Hawthorne & Heaney: Internship Opportunity Available

Hawthorne & Heaney: Internship Opportunity Available London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney is currently looking for an embroidery intern to join us for an immediate start.

We are looking for a current undergraduate fashion/textiles/costume student to join us in the studio for a 3 month internship. Duties will include machine and hand sewing, general administration, maintenance of the social media sites, research, assisting with embroidery preparation for both the staff and for the School and errands. Time is also set aside from duties to develop your own embroidery skills during your internship. Applicants must be hard working, versatile, enthusiastic, professional, responsible and able work well in a small team. Attention to detail is a must along with patience as nothing in embroidery is particularly quick.

Specific Needs

  • Sewing skills are essential, and a proficiency in both hand and machine sewing would be ideal.
  • Computer knowledge of both MAC and PC, ideally with an understanding of adobe programs and G drive
  • Trend aware
  • Looking to gain experience in a live studio in the embroidery sector
  • Must be a current undergraduate student of a fashion/textiles related course
  • Able to travel into London every day

This internship is unpaid and should be taken in addition to a current undergraduate course, we are therefore unable to accept non students for this position. Hours are full time, Monday- friday 9-5pm.

If you would be interested in furthering your studies please fill out the attached form.

Hawthorne & Heaney: Internship Opportunity Available London Hand EmbroideryElsie Wong (Former Intern) with her sample work

Hawthorne & Heaney on Embroidery Repairs

Embroidery repairs is a topic we keep coming back to but we thought we would share another project with you where embroidery was used to breath new life into a damaged garment.

Hawthorne & Heaney on Embroidery Repairs London Hand EmbroideryIt is so pleasing when we are able to use a method that is usually about decoration only but also allow an item that would have otherwise have lost its use, to be beautiful and useful again.

Hawthorne & Heaney on Embroidery Repairs London Hand Embroidery

Damaged area before embroidery

This jacket was made of a very rough grain tweed which through rubbing and wear had got damaged and started to ray over a large area of about 15 cm. The embroidery that was designed for the area was inspired by the Japanese practise of Kintsukuroi (golden repair) where broken pottery is fixed using gold laquer.  It ties in with the philosophy of wabi-sabi, embracing of the flawed or imperfect which felt appropriate for this project given that we knew that the damage would still be to come extent visible but making the repair in an asthetically pleasing way makes the object becomes more beautiful for having been broken and fixed.

Hawthorne & Heaney on Embroidery Repairs London Hand Embroidery

We used 4 shades of blue to reflect the different thread colours in the weave which are all in satin stitch to help to hold the damaged area together. Then there is a layer of gold metallic thread added over raisings to give it that laquered effect that is so significant to this technique and ties in with the metal details of the jacket. After the embroidery there were still a few threads to pulled through to tidy as can be seen and to reattach the hem, but we were very please with the end result.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Lack of Colour at Selfridges

During last weekend, Hawthorne & Heaney set up camp in London’s Selfridges store for a monogramming event for Australian Hat brand ‘Lack of Color’.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Lack of Colour at Selfridges London Hand Embroidery

‘Lack Of Color is the popular Australian label that produces a range of men’s and women’s hats available in seasonal colours and styles. Created by Tess Corvaia and Robert Tilbury, a creative couple from Queensland, Australia who aim to bring their loyal customers a range of innovative and wearable pieces each season.’ (Lack of colour About page)

Hawthorne & Heaney for Lack of Colour at Selfridges London Hand Embroidery

Thanks to the lovely hot weather we have being having here, we were offering these hand embroidered monograms onto the hat ribbons or bands, usually of their strawhats as shown.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Lack of Colour at Selfridges London Hand Embroidery

With a choice of 16 colour for the embroidery, the combinations on offer are numerous.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Lack of Colour at Selfridges London Hand Embroidery

It’s always great fun working with such different and interesting brands in some of the best known shops in the world!

Hawthorne & Heaney for Lack of Colour at Selfridges London Hand Embroidery

If you missed out on the opportunity to have your hat personalised in store and would like to get it done, this is something that we can do for you in the studio, get in contact with us by phone or email and we can advise you futher.

Or if you would like to put on your own hand embroidery event with us… get in touch!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hawthorne & Heaney teams up with John Smedley

Here at Hawthorne & Heaney, we were very busy during London Craft Week. While having an explore around some exhibitions we also teamed up with John Smedley to personalise some of their lovely knitwear.

Hawthorne & Heaney teams up with John Smedley London Hand Embroidery

Founded in 1784 they are one of the longest-running knitwear manufacturers in the world.  Specialising in beautifully designed garments that are made to last. Crafted in Britain and distributed all over the world.

Hawthorne & Heaney teams up with John Smedley London Hand Embroidery

In 1825 they moved on to producing garments using one of the first ever fully fashioned knitting machines, creating the original “Long Johns”.

Hawthorne & Heaney teams up with John Smedley London Hand Embroidery

Moving into the 1950s and 1960 the brand became very popular with many famous faces, from Audrey Hepburn to the Beatles. By the 1980s many British fashion houses saught the work of John Smedley, such as Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood.

  Hawthorne & Heaney teams up with John Smedley London Hand Embroidery

In 2013 they were granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

Hawthorne & Heaney teams up with John Smedley London Hand Embroidery

Two of our wonderfully talented hand embroiderers spent the day in their Mayfair store, offering a little something extra to their knitwear.Hawthorne & Heaney teams up with John Smedley London Hand Embroidery

 

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 presents Typography

Hawthorne & Heaney have expanded our machine embroidery options and introduced a new range of fonts to our stock this year. We now offer a much more extensive collection to chose from, which are separated into 6 families.

Hawthorne & Heaney presents Typography London Hand Embroidery

Above: Block Fonts

Hawthorne & Heaney presents Typography London Hand Embroidery

Above: Serif Fonts

Block and Serif fonts are perfect for monograms and initials. Block fonts tend to create a more clean cut, simple finish that looks great on a pair of jeans, whereas Serif fronts are more classic, perfect for a shirt or the lining of a suit jacket.

Hawthorne & Heaney presents Typography London Hand Embroidery

Above: Fancy Script 

Hawthorne & Heaney presents Typography London Hand Embroidery

Above: Script Fonts

The curved, overlapping lines of our Script and Fancy Script fonts make for much more elegant, luxurious finishes and look beautiful when arranged as a half-drop design, as seen in the ‘fancy script’ example.

Hawthorne & Heaney presents Typography London Hand Embroidery

Our ‘handwritten’ selection of fonts are perfect for making something personal, and look fantastic when used for small messages and names.

Hawthorne & Heaney presents Typography London Hand Embroidery

If you’re looking for something bigger and bolder, then our Varsity fonts are just that! These American inspired letters look great in all sizes, and are fantastic for small initials, and large, punchy words.

At Hawthorne & Heaney we aim to provide a wide variety of typography options to chose from that are both modern and classic. For a full list of all our available stock fonts, please get in touch.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Valentines Day

When it comes to buying Valentines day gifts for your better half, it can be hard not to slip into the easy options. Flowers, chocolates, jewellery, watches…

At Hawthorne & Heaney, we offer high quality monogramming services, the perfect way to make your gift special! Pyjamas, handkerchiefs and blankets are great gifts to be personalised with initials, words or even dates, to remind them of a special day.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Valentines Day London Hand Embroidery

What better way to say ‘I love you’ this Valentines day than with a personalised gift for that special someone?

Hawthorne & Heaney for Valentines Day London Hand Embroidery

Treat your loved one to some bespoke embroidery, be it a set of initials to make your gift original and personal to them, or something small that says those all important words for you!

Hawthorne & Heaney for Valentines Day London Hand EmbroideryHawthorne & Heaney for Valentines Day London Hand Embroidery

We offer both hand monogramming and machine monogramming services in every colour you can imagine! What could be a more thoughtful gift this valentines day? They deserve it!

Hawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors

Hawthorne & Heaney have been working on an interior sample collection, using fabrics from our friends and collegues, Dugdale Bros & Co Cloth Merchants.

Founded in 1896, Dugdale’s are a British Heritage brand who are based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire has a very rich weaving industry, with its soft water providing perfect conditions to create the finest woven cloth.

The cloth merchants are very passionate about their British roots, and pride themselves on providing high quality cloth to tailors and designers alike.

Hawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors London Hand EmbroideryHawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors London Hand EmbroideryHawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors London Hand Embroidery

Our collection has been inspired by Dugdale Bros luxury cloth and focuses on integrating embroidery into woven fabrics, and consists mainly of CAD stitching. Using this combination of woollen and velvet has given the collection a unique quality, and allows similar designs to have entirely different effects.

Hawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors London Hand EmbroideryHawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors London Hand Embroidery

We have taken a lot of our influences from the British Countryside, providing the collection with a rustic feel which is echoed in the combination of rough textures and earthy colours. The main themes include phesant feathers, antlers and wood grain which can be seen on the mood board.

Hawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors London Hand Embroidery

We continue to develop and add to this collection so check in with our social media for more updates…

 

Monogramming at Brooks Brothers

On Saturday the 10th and Monday the 12th of October, Hawthorne & Heaney were offering a free monogramming service for customers at Brooks Brothers.

Monogramming at Brooks Brothers London Hand Embroidery

Brooks Brothers was founded by Henry Sands brooks in 1818 America, and has since set up in other countries including the UK.

There was a range of colours available, and a selection of styles to chose from.

Monogramming at Brooks Brothers London Hand Embroidery

 

These are some of the examples of what was being demonstrated at the London Brooks Brothers shop.

Monogramming at Brooks Brothers London Hand Embroidery

If you would like to have anything embrodiered or are thinking about holding an event of your own and would like us to be involved, please get in touch.