Many of our seamstresses trained in embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. The work they do is often incredibly intricate and highly skilled.
Watts & Co. has long placed value upon ecclesiastical embroidery. We have provided the finest hand embroidery since 1874, and continue to do so today. When, in the 1950s, much of the fine work was being discarded, Elizabeth Hoare (then the managing director of the firm) stepped in to preserve much of it. It is this preservation of such tradition, as well as new design and forward thinking, which Watts is proud to maintain today.
For embroidery projects, we generally work from an initial photo, creating a mock-up and providing advice as to which embroidery techniques would work best. Often these will include goldwork, applique, and silk shading, but are varied to ensure the piece is exactly right.
New Embroidery designs
We are able to design and embroider all types of ecclesiastical embroidery. Recent larger projects have included banners, copes, and altar frontals. We also frequently embroider onto chasubles. Some clients choose to have embroidery on clerical wear such as tippets, or on choir robes. Our experience, therefore, extends to badges, often embroidering many for Cathedrals, but also for smaller bespoke projects.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential new design or project, contact us for an initial consultation.
Occasionally, clients would prefer to have existing embroidery reproduced, rather than having a new design created. We are able to provide advice on such matters and have reproduced plenty of pieces, many of which have been 19th or early 20th century. It is no matter if you are unable to bring the embroidery into our showroom. We are able to work from high-resolution photos of the embroidery designs, and exact measurements.
Hand Embroidery restoration & conservation
We regularly restore old or antique embroidery. This can be a smaller project, or occasionally involves remounting the existing embroidery onto new fabric. Again, we can provide advice as to which would be most suitable.
If you have any enquires regarding a bespoke embroidery project, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our bespoke department.
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