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Stemming from a tradition that goes back a thousand years, embroidery comprises a rich variety of techniques. White embroidery, point de Beauvais, point de bourdon, embroidery with counted stitches, openwork … Despite the diversity and the wide array of uses, a leading professional House must be able to master the entire range of embroidery techniques.
Once this mastering is acquired, the choice of an embroidery technique is guided by the creative impulsion and financial requirements. Embroidery techniques can then be combined with aesthetical effects to reflect a unique creativity. They quietly step back fading away under the strength of meaning and one can then speak of a work of art.
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This family passion, handed down from generation to generation, keeps exceptional and unique archives comprising around 15,000 original designs and several thousand samples that are being added to all the time.
It is from this inexhaustible wellspring that previous creations continue to inspire Maison Duchénoy, which is constantly on the lookout for new techniques, new fabrics and new motifs to reinvent, transcend and embellish the art of embroidery.
Needle embroidery is the most ancient and the most universal of techniques. Running the gamut of white embroidery, colored embroidery, embroidery with counted stitches, openwork, cut out embroidery, for a long time it was used to enhance clothing, then to set off house linens.
The technique for the Point de Beauvais is said to come from China. Benefiting from the important commercial exchanges of the 18th century between Asia and the Mediterranean Basin, it spread throughout Europe as early as 1750. In France, under the influence of Madame de Pompadour, the art of embroidery with the Point de Beauvais stitch reached its pinnacle.
Hand-guided machine embroidery
This embroidery carries the name of the machine that produces it. Created in the 19th century to imitate the Beauvais stitch, it was used in the 20th century for house linens and fashion. The Cornely, hand-guided by the embroiderer craftsperson, can produce « two-thread » and « three-thread » embroidery, which enables to add materials on the work in braiding (2 threads) or to give spirit to the braid (3 threads).
Hand-guided machine embroidery
This embroidery executed by a machine, but hand-guided by the embroidering craftsperson, owes its name to a white needle embroidery term « plumetis or bourdon ». The bourdon stitch forms tufts that give a raised relief to the embroidery.
This computerized embroidery is entirely done by machine without any assistance. The machines have several heads, this technique allows to produce series of embroideries with a wide range of colors or to embroider motifs cut with a laser..
This embroidery is computerized and completely produced by the machine without human intervention. Vertical looms produce long lengths of embroidered fabrics in all-over or on edging. This technique is used for household linen and interior decoration.
This technique of textile painting is regularly used as a complement to embroidered patterns. As an enhancement or as an independent pattern, brush painting gives a new flavour and unique character to embroidered work.
This ancient hand embroidered technique originated in the Far East. It is most frequently executed in small straight stitches and is recognisable by its appearance, which seeks to imitate brushstrokes. Working from nature, photos or paintings, flowers, birds, butterflies or figures are embroidered using a single silk or cotton thread.
This very old technique is a form of white-hand embroidery characterised by the removal of weft or warp yarns, or both. The embroidery threads are then used to enrich the remaining fabric threads. Pulled-thread work adorns fabrics in different ways, either to embellish the material, as a background, border or line.