Hand & Lock in Williamsburg, USA

Hand & Lock travelled across the pond in 2016 to Willamsburg, Virginia in the United States of America to join forces with the Williamsburg school of Needlework to teach a special series of embroidery classes.

A room full of embroidery enthusiasts welcomed the Hand & Lock team and prepared for five days of embroidery lessons in Goldwork and Tambour Beading. Discover our gallery of photos to discover the beautiful patterns and designs the students learned. Hand & Lock workshops give you the opportunity to work with different embroidery techniques and experience a very hands on class as the Hand & Lock teachers are there with you every step of the way.

Hand & Lock will once again be travelling to Williamsburg in April 2017 and September 2017 to offer another exciting series of workshops. Book your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out on this year’s events.

Students attending the Williamsburg Goldwork workshop learned the art of embroidery using metal threads. Students learned Soft string padding, Felt padding, Pearl Purl, Cut work in Smooth and rough bullion, Chips, passing and Essing and much more.  Goldwork is the art of embroidery using metal threads. It is particularly prized for the way light plays on it. The term ‘goldwork’ is used even when the threads are imitation gold, silver, or copper, or coloured allowing for an array of textures and colours to express your vision in.

Williamsburg Goldwork
Williamsburg Goldwork
Williamsburg Goldwork
Williamsburg Goldwork
Williamsburg Goldwork
Williamsburg Goldwork
Williamsburg Goldwork
Williamsburg Goldwork

Students attending the Williammsburg Tambour Beading workshop learned the technique used in French Haute Couture where beads or sequins are attached to fabric. Using a hook and working through a fabric stretched tight as a drum, students learned how to create a design and how to work the hook through the fabric without catching before learning the technique. The technique is popular on International Catwalks and can be seen in shows by Elie Saab and Oscar De La Renta.

Williamsburg Tambour Beading
Williamsburg Tambour Beading
Williamsburg Tambour Beading
Williamsburg Tambour Beading
Williamsburg Tambour Beading
Williamsburg Tambour Beading
Williamsburg Tambour Beading