Jessica Pile

Jessica Pile is Production Director of Hand & Lock, London’s premier embroidery house providing embellishment services to the Royal Family, top European design houses and the British Armed Forces.

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Lalita Vakil

Lalita Vakil is a Master Crafts Person specialising in Chamba Rumal Embroidery. Lalita uses her expertise to train the younger generation to learn the craft and therefore increase their employment opportunities.

Whereas traditionally Chamba Rumal Embroidery was done on only muslin, Lalita...Read more

Rebeckah Kemi Apara

Rebeckah Kemi Apara is a textiles designer that specialises in hand embroidery and embellishments. She studied Fashion Textiles at The London College of Fashion and graduated in 2007. 

Her work is eclectic, vibrant and takes inspiration from all walks of life; from lipstick shades to...Read more

Axelle Faes Cortes

Axelle has worked and collaborated with many haute couture houses and clothing brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Bamford. Her experience also encompasses the "metiers d'art" of Chanel, at Paloma and Lemarie and for the Disney Theatrical "Aladdin" in London.

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Zuzana Lalikova

Born in Slovakia and educated in the UK, Zuzana Lalikova uses traditional Slovakian embroidery techniques to produce large scale contemporary wall hangings. Geometrics and colour are a recurring theme throughout the collections creating contemporary wall art for interiors and public spaces....Read more

Zhang Ping

Zhang Ping is an artist living and working in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, the birthplace of Chinese national cultural heritage Suzhou Embroidery. She has been working in this discipline for 20 years with extensive experience. She is now Director of Gu Wenxia Master’s Suzhou Embroidery Studio....Read more

Susannah Weiland

Susannah is an embroidery artist based in Richmond upon Thames. Her work is influenced by the colours and textures of the natural world, with Kew Gardens providing the inspiration for her debut range, ‘The Botanical Collection’. Susannah has combined her love of monochrome pencil drawings with...Read more

Jacky Puzey

Jacky Puzey combines traditional embroidery skills with digital technology to stitch stunning 3D tableaux in rich, vibrant colours that flow across furniture, walls and clothes. Featuring a menagerie of embellished creatures; squirrels chatter, foxes prowl and parakeets pirouette in Jacky’s...Read more

Kazuhito Takadoi

Inspired by the rich woodland surrounding his birthplace of Nagoya, Japan, Kazuhito grows and hand picks grasses, leaves and twigs from his garden, sowing each blade through the paper.  As the grasses dry and mature they embark on a subtle colour shift, comparative to seasonal change.  Kazuhito’...Read more

Darren Ball

Darren Ball’s embroidery reflects his love of textiles and the visual qualities present in fabric and thread. He uses applique and free machine embroidery to illustrate personal narratives or ideas, inspired by memorabilia,or his collection of vintage ‘Stitchcraft’ knitting and embroidery...Read more

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Once again Hand & Lock are delighted to be opening their doors to the public as part of the 2020 London Craft Week. Situated in a former Victorian school built in the 1870s and converted into studios in 1925, Hand & Lock have been producing breathtaking embroideries for international...

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Join Craft Central for a celebration of their female makers.

Textile artist Emily Jo Gibbs will be giving a talk on The Value of Making, an ongoing project celebrating makers in stitch. Emily will also be running a hand stitched silk organza appliqué workshop where you can learn her...

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