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Since 1767


Since 1767,  Hand & Lock has been hand embellishing garments for hundreds of years.  Working with notable names and top designers including Christian Dior, Cecil Beaton, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, JW Anderson, Hermes, Pringle, Mary Katrantzou, Gieves & Hawkes, Kate Moss, Gilbert & George and Alexander McQueen.



Embroiderers to Royals, the military, celebrities and high couture, don't miss this rare opportunity to obtain expertise instruction from this world class establishment of fine hand embroidery.


Haute Couture: Intensive


(Tambour Beading Levels 1 & 2)
A 5 day course in Couture Embroidery


Day 1: Construct a full size embroidery frame with silk fabric and practice the tambour stitch in all directions with beads, bugles and sequins on transparent fabric.


Day 2: Learn the method for transferring a supplied design onto Silk and apply techniques learned on day one to a design.


Day 3: Appliquéing fabrics to a design using the tambour stitch and incorporating with other materials such as ribbon.


Day 4: Start work on a new design on a more challenging non transparent fabric.


Day 5: Experimental day, your chance to work on anything you haven't learnt or really want to try. Can bring own project.





Eligible for  Certificate of Completion From Hand & Lock

Tambour Beading I

Tambour Beading II

No Classes Scheduled for Williamsburg, 2020.

Advanced Haute Couture Tambour

3 Evening Classes

4 pm - 9 pm

This is Hand & Lock's first  advanced tambour beading evening class. Join us between 4pm and 9pm for three consecutive nights to learn some of the most challenging haute couture embroidery techniques. Working on a brand new design, students will learn rich stitch, foam stitch, real scale stitch, sequin vermicelli and much more. The class is suitable for students who have experience with tambour beading and feel confident with basic techniques.


DAY 1. 

- Pull Stitch

- Fill an area with beads (chain stitch)

- Rich stitch + cut out


DAY 2.

- Sequin vermicelli

- Seeded vermicelli

- 'Placing the flea’ technique

DAY 3.

- Real scale stitch

- Fake scale stitch

- Foam stitch



Upon completion of the class students can request an official Hand and Lock certificate detailing the new skills mastered.


Examples of Advanced Tambour

  Goldwork in Couture 

 5 Day Intensive    

  Haute Couture: Goldwork 

  Eligible for Certificate of Completion


Suitable for beginners to intermediate. Goldwork is the art of embroidery using metal threads. It is particularly prized for the way light plays on it. The term 'goldwork' is used even when the threads are imitation gold, silver, or copper, or coloured allowing for an array of textures and colours to express your vision


Hand & Lock's  knowledge of this prestigious haute couture skills will provide you with the basic techniques of goldwork, cutwork, passing, padding and the practical care and application of goldwork






For More Information:


Hand & Lock


Williamsburg School of Needlework



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