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French General: Treasured Notions

French General: Treasured Notions

Inspiration and Craft Projects Using Vintage Beads, Buttons, Ribbons, and Trim from Tinsel Trading Company

By Kaari Meng,Foreword by Marcia Ceppos,Photographs by Jon Zabala


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French steel-cut beads, mother-of-pearl buttons, spools of vintage ribbons . . . This exquisite book showcases the decorative bits flea-market hunters dream of. Hundreds of photos reveal rare European notions from the craft community's most beloved emporium, Tinsel Trading Company. With these vintage baubles as her inspiration, Kaari Meng shares projects that crafters can make with their own flea-market finds or with contemporary materials they have on hand: a button charm bracelet, whimsical petite prize medals, an heirloom-worthy memory book, shimmering handbags, and more. Kaari's colorful inspiration boards lend design guidance, while her tips and resources help notion-lovers build up their stash of treasures.

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Size: 7-1/2 x 7-1/2 in;
Pages: 160 pp;
color photographs throughout
Format: Hardcover
Publication: March 2010
ISBN: 9780811868907
ISBN10: 811868907
Kaari Meng runs French General, a store that specializes in vintage and new French textiles, notions, and more. She lives in Southern California.

Marcia Ceppos is the owner of Tinsel Trading Company. She lives in New York City.

Jon Zabala is a Los Angeles-based photographer.