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Haute Couture Embroidery

Haute Couture Embroidery

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elisabeth Roulleau


Haute Couture embroidery is a skill that requires patience, commitment and an in-depth knowledge of techniques handed down over centuries. Hand-embroidered garments command the highest prices because there is a recognition not only of the time required to create each piece but also because of the unique needle skills of the embroider who has refined their craft over years.
During this course you will learn the fundamentals of Haute Couture embroidery techniques and how they are taught and practiced in France. You will use a variety of materials and start to understand the patience and skill required to create the beautiful hand-crafted pieces found on the catwalk. 
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

All materials are provided. Throughout the course you will work with professional tools - with a crochet du Lunéville (hook) and a tambour frame (which will be provided by the college and are yours to keep at the end of the course)

Course outcomes

By the end of the course you will have a variety of different stitches on a heart  that can be used in your portfolio.

Course level

This course is suitable for students new to embroidery or those who have done some in the past and wish to develop their practice. 

Follow up course: Haute Couture Embroidery - Part 2 & 3

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Elisabeth Roulleau went to the Lesage School in Paris where she studied haute couture and decorative embroidery. She is a teacher in France where she has her own atelier, and she has worked for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, Mulhouse, Esmod International, Parsons School of Design and Institut Français de la Mode. She has created several embroideries for Dior, Chanel and Azzaro, and she was invited by Hermès to make prototypes for the famous Carré de Soie.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Scissors
  • Paper and pencil for taking notes.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.