Inspiration doesn’t just come from print design it all areas of textiles and this week we are taking a look at some fabulous embroidery.

150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk

Now on at the fashion and textile museum: London. A retrospective exploring the often-surprising history of one of the UK’s oldest and most revered applied arts organisations.

In 1872, the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) was founded on two key principles – the first, the preservation of hand embroidery as an art form and the second, the support of women’s independence through work. In the intervening 150 years, the RSN’s journey towards these goals has taken many unexpected forms and featured countless high-profile projects.

150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework will explore this historic organisation’s contribution to the world of embroidery. The exhibition will present collaborations with the great names of the Arts and Crafts movement, commissions produced for the British royal family, contemporary works created for top, international designers and pieces by the RSN’s talented students.

Presenting textiles from the Royal School of Needlework’s own 5,000-piece archive, alongside examples from museums and collections across the UK, this in-depth retrospective will display the often surprising history of one of the UK’s oldest and most revered applied arts organisations.

The exhibition is curated by Dennis Nothdruft, head of exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum, in collaboration with Dr Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive at the Royal School of Needlework.

Images are from http://www.fashiontextilemuseum.org

Hand & Lock

Below images are from @lisscookeembroidery – Senior Digital Embroidery Designer  @handandlocklondon Hand and Lock offer full scale bespoke digital machine embroidery services, COLOREEL technology for bespoke & bulk projects, as well a machine embroidered patch service for both small quantities & bulk production!

A lovely recent project: Vintage Prada coat restoration & Upcycle. This coat came to us with multiple areas of unfixable damage, and we were given complete free reign to create this beautiful design. We produced machine embroidered appliqués on tulle which were carefully hand beaded and tacked to the coat to cover the areas of damage. Particularly love the colour palette of this one🪐 Designed & Embroidered @handandlocklondon

COLOREEL machine embroidery designs for @casablancabrand

🍄 @handandlocklondon x @coloreel bespoke machine embroidered @levis_uk (gifted) Jacket using COLOREEL technology and 100% recycled polyester thread🌏

The Hand and Lock SS22 patch collection is so fabulous and available to buy from a link on their instagram @byhandandlock @handandlocklondon  

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