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Twenty years ago, French General began in a barn along the Hudson River in upstate New York.  Open once a month, the barn was filled with all of Kaari’s favorite things – old French linen sheets, 19th century floral textiles and tickings, French buttons, beads and ribbon.   Eventually the shop moved to New York City, and then to Los Angeles – where French General continued to grow into what it is now.  It is a shop, a workshop offering classes on every manner of stitching, block printing and natural dyeing, and a design studio for Kaari and her husband, JZ.

French General began designing fabric and quilt patterns for Moda in 2008 with their first collection, Rouenneries.  Since then, Kaari and JZ have designed over 30 collections and 60 quilt patterns.  Filled with old French florals, petite prints, stripes and borders, the French General fabric collections are inspired by historical document fabrics but colored in a fresh new way.  Each collection features a shade of red, which has become synonymous with the French General brand.

In addition to quilt fabric and patterns, French General also designs interior fabric and wallcoverings, jewelry kits, and a whole collection of embroidery samplers and floss palettes – including their very own French Hoop – a brass and steel coil wire embroidery hoop manufactured by French General.

In the summer, Kaari hosts groups of women from around the world in the South of France to live in a large old house and visit local flea markets, artisans and villages – as well as craft and learn to cook like a Frenchwoman.  The French General Getaway has become a special event which is usually sold out a year in advance.

Kaari lives Los Angeles, California and spends her days thinking up creative ideas for French General as well as traveling the world teaching workshops and sharing her passion for vintage fabrics and crafting.


 
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Madame Rouge - Terre in Roche by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Jardin de Versailles - Botanique in Pearl by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Fleur de Noel - Anemone in French Grey by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Fleur de Noel - Anemone in Rouge by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Fleur de Noel - Anemone in Smoke by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Fleur de Noel - Renoncule in Grey by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Fleur de Noel - Renoncule in Rouge by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Fleur de Noel - Linen Texture in Smoke by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Fleur de Noel - Linen Texture in French Grey by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Fleur de Noel - Linen Texture in Pearl by French General for Moda

$21.00

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Jardin de Versailles - Lavande in Lavender by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Jardin de Versailles - Pelouse in Rouge by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Jardin de Versailles - Botanique in Pale Rose by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Jardin de Versailles - Botanique in Lavender by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Jardin de Versailles - Linen Texture in Lavender by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Madame Rouge - Bonheur in Roche by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Mignonette in Pearl by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Charmante in Pearl by French General for Moda

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La Vie En Rouge - Belle in Oyster by French General for Moda - copy

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Belle in Pearl / Garance by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Les Fleurs in Pearl / Garance by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Les Fleurs in Rouge by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Joi De Vivre in Pearl by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Joi De Vivre in Pearl / Garance by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - L'Amour in Garance by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Je T'Aime in Garance by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Je T'Aime in Pearl / Rouge by French General for Moda

$20.00

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La Vie En Rouge - Mon Coeur in Rouge by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Madame Rouge - Camellia in Roche by French General for Moda

$20.00

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Fleur de Noel - Lis D'Etoile in Pearl Rouge by French General for Moda

$21.00

 
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