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About Lucy Martin Embroidery

Who is Lucy?

Trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Lucy is technically adept within the fields of Raised Embroidery, Goldwork, Stumpwork, Blackwork, Canvaswork, Silk Shading and Tambour Beading amongst others. Her pieces are designed to be treasured forever as heirlooms of the future providing longevity to both hand embroidery as an artisanal technique as well as the pieces themselves.

Fashion & Bridal

Immediately after completing her degree, Lucy began working for the Womenswear and 
Menswear departments at Alexander McQueen. She has also worked for the Womenswear 
Department at Sabina Bilenko producing bespoke couture garments and luxury installations. In February 2020 Lucy began work at the private couturier Catherine Walker where she worked as part of a two-person team to produce the surface embellishment for the front panels of their Business and Occasion suit ‘Cora’ in their SS20 
collection. She worked on the SS20 E. Tautz menswear collection after a workshop with textile artist Celia Pym and Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant. She worked as a bespoke Embroiderer for Ralph and Russo in August and September 2019 working on bridal, collection and RTW pieces. She also worked on the Jasper Conran Couture SS20 collection.

Interiors:
Lucy has produced a number of bespoke interiors pieces. Her most recent interiors work was a bespoke piece created for Burghley House. This piece was a collaboration between Lucy & Rediscovered By Studio combining print and bespoke embroidery.  In 2020 Lucy worked on a commission for the Ashburnian Society where she produced a ceremonial tablecloth using  traditional Goldwork embroidery techniques. She has also worked on a collaboration between Hand and Lock and Bentley to hand stitch the interior for a concept car. 

 

Installations

Lucy's most recent installation was at Marshall Wace for Chelsea in Bloom 2021. She hand stitched 
dried flowers onto hessian blankets for two life-sized antique wooden elephants which won an 
RHS Silver Award. The motifs were inspired by patterns from India to fit the theme of 
‘Extraordinary Voyages’. In January 2020, her work was part of an exhibition called ‘Out of the 
Blue’ in the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. She stitched a Victorian Chemise with a testimony from an 
epilepsy sufferer and spoke on BBC Radio Sounds to promote the project. In 2017, she worked 
alongside Jennifer Collier, a local fine art textile practitioner to design and create paper 
Christmas decorations for National Trust property Packwood House.

Restorations
Lucy's largest restoration piece was a piece she worked in 2018 which was the restoration of King 
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra Garter Banners. It was an honour to work on this piece and 
the finished piece now hangs in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. It was used for the funerals of Phillip Duke of Edinburgh and HM Queen Elizabeth II. 

Tutoring

In 2022 Lucy began working in her current position as the Head of Educational Programming & Hand Embroidery Tutor at Hand and Lock. She has designed a beautiful new comprehensive series of in person and online classes and teaches these regularly. 

 

 I was also keynote speaker at the International ‘Embroidery in Isolation: Textiles from 
Home’ conference which was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison & a Guest speaker at London Hat Week & London Craft Week.

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