Hawthorne & Heaney at Debenhams Christmas in July Event

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It may only be August, but Hawthorne & Heaney have already done our first monogramming event for Christmas 2016. The Debenhams PR team, in conjunction with Reverb held their Christmas in July event in a beautiful house in Fitzrovia where we were providing our machine monogramming services.

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The launched their Christmas ranges which included fashion, homewear, lingerie and more. Our embroiderer Pearl and her assistant Chelsea were adding initials to pyjamas and hankerchieves for the attendies while they explored the rest of the event.

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Debenhams guest designers such as Patrick Grant and Julian McDonald were there to talk to the attendies about their collections. The team chose two of our classic fonts in a range of 5 colours for people to personalise their pieces with.

debs 5All in all it was a very busy day, with plenty of glitz and glamour that has set the bar for the rest for the events to come later in the year.

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Hawthorne & Heaney does Tricky Fabrics


Embroidery can be a wonderfully versitile embellisment but sometimes it can be difficult to match the artistic vision to the reality on some of the more troublesome fabrics. At Hawthorne & Heaney we have been working hard to overcome some of these difficulties on some of our recent machine embroidery projects.


Leather and velvet are two such troublesome farbics as they can not be framed up in the usual way as it will damage the fabric. The leather when framed becomes stretch and the velvet pile can be crushed irreversably. Despite this we have found ways of working around the fabric’s issues and been able to produce playful and detailed embroideries like those you see here.


Some of our regular customers may have recieved another example of this in the form of the Christmas cards we produced this year.


As you can see the cards are all embroidered into the card itself and off set with a tinsel pom pom for some festive cheer.


If you have a project or idea that you would like to be embroidered but aren’t sure if it is going to work, let us know as we can probably work a way around it.

Happy Christmas from the Hawthorne & Heaney Team


Hawthorne & Heaney loves the London Embroidery School’s Christmas Stars Goldwork Workshop

This weekend, Hawthorne & Heaney’s sister company, The London Embroidery School hosted a special Christmas Goldwork Stars Workshop. The students were eager to learn more about goldwork techniques so the opportunity to combine new skills and festivities was too much to miss!

Here are a few photos from their progress through the day:


They start by preparing the fabric, transfering the design and padding some areas with felt.


Some of the students edge their stars with pearle purl, covering the padded areas with cutwork in a combination of rough and smooth purl and filling the flat area with bright check chips.

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Others used a combination of purl and check for the padded area and crystals for the flat.


The lovely Pearl teaching (and posing)


Some of the tools used during the day including wax, tweezers, scissors, size 12 needles, purl, check, pricker and bright check chips on the bullion board


Deep concentration is necessary for work like this


A table full of stars (and slight creative chaos)


Some of the students feeling a little bit pleased with their progress

At Hawthorne & Heaney we are always delighted to see people taking an interest and learning about these specialist embroidery techniques. We feel that it is important to preserve the knowledge of how to create these effect so that the crafts do not get lost in generations to come so if you would like to learn more about some of these specialist embroidery skills, why not join the London Embroidery School ladies for a course and see what you can learn!

Hawthorne & Heaney does Christmas Gifts

With personalisation ever on the up and Christmas fast approaching, finding the gift with the right message for all the people in your life can be hard. Hawthorne & Heaney can provide monograms for a whole variety of different products, appropriate to whom ever you might like to gift. Monogrammed pieces are a lovely way to make the recipient feel special. Here is a few photos to spark your imagination but if you have an unusual idea, feel free to contact us.

Gentlemen could have monogrammed pocket squares, ties or bow ties…

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Both Ladies and Gentlemen may enjoy personalised bath robes or pyjamas…

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Bed linen and towels, for that hard to buy for couple…towel set U

Or if you literally need your gift to say something:

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Get in touch if you would like to see how we can make your gift that little bit more unique.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Debenhams

The Hawthorne & Heaney ladies have been out in force again, this time for Debenhams in the run up to Christmas. They have been bringing our special brand of personalisation to the items available as part of the ‘found it’ promotion.photo (1)

Cute little embroidery from one of our ladies, stitching the found it label. It seems that personalisation has been everywhere this year and long may it continue! So for now we at the Hawthorne & Heaney team wish you Happy Christmas and we look forward to the New Year!




Hawthorne & Heaney Monograms for Jack Wills this Christmas

Jack Wills, The Monogram Shop:

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Hawthorne & Heaney  is hitting the shops this Christmas, bringing the monogramming to you and your loved ones. We will be embroidering all sorts of gifts and garments from Jack Wills in their Soho store. We can work on a whole host of current items and you can see a few of the items we have already done if you are stuck for ideas, or come and discuss where you would like the monogram to be with us.

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Cheeky monogram on the back of Jack Wills check lounge trousers.

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Matching wash bag and overnight duffle bag combination.

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Chunky Initials on an open mohair weave scarf.

The Monogram shop is available every weekend until Christmas 12 -6pm exclusively in the Soho store.

Please note monogramming in Jack Wills store can only be done on Jack Wills items bought in store on the same day when bought with the monogram service.

If you would like us to come to your store or event to personalise items, get in contact with us!


Hawthorne & Heaney does Bespoke Slippers

Many of you may think its way too early to be thinking about Christmas, but in terms of bespoke gifts, it’s not far away. Our good friends over at Cleverley’s have been busy making slippers that are destined to be Christmas gifts for quite some time now, as have we for those slippers that are adorned with embroidery.

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Our director, Claire Barrett has had a pair made for herself with our Hawthorne & Heaney logo across the front, embroidered in silks and bullions.   I have it on good authority that they are incredibly comfortable and hard wearing as well as being very a highly covetable item. They can be made with your choice of emblem on the front, if you have something specific in mind which we can have made into embroidery as we also offer a drafting service.


Best get your order in if you would like to present your loved one with a pair of these! Pricing on request.