The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2014 commenced life in 2000. It was initially aimed at students, however in 2009, an open category was added to great success. The prize is distributed to over 1000 colleges and universities throughout the world and has become the world’s premier embroidery prize with entrants from hundreds of different countries, universities and colleges and is rapidly growing each year. In early July 2014 the finalists will be chosen and introduced to major fashion, textile, or interior designers depending on their chosen style of embroidery. They will then have the opportunity to collaborate and produce exciting embroidery whether it be garments, accessories or soft furnishings.