Sequintial Art – Embroidery Inspiration This Festive Season

Sequintial Art with Claire Barrett from Hawthorne and Heaney

Whether your looking for the London experience this Christmas, or are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle we think we have a suggestion to suit you. We’ve picked our favourite exhibitions to visit this holiday season in the hope of inspiring you to get out and about;


The British Museum currently have a great exhibition on called ‘Ming, 50 Years that changed China’ which is now coming to the end if its run as it ends on the 5th Jan but has an abundance of treasures brought together for your viewing pleasure from this exotic province. The artefacts themselves include porcelain, furniture and sculpture but we think that the gold, silk textiles and jewellery are the most inspiring pieces from the collection. They demonstrate of great ancient craftsmanship, with pieces not just from China, but also the regions which they explored during the Ming Dynasty.

If your looking for a little more family friendly fun then try the Museum of London’s ‘A Bear Named Paddington. Charting this much loved characters journey from literature to screen, the exhibition compliments the movie beautifully. Catch it quick as its only on until 4 jan 2015!

Finally there is the more unusual choice, The London Sewing Machine Museum, quite an obscure little museum that makes a refreshing change from the big museums of central. Located out in Tooting Bec and some what inconveniently only open the first Saturday of the month from 2pm-5pm this place is a veritable Aladdin cave of sewing machines, with 600 on display ranging from 1850 to 1950 some of which have had movie careers or belonged to royalty (Queen Victoria’s eldest daughters sewing machine is in residence).

Happy Christmas from the team at Hawthorne & Heaney!

Claire Barrett

Claire Barrett is an embroidery designer who has been working in the embroidery industry for six years. A former Creative Director at Hand & Lock, Claire runs Hawthorne & Heaney, dealing with celebrity clients such as Kanye West and high profile companies such as Henry Poole & Company Savile Row tailors.

Claire is passionate about making embroidery accessible to everyone by offering sponsorships to young designers and even running the London Embroidery School to teach beginners classes to those who are interested in getting a taste of what embroidery has to offer.