For the first time, “Jambes à points comptés,” a department of the non-profit organisation “Société Royale Les Jambiens,” organized a fair last weekend entitled “Fil en Folie (loosely translated: using a thread in a free way).“ Myriam Galet’s passion for cross stitch was the basis for founding the club “Jambes à point comptés.” Last year the club of approximately 21 members celebrated its 20th anniversary,” Bernadette Paris, the club’s current president tells us.
For this fair, to reach more people, in addition to showing work results, a flea market, shops and suppliers were invited. The reaction was overwhelming. “We even have a waiting list and a date for next year’s fair. As it will take place in a larger hall,” she adds smiling.
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During my visit to the 25 tables present I met Jacqueline Depireux, the creative brain and executor behind “Dessins sur Tissus.” As a former restorer of the Théâtre de Namur, a major and important heritage site in Wallonia, she now draws, paints and uses many types of traditional embroidery on a canvas background even in 3 dimensions.
At another table I admired the embroidery of Pauline, who has already been working on Walt Disney’s Snow White for five years. On a plain canvas of two meters wide and one meter high, without a printed pattern, small crosses are aligned with needle and thread in her hands. The motif elaborated on 141 A4 pages and 58 color codes guides her through this immense work. As it calms her and let her dream of other Walt Disney themes of which she is a fan.