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    NEEDLE EMBROIDERY

    Hand embroidery
    Needle embroidery is the most ancient and the most universal of techniques. Running the gamut of white embroidery, long and short stitches 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.

    In the respect of this tradition, but while remaining watchful of the limitations linked to the procedures of modern washing, the Linge au Coeur House suggests using needle embroidery on household linens and clothing.

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    THE POINT DE BEAUVAIS STITCH

    Hand embroidery
    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. The fashion was such a success that it even ventured into menswear. The art of embroidery thus rivals with graphic arts. Hence, the crochet chain stitch, commonly called « Pompadour embroidery» then « Point de Beauvais », lends itself to the shimmering of colors, its tight texture enables various nuances. In the 19th century, its use spread to decorative pieces: mural panels, curtain borders, bed covers... Its practice was to dwindle in the 20th century (household linens and haute couture creations) without affecting its territory of seduction: Connoisseur Americans very keen about this embroidery know it better than most French! Its reduced use is undoubtedly due to the elaborate mastering required by this technique.

    As warrantor and master of the Point de Beauvais tradition, the Linge au Coeur House can still meet all the requests of this technique; waistcoats, gloves, wall hangings, sheets, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, scarves… can be adorned as in the 18th century. The Linge au Coeur collections comprise more than 10 000 sketches, endless sources of inspiration.

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    THE CORNELY EMBROIDERY

    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 thread). The machine can also embroider a great diversity of canvases, cotton or linen, from the most fine to the most thick, silk or harsh.

    The Linge au Coeur House sets forth these two specific techniques, reserving its use for interior decorating. Hence, the volumes created by the Cornely embroidery and the diversity of the canvases used, lend themselves most particularly to interior furnishing projects or decoration.

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    THE PLUMETIS OR BOURDON EMBROIDERY

    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. It is used to embroider initials, floral motifs, hems,…

    The Linge au Coeur House uses this technique for monograms, borders and applications. Less costly than hand-embroidery, Plumetis embroidery does not however allow to replace the richness of white needle embroidery.

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    MULTI-HEAD EMBROIDERY

    Machine 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 technique is used for house linens and interior decorating.

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    MECHANICAL EMBROIDERY

    Machine embroidery
    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.

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    HAND-PAINTED

    Hand-painting
    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.

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    NEEDLE PAINTING EMBROIDERY

    This technique is very ancient and comes from Far East. Usually executed with long and short stitches, this hand embroidery is used to imitate the hand paintings. Inspired by nature, photo or painting, the flowers, birds, butterflies or characters are embroidered with single thread, in silk or cotton. The irregulars stitches of the needle painting are following the motifs shapes. They have changing directions in the aim to make more realistic hollows and fulls. Generally, the needle painting looks nice as well on the face as on the back of the emboidered fabric.
    This technique is used for house linens and interior decorating.

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    HEMSTITCH ( SINGLE AND CUT OPEN-WORK)

    This very ancient technique is a white embroidery characterized by drawning out of the fabric the warp threads, the weft, or both. Then the remaining threads are embroidered with different kinds of hand hemstitches. Open-works are used to decorate fabrics through different ways, in border or in line, on ground or to embellish a motif. Hemstitches are various : single open-work, ladder hemstitch, Venetian lace, « jour rivière »…
    This technique is distinctive for house linens, but the Linge au Coeur House also suggests using it for interior decoration.

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