The international study week on how to apply embroidery in haute couture and theatre costumes has been designed for professionals in the field of fashion and costume, and for people trained in haute couture embroidery techniques.
Fashion Designers, Costume Designers and Embroiderers
Haute couture embroidery is in high demand as people have more and more appreciation for real craftsmanship. The glamour of shiny beads and sequins create a mesmerising effect on the stage. Fashion designers are drawn to the refinement that haute couture embroidery can bring to their collections. It isn’t surprising then, that the exhibition of the work of Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau in the Centraal Museum Utrecht gets such high praise, because of the beautiful embroideries and other handmade details.
This study week is created for anyone involved in the design and execution of the application of embroidery in fashion. Designers will gain insight into what is possible and what is not with regards to the specifics of embroidery. They get a better understanding of how to adjust their workflow and planning to the needs of the ‘petits mains’, who do the actual embroidery. This will help them achieve their goals more easily.
For those who embroider, the ‘petits mains’, this program will help them understand the process of bigger projects and how to interpret the needs of the fashion designer. How to make the transition from a focus on embroidery techniques to realising the dream of a real garment? How could you best fit in a team? How to communicate with a designer? What could be your role in the process of realising a big project?
Saskia ter Welle
Saskia ter Welle was educated at, among others, at Ecole Lesage in Paris. There she became acquainted with haute couture embroidery techniques that proved a perfect complement to her knowledge of couture. She has given courses and lectures at home and abroad, she has worked for well-known Dutch designers and presented her own couture collection during the Amsterdam Fashion Week, January 2017.
Her course program is now known for the fact that she not only offers embroidery techniques to the participants of her courses, but also places the technique in a framework, both in terms of design and application. She shows them how to find ways to generate a full income with their passion for craftsmanship. Many of the students who have followed her training have changed course and have been involved in embroidery part-time or full-time. It is the attention for craftsmanship in combination with a broad view on design and the use of the internet that enables people to build up an income with them. And that possibility might be yours as well.
This study week helps you on your way to making a dream come true. You prepare yourself for the practice of working on larger projects in which embroidery plays a role. You learn what they don’t teach you in Paris and what you need to succeed when getting started.
Sabine Mezger, after participating in this course:
” You learn what they don’t teach you in Paris and what you need to succeed when getting started.” After being educated at Ecole Lesage in Paris, that’s what appealed to me instantly.
A week full of a variety of topics around embroidery, fashion design and business, visits to wonderful museums to get inspired, and transforming those inner pictures in an embroidery design and even a collection waited for me.
After marking my embroidery design with fat green lines onto a dress that we made on the dressform the day before, I found myself standing in front of the mirror, smiling very broadly at my half-sided toile-dress and realising that my ideas started materializing and were actually getting within reach.
Thanks to Saskia, who was very encouraging and never let me get away on the easy path, I achieved so much more than I expected in this intense week.
So I return home with a lot of tools, a lot of ideas and even more important: this spark inside I was hoping for to get started with realising my ideas- and actually my first little collection inspired by Lalique, Piet Mondriaan and a bee :-).
Thank you so much Saskia, for a wonderful week!
Would you like to find ways to incorporate ideas into embroidery design? Are you looking for ways to develop your own voice in craftsmanship? Please apply for next course from December 17th – 21st 2018! Happy to see you there.
The program is interactive and consists of training, carrying out assignments and presenting your results to each other. What are we going to do this week?
Studyweek 2019: July 1-5Register now!
This first day we introduce the concept of embroidery and the role of designer and embroiderer. We reveal all the secrets of ‘What they do not teach you in Paris’; the practical know-how behind the scenes!
- Introducing yourself to the group
- Introduction to embroidery application: research of materials, applications and techniques
- The needs of a designer with regard to embroidery: how can he / she communicate better?
- The needs of an embroiderer with regard to embroidery: how can he / she communicate better?
- Introduction to the book ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron
- Demonstration Al Aire embroidery
On day two we treat the hot subject of budgeting: what does hand embroidery really cost? We investigate this subject so that we know how we can make costs transparent.
- Evaluation day 1
- Budget and time planning
- Notation embroidery design
- Examples from real life: write down your questions and take them with you!
- Visit Musée Lalique
- Create an embroidery design based on the inspiration of your visit to the Lalique museum
- Presentation design Lalique
The focus of this day’s program will be on how to find and process inspiration.
- Evaluation day 2
- Transfer patterns to fabric
- Choice of fabric and materials
- How does embroidery add something to a design?
- How can you simplify or enrich a design?
- Which materials do you choose for the right appearance?
- Moulage of a dress on the dress form
- Design embroidery drawing on toile
- Discussing results and alternatives, these are then applied to the toile in a different color.
An active day today that completely takes us away from the studio and our familiar working environment! Looking for inspiration.
- Cycling with a picnic in De Hoge Veluwe National Park, with a visit to the Kröller-Müller museum
- Brainstorming ideas for a collection with embroidery inspired by what you saw or experienced during the visit to De Hoge Veluwe
- Make rough sketches of this collection
And now it’s your turn! All ideas come together now. Let’s start!
- Make toile of one of the designs of the collection that you have sketched on day 4
- Design embroidery drawing on toile
- Discussing results and alternatives
- Children’s clothing
Does this program appeal to you? You are most welcome!
Conditions for participation in this study week:
- You speak and understand English
- You have completed an education in the field of fashion design, fashion or embroidery (Hand & Lock, Ecole Lesage, Royal School of Needlework) or have work experience in the field. If in doubt, contact Saskia by sending an e-mail to [email protected]
Your stay in Doesburg
Above the studio is a cosy guest house where some students can stay overnight. There are also many other accommodation options within walking distance of the studio. We are happy to advise you!
One of the guest rooms above the atelier.
The program of workshops, masterclasses and training at Saskia ter Welle is aimed at professionals in the fashion industry who are looking for a possibility to specialize in couture techniques. In the courses, a balance is sought between technology and inspiration, between knowledge and expertise and artistic expression. Discovering your own handwriting is seen as crucial in the distinctive craftsmanship of each student.