.