Poster for Aiguille en fete the needlework trade show with studios
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Needlework Fair (Aiguille en Fête) February

Poster for Aiguille en fete the needlework trade show with studiosIt’s that time again for speed knitting, home spun yarn, lace, all sorts of needle craft, buttons, ribbons, patchwork, fabric, needles, hooks, threads, and sewing machines at Aiguille en Fête, February 4-7, 2016.

This is the annual needlework trade show with studios, workshops and lots of color! Porte de Versailles, Paris and 250 exhibitors from around the world (list in the Aiguille en Fête catalog page). Special exhibition 2016 is Tréors Mayas (Mayan Treasures), a tradition of needlework for three thousand years. The trade show has an agenda of special needlework events and exhibitions.Notice for Aiguille en fete - needlework trade show Porte de Versailles 2016

For you speed knitters, the 2015 results are documented. Catherine Bouënard has held the winning tricot crown since 2013. The rules of the competition require the greatest number of stitches in a row during three minutes. Each row counts 60 stitches using needles No. 4.

You can buy your single or multiple-day Aiguille en Fête tickets in advance or on the day of your visit with a discount for Friday night between 6 pm and 9 pm; special discounts for students and under 12 is free.

I will not be in Paris. Be sure too share your photos with me for next year’s posting!

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This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/colleensparis and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!