Al Aire Embroidery in Brief
The name Al Aire (Spanish for ‘in the air’) embroidery is fairly new in the Netherlands. It is a technique in which you use an old treadle sewing machine, but which is still classified under the heading of hand embroidery. That’s because nothing is automated with this technique.
With Al Aire, yarn, tape or cord is sewn onto fabric with an invisible yarn (monofilament). It is also compared to the embroidery as done by the Cornely machine, but if you look closely, you will soon see the difference.
Because you work with transparent yarn, you can move very freely. You hardly see your stitches. And while freely moving the fabric (in an embroidery hoop), with your other hand you place thread in a pattern on the fabric, which you then stitch onto the fabric.
In short, this is what Al Aire embroidery is all about. The ”in the air” refers to the fact that when you apply this technique to tulle, the embroidery seems to float in a vacuum.
Is this technique difficult to learn?
Now you’re probably wondering: is this technique hard to learn? If you are somewhat handy with the sewing machine and do not experience a motor deficiency, then it is certainly doable! But as with any new skill, practice makes perfect!
It is mainly about your hand-eye coordination. It just takes a while to get the hang of moving your feet. Then it is just a matter of finding the right thread tension and combining different actions with your left and right hand. You can experience all these techniques in two days. To really master them, you will have to practice at home afterwards. It only makes sense to further develop your skills if you can perform the basics automatically.
What distinguishes this technique from Broderie d’Art?
Where with Broderie d’Art a lot of work is done with beads and sequins, Al Aire embroidery focuses more on yarns and ribbons. The result is less refined, but exciting and dramatic. Perfect for a special bridal dress or theater attire.
And also not unimportant: this technique can be realized many times faster than the techniques with (tambour) needle and thread. This means that you can still make unique handicrafts in a relatively short time. A profit that not only translates into time savings, but also into a lower cost price (and therefore feasible for a larger group of customers).
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