The Temple of Needlework

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Reviewed on 09/17/2010 | 2 Reviews

You have a minor addiction to needlework? Well, since we found out that fashion icons like Madonna and Kate Moss are knitting jumpers, it’s not something you have to keep a secret anymore. On the contrary, knitting and sewing are cool. These are activities that provide a sense of calm are even claimed to increase your powers of concentration. In other words: Knitting is a kind of new Yoga, it’s a stress-buster!

If you’re one of the ones addicted to the new mental-manual sport, then head directly to this temple of needlework: L’entrée des Fournisseurs is, no doubt, the most beautiful haberdashery of Paris. The name means nothing other than: the goods or delivery entrance, probably because the boutique is hidden in a picturesque courtyard of the Marais. If you’re walking down the busy Rue des Francs-Bourgeois keep your eyes open, you can’t miss the place, it’s set little bit back from the street, with walls covered in ivory.

Span a satin ribbon from Paris to Hong Kong

L’entrée des Fournisseurs offers everything you could possibly need for needlework: braids or tassels or frog fastenings, belt buckles or bag handles? Felt or fabrics from Liberty? There’s nothing you can’’t find. You just lost a button? Here is the most complete collection of buttons you can imagine. You want them square or pink or with fur? You’ll find them. No wonder: Lisa, founder of the boutique, previously  worked in the button industry…

Or may be you have a Christo-like projet to span a satin ribbon from Paris to Hong Kong? Well you’ll have enough choice here to make it around the globe. I really like L’Entrée des Fournisseurs. Not that I have a lot of time to knit or sew. I just like the idea. And the colours.

L’Entrée des Fournisseurs
8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris
+33(0)1 48 87 58 98
Open on Mondays from 2 pm – 7 pm
From Tuesday to Saturday:  10:30 am – 7 pm
Métro: Saint-Paul    Chemin Vert  
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The Temple of Needlework, 3.7 out of 5 based on 9 ratings

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  1. Muriel 20 September 2010 Reply

    I definitely love this place, and many Parisians don’t know it as it is situated in a courtyard…. A wonderful address but a bit expensive. You can also find interesting stuff at Marché Saint Pierre, in Monmartre. Cheaper and more popular. But you can find fantastic bargains…

    • martinam 20 September 2010

      Your are absolutely right: Marché-Saint Pierre is much cheaper and in a way more exotic. Another story – and definitely one for “Mad about Paris”!

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