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Haute Couture Embroidery Part 1 Short Course

Course description

Haute Couture embroidery is a skill that requires patience, commitment and an in-depth knowledge of techniques which have been handed down over centuries. Hand-embroidered garments command the highest prices due to the time required to create each piece and thanks to the unique needle skills of the embroiderer who has refined his or her craft over years of experience. During this course you will learn the fundamental techniques of Haute Couture embroidery as they are taught and practiced in France. You will use a variety of luxurious materials and begin to understand the patience and skill required to create the beautiful, hand-crafted pieces found on the most elite catwalks of the world.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

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Topics covered:

  • Using the Crochet de Lunéville
  • Working on a tambour frame with a transparent silk organza
  • Chain stitch (in all directions) using special cotton thread
  • Embellishing with paillettes, tubes and beads
  • Using gold thread and metallic cord
  • Create vermicelli stitches with gold thread, beads and paillettes in the shape of a beautiful heart inspired by Balenciaga’s collection


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Scissors 
  • Paper and pencil for taking notes
Meet the Tutor:

Come learn the fundamental techniques of haute couture embroidery, as they are taught and practiced in France. Using a variety of luxurious materials, you will begin to understand the skills required to create beautiful, hand-crafted pieces as found on the most exclusive catwalks.

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