The charm of different techniques
Embroidery has an endless number of different faces: from robust and strong, to delicate and soft. A practical way to discover the possibilities of a technique is to make samples. Samples are small examples that are made as an exercise.
- First, I embroidered the birds with an old Singer sewing machine, with the so-called ‘Al Aire’ technique. In an hour and a half my idea had already been implemented into a bag!
- After that I embroidered the birds with the techniques gathered under the name of ‘Broderie d’Art’. This took considerably more time, but it also looks more sophisticated.
I would like to share here the results of both examples or ‘samples’. I’m curious to know what you think. Would you be so kind to let us know by leaving a message under this blog post?
Work description white bridal bag
I would like to share the tutorial for making the bridal bag here with you. You can make it as simple or as chic as you want by choosing fabric, materials and finishings.
What do you need?
- fabric for the bag (cotton, silk: no stretch fabric)
- Vlieseline for reinforcement
- sewing machine yarn
- yarns / straps for your embroidery: here silver and gold colored crochet / knitting yarn is used (shine works very well in embroidery!)
- piece of tulle
- paper and marker
- plastic embroidery ring of approx. 23 cm
- Old Singer sewing machine, converted into an embroidery machine
Would you like to learn Al Aire embroidery?
Do you also want to become acquainted with the embroidery technique Al Aire? Then listen: a basic masterclass will be given in the studio on the 20th and 21st of August 2019. To participate in this course, you can borrow a machine or work on your own, old sewing machine. After registration you will receive information about buying and changing the old Singer machine, so that you know:
- what you should pay attention to when purchasing an old sewing machine (thrift shops and the online marketplaces are full of it! A machine in reasonable condition costs about 40 euros)
- how to convert the machine from a sewing machine to an embroidery machine.
On 19, 20 and 21 August it is possible to participate in the advanced master class, for those who have already followed an Al Aire course. During these days you can:
- work on a piece of clothing using Al Aire
- refine your technique
- further develop your design skills.
The program of workshops, masterclasses and courses at the Dutch Couture Academy is aimed at (future) professionals in the fashion industry who are looking for an opportunity to specialise in couture techniques. Enthusiastic amateurs are also very welcome! The courses seek a balance between technology and inspiration, between knowledge and skills and artistic expression. Discovering one’s own handwriting is seen as crucial in the distinctive craftsmanship of each student.