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Claire has managed quite well since moving off her parents farm and into a quaint studio in Angoulême. Her supermarket cashiers job pays the bills, but more importantly, it promises Claire enough spare time to design the intricately beautiful embroideries that are her passion. But all this is jeopardized when Claire learns that she is pregnant, at the tender age of 17.
Deciding to give birth anonymously, she finds refuge with Madame Melikian, an embroiderer for haute couture designers. Madame Melikian has buried herself in work following the death of her beloved son. Day by day, stitch by stitch, as Claires belly grows rounder, the threads of embroidery create a filial bond between them. In time, the grief-stricken mentor and her anxious apprentice will stop protecting themselves and start helping one another.