Alternative approaches to design and manufacturing of Lunéville hook
Today, embroidery is considering not only a hobby but as a massive part of the fashion industry. Both prominent Fashion Houses and aspiring designers are applying various embroidery techniques to offer new distinctive garments to their customers.
Luneville embroidery is one of the best techniques to produce stunning embellishments. It is not surprising that many people study this technique either in France or at local studious and ateliers. The first lesson that each student must have learned is using Luneville crochet. A student will spend hours of practice to gain a certain level of work quality. But the skill will be improving with a tool that is absolutely the same as in the 19th century or earlier.
These days, when not visual appearance but ergonomics and comfort of utilizing any tool or devise is highly required, it is strange to see that evolution did not touch Luneville crochet. Thus, the task of this brief is to improve the design of both the embroidery tool and its packaging and make it more responsive to the 21st century.
Ergonomics of a handle
The lack of tool ergonomics directly affects an embroiderer’s health conditions. Such monotonous work as embroidery is causing calluses on the middle finger. It is both not esthetically pleasing and also can cause more severe health consequences such as Bouchard’s Nodes.
Dealing with needles
For a simple task, it is acceptable to use one needle. But for complicated projects, often working with several needles is required. For now, the solutions are either having a variety of handles with different needles
or changing needles during work.
Tool storage & safety
It is noticed that many embroiderers keep their instruments in simple boxes
or bags. Often, the needle stays in the handle, which can cause not only damage to a tool but also traumas for a master.
WHO ARE THE TARGET GROUPS?
Several groups represent the user of this product—first, employees or individuals working as embroiderers for a full-time or creating commissioned work. Second, aspiring individuals mainly study and explore the technique and aim to do it for a living. Finally, those who perceive embroidery as a hobby do not want to be involved in it much. The first two groups seem the most relevant.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
I tried to assemble all ideas I had gained during sketching into one product at this stage. It was essential to figure out the precise dimensions that were not so clear previously.
Also, it becomes clear that additional decorations that I planned while sketching is not the best idea, as far as the design looks relatively modern and minimalistic. So “less is more” became an unofficial slogan for this tool.