Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers

Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand Embroidery

Last month, The Worshipful Company of Broderers held a fashion show, dedicated to the best of embroidery in British Fashion. Hawthorne & Heaney was invited to be involved and naturally, it was an opportunity that could not be missed.

 

The Worshipful Company of Broderers is a livery company, dedicated to the protection and promotion of the art of embroidery. Also known as ‘The Brotherhood of The Holy Ghost of the City of London’, it was originally formed in the middle ages, receiving a Grant of Arms in 1558 and its first Charter on 25th October 1561 from Queen Elizabeth I. Charitable works lie at the core of the company as it functions today, with the fashion show acting as a fundraising event for their charity; Fine Cell Work and the Broderers’ Charity Trust. Fine Cell Work teaches needle-work to prison inmates and sells their products.  Established in 1997, Fine Cell Work now operates in more than 15 prisons to empower and rehabilitate inmates in preparation for their sucessful return to society.

Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand Embroidery

On what was a very balmy September evening, the company gathered beautiful examples of british embroidery work from well known designers such as Bruce Oldfield, Clements Ribeiro, Jasper Conran and Beulah, one example of which can be seen above. The show was held in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, London with the ladieswear mostly demonstrated beadwork with an array of evening gowns on show (as seen above).

Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand EmbroideryHawthorne & Heaney was invited to contribute to the show in the form of these goldwork waistcoats for the gentlemen to wear. These were later auctioned off to raise further funds for the cause. Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand Embroidery

The first features a circular dove motif on purple with silkworks for the center and a cutwork edge.

Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand Embroidery

The second piece was this striking pair of rampant lions on red.

Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand EmbroideryThe lions are most embroidered over raisings with cutwork, a pearle purl edges and silver/red accents throughout.Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers London Hand Embroidery

For more information on any The Worshipful Company of Broderers or Fine Cell Work, follow the links in the text above.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA

Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

At the start of July each year the Benevolent Tailors’ Beneficiary Association Summer Ball comes knocking stylishly on London’s door and Hawthorne & Heaney was there this year to answer it’s call. The Summer Ball is the more informal of the two annual BTBA Balls, one might think that there would not be that much to see on a sartorial front; however this is not the case. As a meeting of the majority of Savile Row and its associates it is a great place to show off your wears with the cream of London’s Tailoring Community present.Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

 

The event is held at the beautiful Merchant Taylors’ Hall and guests include Tailors, Cutters, Fabric Merchants and of course Embroiderers as we were there!

Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

The BTBA hosts these events in order to raise money to aid and award grants when necessary to anyone who has worked in British tailoring at any level for a period of ten years or more. It was formed from a merger of the British tailoring industry’s two oldest and most revered charities – the Master Tailors’ Benevolent Association (est. 1887) and the Tailors’ Benevolent Institute (est. 1861). It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the tailors who are moving up into a new stage of their careers as they receive their awards from Savile Row Bespoke.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

Here are a few pictures to give you a flavour of the evening.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA London Hand EmbroideryKathryn Sargent, Chris Kerr and Andy Varnava

We can’t wait for the Winter Ball to come around so we can do it all again.

 

 

Hawthorne & Heaney supports the BTBA

Hawthorne & Heaney supports the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

Around this time of year, the Bespoke Tailors’ Benevolent Association meet to hold their inaugural festival dinner and Auction to raise funds to support the trade. The BTBA was established when two charities; the Master Tailors’ Benevolent Association (est. 1887) and the Tailors’ Benevolent Institute (est. 1861) merged together. Beneficiaries include tailors, woollen merchants and those from associated trades and suppliers.

Our Director Claire Barrett was there this year to represent Hawthorne & Heaney and assist in the smooth running of the evening as a new steward. A special acknowledgement to should be made to Geoff Wheeler of Dugdale Bros. & Co. who was this years Appeal Chairman and gave the address.  As we share an office with the Dugdales gentlemen, we can assure Geoff that all his rehearsals were well worth it for a job well done.

Hawthorne & Heaney supports the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

The BTBA relies on the generosity of the business and individuals which it supports so Hawthorne & Heaney were very proud to have contributed to the BTBA’s head table, table cloth. Dugales provided the Navy Barathea for the cloth itself and Hawthorne & Heaney donated the hand embroidered Gold Cut Work Crest.

Hawthorne & Heaney supports the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

The Gold Cut Work is quite a laborious process involving the design being fully padded and prepared before the decorative gold can be introduced. This can be seen on the left of the images above  with the padding exposed, and on the right the cut work application.Hawthorne & Heaney supports the BTBA London Hand Embroidery

All this preparation gives the embroidery a very rich effect by elevating the embroidery from the surface of the cloth. Once the piece is fully filled and symmetrical, all will agree that the effect is quite striking.

Hawthorne & Heaney supports the BTBA London Hand EmbroideryHawthorne & Heaney also donated the raffle and collection bags which were circulating during the night which sported a much smaller machine embroidered crest onto Navy velvet. Hawthorne & Heaney supports the BTBA London Hand Embroidery