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Have you ever imagined that you could sneak into a French couture house and learn haute couture hand embroidery in their atelier?
Creative Director Delphine Genin employs Broderie d'Art to express nuanced thought and often opposing concepts. She creates detailed embroidery which is laden with symbolism and hidden messages.
Following a successful career in finance, she trained at the prestigious Ecole Lesage, the CHANEL owned embroidery school in Paris famous for its Luneville embroidery technique and has decided to share the beautiful craft of Broderie d'Art through her couture designs and Atelier with creative thinkers. In honouring the tradition of Les Métiers d’Art and ensuring the continuation of this rare savoir-faire, she wants to pass on the techniques that she has learnt over the years and that are applied within haute couture houses.
Haute couture embroidery, also called Art embroidery (Broderie d'Art), is a combination of traditional embroidery work with a needle and Luneville embroidery performed with a tambour hook or slate frame. An age-old tradition that is over 160 years old, the technique of embroidery has been passed on by generation to generation through word of mouth and was later pursued by the biggest couture houses in the world such as Dior, Balenciaga and Givenchy.
Whether you want to learn from the comfort of your home, or in our small intimate sessions, our online and physical courses are designed so that you can learn at your own pace and benefit from the advice of a professional artisan.
Don't be surprised to hear some French words here and there - our courses will make French sound like your first language.
Both our in-person workshops and our detailed online video course will give you the opportunity to gain an introduction to haute couture embroidery and to learn the beauty behind this art. You will receive step by step explanations, learn how to read a design and colour chart and receive custom explanations to have full confidence to continue working on in your spare time. Each course will provide you with detailed and comprehensive information for you to create your own French Embroidery project.
At each class, DELPHINE GENIN Atelier will provide you with a design of our choice that you will use to make your creation step by step. The initial technical drawing will help you to clarify all the details: the number of pearls, the colours of the threads, the height of the embroidery, the direction of the stitches, and so forth. As a nod to the brand, you will also receive the inspiration behind the design to make you think and question "what's normal".
Whether you meet with Delphine herself or her lovely ‘petite main’ (name given to French embroiderers in the workshop), you will discover what it means to mix art, passion and perfectionism.
Our embroidery courses are for all levels. You will learn how to apply beads, sequins, silk thread, feathers, chenille, cords, jewellery, delicate metallic threads and to create modern and challenging shapes.
Whether you are passionate about tambour beading, a fashion student or want to become an expert in Broderie d'Art, our professional embroidery workshops will be perfect for you.