Therese de Dillmont

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

dollfus3.ashxHave you ever run across and antique DMC pattern booklet, or a reproduction of a booklet, written by a famous designer named Therese de Dillmont? This talented stitcher wrote many booklets for DMC.

…but who was she?

Therese was born in Austria and was both an accomplished needleworker and writer.Dillmont’s famous Encyclopedia of Needlework (1886) has been translated into 17 languages. You can view the complete English version of the book here.

In the 19th century DMC established strong links with the famous embroiderer. The friendship between this talented woman and Jean Dollfus-Mieg (both are shown above) led her to move to Dornach, a town close to Mulhouse (where the DMC factory is located), where she founded her own embroidery school in close cooperation with DMC.

collection_therese_de_dillmontA complete biography of this talented woman, along with can be seen on the DMC Archives site. The site is in French, but is easy to navigate and full of inspiration, including the images found on the pages featuring her work. You can also view images from the 2012 Exposition of her work here.

To this day her booklets and the Encyclopedia of Needlework are sought after by needleworkers around the world, as the quality of the education and designs are just as relevant today as they were two centuries ago. I’ll be visiting the factory and archives next week, and will be blogging more of the DMC story soon.


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  • Marian
    September 23rd, 2014 10:46 pm

    how lucky to be visiting the DMC andthank you for the interesting blog today

  • Dima
    October 17th, 2014 7:13 am

    I actually own 2 copies. I bought a copy that was published in 2013 in French (I loved the cover) and I recently found another copy that was originally published by DMC in 1946 at a flea market. I’ll be taking very good care of that one :)

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