Needlework at Large: Olympia Le-Tan

The Loudoun Sampler Guild focuses our programs and projects largely on traditional needlework samplers, but it’s interesting to see what’s going on in the wider world of embroidery.

The New York Times Style magazine “T,” published an article this past Sunday about Parisian illustrator Pierre Le-Tan and his daughter Olympia. She is described as a handbag-designer, and it was intriguing to see her line described as “precious minaudières, hand-embroidered to look like classic book and album covers” and “collectors’ items among the fashionable set.” “The workmanship on her handmade clutches is as painstaking as her father’s technique on paper: she chooses graphic, often midcentury covers, which she renders with layers of felt and tiny picks of embroidery. Each bag is lined in contrasting Liberty print cotton and bears the label “Hand Made with Love in France.” ” (The full article is here:

She has a web site ( with photographs of dozens of these little bags. Here’s one of the Erich Segal novel Love Story, with its day-glo 70’s colors in felt. This one was made in an edition of 16, and sells for 1600 Euros (about US$1,600). love story



The Loudoun Sampler Guild is a group of sampler enthusiasts based in northern Virginia. We meet monthly for lectures, needlework classes and workshops, and field trips.

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