Classes / Shows

Have you ever had a desire to learn the time-honored and renowned art of Parisian Haute Couture Embroidery and Beadwork?

We are extremely pleased to announce that in 2019 for the first time in the U.S., Haute Couture designer Sarah Palow will be accepting new students to learn this age-old distinctive technique normally confined to the glamorous fashion runways and “ateliers” (fashion design studios) of Paris. She will be offering a beginner’s level class that will teach students the basic stitches that will enable them to create a beautifully customized embroidered sample fabric.

What is “Lunéville Embroidery”?

     “Lunéville” (or Tambour embroidery as it is called in the U.S.) is a meticulous hand embroidery technique that uses a small crochet-like hook to work stitches one at a time on the underside of a piece of fabric that has been stretched across a wooden frame. In this introductory three-day class, the student will learn the basic Lunéville stitches using the “Lunéville hook tool”. The first day is to be spent practicing the basics by stretching the fabric in the frame, learning about the specifics of Haute Couture embroidery and attempting the basic stitches. The second day is dedicated to learning more complex stitches that include stitching with beads and sequins. Finally, the third day is reserved for finishing the student’s sample fabric as well as learning some more advanced 3D stitches. All required materials for the class are included in the price of the course. These materials include organza, Swarovski crystals, metallic threads, sequins, and “charlotte beads”. The Lunéville hook and frame are also included for the student’s use.

Who is this class intended for?

     This class is perfect for anyone from beginners who have no experience yet a sincere desire to learn, to the more experienced individual who wants to add a new technique to their skill set. Those who have taken this class in the past come from a diverse background and include dressmakers, students, hobbyists, jewelry designers, bridal designers, garment restoration specialists,  and artistic costume designers. Students work at their own pace, with Sarah’s full encouragement and support at every step.

Who is Sarah Palow?

     Sarah is a dual Canadian and U.K. citizen who resided full time in France for 5 years, where she completed her rigorous apprenticeship that culminated in the distinctive certificate of Professional Haute Couture Embroidery and Beadwork at the prestigious Maison Lesage (an Atelier owned by the exclusive House of Chanel’s Métiers d’art). Sarah chose to pursue an extensive amount of professional education in her field which began at Ontario’s renowned Sheridan College where she sought to understand all aspects of the textile arts. Sarah is one of a rare few in the U.S. who learned from directly from the fashion masters of Paris to become certified in the guarded art of Haute Couture. Her teaching style is sincerely warm and gracefully patient, as she endeavors to guide her students to full proficiency in a fun and relaxed environment.

Sarah created this class to teach this distinct embroidery technique that is utilized in creating some truly magnificent beaded and embroidered fabrics. Since Couture embroidery is ubiquitously adorned in the trend-setting releases of designers such as Chanel and Dior, and usually only viewed to the delight of fashion enthusiasts worldwide at great distances; Sarah would love to see this artform expanded further into the U.S. in order to share her love for this age-old European craft. To this end, she has labored to translate this passion into a fully comprehensive format which she has previously only taught overseas. Sarah is confident based on years of experience in her ability to teach her students how to create their own stunning, couture wearable fabrics, inspired by the unique beauty each student has in their hearts which she believes exists in each and every individual. Become one of the few to take her classes in select U.S. cities across the region, and become a member of our exclusive new community…

Tambour Embroidery

Embroidery seen on the runways of Paris!

Introduction to Luneville Embroidery Class Dates:

To register for a class session, please follow this link to go to my website. If you are part of a guild, bead society, or sewing group and would like to arrange a group class, please email us any inquiries.

Introduction to Lunéville Embroidery Class Dates:

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates:  February 22 – 24, 2019 – SOLD OUT

  • Orlando, FL Class Dates: March 1 – 3, 2019

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates: March 22 – 24, 2019 – SOLD OUT

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates: April 26 – 28, 2019 – SOLD OUT

  • Austin, TX Class Dates: May 17 – 19, 2019 – SOLD OUT

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates: May 31 – June 2, 2019

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates: June 28 – 30, 2019

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates: July 5 – 7, 2019

  • Rockingham County, NC (Private Group Class): July 27 – 28, 2019

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates (Couture Design Academy): August 9 – 11, 2019

  • Asheville, NC Class Dates: September 13 – 15, 2019

The all-inclusive price of this class is JUST $595. This includes 15 hours of professional instruction and ALL supplies including sequins, threads, beads, Swarovski crystals, and fabric. This class rate also includes a professional embroidery frame and the Lunéville (Tambour) hook. This is over $100 worth of supplies ALL included in the price of your class!

The classes consist of 3 days of instruction – 5 hours per day (for a total of 15 recommended hours). Classes are held each day from 11am – 4pm and include a 30-minute lunch break.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking the class, and the balance is not due until the first day of class. Don’t miss out and pay your deposit in order to secure your seat as soon as possible. Classes become FULL fast, and we like to keep class sizes small and intimate to provide for an effective teaching environment. To register for a class session, please follow this link to go to my website.

Don’t miss this limited time opportunity to learn this highly guarded and respected technique, rarely taught outside of the ateliers of Paris!


Tambour embroidery

Creating couture embroidery


Luneville Hook

Luneville Hook

Embroidery Frame

Embroidery Frame

An example of Luneville Embroidery!

An example of Luneville Embroidery!

An example of Luneville Embroidery!

An example of Luneville Embroidery!

Tambour embroidery

A peek at the class project!


*Please be aware that I do require a minimum of students to run a class. If I do not receive the minimum required the class will be canceled, and all deposits will be returned.

9 Comments on “Classes / Shows”

  1. Theresa Hodges January 25, 2019 at 5:22 am #

    I am interested in your Asheville class. Where will it be held?

    • glimpsecreations January 25, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Teresa! Thank you for your interest in my class. It will be held in my home studio located in East Asheville. If you would like to sign up for the class or if you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email at

  2. Cheryl Lewis February 27, 2019 at 7:13 pm #

    I’m planning to attend the May Class in Austin.

  3. Kyoko Yokota May 29, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    I have a question.
    Where is the class location in Los Angeles?

  4. Lina Montoya June 11, 2019 at 9:50 pm #

    Hi, my name is Lina Montoya and I’m willing to attend to the class in Chicago, is it confirmed?


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