Hand & Lock - 250-Year-Old Embroidery House
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 fashion designers, the tailors of Savile Row and European Royalty since 1767. Fusing ancient embroidery crafts with modern design the esteemed Royal Warrant holders continue to champion hand embroidery whilst embracing the emergence of digital machine embroidery.
Visitors to their central London embroidery studio will be free to walk around a modern day working embroidery atelier and witness expert embroiderers working on live client commissions. In the large north facing studio embroiderers work at large embroidery frames, victorian singer sewing machines or Twice daily skilled hand embroiderers will give live demonstrations of popular embroidery techniques such as the fine art of tambour beading and the ancient specialism of goldwork.
Guests will be free to talk to their expert staff about the long history of the company and the many famous projects they have worked on for celebrities and the Royal family. Visitors will also enjoy examples of ancient and modern embroidery. Rarely seen items from Hand & Lock’s 250 year old archive will be displayed alongside a contemporary award winning embroidered garments and works of art from the 2019 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery.
Visitors are welcome to drop in to the studio at any time, but we would highly recommend booking onto one of the twice daily tours for a more immersive and revealing experience.