Hand & Lock – The Festival of Embroidery

Hand & Lock


This July Hand & Lock are celebrating their 248th Birthday with a week long celebration of all things Embroidery.

Hand & Lock Festival of Embroidery

Started in 2014 the annual week long event is an opportunity for those interested to drop into a single day class or dive in and enjoy a whole week of embroidery. Or, for the less practically inclined, it is a chance to spend a relaxed evening listening to an informed industry speaker with a glass of sparkling prosecco in the Hand & Lock studio surrounded by 248 years of embroidery heritage.

Mr X Stitch at the Hand & Lock Festival of Embroidery

Last year Festival speakers included Mr X Stitch himself along with textile artist Diana Springall and textile and fashion journalist Philippa Watkins.

Philippa Watkins at the Hand & Lock Festival of Embroidery

The 2015 Festival speakers are expert couturier Juan Carlos Quintana, Savile Row tailor Carol Alayne and Nottingham Trent senior lecturer Debbie Gonet. Ocver three consecutive nights they will talk about couture, tailoring and embroidery.

With four daytime workshops to choose from and three exciting evening talks the week is going to a dynamic and unmissable celebration of embroidery.

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The four day-long workshops are:

Monday 13th July: ‘Introduction to Embroidery’ – 10am – 4.30pm

The Introduction to embroidery workshop is an ideal way to discover the basic principles of embroidery. Students will learn a selection of decorative stitches as well as techniques for attaching beads and sequins to materials. At the end of the two hour workshop you will have the skills to jazz up your whole wardrobe.

Tuesday 14th July: ‘Silk shading’ – 10am – 4.30pm

Silk Shading, also known as painting with thread is possibly the most artistic embroidery skill you can master. Students will learn how to blend coloured threads to produce depth and realism in their embroidery. The class covers the basics, insider tips and practical application making sure students are fully equipped to go on and apply what they have learned to their own garments and interiors.

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Wednesday 15th July: ‘Tambour Beading’ – 10am – 4.30pm

Hand & Lock use the French art of Tambour Beading to embellish and decorate garments every working week. The technique was devised as an easy, fast and effective way to give instant glamour and texture to clothes or accessories. Students will learn the unique technique and practice with beads, bugles and sequins.

Thursday 16th July: ‘Goldwork’ – 10am – 4.30pm

Hand & Lock are specialists in the field of Goldwork and have been creating goldwork badges for the military forces for nearly 250 years. This one day workshop covers the multitude of techniques involved in adding gilt threads and wires to your own garments. In the workshop students will learn how to plan their design, build up a three dimensional surface and apply a selection of metallic textures.

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The three evening talks available are:

  • Tuesday 14th July: Quintana’s ‘The Importance of couture craftsmanship and Why to Keep it Alive’ – 6pm
  • Wednesday 15th July: Carol Alayne’s ‘The Three Dimensions of Tailoring’ – 6pm
  • Thursday 16th  July: Debbie Gonet’s ‘The Diversity of Embroidery’ – 6pm

The day workshops are £95 per person and include all materials and free entry to an evening talk of the student’s choice.

The evening talks are £10 per person and include refreshments and a Q&A with the speaker.

All events take place at Hand & Lock, 86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE

Visit www.handembroideryshop.com for full information

Mr X

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