I am more and more interested in embroidery and particularly in Haute Couture embroidery that adorn the dresses of great fashion houses.
Shiny silk threads, sequins of various shapes, beads, braids are the adornments which transform these clothes in real pieces of art hence the name of “art embroidery”.
To better know this type of embroidery, I bought various books.
The case « Point de croix et autres secrets de broderies » (cross stitch and others embroidery secrets) published by Ecole Lesage.
The Lesage house is famous from 1924 and makes very detailed embroideries which require hours of work and a superior know-how for Haute Couture, ready-to-wear and to adorn fashion accessories.
In 1992, the art embroidery Lesage school is opened to all the embroidery passionate and propose its precious learning.
This case contains a booklet telling the story of art embroidery, shows photos of embroideries and schemes to make essential stitches (running stitch, straight stitch, etc…) to make the embroideries proposed.
It has inside creative documents to embroider 40 designs, of which 25 are part of the archives of the house and 15 created especially for this case (4 difficulty levels : very easy, easy, elaborate, difficult). Each document states the supplies to procure and how to embroider the pattern.
The book « Broderie d’art de Lunéville » (Lunéville embroidery art) is a Haute Couture embroidery workbook published by L’inédite written by Bruno Faure.
This book proposes advices and tips to embroider with the Lunéville hook, list the supplies required, which, shows how to set up the loom and the fabric to embroider, how to use the Lunéville hook, presents the basic stitches to make with the hook, laying of beads, tubes and sequins.
It contains 19 templates and supplies you need for each, mainly jewelry.
The book « La broderie de Lunéville » (Lunéville embroidery) published by Didier Carpentier written by Roland Gravelier and Mick Fouriscot.
It contains 20 or so original templates.
On the program, story of embroidery, tools and supplies, advices and tips, the loom, the stitches, laying of beads and sequins, laying of braids. Without forgetting basic stitches with a needle and complementary techniques such as stuffing and finishing techniques. This book is more varied than the previous one regarding the designs to make: bookmarks, collars, cuffs, table and house decoration, bracelets and napkin rings, bags, pendants, etc…
Here is another book but in English this time about 18th century embroidery entitled « 18th Century embroidery techniques » by Gail Marsh, GMC Publications. This century is the one which have seen the embroidery art to reach its excellence and variety.
This book contains a very beautiful historical study full of photos and illustrations of clothes from this time.