When you delve into embroidery, you discover that certain principles are found everywhere. This is also the case with Al Aire Embroidery! Where Al Aire embroidery is very valuable as a supplement to Broderie d’Art, it also works well as a specialization within couture.
Today I’m sharing with you a short video I made based on a simple sample. In this example you can see how a few basic principles can already yield a nice result:
It is helpful to start with the design. This can be a rough sketch, an idea with which you first make a few examples to figure out which materials best suit the intended end result. Once you’ve worked this out, it’s time to transfer the design to the fabric. In this example, this has been drawn on the fabric. This might not be possible with every type of material, so you already understand that this topic is covered in more detail in the course.
Work from the outside in. I also use this principle at broderie d’Art and it works fantastic for me: working step by step from the contours of the design inwards. It is of great importance that you do this in several steps. This creates more depth in your work.
Use an odd number of yarns in your design. Just like with a bouquet, an odd number works better than an even number in embroidery. Give it a try! You see the difference.
Your work will get better if you don’t just limit yourself to new materials that you specifically purchase for a project. It is precisely an unexpected element that can create pleasant tension in the design.
The importance of these principles
You may wonder whether you can really speak of principles: are these principles always valid? In any situation? On every project?
Of course not. As I emphasize again and again during the courses: there are many roads to Rome. But just when you start learning something new, it is super valuable to be able to work according to a guideline, a pattern that helps you to get started and to see coherence between different phases in the embroidery process.
The program of workshops, masterclasses and training at Saskia ter Welle is aimed at (prospective) professionals in the fashion industry who are looking for an opportunity to specialize in couture techniques. Enthusiastic amateurs are also expressly welcome! In the courses, a balance is sought between technique and inspiration, between knowledge and skill and artistic expression. Discovering one’s own handwriting is seen as crucial in the distinctive craftsmanship of each student.