Embroidery has various manifestations …
… but the similarities between Al Aire embroidery and broderie d’Art abound!
For YouTube last week, I collected some video clips of a master class by Marco Jerez who taught master classes at Dutch Couture Academy in 2017 and 2018 in the special embroidery technique Al Aire. Wonderful to see those images again! This man has a lot to share from his decades of experience in embroidery for theater, couture, ballet and more.
Watch:this is the video I made about this:
The special thing about Al Aire is that although it comes under the heading of “hand embroidery,” it uses the needle of an old pedal sewing machine. And while pedaling with your feet, and steering with your hands, you move the fabric back and forth in an embroidery hoop while with your left hand you place a piece of tape or ribbon on the fabric and then stitch it with transparent monofilament thread.
One can see from this that Al Aire is different from what we would recognize as “hand embroidery.” But how different are these forms of hand embroidery really?
In this blog post, I want to talk to you about that.
Similarities Al Aire Embroidery and Broderie d’Art
Although there are differences between “ordinary” hand embroidery and Al Aire embroidery, they share some (important!) similarities:
Both techniques require manual skill and precision, with embroiderers using needle and thread to create detailed designs.
Use of Needle and Thread
Both “regular” hand embroidery and Al Aire embroidery use needles and different types of threads or threads to form textures and patterns.
Both forms of embroidery are considered forms of artistic craftsmanship, where the embroiderer uses her creativity and skills to produce unique and aesthetically pleasing designs.
Both embroidery techniques often have a rich history and are passed down as traditional crafts, with specific techniques and styles being passed down from generation to generation.
Application to Textiles
Both “regular” hand embroidery and Al Aire embroidery are usually applied to textiles, such as garments, fabrics or accessories, to embellish and personalize them.
Skill and Craftsmanship
It is precisely in the area of Craftsmanship and technique in relation to artistic design where you can clearly see the similarities.
Both techniques utilize the elements of different textures and color schemes. In doing so, what works well in one form always has a translation to the other embroidery form.
In addition, with embroidery the stitch length and width is of universal influence on the final result.
Stitch direction identical importance in Al Aire embroidery and Broderie d’Art.
One of the most important elements of hand embroidery is the direction of the stitch. This direction determines the look of the work. Here, truly every stitch in the whole counts.
Have you thought about this at length? I have!
And in the Couture & Craftsmanship Concept we pay ample attention to this as well. The Couture & Craftsmanship Concept is a vocational training/mentoring program in the field of couture craftsmanship, where you not only expand your craft, practical skills, but also search for your own niche (read: that place where your talent, skills and interests come together with a service or product that ‘the market (=other people)’ value). Then, by connecting this niche with different sources of income, you create a life for yourself around your passion for craft. A fantastic opportunity for creative artisans, fashion professionals and artists to specialize in the direction of special couture techniques. These include pattern development, haute couture embroidery techniques (broderie d’Art), sewing techniques, textile manipulation and moulage.
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Which embroidery technique appeals to you the most? And why? Share your views below in a comment on this post. Great to hear from you!