The Prize FAQ'S

Find the answer to your question here

What is the aim of the Prize?

The aim of this prize is to promote the use of hand embroidered surface embellishment within the fashion, costume & textile industries. We provide artists, students, practitioners and enthusiasts with a platform to connect with other industry bodies; in turn gaining exposure, improving embroidery techniques and keeping the age old tradition moving forward in the modern world.

What are the categories?

Our hand embroidery categories are divided into a student and open subcategory. New for 2017 we have introduced a digital embroidery award with our sponsors Wilcom, this is aimed exclusively at students who excel at machine embroidery. The categories are as follows:

Hand & Lock Award for Hand Embroidery

Fashion Category (Hand Embroidery) Student subcategory and Open subcategory – This category is for anyone who has incorporated embroidery into a fashion piece. Fashion entrants should design a fashion garment that takes inspiration from the prize brief. Your submission should be constructed to fit a typical model (UK size 6) and showcase your design skill as well as your ability to embroider by hand. Judges will look at your concept, execution, construction, embroidery skill and overall presentation. You will be required to enter one full look.

Textile Art Category (Hand Embroidery) Student subcategory and Open subcategory – This category allows entrants to enter any piece of embroidery that falls under the textile art remit. We will allow entries from the subjects of jewellery, interior design, art installations and more. If you piece incorporates embroidery we want to see it! Judges will be looking for originality, embroidery technique, execution and overall presentation. This entry also has to be a finished piece and should follow the prize brief.

Wilcom Digital Embroidery Award

Student Fashion Category (Digital Embroidery) – Digital fashion entrants should design a fashion garment that takes inspiration from the Prize brief. Your submission should be constructed to fit a typical model (UK size 6 to 8) and showcase your design skill as well as your ability to embroider. Judges will look at your concept, execution, construction, embroidery skill and overall presentation.

Student Textile Art Category (Digital Embroidery) – Digital embroiderers should examine the brief and produce an object that showcases their machine embroidery skills. The object could be a piece of jewellery, an artistic sculpture, an embroidered tapestry, a piece for home interior design etc. Judges will look at originality, inventiveness, technique, execution, construction and overall presentation.

Do I qualify for the student sub-category?

Student sub-category: If you are a full/part time student on or before March 31st 2017 you may enter for the student category and qualify for the discount. Students pay a subsidised entry fee.

Open sub-category: The open category is for entrants of all ages with an interest in embroidery.

What are the Prizes?

Hand & Lock Award for Hand Embroidery

First Prize: 

The winners in each subcategory will be awarded with $3,500 USD as a top prize
A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen
Tickets to any Fashion & Textile Museum Exhibition
Six months subscription to Selvedge magazine
A prize bundle of industry standard threads from Madeira
A work placement at Hand & Lock
A weekend course at Hand & Lock

Second Prize

A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen
Tickets to any Fashion Textile Museum Exhibition
Six months subscription to Selvedge magazine
A work placement at Hand & Lock
A weekend course at Hand & Lock

Third Prize

A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen
Tickets to any Fashion Textile Museum Exhibition
Six months subscription to Selvedge magazine
A work placement at Hand & Lock
A weekend course at Hand & Lock

The Wilcom Digital Embroidery AwardStudent winners from both the Textile Art category and Fashion category will receive a six month sponsorship from Wilcom. In addition, the university will win a prize bundle including Wilcom embroidery software, training and support for six months.

Additional Prizes

-The Chairman’s Award
-An additional $10,000 Chairman’s Award will be awarded to the submission with the overall best use of embroidery- one entrant will leave with $13,500 in prize money.
-The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Award
-The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers will award $1400 to the submission featuring the best use of the goldwork embroidery technique.

How do I register?

Click here to register online. All online entrants must pay via debit card, credit card or paypal. Please ensure funds are available before registering.

I have not received an email confirmation upon registration?

Please ensure that you check your junk mail box before emailing us with your registration queries.  Towards the end of the competition we have a huge influx of entries so our response may be delayed. You will be emailed an order confirmation number and a link to a download which confirms your competition registration and gives you details about the first deadline.

Do you have to live in the UK to enter?

Our contest is open to embroiderers, students and enthusiasts anywhere in the world.  You can enter on our website here. Overseas entries please note – when sending parcels please ensure that you state that the contents have ‘NO COMMERCIAL VALUE’ adding a nominal value of $2.00 (USD) in any customs declarations, Hand & lock will not be responsible for any duty.

Can you participate as a team?

No- rules state that we can only accept one name per application.

Can you enter more than one category?

You can enter more than one category for example you may wish to enter both the fashion and textile art category. You may enter as many submissions as you wish to improve your chances.  To do this you will need to register again. You cannot enter both the student and open subcategories.

I’ve registered by 31st March, what do I need to do next?

Registration closes at midnight on the 31st March 2017. Once the registration period is finished, an online portal will open on the Prize website, this allows you to submit images for your entry, the portal is open from 1st April – 30th June. You need to submit between three to five images of your work, this can include mood/design boards, images of your embroidery samples, and drawings or images of your final design. Your final piece does not need to be complete at this stage, however we do need to see a final design/drawing to see what your final outcome will look like. There is also an option to add supporting text (max 200 words). Please ensure the images are in focus and not too light/dark, these images will be presented to the judging panel for the first round of the competition and from here the finalists will be chosen for stage two. No physical work needs to be submitted at this stage, you are only required to send your work to Hand & Lock if you become a finalist in the competition.

How will I know if I have got through to the finalists round?

The 1st round of judging takes place in mid July.  We will send you an email to confirm your advancement in the contest on Friday 21st July. If you are successful, it is at this stage you will be introduced to your mentor for the mentoring programme. If you are unsuccessful in reaching the 2nd round we will also contact you by email on 21st July.

I’ve been selected as a finalist, when do I need to send my final physical pieces to Hand & Lock?

You will have spent the summer finalising your designs and consulting your mentor and you must send your final piece(s) to the Hand & Lock studio in London by 17:30 on Friday 22nd September. Any work received after this date will not be eligible for the competition.

What size should I make my garment?

UK Female clothing size 6-8: Due to the mannequins we use, please do not make your designs smaller than the following measurements: Bust 79 cm / Waist 60.5 cm / Hips 86 cms

UK Male Clothing size Medium: Due to the mannequins we use, please do not make your designs smaller than the following measurement: Chest 96 cm / Waist 60.5 cm

What happens to my submission after the Prize?

If you have placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd we kindly ask to keep your submission for one year to display at the Hand & Lock studio and to offer for press loans to elevate your profile and highlight The Prize. If you require your piece exceptions can be made. Submissions that don’t place in the top three will be made available immediately. In both cases it is the finalist’s responsibility to pay for and organise the return of their submission. Due to the large numbers of submissions from around the world Hand & Lock regrets it cannot cover the costs of international couriers.

Where can I buy Hand & Lock: Issue One & Issue Two?

The official magazine for Hand & Lock is available from our website here. Full of ideas, inspirations and embroidery history it shows the standard of the entries from previous Prize entries.

My question has not been answered, how can I contact you?

Please email prize@handembroidery.com with any questions you have and we will endeavour to answer your query as soon as possible.