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Spring 2022: Hand & Lock – Contemporary Couture Embroidery

Venue: Hand & Lock, London, W1W 8TE

Dates: This workshop ran from Monday 14th February 2022 until Friday 18th  February 2022.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

Over 5 days we will introduce budding embroiderers to a selection of techniques used at Hand & Lock and in the world of couture embroidery. The techniques taught in this class are used regularly in Paris couture houses and are often seen on the catwalk. You will use a range of materials which will be applied in various techniques to create different effects.

These special online classes show the embroidery stitches from multiple points of view so learning the techniques is as similar to a real class experience. The classes will cover the basics, insider tips and practical application making sure students are fully equipped to go on and apply what they have learned to their own garments and develop their own unique styles.

Stitches and techniques taught:

  • Goldwork cutwork and padding
  • Floss and silk thread work
  • Fringing
  • 3D and contemporary beading
  • Bullion knots and French knots

Completed work at the end of the course:

  • Various sample pieces
  • Drawstring pouch with embroidered front
  • Framed embroidery
This workshop will be run by Hand & Lock, a hand embroidery company who has a Royal Warrant,  at their central London embroidery school.

Who are Hand & Lock? The long history of Hand & Lock can be traced back to 1767, when a young Huguenot refugee from France named M. Hand came to London in 1767 and began manufacturing and selling lace to military tailors. Later he incorporated the design and manufacture of military badges and uniform accoutrements. M. Hand & Co became a trusted name used by Savile Row and military tailors.

In the 1950s Stanley Lock was a talented embroidery designer at specialist embroidery house CE Phipps & Co. Upon the owner’s retirement in 1956, Stanley Lock bought the company and renamed it S. Lock Ltd. The newly formed couture house went on to work with couturiers such as Christian Dior, Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies on gowns for the Queen, Queen Mother and later Princess Diana. The company was subsequently awarded the Royal Warrant in 1972.

In 2001 the two companies were merged to create Hand & Lock.

In recent years clients requiring embroidery services have grown to include international fashion houses, emerging designers, interior designers, the Royal Forces, the Royal Family, PR companies and costume designers for theatre, film, and television. Hand & Lock pride themselves on the fact that the design methods and embroidery techniques have changed very little since 1767.

Now, Hand & Lock are no longer just craftspeople but also teachers and promoters of the fine art of embroidery. With a long heritage to protect and timeless craft to preserve the team now operate classes around the world teaching the traditional skills of embroidery and banging the drum for quality British craftsmanship.



This workshop will start daily at 10am and finish at approximately 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

TCDT workshops give a chance to develop a range of transferable skills and valuable insight to possible career paths. Some of the career choices our alumni have pursued include; Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Jewellery Making, Art Conservation, Glass Working, Theatre Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design – the list is growing!


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 14 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have good hand-eye co-ordination. In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.

There are only 12 places available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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