The 2021 Prize Categories

Find out which embroidery category should you enter?

Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery
Type of Entry


To qualify for the Student Category you must be in full or part time higher education at the time of registration. Registration as a students means you will benefit from subsidised entry fee and can submit work you are creating as part of your course.


If you aren’t in full or part time higher education, you will qualify for the open category. Registering in the open category is for anyone of any age. You can be a skilled practitioner, a passionate enthusiast or even a recent graduate.



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.


Entrants should examine the brief and produce an object that showcases their 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, embroidery technique, execution, construction and overall presentation.

Example of of work submitted for the Fashion Category
Example of work submitted for the Textile Art Category

PLEASE NOTE: Associate Award prizes are available to some Prize categories and not others. The organisation offering the Associate Award might have their own specific criteria for judging that means only specific categories qualify. For more information on the Associate Awards and their judging criteria please see the awards page.


Submission Guidelines

What you need to supply at each stage of the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery

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