My haute couture embroidery journey part I

Jun 28, 2017

One of my goals for this year was to learn something new and making choices. I’m still working on both haha. But today I love to tell you about my haute couture embroidery journey, or rather the beginning of it. Embroidery ??? you might say. Why??? Let’s say I wanted to learn something and not just a new hobby but a real craft.  With my background in fashion and making clothes I am always keeping a keen eye on what is happening in arts & craft land.

Making clothes is something I will love forever but it was not fulfilling enough. So, at first, I wanted to deepen my knowledge in the art of making clothes: patternmaking, moulage and even Sashiko (Japanese form of stitching). I soon found out that I needed to widen my scope: I’ve tried weaving and liked it but not loving it. I looked at crochet, but no. Knitting..mmm…Woodwork? All this experimenting led to this: I am a detail freak, I love fashion more than I love interior (no woodwork for me…) I don’t have patience for making patterns and I want to learn a skill not everyone does thus takes time and effort to learn.

For quite some time the appreciation for handmade embroidery has been brought to life again.  Thanks to Gucci (or rather creative director Alessandro Michele) there is a whole embroidery revival going on. First, we had the trend with patches (on jeans, jackets) and now haute couture embroidery is out on the streets and more in reach for you and me. Via via I read about Embroidery d’Art, or rather: the fine art of embroidery. (It’s also called Haute Couture Embroidery or Brodery d’art). Combined with a lot of inspiration I found on Pinterest I fell in love with it. I did my research and stumbled upon Saskia ter Welle’s website. She was a student at the famous Maison Lesage which is part of Chanel Metiers d’Art, and tutors the fine art of haute couture embroidery in her atelier.

Mounting the frame and materials for haute couture embroidery

Mounting the frame and materials for haute couture embroidery

Last April I decided to follow my heart and jumped into my first 2-day course of embroidery at Saskia ter Welle. Hello beautiful world of silk organza, paillettes, beads and flowers! Within those two days I learned to mount an embroidery frame with organza and learned the basic techniques with the Lunéville hook. We also started working on a little embroidery project. Can you believe that this bird took me more than four days! During the course, I knew: this is it! I loved working in the atelier in full concentration on the beadwork and trying to master the techniques.

Made from teabags and wrapping paper

Made from teabags and wrapping paper

Made my own paillettes

Made my own paillettes

My first design!

My first design!

You need to practice with the Luneville hook a lot!

You need to practice with the Luneville hook a lot!

Happy as one can be I went home with my new frame, started working on my first embroidery project and that is actually how it all began…

I will share my embroidery journey and well this is part I! Let me know what you think of my journey and do share yours!