Drawn & Formed Exhibition

Embrace by Naomi Aindow - Silk organza, metal threads, silk thread, glass beads, sequins | Photo taken by Cadi Williams

The Goldsmith’s Centre’s Drawn + Formed exhibition; in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers  This exhibition explores the history and contemporary uses of hand-drawn wire in embroidery, jewellery and silversmithing. London was first introduced to gold and silver wire drawing by craftsmen from Europe around the 15th century, however, there […]

Ceremonial Embroidery

Embroidery is a popular addition for university, legal and military ceremonial dress for robes and uniforms.  For small scale commissions from private enthusiasts to full sets of robes for well know heritage companies Hawthorne & Heaney have the privilege of working on ceremonial embroidery for projects all over the world. We pride ourselves on our […]

Learn To Embroider Like Us With Our London Embroidery School Classes

You may have heard of our sister company, London Embroidery School. Located in Central London, London Embroidery School is dedicated to delivering high standard embroidery classes for all abilities. ‘Embroidery is a lifelong skill and even if you are just starting out, it is something that will stay with you, to be passed down through […]

In Discussion with Lisa Grainger for Walpole

It’s always a surprise and a delight when a writer for the Times Magazine calls, so you can imagine our feelings when Lisa Grainger got in touch for a chat in preparation for her latest column for Walpole: The Value of Craftsmanship. The piece came out on their website today so follow the link to […]

Hawthorne & Heaney visits Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

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As a member of the V&A, I try to visit most of the temporary exhibitions they put on in the fine institution that is the Victoria and Albert Museum. At the start of March, they opened their doors on their newest addition ‘Kimono:Kyoto to Catwalk‘.  Held in North Court of the building, this exhibition brings […]

Hawthorne & Heaney for Watts and Co.

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  Just a short one today, but we really wanted to share this stunning ‘three keys’ cope design we produced for Watts and Co last year. The combination of colours really pops, makes us think that yellow is a bit under used when it looks this good on mass. The keys themselves are all bullion […]

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent’s Sampling Project

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by Abi Tominey-Smith During her time here, our last intern Florence Sargent visited the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019 for her research project, where she was briefed to create a sample based on the Summer Exhibition including 3D aspects. She became increasingly aware of how much reference there was to the animals of the world […]

Hawthorne & Heaney for Hasan Hejazi

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We are delving back into the archives to revisit this really fun project we worked on for designer Hasan Hejazi in 2012.  We were asked to create baroque inspired tonal cut work for three bespoke luxury evening dresses for pop goddess Marina from Marina and the diamonds.  The project included some exciting names including Tim […]