Where: Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam
When: June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, and July 15

Embroidery is the art of decorating textiles with needle and thread. This technique has been around for over 3000 years and is found all over the world. Many countries and cultures have their own recognizable motifs and figures, sometimes geometric, sometimes featuring animal and human figures. With embroidery, beautiful designs can be created by using different colors, materials, and stitches. What is remarkable about embroidery is that the technique has hardly changed over the centuries. Basic stitches such as the cross stitch, running stitch, and back stitch are still used today, and from these basic stitches, various other stitches have been developed.


Martine van ‘t Hul learned embroidery at a young age. She studied fashion design at the School of Arts in Arnhem, now ArtEZ, and incorporated embroidery into her collections. Now she works as a hand and machine embroiderer, producing for various haute couture fashion houses both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Desirée Hammen studied fashion design at ArtEZ and later attended the famous Ecole Lesage embroidery school in Paris. In her work, she combines haute couture embroidery techniques with her own DIY skills, exploring the beauty of imperfection.