While I was in Paris this summer I searched out some wonderful spots for shopping. One of them was run by a wonderful gentleman who has relationships with many of the artisan potters and basket makers around rural France that make speciality items of cookware and vessels. I was taken with the wares - so lovely and better than what you find normally. And the baskets were fantastic. Always on the lookout for something special - one basket makers items thrilled me. These three little baskets had been made as conceits, not quite large enough for anything but a very few little sewing tools. At 4" long they made my heart skip at their detail and delicate nature.
I was able to garner one of the blue one's for myself. Then I gingerly asked the owner of the shop - would the basket maker ever make more for me? For a class? Can you imagine it as part of an ensemble of lovely stitched goodies? What do you think?