The history of Luneville embroidery
Appearing at Luneville in the region of Lorraine around 1810, the eponymous embroidery technique was mainly used for reproduction or inspiration of sophisticated lace which combines crochet and needlework to create a chain link on tulle.
The Luneville reputation came in 1865, artisan Louis-Bonnechaux Ferry innovated when he started to add beads and sequins onto his embroidery. This technique became a major activity in the region where almost all embroiderers practiced it at home. This effect was very popular in French fashion clothing. The First and Second World Wars as well as a change in fashion consumption, led to a popularity decline of Luneville embroidery given its high cost.
Towards the middle of the 20th century, it has a renewed in popularity with a demand for the beaded bags in the French fashion and Haute Couture. Today, the Luneville embroidery is mainly used for Haute couture, luxury ready-to-wear, music hall and more rarely furnishings.
This technique offers a unique character and infinite possibilities. The Luneville crochet is to the embroiderer what the brush is to the painter.
To know more about the Luneville embroidery, visit the “Conservatoire des Broderies de Lunéville”.