Tuesday 28 July 2009

Hand and Lock - Visit on 10th August 2009

In 1767 Goldlacemen called Hand, originally Huguenot refugees from Flanders, added embroidery to their range of laces, cords, and braids. Their skills came from the entourage of Catherine de Medicis, when she married into the French court in the 16th century. They learnt the ancient Italian secrets of gold lace and made them their own. In 2001 Hand merged with S Lock Ltd who had spent 45 years working with couturiers, Christian Dior, Norman Hartnell, and Hardy Amies. A Royal Warrant was awarded. Royal commissions have included gowns for the Queen, the Queen Mother, and Princess Anne’s wedding ensemble. Princess Diana added a new glamour with her love of richly embroidered clothes. Hand and Lock have an Embroidery School with open classes - for more details click here. There will be a Needleprint visit to the Hand and Lock Atelier in central London on 10th August.


  1. Jacqueline, it looks wonderful!!!!!

  2. Jacqueline, this is fascinating. What is maybe more interesting to me is that my husband happened to notice that I was watching something and became interested himself. He became curious about you; about Needleprint; about the Quaker samplers and Ackworth school; about all the information you give us; about how we have made freewill donations to download Mary Wigham; and how much we have given to preserve Mary Wigham.

    He is extremely impressed by what you have done and continue to do, Jacqueline. His hat is off to you.

  3. It certainly does look fantastic, we are lucky girls :-))