250th Anniversary and the London Embroidery Conference 2017

Hand & Lock are celebrating 250 years of embroidery with a conference and exhibition in London

Hand & Lock are celebrating 250 years of embroidery with a series of special conferences, workshops and exhibitions in Sydney, Chicago and London.

The three cities represent embroidery in the 21st century as a business, an art form and as a passion. The conference will consist of must-see talks from international expert speakers. Business leaders, fashion historians, trend predictors, artists and designers will discuss the lessons of the past, challenges of the present and opportunities for the future. Our conference ‘Heritage, the Now and the Future of Embroidery’ will explore the enduring appeal of embroidery in fashion and textile arts.

Each city will feature touring exhibit curated with the help of University of the Arts London and the Textile Research Centre which will highlight Hand & Lock’s role at the forefront of fashion and military embroidery for the last 250 years, each exhibit will showcase drafts, samples and historical ledgers from our private archives making this a rare and exciting opportunity to see some of the finest embroideries in the world.

Demonstrating that embroidery is not just rooted in the past but thriving in the present, all three exhibitions will include a special exhibit of the specially commissioned one-of-a-kind designer handbags from the “The Embellished Handbag.

In keeping with Hand & Lock’s commitment to education we will also be teaching a fantastic three day course: Haute Couture Tambour Beading. This ancient embroidery skill is prized in the world of high fashion as the best way to embellish garments with speed and precision. Using a special tambour hook, students will be taught how to master the tool, the technique and the various materials and stitches that combine to make stunning beaded gowns. Please note only 12 spaces are available at the Haute Couture Tambour Beading class and demand is expected to be high.

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London Embroidery Conference and Workshop

Join us in July 2017 for six days dedicated to the fine art of embroidery

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The Embellished Handbag

A Celebration of 250 years of Fashion and Embroidery