Hand & Lock School
Testimonials

'I recently attended Lucy’s Hand & Lock courses and would highly recommend her courses to anyone with an interest in sewing, goldwork or embroidery! The course was well thought out, the materials were beautiful and of high quality and everything we needed was provided. Lucy herself is a wonderful teacher, she has endless patience and skill and strikes a great balance between teaching new techniques and giving you the time you need to practice what you’ve learned with her support. She also provided me with guidance when I wasn’t sure which course I should be booking. I had a wonderful time and learnt bags of new skills that I can now go and use on a variety of other projects and would absolutely attend another of her courses in the future'

Emily

'I wanted to say a big thank you for the amazing Goldwork course a few weeks ago. Your instruction was clear and I loved the general atmosphere of the whole week and will definitely book some more courses'

Marina
(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 Embroidery Course with Rediscovered By)

'Lucy has coordinated two fantastic goldwork workshops for us so far and the feedback we have received from our attendees has been exemplary. She has ably managed to teach classes containing a mix of beginners and long-time sewers without leaving anyone behind. The students have all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we have been greatly impressed by the varied designs that Lucy has developed for each class. We are already looking forward to running our next session with Lucy'

Programmes Team - National Army Museum

'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 have really enjoyed the classes.  The pace is flexible. The content is taught in a very relaxed way. Lucy is very patient and answers all questions.  I really like the booklet that is provided.  I also appreciate that recordings are provided as well.  I live in area where the internet can be uncooperative at times. Having the opportunity to refer back to the recordings, is great. I look forward to every class. Thank you for providing these classes.  Living outside of the UK, I like the opportunity that online classes have provided.  I would not be able to learn these new techniques without this opportunity. I look forward to taking more in the future.'

Kim
(Online 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 Embroidery 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 Embroidery Course with Rediscovered By)

'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)

‘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)

'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)

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

Tina
(Online Embroidery Course)

'The quality of teaching was impeccable, Lucy had a way of explaining things that was easy to understand, and was happy to revisit areas where we might struggle. Feedback was really helpful and I feel that Lucy went above and beyond to ensure we got the most out of the experience as was possible. Thank you for running such a fabulous course!'

Amy
(In Person Course)

'I have completed two of the online zoom courses with Lucy Martin and I thought both were outstanding! I have already booked another 5 courses, 2 of which have just started and they look like they are going to be just as amazing. Lucy’s teaching style is relaxed but comprehensive. She has so much knowledge to share. The final projects are stunning and I have continued to use the techniques I’ve learned long after the course being completed. I have also met some wonderful people who I keep in touch with and catch up with on other course. I think the courses are very good value for money and the content and materials are fantastic. I will definitely be booking even more!'

Tina
(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)

'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)

'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)

‘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)

'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)

'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)

'Having the videos of classes helped me greatly- I've referred back to all of them. Nothing beats seeing a technique done live. Lucy has a great temperament for teaching/tutoring. Even though I was quiet in the zoom sessions I enjoyed the comments and banter amongst fellow students and Lucy. Overall I feel I got great value for my money and time, learned a lot, and am looking forward to taking another online class.'

Jill
(Online Course)

‘I take many creative/art/fibre/stitching courses on line. This by far has been my best experience. Lucy is a great tutor - she keeps the class (and discussion) on point without feeling rushed. She worked hard to foster a class community, as well as inviting us to the broader Hand and Lock What's App group. For this particular class, one week past the last session, we are still discussing, among ourselves, progress and future ideas toward completing our butterfly. I always felt as if I could reach out to Lucy for any questions during the course term. Lucy is also a great champion for Hand and Lock, ensuring we knew about all past as well as future resources from the school. Brava!’

Donna
(Online Course)

'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.'

Margot
(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)

'Where to begin? For starters, let me thank you for the clarity of the demonstrations because your cameras offer a better view of the stitching than anything I could get in person. The video is amazing, and I also love that we get to keep recordings of each class. Next, I loved Lucy’s approach — I felt I learned the “why” of a technique and could pursue it with some confidence. The challenge to come up with our own designs, which daunted me upon hearing, proved one of the very best features of the course. It opened up a lively flow of ideas about various techniques, with Lucy offering concise, clear and helpful overviews of each. So our class learned not only how to copy Lucy’s beautiful designs but how to apply her instruction in service of our individual imaginations. What could be better?'