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« on: March 13, 2005 09:04:01 AM »

i was wondering how many we were here living in France.... i don't know maybe it can be useful.
as for myself, i'm french and i live in Paris. voila Wink
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2005 07:38:49 PM »

I know this post is really old... but anyways... I don't live in France... but I am hoping to go to Paris this summer!  Any suggestions of crafty places to go?  Haha I'm a diehard... oh yah and while I'm at it I might as well ask you... do you know of any good places to stay that aren't unbelieveably expensive?  There's gunna be 4 of us...
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2005 09:44:10 PM »

my best friend and i were squatting in Paris in Bois de Boulogne for about two months.  We usually hung out in the 16th arondissement, so i only know of the one yarn shop near Casino and supermarche G20 on Rue de Belles Feuilles.  Maybe you recognize my avatar from le palais de tokyo.  I love that place.  If i lived there again i'd go for free the first sunday of every month.  Also le Centre Culturel du Japon has really great paper and books on japanese arts and crafts.  Let me know if you know any other great places for crafts because i plan to return some day.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2005 08:39:51 AM »

Last time I went to Paris I stayed at the Hotel Eldorado which was in walking distance from the Moulin Rouge. It was really nice and about £40 a room a night - the description I read on the internet  was that it's where the models, musicians and artists stay and we definitley had some interesting evenings with very interesting people in the bar round the corner! I can try find the website for you if you like?
While I was there I got loads of fabric and the biggest buttons you have ever seen in the world (I have honestly searched the world for more since and never found any as big!) from loads of haberdashery shops around mon matre - at the bottom of the steps? I think its very famous area for fabric etc. but i found it very cheap - always good!

Love the palais de tokyo as well!
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2005 09:12:15 AM »

If you decide to stay near the Moulin Rouge (AKA Red Light District...) be careful wih what you decide to leave in the hotel room when you are gone.  Last summer, I went on a European trip with my AP European history class.  While in Paris, we stayed in the RLD at a place called the Hotel Migny because of the cheap price.  After the first day's tours, some of the girls (luckily my room was not included) had their bags broken into - CD players and worn underwear was stolen...gross.  So if you go for a cheapie, make sure you bring anything you can't live without during the hours you won't be in the room, lock your luggage and doors, and be friendly to the hotel staff - after the girls and my teacher reported the theft and told the manager they wanted to go to the police, he got angry and suddenly "forgot" all the English he knew before.

Basically, be careful and know what the area is like before you decide to stay there.  Hidden travel wallets are a must, and if you attempt to speak French to them, the French will be very polite and helpful.

Have a good trip!

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2005 04:08:31 AM »

sorry i won't be able to help for the hotels, i just can say that if you want to find cheaper hotels, you can look not directly in paris, but on the cities nearby (or hotels situated on the Portes of Paris) - since they're not directly in paris, they're cheaper, and then there's always the subway.

for crafts supplies, it depends on what you're looking for.
for yarn, you can go to the Phildar shops, the list is on their website (http://www.phildar.fr/us/p_magasin/adresse_fr.asp).

for fabrics, you can go near montmartre (so at the same time you can visit), on the streets that goes to the Sacré Coeur there are a lot of cheap fabric shops, and also bigger stores whose i don't remember the names, but they have pretty fabrics.

for general crafty things, there are shops named Loisirs & Créations. i don't think they have a website, but they have shops in the Carroussel du Louvre (if you visit le Louvre) and in Cour St Emillion (not really near any touristic thing, but it's a nice place to eat and shop, and most of the stores are open on sundays). Otherwise, there are shops name Créa (general crafts, but drawing oriented), you can find the list here http://www.crea.tm.fr/ (the link on the left "magazins et horaires").

another address, a bit cheaper but you can find lots of things, is Le Bon marché. it's a grand magazin so you can find many other things, but there is nearly a floor for  crative shops (there is a phildar for example, but a lot of others), so you can go to see (the building is really pretty also).

Another store, mainily for buttons and stuffs like that, is La droguerie (but it's pretty expensive) (http://www.ladroguerie.com/).

otherwise, i have this page of addresses in Paris for crafts shops (but it's in french) : http://www.marieclairemaison.com/app/WebObjects/MCMWeb.woa/99/wo/Bf1mM1qgzXt529LGGyV1nfXV6TZ/3.0.13.21.16.0.26.0.5

well i hope this helped, and if you have other questions or anything, you can mail me at mariealex[AT]gmail[DOT]com, i'd be glad to help Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2005 07:09:42 AM »

i was wondering how many we were here living in France.... i don't know maybe it can be useful.
as for myself, i'm french and i live in Paris. voila Wink


Hey, I live in Paris too! Cheesy

I know this post is really old... but anyways... I don't live in France... but I am hoping to go to Paris this summer! Any suggestions of crafty places to go? Haha I'm a diehard...

As I'm into sewing and embroidery, here are some good places to shop for fabric and embroidery items...

For hand embroidery, a trip to the shop "Le Bonheur des Dames" may be worthwhile. They have 2 boutiques, one in the twelfth arrondissement:
17, avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
(Metro : Bastille ou Ledru Rollin.)
 
And another one in the 9th arrondissement:
8 Passage Verdeau 
75009 Paris
(Metro : Grands Boulevards)
 
They even have a website if you'd like to check it out (and it's bilingual, French-English!):
http://www.bonheurdesdames.com/
 
You also have the "Bouchara" store in the 9th arrondissement:
They have very, very nice fabric and plenty of ready-to-embroider items (towels, jar toppers, and many other things things you just would never have thought of!). They also carry a nice selection of cross-stitch and embroidery kits and fabrics, especially nice linens. This shop is great for inspiration. And it's quite big! Smiley
Here's the address, in the 9th arrondissement:
1-3 rue Lafayette 
75009  Paris
Metro : Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette (line 7 - 9) or  Opéra (line 7 - 8 - 9)
 
I think you would also enjoy a trip to what I call the "fabric neighborhood". It's just at the bottom of the Sacré Coeur too, so you'd "kill two bird with one stone". Wink
It's in the 18th arrondissement. You have an amazing number of fabric stores there, but I've also seen fascinating tapestry boutiques. You'll just need to stroll down the streets and I can guarantee you you'll want to enter every shop you see!
Just start around the Place Saint-Pierre and you'll be amazed at the number of shops and boutiques carrying fabric and embroidery! What I do when I treat myself to a trip there is go by metro; I stop at "Anvers" (it's on the 2nd metro line) and go up the streets towards the Sacré-Coeur.
 
But I need to warn you that prices are often high in France for embroidery and crafty items... I love to get the inspiration, but seldom shop there, unless they're having sales. I shop mostly on the net, from English or American online stores, and even more from ebay.com & ebay.co.uk Wink
But you can get great bargains for fabrics.

Hope this helps! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2005 08:59:10 AM »

Hey, I had no idea about this area of Crafster !!!
So I'm sylvie, french and I live in Annecy ( french Alps)..
I wouldn' t know about Paris, but if anyone wants tips about thrifstores, yarn stores, ... or more,  in Annecy or Grenoble (my hometown), just ask !!!
I've also posted a few links (incl. free patterns in french) here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34176.0

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2005 03:05:48 AM »

Hey! -   I just saw this post.  I live in the Paris area too. Wink 

I don't know... I sure haven't found any cheap crafty places.  I have gone to the area of Montmatre and checked out all the fabric stores.  A HUGE selection but lordy where's the $1 per yard Wal-Mart bin?Huh

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2005 03:10:11 AM »

I agree... You've really got to *fight* your way to cheap fabric in Paris. Very frustrating isn't it, when you know how cheap fabric can be in the US...  Undecided

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