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Testimonials

Creative Monogramming (8143842672899)

Creative Monogramming

£310.00

'I value the individual feedback from Lucy in real time. Her advice is very specific which is helpful. She is responsive on the What’s App group as well. I learned many techniques that will increase my embroidery practice. I enjoyed the camaraderie among the group and will continue to interact with them after the course. I also like that the course videos are available to download. Overall, I love the course and will take another one'

Lucinda
(Online Course)

'Learning new skills with the experts in the field is very exciting for me and Freya is clearly an expert! Our tutor created a really friendly & relaxed environment for our online class sessions. She was very patient, attentive and encouraging of our work in progress.. I felt comfortable participating & asking for help. All the techniques were demonstrated in a way which felt so accessible and straightforward, even the more tricky techniques like 'plating'. I'd be delighted to learn with Freya again on another course in the future. This course was fascinating to me as it has equipped me with a range of skills encapsulated in one course. In terms of future courses, it would be the perfect package, if some of your online/face to face couture courses were to incorporate elements of how to select the best techniques to emulate the original artwork/design. I understand that this is going to be included in the upcoming Diploma course; I just think that such skills would be the ultimate cherry on top!!'

Caroline Lowe
(Online Course)
Couture Tambour Beading (Luneville Embroidery) (8145217716483)

Couture Tambour Beading (Luneville Embroidery)

£210.00

'Great comfortable and inviting space. It was amazing to look at all the samples in the bead room, to see different examples of tambour beading. Freya was a wonderful teacher that described and demonstrated tambour excellently. It was also lovely to hear about some of her experience and all her great tips. Everything was wonderful from start to finish! Thank you for the brilliant experience!'

Hannah
(In Person Course)

‘I don't know how it is possible for Lucy to outdo herself, but each class she teaches is even better than the one before, and each design more beautiful. She goes out of her way to help each and every student master every element of a technique; she is patient and she has an unusual talent for being able to explain a technique in more than one way; and she creates a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. As for Charlotte, her instruction was extremely clear and well-paced, and like Lucy she was happy to help us troubleshoot and understand how to attain the results we wanted. Lucy and Charlotte together are a dream team'

Elizabeth
(Online Course with Rediscovered By)
Contemporary Couture Embroidery (8144705061123)

Contemporary Couture Embroidery

£310.00

'The pace of the 6 week course was fantastic for me. The sessions gave a real sense of progression through the techniques in a creative and accessible way. Very fulfilling to experience learning on this level. I could not fault the course or Freya’s teaching style, would never have guessed it was her online teaching debut unless she had told us. Bravo Hand & Lock for another amazing learning experience.'

Vic Youngson
(Online Course)

'Since this course was my first experience with H&L I have to say that the overall quality of your “service” was beyond my expectation. The tutor (Lucy) is well prepared and experienced, the quality of materials were amazing. An additional bonus was the technical background: it was like being in the same classroom with the tutor. It made the course’s atmosphere so welcoming and helped me understand the task in an instant.'

Andi
(Online Course)
Entomology in Metal Threads  - 3 Week Course (8145255825667)

Entomology in Metal Threads - 4 Week Course

£275.00

'Loved the design. Gold work is somewhat difficult but the results are well worth it. This is my fifth class with Hand and Lock and I feel like I'm just scratching the surface of all the possible embroidery techniques. It's great to be able to learn new things in a relaxed atmosphere and having the videos to refer back to is a plus. I intend to take more classes'

Jill
(Online Course)

'Thank you Lucy for a wonderful learning experience. You bring so much joy to stitching that it makes it easy to learn new techniques. And thank you Hand and Lock for all the equipment that made this distance learning course so easy to access and understand'

Melanie
(Online Course)
Creative Monogramming (8143842672899)

Creative Monogramming

£310.00

'Lucy was very patient and attentive to the class members; she's an excellent teacher (I taught for 30 years and value excellence in other teachers)'

Kathryn
(Online Course)

’Freya is a phenomenal instructor. She has the patience and skill required to teach. I found Tambour embroidery quite challenging and she was always checking in, and always open to demonstrate the techniques as needed. I have taken three taster courses and this 5 day course with Freya and I have finished each course with nothing but positive experiences.’

Vanessa
(In Person Course)
Entomology in Metal Threads  - 3 Week Course (8145255825667)

Entomology in Metal Threads - 4 Week Course

£275.00

’This was my first online class of this nature. Freya has assured us we are allowed to reach out to her for additional guidance on this project. What more could a student need? Right now, I can't think of anything you all need to improve. Maybe a road trip to the USA for an Goldwork Embroidery tour in a few major cities (Kansas City Kansas, for one)!’

Sharon
(Online Course)

'The technology you use has been invaluable. I love seeing both Lucy’s work and students’ work so clearly magnified. Being able to see in such detail has helped me improve my skills more than I would have expected. It is also invaluable to have recordings of the classes and therefore be able to watch demonstrations as many times as I want. My next course can’t start soon enough! Lucy is not only an extraordinary teacher but she keeps getting better and better.'

Elizabeth
(Online Course)
Entomology in Metal Threads  - 3 Week Course (8145255825667)

Entomology in Metal Threads - 4 Week Course

£275.00

‘The goldwork was wonderful. Challenging (and new skills for me with the cloth of gold) but the tutoring was fantastic. Well paced with lots and lots of support’

Fiona
(Online Course)

'I loved learning tambour, an entirely new process to me and a process I had thought intimidating. Lucy presented every small step with remarkable clarity, and was able to diagnose our  little missteps quickly and simply. She also offered to review videos of our attempts so that she could precisely identify any mistakes — and she did this not just during the sessions but also throughout the intervening days. I am a little dazzled by the breadth of techniques and variations Lucy introduced, and the generous amount of supplies in the kit will allow a lot of exploration. Even among your superb course offerings, this course is a standout'

Elizabeth
(Online Course)
Couture Tambour Beading (Luneville Embroidery) (8145217716483)

Couture Tambour Beading (Luneville Embroidery)

£210.00

'The pace of the class was excellent and the demonstrations of each part of the course were easy to see and understand'

Jill
(In Person Course)

'Excellent tuition and the opportunity to see things demonstrated by more than one person. The vibe is upbeat and positive and altogether a great experience.'

'Love the upgrade. The school is perfect for what we need and the new lighting and decoration make it even better'

Eleanor
(In Person Course)
Creative Monogramming (8143842672899)

Creative Monogramming

£310.00

'I LOVED every minute of it! I’ve wanted to do monogramming since I was a child, so was ecstatic when I discovered this course. It was challenging and jam packed full of technics that we only scratched the surface of as so extensive, and I really liked that, very inspiring!'

Vivian
(Online Course)

'I was a complete beginner and it's a skill I've been wanting to learn for years. Due to learning diffculties it can take longer for me to understand new methods which can be really frustrating but Lucy made the teaching so clear and was brilliant in going over things a few times so that everyone had a chance to follow along and try again. Coming in as a beginner there was also so much reassurance and encouragement from Lucy which was really lovely.'

Keira
(Online Course)
Contemporary Couture Embroidery (8144705061123)

Contemporary Couture Embroidery

£310.00

'Lucy is a marvellous instructor.  She is very patient, encouraging and her design was fabulous.  She always answered questions over and over with a bounce in her voice.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and how wonderful that she started teaching/designing at a young age. I am looking forward to taking more workshops with Lucy and also watching her develop in her career. She is well on the way. If I could give more than 5 stars I would'

Maggie
(Online Course)

'I loved the clever mixing of tambour and Goldwork techniques. As a beginner at tambour beading, I was really nervous and thought (after one lesson) that tambour and I would never get along and that I would never manage. But Lucy has a real talent at teaching : She took us through all techniques with a lot of patience, in a very relaxed way and she de-dramatized tambour beading. The journey was challenging, exciting and extremely gratifying! I can now say I love tambour thanks to Lucy's talented teaching. I train every day with great pleasure. It was a progressive and comprehensive class that showed us different techniques, aspects and possibilities. Just loved it ! Working along with the other people of the group was also very pleasant. I've already enrolled in the Goldwork Dragonfly class and intend to enrol in the contemporary Goldwork class as well'

Magalie
(Online Course)
Entomology in Metal Threads  - 3 Week Course (8145255825667)

Entomology in Metal Threads - 4 Week Course

£275.00

’The tutor was so helpful and understanding’

Dawn
(Online Course)

'I did not know if the online class would be as good as my in person experience, but it was! Lucy was an exceptional teacher - she made a traditional stitch/techniques completely accessible and was encouraging throughout the classes. The technology was excellent - we were able to closely view Lucy’s stitches and receive immediate feedback about our own via What’s App.'

Mary
(Online Course)
Creative Monogramming (8143842672899)

Creative Monogramming

£310.00

'I love the entire class and the ability to stitch in my pjs while learning a new or improving my embroidery. I am not one to ask a lot of questions, so usually I am in the background listening to everyone's else questions and conversations. But I found the feedback wonderful from Lucy.'

Elizabeth
(Online Course)

'The course was a joy! There were so many wonderful aspects to the class that is hard to pinpoint a favourite, because the combination of Lucy's expert, patient teaching and the innovative use of materials made for a succession of happy revelations. I learned much more than I expected (and this even after taking many of Lucy’s courses at Hand & Lock). I love how much teaching is packed into each course, how much imagination into each design, and how much enthusiasm into sharing each technique. Thank you!'

Elizabeth
(Online Course)
Contemporary Couture Embroidery (8144705061123)

Contemporary Couture Embroidery

£310.00

'Lucy Martin is an excellent teacher and an exceptionally talented young woman. She is not only knowledgeable but also generous with this information.'

Carole
(Online Course)

‘I’ll bet you hear this often, but your class was life-changing. I am 76, and not looking too far in the future. Anything I do now is not looking ahead to a career, but for my own enjoyment. And boy, did I enjoy!’

Chris
(Online Course with Rediscovered By)
Couture Tambour Beading (Luneville Embroidery) (8145217716483)

Couture Tambour Beading (Luneville Embroidery)

£210.00

'Amy was really helpful and fun to talk to too. She was really patient, despite my slowness in learning the technique correctly. I really enjoyed the whole experience and learning.'

Nicole
(In Person Course)

‘Lucy is a delightful passionate and inspiring teacher with such depth that she understands and handles the classes which often have huge ability swings in it with great aplomb’

Debra
(Online Course)
Creative Monogramming (8143842672899)

Creative Monogramming

£310.00

'Taking a course at Hand And Lock was a great experience. You were an instructor for all levels of embroidery skills . Directions were patiently given, and you  made sure we had a clear understanding of the techniques. The logistics of the class, materials received in a timely manner, was perfect. The kit organized and anticipated everything we needed to complete all the designs. Most importantly to me, is that what I learned will have a life after class. I cannot end without mentioning that the collegial feeling with my classmates was inspiring.'

Diane
(Online Course)

'Lucy's design gave me the opportunity to try a number of techniques so with the format and close-up view of Lucy's work it was outstanding. It was the first online embroidery class I have tried and the technology used was very impressive. I will definitely be booking on more classes with Lucy. I found the recordings invaluable as you could watch any sections that you found tricky again and again. Lucy's is generous sharing her knowledge and her enthusiasm makes her a wonderful teacher.'

Judith
(Online Course)
Contemporary Couture Embroidery (8144705061123)

Contemporary Couture Embroidery

£310.00

'A great course overall and wonderful teacher who was patient, kind, very skilled and passionate. Glad I could participate online and be part of the WhatsApp for connection to other learners in the group, gain encouraging feedback and share progress.'

Margo
(Online Course)

'I enjoyed the structure and all the techniques. The online setup was one of the best I've experienced so well done. The kit was very generous, thank you, I was so impressed.Instructions were great and feedback was very helpful in improving my stitching. So thank you so so much. Will definitely do more courses in the future'

Lisa
(Online Course)
Entomology in Metal Threads  - 3 Week Course (8145255825667)

Entomology in Metal Threads - 4 Week Course

£275.00

’What she enjoyed - The range of techniques demonstrated. Freya's open, honest comments and encouragement to the class’

Colette
(Online Course)

‘Lucy is a joyful and charming teacher who encourages each of her students to be their best. She’s always advises through zoom any improvements to the work and nothing is too much trouble. She’s so helpful offering advice on every aspect of the work.’

Debra
(Online Course)

'This was a lovely course, my favourite part was using printed fabric and the number of techniques covered over the 3 days, all of which complemented each other. I am able to think of several ways of incorporating the techniques into my own work'

Julie
(Online Course)

'The instructors were exceptional! Their skills are top notch and I’m thrilled to have access to their instruction. They presented the techniques in such a fresh format, it was a delight! Thank you for sharing your love of these beautiful crafting skills.'

Elizabeth
(Online Embroidery Course with Rediscovered By)

'Freya, Thank you! I have so enjoyed the course! You are a wonderful instructor! You have clear instructions and are supportive! I am looking forward to taking classes from you again'

Susan
(Online Course)

'Thank you for such clear instructions in your teaching, and creating a lovely atmosphere in the sessions. Listening back has been lovely even though I haven't been able to join in in the moment! I do still feel as though I've got my value for money, and so I think that speaks volumes of your quality of teaching and ability to show on screen what you're doing.'

Ellie
(Online Course)

'It is such a gift to be able to take the online classes you offer. There is just nowhere in the US that offers anything close to what you do. The course offerings are wide ranging and fresh, Lucy is an incredible teacher, the kits are great and keep improving, and the classroom atmosphere is thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.'

Harriet
(Online Course)

‘Lucy is a wonderful instructor. Some people are meant to teach, and Lucy is one of them. She answered all questions, no matter how often they had already been asked.’

Chris
(Online Course)

'I thoroughly enjoyed studying Monogramming in the online format I participated in. Lucy Martin was clear, concise, thorough, gave exceptional demonstrations, and open to addressing any questions from participants.'

Jacqueline
(Online Course)

'This course was wonderful, and I have enormous respect for Lucy's gifts for teaching, designing and embroidering. She also has a rare talent for turning a Zoom classroom into a community. The course has helped me develop skills and confidence, and I look forward to the other courses I will be taking in the future'

Elizabeth
(Online Course)

'I think the Course an excellent one, and Lucy being knowledgeable…amazingly kind, considerate, and attentive to all who needed her feedback while class was in session was huge. She was well organized with her techniques and her delivery of each in a timely fashion of what she had to work with… Lucy’s time management skills are very put together!'

Marcia
(Online Course)

'Lucy was very nice and encouraging to work with. The quality of the materials was excellent. The class was a dream.'

Jessica
(Online Course)

'Lucy was amazingly patient and clear in going over a technique I just could not get right. I got there in the end! Throughout the classes Lucy gave helpful individual feedback, all the while giving praise and encouragement. I found it a really satisfying and enjoyable course'

Cathy
(Online Course)

‘Lucy is amazing and I am very excited about the next 3 courses I have already booked for next year.’

Tina
(Online Course)
Creative Monogramming (8143842672899)

Creative Monogramming

£310.00

'I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this class-words cannot describe how happy I have been with my results from Lucy’s tutelage and H&L’s zoom classes in general (I remember when they were only offered in the US rarely and quite far away from my home and I would agonize over how I would ever, ever be able to attend one!). I feel so lucky to be able to take your classes via zoom and thankful to have access to someone as bright, engaging, patient and talented as Lucy. She is a gifted teacher as well as professional in her field and I know that I reflect all of my fellow student’s opinions when I say that she provides a shining spot in our week when we get to tune-in for our classes with her. She is fantastic at pinpointing every step of each stitch and communicating that information clearly and succinctly. She then easily and quickly dissects her students’ work to provide clinical assistance or encouragement, as needed. She truly is a shining star at Hand & Lock and a gifted and well-loved teacher. This class was a great experience-not only for her addition, but for the breadth of techniques covered. I know that my overall embroidery skills improved greatly over the course, and I enjoyed learning so many fun new skills. I also very much enjoy the WhatsApp groups that Lucy creates for each class, bringing together like-minded students and allowing the group to go on after the class ends or we can join the larger group of former students'

Zophie
(Online Course)

'This class is fantastic.  The teachers are both incredible and the combination of techniques creates a really magical experience.  The time flew by each day and everyone in our class loved it.'