After training at the School of Embroidery in St-Gall, Francine Udry returned to Savièse, her native land. Faced with the lack of a job in her field, she opened her own workshop in 1983. Since then, she has been making flags and banners for brass bands, associations or local societies and embroidering folk costumes, tablecloths or more kitchen towels.
To make her flags, Francine Udry begins by choosing a fabric according to her client’s wishes: damask or plain silk, satin, dralon. Then she defines the colors and the technique to be used – stained glass or double-sided – before making the design and making the finished product. A book can take several months of work. It also renovates banners that are too worn by the wind.
1982, Embroidery Diploma, St. Gallen Embroidery School, St. Gallen
2000, First public prize, Arabesque competition, Association of Valais crafts