Sequintial Art – Less is More

Sequintial Art with Claire Barrett from Hawthorne and Heaney

Embellishing a garment adds value.  This doesn’t mean it has to cost the earth.  Here at Hawthorne & Heaney we often have to work to a strict budget and there is quite a few tips and tricks to getting more bang for your buck !!


This used to be a swear word in our studio.  Using the full thickness of a skane of embroidery silks may sound naive but the ground you can cover in a short time is very useful if you are on a budget.  Have a look below at some work we completed for a young designer Claire Barrow using the full thickness of anchor stranded, Marlitt silks and thick Appeltons wool to pad.

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Claire Barrow flat pigeon

Claire Barrow flat pigeon 2



A combination of the above ‘six strands’ technique and some seriously chunky beads went into this project we worked on for SISTER by Sibling.  The small flowers (blue on top of the main flower) were used on there own with just one bead on top in some places.  This gave us a great filler for the fading out sections and gave us more time for the larger flowers !

Big beads for sibling


That along with huge great sequins with one or two holes each these are a life saver for coverage.

Sister by sibling flowers

and lastly !


This technique is an absolute angel and creates pattern underneath the embroidery that your working on, taking the eye away from un embroidered areas.  This is an image from an embroidered jacket for Kanye West

Lace and diamante jacket Kanye West

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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.

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