Lucy Martin

Head of Education

Instagram: @lucymartinembroidery 



Lucy grew up in the idyllic countryside of the Peak District. She has been stitching as long as she can remember from helping her mum make wedding dresses when she was 3 years old to now working on pieces for clients and companies such as Alexander McQueen, Ralph & Russo and Catherine Walker to name a few. A keen advocate and ambassador for hand embroidery, Lucy joined Hand & Lock first as a diligent and talented intern, before graduating and being invited to head up the Hand & Lock embroidery school. Her exceptional hand embroidery skills have won her a legion of online fans and delivered top prizes in the Hand & Lock Prize.

Now she is tasked with sharing her natural talent and coaxing embroidery brilliance out of all our students. In her capacity as the Head of Educational programming Lucy’s job is to create a dynamic educational programme for the uninitiated, novices and experts alike. Research, design, implementation and teaching all form part of her daily work. Well organised, flexible and highly trained in the techniques of embroidery, Lucy enjoys making sure the designs students work on challenge their abilities and reflect high fashion techniques. Whilst growing the embroidery school she is curating a wide range of diverse and exciting classes with guest tutors from around the world. For Lucy, the opportunity to share her passion for embroidery with others is part of her mission to help preserve and maintain the craft for future generations.

Fun fact about Lucy: She absolutely loves Orangutans and has adopted one in Borneo called Tanya.

Lucy’s Top Tip: Be bold and brave. Have fun and enjoy every second of producing the work. Be as adventurous as possible and push yourself artistically. Just enjoy it!