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Date: 1/10/11 5:15 PM

It's been more than a year since the last European getogether (ParisNovember 2009). Brussels is not massively endowed with fabric shops but it does have the fabulous Chien Vert (http://www.chienvert.com/en/galeries/universe-of-the-chien-vert.html) which is actually 3 shops - the high-end Chien du Chien, the more reasonable Chien Vert itself and the Puces du chien (the dog's fleas!) where the remnants are found. Also there are regular fabric markets (http://www.stoffenspektakel.nl/agenda) in Benelux and there are 4 in Belgium in April alone. All are easily reachable from Brussels by car and the one in Namur is particulaly convenient for the train. There is a costumes and lace museum (http://www.brusselsmuseums.be/en/brusscard/participants.php?mid=25), more Art nouveau than you can shake a fist at, chocolate, chocolate and yet more chocolate, and chips (french fries) with mayonnaise of course, are a national culinary delight. The Belgian sense of humour is legendary - who else would have as an international emblem, a statue (or rather fountain) of a litle naked boy relieving himself quite shamelessly and devote a part of a museum to his extensive wardrobe (oh yes there is a needlework connection) (http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm/5292). There are lots of good restaurants, easy transport .....
What's not to like about Brussels. Anyone interested?
Sheila in Brussels(where else!?!?)

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Date: 1/10/11 6:40 PM

Wish I could...but I have seen the little boy statue! My husband and I trekked across the city in the 80's to find the spot! Very funny! Nice to know he's still firmly in place!

That fabric spot sounds good...wish I could visit during one of the fabric markets...that would be fun in US...but no such thing.

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Date: 1/12/11 8:27 AM

Hi Sheila, I'm also in Brussels, a get-together sounds good. Anyone else?

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Date: 1/12/11 2:43 PM

I'd love to come (and love Brussels) but first half of 2011 is impossible to make for me. Please keep me in the loop in case your plans change re: timing, many thanks!

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Date: 1/12/11 3:54 PM

Yes, if possible I would like to come. Brussels is not very far, though it's been ages since I've been there. Would like to meet again.

Do you have a date in mind?

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Date: 1/12/11 4:23 PM

Great to hear from you all. I may be able to make April, it depends on the dates.

Last time I was in Brussels I was on the back of a motor bike, I'm sure Brussels has changed less than my shape.

Just a note, the dress in my avatar is made from fabric I bought in Paris last time we met.

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Date: 1/12/11 6:10 PM

Cool!
If we all want to visit a fabric market, Namur is easiest by train, but that event is mid-week (13/4)-which may or may not be a problem- ! Antwerp is only 38 kms - I have a (small) car and if anyone else were to drive,we could do Antwerp on 10/4 and work around that weekend??? The other choice would be the weekend of 17/4 when the fabric market is in Mons (66kms) by car. Dates are flexible, of course, but I think the deciding factor would be transport. What does everyone think? (I'm excluding Hasselt because of the proximity to Easter).
As for the Chien Vert, it is open every day except Sunday. Museums are mostly closed on Sundays and Mondays, but there is always plenty to do, see, eat, etc . I'm sure that Katherine will have good ideas for activities - and, of course, she could introduce you to baby Madeleine who accompanied her by default to Paris (not actually having been born at the time!). Those who have already visited Brussels before may have ideas too??? My apartment is quite central, so we could use it as a venue if convenient and I could research hotels (I am willing to put a couple of people up, but we could discuss that later).
Regards,
Sheila in Brussels
BTW - it was my birthday last week and, as well as a desperately needed GPS for my car, I treated myself to a trip to Paris! Revisited the shops of the last getogether and bought lots and lots of fabric! Heaven!

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Date: 1/12/11 6:30 PM

Ooops! Googled Easter and realised that I got the date wrong, so Hasselt could be a contender, although it is a little further away. Personally, I would prefer around 13/4 and/or around 17/4 (well, both could be possible!) BTW the fabric markets are pretty good for haberdashery - I like to pick up fold-over elastic and very cheap pattern-copying paper there.
Sheila

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Date: 1/13/11 6:09 AM

Those fabric markets are wonderful, they started in the Netherlands (8 years ago?) and are now held in Belgium and Germany too.
I'll discuss the dates and car availability tonight. (One of our cars is so old that I don't want to go abroad with it), but for now I don't see a problem with the dates you mention Sheila. It doesn't necessary have to be a weekend for me.

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Date: 1/13/11 6:11 AM

Clare, the dress is gorgeous, I remember the review of it. It's so nice to have such memories to a fabric. I have the same with the coat I made from the houndstooth fabric bought in Paris.

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