SOLD OUT Online Experimental Couture Class

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Location: Via Zoom 

Duration: 6 Consecutive 3 hour weekly sessions 

A series of six, three hour online classes, this course is designed to introduce budding embroiderers to a selection of techniques we use here at Hand & Lock and in the world of couture embroidery. Exploring hand embroidery with a range of different materials, this class gives students an insight into the world of unconventional couture. The techniques taught in this class are used regularly in London, Paris and New York couture houses and are often seen on the catwalk. You will use a range of materials which will be applied in various techniques to create different effects.

The images for this class showcase a range of the techniques and materials you will be using to create a beautiful, bespoke couture hand embroidered piece. 
A few of the stitches and techniques taught:

- Bespoke Hand Beading
- Silk Floss & Stranded Thread Work
- Contemporary Goldwork
- Contemporary Crewelwork

These bespoke online classes are taught be expert hand embroiderers who have worked in the couture industry for brands such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and Burberry to name a few. The classes will cover the basics, insider tips and practical application making sure students are fully equipped to go on and apply what they have learned to their own garments and develop their own unique styles.

Classes are provided through Zoom and students are sent a special link to watch join the live class. The recordings are then sent out at the end of each session, once downloaded students are able to keep these for as long as they like. 

Please note from 1st August 2023 our Online Classes will not include a seat frame if you would like to purchase a frame for your Online Course please visit: Seat Frames


'I've been so impressed with Hand and Lock and the tutors. The kits come packaged so nicely. The materials are exquisite. It's all just so wonderful. Also I've taken a lot of online courses during the pandemic and Hand & Lock tutors are the best tutors out of all of them. I love that the tutor encouraged us to make the patterns our own. We can tweak the style a bit and it's not a big deal. So fun to learn techniques but not feel constrained by them.'

'Lots of information given about the course every week. I liked the addition of the tutor’s own ideas to give me further inspiration. Felt encouraged whilst taking course as it is a difficult skill. Great course. Thank you.'

'I really like the different designs and ideas you have and the support during online course work is excellent.'

'The tutor's feedback was really sweet and encouraging. I am rather ambitious when it comes to technical stitch level so for me it works well to mention things that are not great yet so that I know how to improve them.'

All class materials are provided in advance and posted to students. International students welcome - worldwide shipping included

All Shipments outside the UK take 2 weeks, Please do not book onto this class if the class is less than 2 weeks away as we cannot guarantee the materials will make it to you in time.

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Students will also be asked to join a communal WhatsApp group with the students in your class. This allows the tutor to share close up images of stitches that are not visible through zoom. Students will also be invited to share their work for feedback. If you do not want to participate in the WhatsApp group please let us know.

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Upon successful completion of the class students receive an official Hand & Lock certificate detailing the new skills mastered | For more information please contact

* Please note, class bookings are non refundable, please see FAQ's for more information