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Hi! My name is Sarah and I am the face behind Glimpse Creations. I am an award winning jewelry designer and lifestyle blogger who recently spent 5 years living in Paris France. Here I will share my adventures in Paris, Fashion, Crafting and Food!

Do You Love Haute Couture Embroidery?

Happy 2019 everyone! With the start of a new year comes the time when I announce my haute couture beadwork and embroidery classes for the year! This year I will be focusing a lot more on teaching and will be visiting some new exciting locations to share my passion for couture embroidery.

If you are unfamiliar with Haute Couture Beadwork and Embroidery I encourage you to take some time to experience what it is all about. One of the best places to get a visual idea is on Pinterest. You can take a look through my inspiration board for couture embroidery by clicking here. 

Tambour embroidery

Embroidery seen on the runways of Paris!

Haute Couture beadwork and embroidery is known as Tambour embroidery in the US. In France, it is Luneville embroidery. These are the two most common ways to refer to haute couture embroidery. Personally, I usually refer to my work as Luneville embroidery. This is due to the fact that I was certified in the technique in Paris, France and like to use the professional terms that I was taught in my studies. I spent over 5 years living in Paris and was certified in Haute Couture Beadwork and Embroidery by Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). My sole purpose in moving to France was to become certified and to learn as much about the world of couture as possible.

In my 5 years of living in Paris, I was allowed into some of the most prestigious fashion houses and atelier’s in the world of Haute Couture. I was allowed in the house of Lesage’s collection room to view the largest collection of embroidery art in the world, with over 70 000 samples. This included works for such fashion houses as Madeleine Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Dior and many of the other famous international Couture establishments.

I began writing about what I saw on the runways and became international press, gaining access to many runway shows. I attended Paris Fashion Week and Couture Week, sitting alongside some of the most influential people in the world of fashion.


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Vogue Editor Anna Wintour at Armani Prive

My life was a dream come true, and now, I want to share my dream with you! I want to share the little-known beadwork and embroidery techniques I learned while in Paris. I want to share my experiences with you about going into the ateliers and seeing such history within the studios. This is why I love to teach. I know that not everyone will be able to live my Paris fashion dream, but if I can bring a little bit of it back and share with others, then I will have done my job.

Haute couture beadwork and embroidery is something that is so versatile, I have many students who come from all kinds of places in life. I have fashion students, wedding gown designers, costume designers, fashion designers, textile designers, and hobbyists who just love embroidery or beadwork. No matter the skill level in other areas, this is a beginning step into the world of Luneville beadwork and embroidery. The technique is unlike anything you have ever tried before. Most of the stitching and beadwork is done on the underside of the fabric with a small crochet-like hook, a Luneville hook.

If this is a technique you would like to learn, my 3-day intensive class may be of interest to you! So, what can you expect in my class? The following is a rough itinerary as to what you can expect.

Day 1
Class introduction
Discussion about couture embroidery
Setting up the frame
Transferring designs onto fabric
Learning the basic chain stitch
Working with metallic threads

Day 2
Discussion about inspiration
Introduction to couture embroidery designers
Learning how to work with beads and sequins
Learning vermicelli stitch
Attaching sew on stones

Day 3
How to create designs for couture embroidery
Where to purchase couture supplies
Working with silk threads
Working with non-conventional supplies
Introduction to 3D stitching
Finish up samples

If this is something that interests you, please visit my class page to find more information on signing up for a class! I am currently setting up classes in Austin, TX, Asheville, NC, Orlando, FL, along with a few others. If you have a small group of friends or colleagues that would like to put a class together in your area, please contact me for more information. If you are in the Asheville, NC area and would like to book a private class (taught out of my home studio) please contact me with dates you would be interested in.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I love hearing from others who love the world of haute couture as much as I do! I hope to see you in a class soon!

Click here now to find out how to sign up!


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