London Embroidery School does DIY Runway: Chiffon Roses Class

Fabric manipulation roses

Big, eye catching floral fabric manipulations were seen all over fashion week last month and Hawthorne & Heaney‘s partners the LONDON EMBROIDERY SCHOOL are delighted to present the latest in their Couture Course Series with their DIY Runway: Chiffon Roses Class.  This trend can be seen all over the runway this season at Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane and Rodarte, but we think that Dolce & Gabbana took the crown with their oversized 3D roses in brilliant scarlets, pillerbox red and burgundy.

You can learn to make your very own floral embellishment and bring a touch of Dolce & Gabbana Style to something of your own at their DIY runway class.

These Vintage inspired roses are super soft to the touch and can be easily applied to anything that needs a bit of a lift. The London Embroidery School will teach you how to make these gorgeous florals and then help you to apply them to anything item of clothing that you have deemed needs a bit of a spruce.

With the knowledge you will learn at the class you will be able to make these roses in any size and for any purpose. They could easily be applied to a pin or headband or even scaled up for a cushion or another custom interior embellishment.


D&G roses

Dolce & Gabbana AW2016/17 Look 95

Hawthorne & Heaney on Gold work

Here in the H&H studio we have fallen head over heels back in love with Gold work.  After having this lovely piece framed which was on show at the Henry Poole Exhibition at the Bowes Museum, we can;t get enough of this amazing technique.   The series starts with the rubbing (far left) taken from a Privy councillors coatee. This was then turned into a clear trace of the original pattern from which an embroidery draft can be created (centre). The far right image is that of the part finished embroidery showing the various layers that build together to make the final effect of the gold work.

 goldwork frame

frock coat goldwork

Now Spring/Summer 2015 fashion weeks have officially come to a close, we couldn’t help but notice some the the gold  and metal work details popping up. We can always trust that Dolce and Gabbana will display luxurious gold work inspired pieces and this season, they did not fail us.



Dior took a more subtle approach, applying this tradition technique in the details of their long length jackets, bringing a lady like edge to these masculine shape inspired pieces.



If you find yourself interested to know more about this historical technique there is a Beginners Goldwork course at The London Embroidery School starting next Wednesday, so don’t wait to secure your place. You can also find examples of Hawthorne & Heaney’s use of Goldwork in the portfolio of our website:

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