Couture Beading and Embellishment Beginners Course

Learn Couture beading and embellishment with British Couture dress designer Charlotte Appleby!

Couture Bead Masters

Couture Bead Masters


2 x 6.5 hours Class size 1 to 10     label $440

This two-day course is a unique opportunity to learn Couture beading and embellishment with Couture dress designer Charlotte Appleby in Canberra!

This beginner-friendly course gives an in-depth approach to tambour beading and couture embellishments practised in the Couture houses of Paris today. It will cover the tambour beading technique using silk organza, seed beads and bugle beads to cover the basic chain stitch and vermicelli design. The second day will cover couture embellishments including ribbon work, three-dimensional beadwork and flowers.

Course outline:

Day one:

  • Learn how to create a solid framework for beading using silk organza on a rotating frame. This technique can be applied to larger frames to bead panels for a garment.
  • The main focus is on the basic chain stitch using a tambour hook correctly set up for silk organza.
  • Learn how to create a secure knot and change direction.
  • Seed beads and bugle beads are used to start tambour beading with a variety of techniques including vermicelli.

Day two:
  • Couture embellishments including ribbon work are taught using a beading needle and thread to create a variety of texture and dimension with three-dimensional beadwork, clusters, raised beadwork and brickwork for trims and edging.

Please remember although you will be learning in a mixed technique group, your class is tailored specifically to your progress.

Tambour hook, needle and frame can be hired or purchased on the day. If purchased, you will take this home with you after class. Extra specialist supplies can also be purchased throughout the weekend at 20% off.

Knowledge Required
Both beginners and students with some experience are welcome.
What you'll get
  • You will take home a completed piece of couture beaded silk organza with a variety of techniques.
  • All materials are included including couture beading thread, silk organza, beads, sequins, ribbons, bugle beads, seed and cut beads.
  • In addition to the weekend you will also receive free follow up online Zoom sessions throughout the year and become part of the Couture Bead Masters Community.
What to bring
Basic sewing kit and 4" g-clamp (purchase from Bunnings) or purchase a kit at the checkout.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 2 consecutive days.

Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.


Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT

Your teacher
Couture Bead Masters
Couture Bead Masters


Couture Bead Masters is founded by Charlotte Appleby a British Couture dress designer, trained at London College of Fashion in Handcraft and Production tailoring. I initially worked within fashion, film and theatre before setting up my own business The English Tailoress. I always had a passion for couture beading and applied it to many of my eveningwear and bridal designs. I learnt the skill in 2007 through a workshop and became hooked on the ‘Luneville’ technique. This technique is practised in the couture houses in Paris today however its origin dates to the early 1800s.

I celebrate the traditional art of couture beading and share my experience with other designers, enthusiasts and companies worldwide. I set up Couture Bead Masters to maintain these artisanal skills within the industry to keep the traditional techniques alive.

Alongside my private commission work, I educate Internationally running workshops and courses teaching specialist skills executed in my work. I also provide specialist couture supplies and online resources sharing my knowledge and continued appreciation of couture beading and embellishment.

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