Stitch by Stitch in Paris

Twice while in Paris, I inadvertently came upon beautiful stitching shops with window displays that enticed me inside.

Are we energetically drawn to these things when we least expect them, or do we notice them because they interest and intrigue us? I think a bit of both. Someone else with no inclination to stitch or interest in the art would have walked by these shops without seeing them.

Literally, we don’t see them. I know because I’ve experienced this phenomenom many times. Once, for example, in Colorado, I needed something for my car, and my boyfriend, now husband, suggested I stop at AutoZone. Apparently it was just down the street from where I lived, sitting on a corner at an intersection where I turned right many times a week. I’m not kidding when I say I never noticed it. Didn’t see it.

It’s not what we look at that matters. It’s what we see.

I thought you might like to “see” a few of these beautiful counted cross-stitch creations in the tiniest and coziest little Parisian shops.


While in Paris, we wanted to spend our money on good food and nice lodging. We wanted to walk and stay above ground (avoiding the subway except for once) so that we didn’t miss anything of beauty in this iconic city. So while I picked up a couple gifts for my kids and grandkids, my one and only “me” purchase was this sweet piece to work on and hang somewhere in my kitchen to remind me of our visit and all the pretty pastries.

I’d like to tell you it’s finished. In fact, I’d love to tell you I’ve started on it. It’s still in the package. Ahhh, life – it gets in the way of the indulgence of time spent on creating things of beauty and remembrance. One of these days I’ll get going. The secret, I know, is to stretch the cloth into its hoop, thread the needle and take that first stitch. It’s the initial action, like the first step on that walk, that first day of incorporating better eating habits….that initial propulsion, the force that leads to movement and then we’re on our way.

Do you stitch or knit, crochet or work with your hands and fabric and thread? It’s a calming, meditative activity to engage in during the long winter nights – even if only now and then.

8 thoughts on “Stitch by Stitch in Paris

    1. I think that sounds like a great idea, Mo. I know the rabbit hole one can find themself in on social media…and with knitting you’d have some treasured creations.

  1. Big thanks for letting me see some of a little shop in Paris! and I agree about the auto parts place, I think we see what we want to 🙂
    Good luck on that piece for your kitchen, it will be a beautiful reminder.

  2. How beautiful! I used to do cross-stitch and crochet, but I haven’t touched them in years. You’re so right, they’re wonderfully creative and calming pastimes. I probably ought to return to them one day, but it’s kind of hard to do everything (and that novel-writing activity is calling me!)
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    1. And I just learned you’re on your way to publishing that novel! Good thing you stuck with that “novel-writing” activity. I’m so very happy for you and sending heart felt congratulations, Debbie!

  3. I am late to this party, but… I think I need to dig around and find the quilt that I never finished some 10 years ago. There is something extraordinarily calming and satisfying about hand stitching something, almost anything, and I love to piece quilt by hand.

    Thank you for reminding me!


    1. And we get busy, don’t we? I’ve got many cross stitch projects to complete – well honestly – to even start. If I just had two days each day – one to get things done and the other to relax into stitching and reading. Ahhhh……time.

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