In this particular period our normal embroidery classes have been suspended, but rest assured they will resume in September and we will welcome our enthusiastic students and teachers back to Maison Sajou!
Until then we are offering an exciting series of beginners sewing workshops that will introduce the basic skills of sewing. The workshops will be led by Elisabeth Rozec and Rebecca Devaney to combine sewing expertise and creative design. The workshops will inspire and encourage you to use the enjoyable craft of sewing to add cheer and beauty to your summer dinner parties and picnics with fabulous handmade napkins, table runners, bunting, cushions and picnic accessories. The theme is Indian Summer and using beautiful Maison Sajou printed cotton fabrics, each workshop will introduce a new sewing technique to develop your skills while learning how to design and create mood boards, colour schemes and fabric selections.
After each workshop you will leave with a gorgeous finished piece, ready to use in your own home to brighten up your summer! The workshops will be in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere as we encourage you to become a confident and creative sewing pro. All workshops will be in French and English, with free instructions and patterns given for you to continue your sewing adventures at home. Safety measures and social distancing will be in place in line with government recommendations to ensure your comfort and safety at all times.
After training at Ecole Lesage and various haute couture studios, Rebecca Devaney is by far the best Irish embroiderer in Paris.
She also has an extremely creative mind which she will transmit to you while teaching classic embroidery stitches.
What you will learn from Rebecca will open unimaginable doors to your creativity. Her classes are in English (her mother tongue) and French with a charming touch of Franglais! With Rebecca, your class will be adapted to your level in traditional embroidery (see class details), or take an inspiring class in customisation on your favourite clothes.
Rebecca Devaney also organises “Textile Tours” for English-speakers from all over the world. Sajou is one of her favourite stops on the tours.
See her site to find out more.
Rebecca Devaney has been teaching Creative Embroidery for over 15 years. She studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and graduated with a BA in Art and Design Education with a specialisation in textiles and received the Education Award (2006) and an MFA in Textile Art and Artefact (2015). She received the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award to research the cultural significance, craft techniques and aesthetic styles of hand embroidery in Mexico and the resulting research has been exhibited internationally. Rebecca has her own art practice and her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows. In September 2017, Rebecca came to Paris to study professional haute couture embroidery at École Lesage and since qualifying has been creating embroidery for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Dolce and Gabbana.
Find out more about her career path on her blog.
Smyrna stitch, Hungarian stitch, Bargello, star stitch, Rhodes stitch, eyelet stitch... you will learn all these stitches in the initiation class run by Catherine Rouchié in our Sajou Paris store.
This technique is an amusing and varied alternative to cross stitch, mixing threads and colours to add depth and texture almost endlessly.
Easy to do with all the different threads available in our store, Retors du Nord, Laine Saint-Pierre, Tonkin, Caudry and metallized.
As a textile designer and author of embroidery books, Catherine Rouchié is dedicated to taking a fresh look at embroidery stitches and transmitting her knowledge.
Having worked in the past for DMC and many magazines, she is the author of Accessories in Linen and Liberty, a book which is regularly reprinted.
Our cartonnage (box making) classes are taken by Helene Chalendard-Chireux, an expert in this field for over 40 years. Her techniques for cardboard cutting give extraordinary results.
She honours us by leaving her Southern France home to give her classes in the Sajou Paris store. We highly recommend following the two classes on consecutive days, if possible.
Tatting is made with shuttles. It is a type of lace formed of loops, knots and picots and is perfect for making small objects and jewellery. The teacher, Bernadette Baldelli, is an expert in this field which she discovered many years ago. She is also the author of many books on the subject.
Brought up to date by Bernadette Baldelli, Ombrie embroidery was very fashionable until the 1930’s. The Marquise of Sorbello had set up a school on the banks of Lake Trasimene. “Il Punto Umbro” is formed of knots and simple stitches giving a distinctive relief. It is traditionally made on squares which are then joined together with intricate stitch work.
Auteure d’un livre sur le sujet, Maryse Allard vous invite à venir découvrir les secrets du Pojagi, sorte de patchwork coréen dont l’utilisation est très ancienne. Ce terme de pojagi signifie « habit pour les choses » ce qui signifie « envelopper ». Même sur les usages du Pojagi sont multiples, c’est bien là son origine. Les techniques pour le réaliser sont somme toute assez simples, pliages et couture à la main, et pourront vous servir pour tous types d’autres ouvrages de couture.