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Working for the peace

After thoroughly evaluating examples of our embroideries and service, The Peace Palace in The Hague (Holland) chose us for the graphic implementation and hand embroidery of various countries' coat of arms to be used on chairs in the palace. These chairs will be part of a new permanent exhibition and in addition to the present collection.


Peace Palace
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Embroidered Chairs
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The Peace Palace is home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, but also the Peace Palace Library and The Hague Academy of International Law.

The palace, the surrounding site and the library are managed by the Carnegie Foundation, which was named after the Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who gifted the Dutch state 1.5 million dollars in 1903 to build a Temple of Peace.

One of the crests to be embroidered was the historic Austria-Hungary coat of arms, based on the House of Habsburg Empire.

The steps below show how we approach a project like this:

  • We first research the original crest. This could be just a written description, or if we're lucky then we might find a drawing.
  • We then (re)design crest in PhotoShop
  • Design is then printed on butter paper
  • Pattern lines are pierced with needle (this paper is called a "cartoon")
  • "Cartoon" is laid on cloth and chalk paste is rubbed into holes
  • Design has now been transferred onto cloth
  • Embroidery can take place

Click here to see a slideshow of all steps from concept to finished product