Saturday, 14 February 2015


Happy Valentine's Day! This lovely day is an auspicious and apposite occasion to introduce my latest collection.

A couple of years ago I took an introductory course on tambour embroidery. It was a rare opportunity to learn a heritage skill, and from Robert Haven, visiting university costume prof and a master who had himself learned at Lesage, the famed atelier in Paris where the crème de la crème of couturiers get their bead and sequin embellishments done for their haute couture collections.

Tambour embroidery is done on a frame with a hook that is like a tiny, sharp crochet hook. A lot of it is done upside down, too, including beads and sequins.

I did not find tambour embroidery to be a cakewalk to begin with. But last October Robert Haven was in town again, demonstrating his impressive skills at the Wearable Art Show, where I was working for a friend. Watching Robert was mesmerizing, and I was inspired to get my frame out again and practise until my fingers knew what they were doing. It became my new obsession over the next few months.

The result of this phase is my new bridal collection -- Etoile Brillant. I hope you like it.

Tamboured bow, alone and with ostrich

Tamboured leaves with saddle feathers

Tamboured ginko leaves alone and with white feather spray

Embellished lace alone and with white feather spray

Peau de soie rose, with white feather spray and closeup

Rose à la mode!

Each piece can be customized to complement your colours and preferences. Please contact me with your enquiries. Merci!

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