Hawthorne & Heaney chats with Riddle Magazine

Hawthorne & Heaney chats with Riddle Magazine London Hand Embroidery

Hand embrodierer extraordinaire Megumi Endo working on a monogrammed handkerchief

Hawthorne & Heaney chats with Riddle Magazine London Hand Embroidery

A few weeks back, we took some time out to chat to Rupert Watkins of Riddle Magazine and friend of Hawthorne & Heaney. We were delighted when he said he wanted to do an article on us for Riddle and so after lots of conversation and a little time with their photographer Andy Barnham, the article is ready to be shared with you.

Hawthorne & Heaney chats with Riddle Magazine London Hand Embroidery

Close up detail of raised machine embrodiery

The article covers a little of the history of how Hawthorne & Heaney came to be as well as the sort of pieces we work on. Here are a few of the pictures from the article to give you a taste, follow the link to read the article in its entirety.

Hawthorne & Heaney chats with Riddle Magazine London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney’s Director, Claire Barret at her drawing desk

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 and Heaney at the Golden Shears 2015

Hawthorne and Heaney at the Golden Shears 2015 London Hand Embroidery

This time of year, one of the most prestigious awards for young aspiring tailors is awarded. As a steward of the Bespoke Tailors Benelovent Association, our director Claire Barrett attended this years event.  Hawthorne and Heaney at the Golden Shears 2015 London Hand Embroidery

The prize is awarded to the student who is considered to have produced the best tailored outfit with consideration given to fit, style and suitability. The students featured are all practising in the industry currently as the award has a particular emphasis on learning within the industry. The most respected and skilled tailors judge the competition, headed up by Chairman of the judges, Robert J Bright; with Jonathan Becker, Alan Bennett, Joe Morgan, Kathryn Sargent and Brigette Stepputtis as technical judges. These esteemed tailors represent the best the industry has to offer, working for companies such as Davis & Sons, Chittleborough & Morgan and Vivienne Westwood. Assisting the technical judges were the guest judges which, this year, comprised of Jodie Kidd, David Gandy, Betty Jackson CBE, Jennifer Saunders and Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

Hawthorne and Heaney at the Golden Shears 2015 London Hand Embroidery

25 outfits were presented from which the three prizes were awarded.  Joe Holsgrove won the 2015 Golden Shears with Dionne Reeves taking the Silver Shears and Nuriya Kabirova winning the Rising Star award.  It is truly exciting to see the work of the future tailors, our congratulations to the winners, we can’t wait to see what next years competitors will produce.

JAMES LONG

JAMES LONG London Hand Embroidery

For their last (certainly not least) offering for LFW AW12/13 the designers at Hawthorne & Heaney had the pleasure of working with James Long.

One jacket topped with cornely chain stitch and military plate came out mid show giving us a taster of the finale which was a fully embroidered jacket covered in military plate, cloth of gold and solid gold smooth and rough purl.

The effect was incredible and H&H were privileged to work with a designer with the skill to use such ancient, intricate techniques with such a successful, modern application.

Thank you to GQ for the images !

PPQ AW 12/13

PPQ AW 12/13 London Hand Embroidery

For their first show of the season Hawthorne & Heaney had the pleasure of working with Amy Molyneaux and the design team at PPQ.  Working within one of their oldest specialties they produced antiqued military gold work Ps & Qs for the conceptual leopard print designed for PPQs ‘new, more sophisticated look’.    The embroidery technique beautifully complimented Molyneaux’s inspiration for the collection of ‘the apocalyptic romance of winter’ adding more to the story written by their most recent collection “Black Out”.
Hawthorne & Heaney’s favourites included the gold work embroidered shoes and the Bram Stoker esque hood embellished with antique military gold work and Swarovki rondels.

OUR SCHOOL

London Embroidery School is an embroidery School in Islington running as part of  Hawthorne & Heaney.  They run embroidery  classes monthly in various techniques and sell specialist materials and equipment online.  They believe in the art of hand embroidery and believe that these skills and equipment to anyone who has the will and the patience to learn.  Our skilled tutors are all RSN trained, so you can learn at a professional level in a comfortable central london location.

OUR SCHOOL London Hand Embroidery

We are located 5 minutes from the station at Highbury & Islington and are very convenient for the buss, overground and tube.

Please email info@londonembroideryschool.com with any enquiries.