Author: Elena

Finding Sewing and Needle Craft Supplies, Patterns, & Fabrics in shops & online in Swiss Romandy

Ordering fabric online (Swiss online shops) I haven’t yet ordered fabric online, but there are some enticing websites with a diverse selection of fabric. As noted above, the UK site Sew Essential, sells good quality fabrics. In Switzerland: Tissue & Co. carries pretty fabrics from top brands, modern sewing patterns (Colette, Sewaholic, etc.), sewing notions and tools, and even kits for adults and kids to learn to sew. The site is in French and English and you can also follow owner Ana’s sewing blog. She also has an outlet of Tissue & Co. in Rolle, just opposite the train station at Ave. de la Gare 18, 1180 Rolle. Please email her in advance to confirm her opening hours at: contact@tissueandco.ch I found Roth Lila Blau, when searching online for a local source of the lovely US-made Art Gallery Fabrics. Owner Sue offers a large selection of fabrics for fashion, home decor, patchwork and quilting. Orders from CHF100 have free delivery within Switzerland. All orders up to CHF100-worth of goods will be billed CHF10. for packagin …

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Post-lockdown agenda: Item No. 1 – Canadian Impressionism at Hermitage

Im kicking myself for ignoring my initial impulse to visit the Hermitage Foundation in Lausane “no matter what” when their current exhibition Canada and Impressionism opened there in late January. Being Canadian and a fanatic for almost all things Impressionism I knew I’d be Impressed (excuse the pun) by the collection of a hundred paintings by Canadian painters, which has been loaned to the Hermitage largely by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

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Me and my Bernina: A Swiss-made love affair.

The chances of my being interviewed for a Proust Questionnaire–those Q&As so popular in trendy magazines wherein the celebrity being profiled dishes on their likes and dislikes, favorite quotes, the contents of their handbag and most tellingly, their most prized possession–are small to nil, yet I can’t help but ponder what my responses might be if asked.

“Shadows – From the Renaissance to Present Day” illuminates the walls of the Hermitage until 27 October

I have to say I’m very impressed with how the Hermitage Foundation in Lausanne always manages in its exhibitions to include a favourite painting of mine, discovered during my five-year stay as an expat in Hampstead, London. It’s as if they’re reading my mind and I’ll have to tell them how much I appreciate it on my next visit, which is never very long after my last one because their exhibitions consistently distinguish themselves by their quality and diversity.