Hawthorne & Heaney for Ong Oaj Pairam

With London Fashion Week well and truely underway, we thought we would share with you a little piece of Hawthorne & Heaney embroidery that made its way onto the catwalk. We worked with the Brighton based designer Ong Oaj Pairam on his AW2016 collection to produce a heavily encrusted, lace and crystal bodice.

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It was a pretty quick turn around so we used all the tools at our disposal when we were developing the techniqies. The collection has a dark fairytale/ Victorian lost love theme which we worked into the designs. Using our CAD embroidery machine we developed lace like flower and leaf designs to build up a heavy base and compliment the sheen of the duchess satin on which they would be placed.

IMG_2404Along side this we experiemented with a variety of different sequin techniques for creating floral effects

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Once this was all decided on then all there was left to do was to get stitching

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We were really pleased with the effect, it felt very heavy to hold but wonderfully textured. When teamed with the jaquard trousers and sheer shirt from the rest of Pairam’s collection it really comes to life.

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We hope you enjoy looking at this piece as much as we enjoyed working on it. Check in again with us to see what else we have been working on recently…

If you would like to see more from Ong Oaj Pairam, please visit his website

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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

 

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Guess Denim Promotion

On October the 8th, Hawthorne and Heaney set up a monogramming service in Guess, Regent street for their denim promotion event with Glamour Magazine.

Alongside monogramming, the event also offered tutorials on denim customisation, and a photo booth.

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The monogramming was free of charge with any denim purchase. Jeans were the most popular item to embroider, which were offered in three different postpositions. This one in particular looked very smart.

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Monogramming is a great way to personalise a pair of jeans, and is becoming more popular amongst well known high end and high street brands. The colours offered on the night were either red, or white to match the stores branding, and looked very smart in the classic London font.

 

JAMES LONG

James Long jacket embroidery by Hawthorne & Heaney

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

Goldwork embroidered Leopard Print for PPQ

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.

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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.

KANYE WEST

This season the studio has been busy with a particularly interesting client with an exciting brief. We had to keep the project confidential during production but are now very excited to be able to share some photographs of the outcome.

We were approached by Louise Goldin’s team on behalf of Kanye West, and asked to advise on the design and production of an embroidered ladies jacket. This would be part of Mr West’s first catwalk collection to be shown during Paris Fashion Week 2011. With a tight lead time of two weeks this project had to be undertaken in our UK studio, enabling our team to respond quickly to the necessary revisions to the design whilst maintaining the exacting standards required for such an intricate piece.

A project like this required a huge amount of preparation, for example each one of the 1028 PP32 Swarowski crystals were placed in their settings by hand by the team.

In collaboration with Mr West’s team we produced a fully embroidered, diamante and beaded jacket depicting a tiger’s jaw and head markings.

This was an exhilarating and challenging project to be involved with and we thoroughly enjoyed working with Mr West and his team.

All designs are Copyright Mr K West.