Just a note from all of us at Hawthorne & Heaney, wishing you a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.
We look forward to seeing you in 2019!
The studio is now closed until 4th Jan 2019, when we will be back as usual.
We were personalising customers items from the sleepwear range which included robes, pyjamas, tshirts and shorts amonst their range.
We were there for three days, with three machines so it is fair to say that we reached quite a few people and their personalised pieces.
If you missed us, don’t worry, we are popping up all over the place in the run up to Christmas, personalising all sorts so keep your eye peeled for where you can catch us next!
Hawthorne & Heaney will be closing for Christmas from the 23rd Dec 2016 through to the 4th Jan 2017. During this time, you will still be able to email us, but please be aware that we will not be in the studio to answer you until after this time.
Happy Christmas and New Year from Hawthorne & Heaney
It may only be August, but Hawthorne & Heaney have already done our first monogramming event for Christmas 2016. The Debenhams PR team, in conjunction with Reverb held their Christmas in July event in a beautiful house in Fitzrovia where we were providing our machine monogramming services.
The launched their Christmas ranges which included fashion, homewear, lingerie and more. Our embroiderer Pearl and her assistant Chelsea were adding initials to pyjamas and hankerchieves for the attendies while they explored the rest of the event.
Debenhams guest designers such as Patrick Grant and Julian McDonald were there to talk to the attendies about their collections. The team chose two of our classic fonts in a range of 5 colours for people to personalise their pieces with.
All in all it was a very busy day, with plenty of glitz and glamour that has set the bar for the rest for the events to come later in the year.
Embroidery can be a wonderfully versitile embellisment but sometimes it can be difficult to match the artistic vision to the reality on some of the more troublesome fabrics. At Hawthorne & Heaney we have been working hard to overcome some of these difficulties on some of our recent machine embroidery projects.
Leather and velvet are two such troublesome farbics as they can not be framed up in the usual way as it will damage the fabric. The leather when framed becomes stretch and the velvet pile can be crushed irreversably. Despite this we have found ways of working around the fabric’s issues and been able to produce playful and detailed embroideries like those you see here.
Some of our regular customers may have recieved another example of this in the form of the Christmas cards we produced this year.
As you can see the cards are all embroidered into the card itself and off set with a tinsel pom pom for some festive cheer.
If you have a project or idea that you would like to be embroidered but aren’t sure if it is going to work, let us know as we can probably work a way around it.
Happy Christmas from the Hawthorne & Heaney Team
This weekend, Hawthorne & Heaney’s sister company, The London Embroidery School hosted a special Christmas Goldwork Stars Workshop. The students were eager to learn more about goldwork techniques so the opportunity to combine new skills and festivities was too much to miss!
Here are a few photos from their progress through the day:
They start by preparing the fabric, transfering the design and padding some areas with felt.
Some of the students edge their stars with pearle purl, covering the padded areas with cutwork in a combination of rough and smooth purl and filling the flat area with bright check chips.
Others used a combination of purl and check for the padded area and crystals for the flat.
The lovely Pearl teaching (and posing)
Some of the tools used during the day including wax, tweezers, scissors, size 12 needles, purl, check, pricker and bright check chips on the bullion board
Deep concentration is necessary for work like this
A table full of stars (and slight creative chaos)
Some of the students feeling a little bit pleased with their progress
At Hawthorne & Heaney we are always delighted to see people taking an interest and learning about these specialist embroidery techniques. We feel that it is important to preserve the knowledge of how to create these effect so that the crafts do not get lost in generations to come so if you would like to learn more about some of these specialist embroidery skills, why not join the London Embroidery School ladies for a course and see what you can learn!
With personalisation ever on the up and Christmas fast approaching, finding the gift with the right message for all the people in your life can be hard. Hawthorne & Heaney can provide monograms for a whole variety of different products, appropriate to whom ever you might like to gift. Monogrammed pieces are a lovely way to make the recipient feel special. Here is a few photos to spark your imagination but if you have an unusual idea, feel free to contact us.
Gentlemen could have monogrammed pocket squares, ties or bow ties…
Both Ladies and Gentlemen may enjoy personalised bath robes or pyjamas…
Bed linen and towels, for that hard to buy for couple…
Or if you literally need your gift to say something:
Get in touch if you would like to see how we can make your gift that little bit more unique.
The Hawthorne & Heaney ladies have been out in force again, this time for Debenhams in the run up to Christmas. They have been bringing our special brand of personalisation to the items available as part of the ‘found it’ promotion.
Cute little embroidery from one of our ladies, stitching the found it label. It seems that personalisation has been everywhere this year and long may it continue! So for now we at the Hawthorne & Heaney team wish you Happy Christmas and we look forward to the New Year!