Hand & Lock – Wilcom customer showcase


We recently got a chance to catch up with Steve from Hand & Lock – world-famous embroiderers and Wilcom customers.

Based in London, England, Hand & Lock produce bespoke embroidery for a diverse range of illustrious clients including the Royal Family and fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel and Stella McCartney.

Hand & Lock have been producing the world’s finest hand embroidery since 1767. They cover a wide range of niche markets from Civilian and Military Regalia through to Ecclesiastical and Couture, specialising in bespoke, individually crafted embroidery.

As a traditional embroidery company, their heritage reaches back to Roman times and as such, they have become world renowned as providers of the finest hand embroidery. They are a living antique, but moving with the times, bringing hand embroidery into the present.

Order of the Bath- Royal family embroidery by Hand & Lock

We asked Hand & Lock what they had to say about their work, methods and why they are so passionate about their Prize for Embroidery Design.

 Q: What made you choose Wilcom as your embroidery digitizing software?

 A: “Wilcom is our embroidery digitising software of choice as it allows us to design, fine tune and produce machine embroidery that’s up to even the most discerning client’s standards. As self-proclaimed perfectionists, we wouldn’t choose any other software. We’re also very excited to have them on board as sponsors for the this years Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Design 2013, so we hope our collaboration can inspire a whole new future generation of embroiderers and designers.”

 Q: Although hand embroidery is your main specialty,  can you give us some interesting examples of work you’ve done using our software to create your machine embroidery?

Brian May, Queen Guitarist - jacket embroidered by Hand & Lock with Wilcom software
Brian May, Queen Guitarist – jacket embroidered by Hand & Lock with Wilcom software

A: “Whilst we absolutely love creating and designing hand embroidery,  we understand the benefits both machine and hand embroidery are able to bring to a project to further help bring our client’s ideas to life. One of our highlights of last year was seeing a machine-embroidered jacket worn by Queen guitarist Brian May at the London Olympics closing ceremony. We also produced a medley of official badges for the 2012 Olympics using both hand and machine embroidery. TV and theatre productions utilise a great deal of our embroidery and we work with BBC/ITV/Channel 4 amongst others regularly. It goes without saying that it’s always a source of immense pride when you see your work from it’s initial design process on a computer screen to the big screen for thousands, even millions to see!”

Brian May, Queen embroidered jacket by Hand & Lock, Wilcom software

Q: Wilcom are now proud sponsors of the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Design. It has been running for over a decade now, how do you feel it has impacted the world of embroidery and what are your future plans for it?

 A: “The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Design is something we hold very dear, it gives students from universities and colleges from across the globe a chance to showcase their talents on a world-wide stage and be mentored by some of the leading players in the fashion and textile industry such as Zandra Rhodes and Kathryn Sargent.  We added an open category in 2009, that we’ve reintroduced for 2013 for those who are not students, but have the passion and flair for embroidery all the same. Much like any industry, competition breeds success and we regularly help mentor and train finalists through work experience placements so that there will always be a future generation of embroiderers and designers ready to push the boundaries further than ever before.  We are really excited to have Wilcom on board for this year’s prize, and their new university and college award fits in perfectly with the spirit we’re trying to promote through our competition”

The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery commenced life in 2000. It was initially aimed at students, however in 2009, an open category was added to great success. The prize is distributed to over 1000 colleges and universities throughout the world and has become the world’s premier embroidery prize with entrants from hundreds of different countries, universities and colleges and is rapidly growing each year.  This year’s prize is open to both students and anyone with the passion and flair for embroidery.

For details and to enter, visit the website The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2013.
Entries close 31st March 2013.

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