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Hand Embroidery students win prizes in international embroidery competition

Two BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art alumni have been awarded prizes at the international Hand and Lock embroidery competition.

Elena Thornton, a 2017 graduate of the course – which is taught at the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace, swept the board at the recent Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Ceremony. Elena received three major awards: first prize in the Textile Art Student Category; the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Award; and the Chairman’s Award.

Charis Kibble, who graduated in 2015, won third prize in the Textile Art Open Category. Charis created a portrait worked on 25 count linen with three threads in every stitch and developed her own Blackwork stitch for her entry.

Angie Wyman, Degree Course Leader at the Royal School of Needlework said: “We are delighted that two of our degree graduates have been recognised and awarded in this international embroidery competition.  Both entries featured traditional hand embroidery techniques with a contemporary edge to really showcase their amazing talent, skill and innovative thinking. Huge congratulations to Elena and Charis.”

Elena and Charis gained a varied background of industry experience as part of their studies at the Royal School of Needlework, including collaborations with Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Zandra Rhodes, Netflix (The Crown), HBO (Game of Thrones), Hussein Chalayan, Oxfam/Marks & Spencer Shwop Campaign and Nicholas Oakwell for the GREAT Britain campaign. 

The annual Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery was established in 2000 to help emerging talent in the world of embroidery. In recent years it has been expanded to include textile artists, interior and accessory designers as well as those working in fashion. The Prize receives thousands of entries from fashion students and talented embroiderers from all over the world, with just 32 finalists being shortlisted.

Above image: Work by Elena Thornton.
Below image: Work by Charis Kibble.

Charis Kibble entry