Louise pencils her embroidery designs very quickly onto sample gowns. She thinks up the designs as she goes along, correcting here changing there.
Her design is then transferred onto transparent paper, then onto a small machine which outlines the design in pin holes.
The transparent paper is then placed onto the sample gown. Special marking ink is wiped over the paper and the design is transferred through the pinholes onto the gown.The entire process is done by hand.
Louise then takes the sample gown to her favourite hand embroiderer, Geeta, and they sit together in her house and work out the embroidery colours and techniques.When the sample is completed Louise takes it for production.
What happens next.
The embroidery design is transferred by hand onto each individual gown. Louise orders at least 50 to 100 gowns per design, so this process takes time. Gowns are then bundled up and taken to the embroidery ladies who mostly work at home.Certain ladies specialise in different embroidery techniques. Hand embroidery can take up to 7 days per gown.
Washing and finishing.
The embroidered gowns are then washed, dried in the fresh air and taken indoors for finishing. They are laid out on long tables and sizes,double seaming, reinforced splits, loose threads and the quality of the embroidery is checked.
Gowns are then ironed, packed and sent by air to Sydney.