Boutis pronounced “bootee”

Here is an opportunity to learn about a traditional stitchery technique.

Boutis, also known as Provençal quilting, refers to a French stuffing technique from the 17th century onwards and traditionally made in the south of France. It is described as two layers of fabric, stitched together with stuffing of some kind between the two layers such that a design is created. The design is usually raised giving the work a dimensional and textural quality. Along with Boutis, the other forms of this type of needle work are matelassage,  and piqûre de Marseilles (also known as Marseilles work or piqué marseillais). So isn’t this the same as trapunto? There is considerable debate and confusion about the terms, and the nuanced differences, but they are nevertheless forms of stuffed quilting. (Source:

We have a unique opportunity to learn this technique which is infrequently taught (if ever in Canada) in a workshop led by our very own member Elizabeth J., who is quite an expert. This will be an enviable addition to your needlework repertoire!

Boutis has been declared the national embroidery technique of France and in this 2-day in person class, you will learn the history of Boutis, how to transfer your design onto a special background fabric, and the stitches and techniques used in traditional Boutis. There will be stitching time in class.

It will be held February 12 and 26, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and there will be time to enjoy your brown bag lunch. Held at the home of one of our members, Gaye H., it’s an opportunity to expand your stitchery toolbox.

Cost: for the two days is $115 which includes all Boutis specific supplies, which are not readily available here in Canada. However you are asked to bring the following:

  • Sewing needle for basting
  • Basting thread
  • Embroidery hoops in two sizes; a small one (4½” – 5“) for stitching and a larger one for cording (7” – 8”)
  • Sharp embroidery scissors
  • Two thimbles: your favourite thimble to use on your right hand and another thimble with a little ridge around the top’s perimeter.
  • Optional:
    • Rubber thumb (i.e. tip of a rubber glove)
    • Thread wax
    • Needle threader (very useful)
    • Easy release Scotch tape of painter’s tape

Please note the Guild’s refund policy: Final payment is due two weeks before the commencement of the workshop. There are no refunds unless your place can be filled from a waitlist.

For more information, and to register contact [email protected].

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