Hand and Lock
I love textile embellishments: embroidery, beading, appliqué. I greatly admire those superior crafts-persons who produce these exciting, artistic creations which add so much aesthetic value.
This year, 2017, marks the 250th anniversary of one of the most prestigious embroidery firms, Hand and Lock of London.
Their history tells of their initial services to the military for badges and embellishments for uniforms. Today they offer their exquisite talents to the Royal House and Family, international fashion houses, designers of costume for theater and television. You can read more of their story on their web page.
Hand and Lock also offers educational opportunities, with courses and workshops in beading, goldwork and other embroideries, worldwide. If you are in London you may visit the atelier and view archival pieces and embroidery samples. They also have a large assortment of laces and designs, appliqués, embroidery tools and kits available from their on-line shop.
I would love some gold-work letters. I can see my initials on an evening bag or made into a small broach.
Photo courtesy of Hand and Lock website
Quality workmanship is not always easy to find. Just browsing their site is a joy,