Hand and Lock, the UK’s foremost specialist embroiderers, have been making work for the Royal family, the armed forces and Savile Row for well over 200 years. You might think that being affiliated with such great heights could give way to a certain complacency in your craft, but Hand and Lock have been doing nothing of the sort. With new ranges of embroidered designs emerging from their busy studio off Oxford Street, there are no signs of their creativity or expertise dying down. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The latest seasonal embroideries to come out of Hand and Lock are as beautiful as ever and, as to be expected with embroidery, the devil is in the detail. Using sequins, beads, foils, furs, bugles, bullion loops and all sorts of wonderful materials in between, their latest designs are full of fancy. Intricately made with the most careful of hands, Hand and Lock’s creations have not just been used for royalty and national forces, but for top fashion houses such as Dior, Hermes and Louis Vuitton too. Browsing their latest designs on their website, couture is certainly the word that springs to mind. As part of their education programme, Hand and Lock have collaborated with Selvedge in the past, hosting goldwork classes and sharing embroidery tips for those makers who are keen to add a sense of glamour to their textile creations. Passing along ancient techniques to new generations is of huge importance to the studio; so much so that they even open up their studio to the public to enter and discover what it’s like on the inside of one of the country’s top studios. For those interested in high fashion, decoration and all things embroidery, visit www.handembroidery.com to discover Hand and Lock’s studio, and keep an eye on our events page for future workshops in collaboration with Selvedge.