Embroidery Techniques and Inspiration for Haute-Couture Clothing
This practical step-by-step guide to haute couture embroidery covers everything from machine and hand stitching, to tambour beading, goldwork and monogramming.
Whether you are interested in adding monogrammed initials to your favourite bathrobe, stitching a flower on your favourite jacket, adding sparkling beads to a new dress or creating a goldwork embellishment, Fashion Embroidery teaches you how to add a unique touch to your clothes.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Jessica Pile, the Production Director at Hand & Lock embroidery, explores the intricate techniques used in fashion embroidery. With hand-drawn designs, catwalk photographs and step-by-step guides, this book is perfect for beginners looking to personalise their own clothes, as well as more experienced embroiderers who want to apply new techniques to different fabrics.
Beginning with an inspirational overview of the fashion industry, Jessica looks at examples of embroideries and embellishments by a variety of couturiers, including Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hardy Amies and Burberry. The book then demonstrates the basics of three main techniques – goldwork, tambour beading and embroidery stitches including silk shading, satin and stem stitch. In do-it-yourself projects, Jessica first helpfully explains the basics of materials; she teaches you how to pick the right fabric, what tools to use, where to source materials, what types of wire or beads to use and terminology. Taking influences from existing couture designs, she then shows you how to execute these learned techniques onto your own clothes.
This book is perfect for fashion students, textile artists, and those who want a more unique look to their clothes.
‘Perfect for fashion students, textile artists, and those who want a more unique look to their clothes.'
SEW Region Magazine
'A top-flight lesson in customising your own clothes'
'A lustrous medley of achievable embellishments designed to help you raise your stitching game. Truly catwalk clever!'
Make it Today! Dressmaker
"Pile has a way of writing, which reassures and instead of stripping us of our confidence; helps us to believe that with work and effort, we can achieve our embroidery dreams…"
Mr X Stitch