Sunday, 3 April 2011

Queen's Dressmaker

Mrs Peggy Umpelby has been beading The Queen's dresses
for over forty years. Mrs Peggy explained that the dresses
come in pieces or lenghts of fabric which then have to
be beaded. It is Peggy's skill at where to bead the beaded design
so that the shape and form of the body and design will look their best.
Tambour Beading is always worked on the reverse of the fabric.
The beader doesn't see the front as they work
often feeling the design as they go.
Peggy explained that it is easier on the sheer fabrics to see! the design
and that a 'pounced' pattern is often put on the
heavier fabric such as taffeta
so it can be followedThe sleeve section above and includes cutwork.
It is one of a pair which replace ones on one of
The Queen's favourite dresses.
(use the scroll button on the right of the wedding dress photo on Amies
site to read the information)
and then watch the video which includes some of
Mrs Peggy's work

Royal Dress Maker

On Wednesday evening I went to my local Embroidery Guild meeting.
Mrs Peggy Umpelby talked, shared and showed us some of
her amazing tambour beaded samples and work.
She has been part of the royal dressmaking team for over forty years
and has a personal Royal Warrant for her work.
"Mrs Peggy" as she is known by many works with designers such as
The Emanual's, Hardy Amies and Catherine Walker
to mention a few, producing amazing beaded creations,
which many of us have seen
in press photographs.
Mrs. Peggy uses a tambour needle which looks as fine and is as
sharp as a fish hook.
Mrs Peggy demonstrated her technique on a piece of lace
( a sample left over from Diana's dress!)
with 4mm Pearl sequins!!!
She told us about her favourite pieces and some of the
stories behind them.
We were able to touch and admire her beading close up,
See more photographs in The Queen's Dressmaker
Visit our Guild website for more information

Watch this amazing video for an insight to the work.