11th july 1998 : day one for Fleur de lin, antique haberdashery boutique in Dinan
14th september 2000 : the boutique name becomes Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or
22nd november 2001 : beginning to participate to Paris major shows,
1st participation to Créations et Savoir-faire Porte de Versailles à Paris (4 editions)
march 2003 : 1st online Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or website
april 2004 : Participation to the first edition of Aiguille en Fête in la Villette Paris hall (5 editions)
9th march 2005 : beginning of the artisan activity (buttons, cards created with antique articles)
27th february 2006 : Online catalog on new website with hundreds of articles & weekly multilingual newsletter
october 2006 : participation to the first edition of Marie-Claire Idées fair in Paris Le Louvre Carroussel
january 2008 : creation of Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or boutique Maison Bleu Lin, Blog
1st to 5th may 2008 : Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or antique haberdashery boutique 10th anniversary exhibition called "Fleur de lin tisse sa toile" in the Maison du Gouverneur (let by Dinan town council) in Dinan with the setting up and the organization of a textile contest (40 customers did participate to this initiative), a free exhibition open to the public and various workshops by 10 keen and passionned textile professionnals (3500 visitors)
october 2008 : commercial exhibition in Tokyo (Japan)
from 2003 to 2011 : participation to many fairs :
-Carrefour Européen du Patchwork in Alsace (3 editions)
-Festival du Lin in Normandy (8 editions)
-Pour l'Amour du Fil in Nantes (1st édition)
-embroidery festival in Compiègne (3 editions)
-embroidery fair in Moncoutant (3 editions)
-embroidery fair in Flers (4 editions)
-embroidery fair in Vernon in Eure (3 editions)
-Printemps des brodeuses event in Criel sur Mer in Normandy (3 editions)
-Fous d'Histoire re enactment fair in Pontoise (4 editions)
-Abilmente crafts fair in Vicenza in Italy (3 editions)
-Italia Invita textile fair in Parma every two years (Italy) (3 editions)
-Country Life fair in Verona (italy) (1st edition)
plus many other shows often organized by dynamic shop owners or embroidery and quilting clubs from many towns and rural communes in France (Coudray-Macouard, Manthelan, Perrusson, Chateauroux, Rots, le Teilleul, Flers, Lesneven, Pexiora, Cabourg, Nans sous ste Anne, Linas, Honfleur, Pontoise, Le Puy en Velay, Cerisy belle étoile, Pont-Ramond, Champigny sur marne, Brunoy, Plessix-Robinson, Val de Sâane, Nantes, Thouars, Le Mans, Wissous, Bazouges sur le Loir...) and Belgium, Great-Britain and Italy.
31st december 2011 : end of the antique haberdashery adventure
22nd july 2012 : Maison Bleu Lin opens, tea room with its many english specialities (lemon cheese cake, carrrot cake, scones with local organic strawberry jam and mainly Cornish clotted cream) and breton ones (many local organic products like bread, butter, jams, apple juice, craquelins, dairy delights...etc), in unique settings of antique haberdashery decor.
June 2013 : Setting up and organization with four other partner shops, of a textile contest Tea cosy in Dinan to make the link between Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or antique haberdashery activity and Maison Bleu Lin new tea room activity. Exhibition of the works made in the various shops & buying vouchers for best works after public voting.
16th september 2016 : for many reasons, after fifty months of good services and in spite of the good reputation of my tea room, Maison Bleu Lin ended the catering activity and retrieves its first textile and antiques passion with european woven linen for sale per meter, italian artisan linens, a few brocante articles and a large artisan made and organic fine food products selection : jams, honeys, chutneys, vinaigres, traditionnal sweets, loose teas, and develops its artisan textile creations (bags, brooches, lavender sachets, cards, Christmas and Easter decorations ...) made in Dinan from antique materials and recycled paper. All is displayed in charming ambiance with cured for decoration and changing decore according to findings and floral displays.
14th february 2017 : new and more interactive Maison Bleu Lin online website
Happy to restore the link with textile world...
The year 2017 has been marked by several events, out of which the water flooding in the house and the boutique after violent spring thunderstorms, which disrupted my boutique and website good management.
2017 is ending with a brand new boutique card with a great aesthetic aspect.
2018 : my boutique twentieth anniversary with 20 textiles fairs in France and England, 20 days anniversary and limited edition woven tea towel
-January 12-13th 2019 : Fouras Puces des couturières 4th edition, in Charentes, at the salle polyvalente Roger Rondeaux, 9am-5pm. Maison Bleu Lin will participate for the first time to this sewing and knitting fair, which benefits are for a cats rescueing charity.
-January 20th 2019 : Pont l'évêque Puces des couturières 9th edition, 9am-6pm in the market hall, in the town centre. Maison Bleu Lin will exhibit there parts of its antique haberdashery treasures like antique collectors buttons, vintage trimmings, antique french laces, old linen and hemp fabrics for many interior design projects and sewing crafts.
February 3rd 2019 : St Helen Puces des couturières 6th edition, near Dinan, at the salle des Fêtes, in the heart of this rural village, 10am-6pm. Only a few miles between St Helen and Dinan. Maison Bleu Lin will be there to share the day with other textiles, knitting, embroidery passionned people and will bring parts of its antique haberdashery treasures such as antique buttons, ribbons, laces, hemp and linen fabrics...
-January 27th 2019, Mezidon-Canon Puces des Couturières 1st edition, 9am-5pm at the salle de la Muse. Maison Bleu Lin second trip in one week to nearest Normandy (one's need from time to time to pass on the other side of Mount St Michel !!) to exhibit parts of her antique haberdashery findings such as buttons, laces, hemp and linen toiles...and much more.
-February 10th 2019 : Le Teilleul, (La Manche) Puces des Couturières in the sports hall, 9am- 5pm, one of the older Puces des couturières in France, organized by the quilting club of the commune led by Claire Dugué for whom it willl be the last edition as a chairwoman of the crafts association, and other members, which kept the original concept and a friendly atmosphere where gather many antique and vintage textiles passionned exhibitors and customers. Maison Bleu Lin has been exhibiting in le Teilleul Puces des couturières for the last fifteen years and will bring parts of its antique haberdashery stock (buttons, ribbons, laces, fabrics, needles...).
-February 17th 2019 : Ouistreham Puces des couturières, 10am-5pm, organized by the commune sewing club. Maison Bleu Lin will be there with many antique haberdashery treasures such as vintage buttons, old laces and antique ribbons useful for many sewing projects..
-February 23rd & 24th 2019 : Honfleur Puces des couturières in the Greniers à sel, in the town centre, 10 am-6pm. A great event to which I did participate a few years ago when it started, organized by an insertion charity trust held by Josiane Sand and which takes place right in the town centre in the very old salt buildings. Maison Bleu Lin will be there with many antique haberdashery
-March 3rd 2019 : Redon Rotary Club Puces des couturières in Complexe de l'Oust in St Perreux (56), 9.30 am-7pm, organized to raise money for brain diseases research. maison Bleu Lin will be there for its 2nd participation with many antique haberdashery treasures for all sewing crafts.
-March 10th 2019, Bagnoles de l'Orne Puces des couturières, 2nd edition, in the Castle commons, 10am-6pm, organized by the Mains Créatives en Andaines association.
-March 17th 2019 : Puces des couturières in Miniac-Morvan (35) at the salle Bel Air, 10am-6pm, organized by Andrée Poullain and her volonteers team from Association Déco Loisirs Zen.
-March 24th, Reffuveille (La Manche) first Puces des couturières, organized by Mme Chabourel patrimoine association, 10am-6pm, salle de la convivialité.
-April 6th at 10 am : summer rythm Maison Bleu Lin boutique 7 days a week opening : monday to saturday 10am-1pm & 2-7pm, sunday afternoon only 3-7 pm.
-June 14th & 15th : Country Brocante Summer Fair at Parham Park (Parham House and Gardens, Purlborough, West Sussex), fri 9am-5pm, sat 10am-4pm, organized by Lucy Haywood from Country Brocante store in Midhurst https://www.thecountrybrocante.co.uk/
-October 23rd to 27th 2019 : Cross Stictch and Embroidery Festival in Kutzenhausen in north Alsace, 9am-6pm, organized by A rural life museum under the patronage of Denise Kayser and her volonteers team. A pleasant fair where more than 140 exhibitors are gathering on various sites in small typical alsatian villages. Maison Bleu Lin will exhibit parts of its antique haberdashery stock including antique laces, vintage buttons and ribbons and a few own made textile creations. More infos www.maison-rurale.fr
-November 3rd 2019 : Puces des Couturières de Boussac (23), 10am-6pm, organized by the association Créations de Fées Boussac held by the dynamic Carine Moreau. More than 40 exhibitors in antique haberdashery and other antique textile treasures as well as sewing, quilting, beads selling. More infos https://fr-fr.facebook.com/creationsdefeesboussac
-November 16th & 17th : Antiques and Artisans Fair in Vire (Normandy), 10am-6pm, salle du Vaudeville in the town centre.
-November 22nd & 23rd : Country Brocante Christmas Fair at Cowdray Park (Midhurst, West Sussex), fri 9am-5pm, sat 10am-4pm, organized by Lucy Haywood from Country Brocante store in Midhurst https://www.thecountrybrocante.co.uk/