2014 Entrance and Requirements

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The Prize

This prestigious international prize has attracted students of embroidery, design, arts, surface textiles, costume, fibres, interiors, fashion and textiles throughout the world. The aim of this prize is to promote the use of hand embroidered surface embellishment within fashion, costume and soft furnishing. All in the hope that contemporary design and other fresh approaches will be inspired to embrace hand embroidery, to acknowledge and value its quality and expertise.

The 2014 prize is open to both students and anyone who has the passion and flair for embroidery. In order to qualify for the student entry, you must be in full or part time education in any country on or after the 31st of March 2014. Post-graduate students are also eligible.


Student category: there is a subsidised £24.00 (GBP) fee to enter.

Open category: there is a £34.00 (GBP) fee to enter.


The Closing date for entrant registration is the 31st March 2014. You will need to click on the link below to make your entrance fee and register.


Click here to Enter

*Please note – you will not be charged VAT or postage – please ignore any references that come up in the online shop. Payment will be processed the next working day and you should receive a confirmation email from prize@handembroidery.com detailing what is required for Stage One.

 *Please Note – Entry forms with the appropriate fee must be submitted by 31st March 2014. Entrance forms submitted after this entry will not be counted but may still be charged.  Both open and student categories can pay online, other methods of payment may be found here.  No physical work should be sent at this stage.

First stage

Once you have registered entrants need to produce one full look with supporting work. Supporting work should include A3 mood boards on Black Card. These will be displayed with your full look if you are shortlisted for the final. All first stage images can be uploaded using the form at the bottom of this page.

We will require submission of:

2x or 3x Photos of the Full Look

(This does not have be completed but should demonstrate your ideas and should convey to the judges what you wish to achieve. It should include physical completed embroidery. Images must be high resolution and free from digital effects, filters, distortions, splitting or montages)

2x or 3x Photos of the supporting A3 boards

(These can include sketches, samples, illustrations, research, photographs, text, materials and close ups of the full look)

Judging criteria

 – We will be assessing your interpretation of the brief and your garment’s overall impact.
 – Your design and development
 – Technique and skills, (the garment must include hand embroidery)
Note: The more we can see of your final design the better

The deadline for submission of photographic images of your work is: 30th June 2014.

Do not, at this stage, send any physical embroidery to our studios.

*Please Note – Photographic submissions will then be considered by the judging panel and 12 finalists will be informed by email. The 12 finalist will go through to the second stage. Any photography by a professional will be credited if required.

Second stage

Chosen finalists are introduced their mentors. Mentors are major fashion, textile, or interior designers and are selected depending on the finalists’ chosen style of embroidery.

We will require physical submission of all finalists’ full look along with the supporting A3 mood boards.

The deadline for submission of the physical full look and A3 mood boards is : 6th October 2014

*Please Note – You will be required to submit your actual full look and all its support material at this stage. All work must securely carry your name, contact telephone, email and college details (if applicable)

Each entry is limited to the size that can be mailed by the Post Office by Recorded or Special Delivery. You can also send your entries via courier. There should be no breakable materials e.g. glass

Overseas entries please note – when sending parcels please ensure that you state that the contents have ‘NO COMMERCIAL VALUE’ adding a nominal value of $2.00 (USD) in any customs declarations, Hand & lock will not be responsible for any duty

You must specify how you’d like your work to be returned (either by courier or by collection). All entrants will be required to meet these costs

Designer: Claire Morris

Designer: Claire Morris

Entry Rules

All entrants must:

• Pay the entry fee, which is non-refundable under any circumstances

• Be registered by the stated deadlines to be eligible for judging

All entrants must submit work that:

• Responds to all elements of the prize brief

• Is embroidery, i.e. created with a needle and thread

• Is the work of the entrant and does not infringe any copyright

• Has the entrant’s name, telephone number and college name (if applicable) securely fastened on the back of each piece of work

Insurance: Entrants are advised to insure their own entries. Disclaimer: Secure labelling of all work with the required details is the responsibility of the submitting artist. We will handle all entries with the utmost care, however we cannot be responsible for items that are lost, stolen or damaged whilst in transit, on exhibit, or whilst in possession of Hand & Lock.  The prizes shall be subject to variation/cancellation, without notice by Hand & Lock

Deadline Dates for your Diary

31st March 2014 – Register and pay prize entry fee

30th June 2014 – Photographs must be submitted

28th July 2014 – Finalists confirmed and notified by email

6th October 2014 – Finalists final full look must be submitted along with supporting materials

TBC November 2014 – The Hand & Lock Prize Giving (Venue TBC)

Return of work (after the Prize Giving November 2014) 1. Courier Work can be sent back to students via courier. Standard charges as follows: – UK: £15 (GBP) – Overseas: £25 (GBP) You must provide us with your debit/credit card details in order for us to return your work. 2. Collection Work can also be collected from Hand & Lock office within two months from the date of judging. Opening times are 9:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Return of work (winners) The winners’ (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Commendation) entries will be held by Hand & Lock for up to one year from date of entry and may be exhibited at our sole discretion. Returns are to be arranged after this date.


If you have any questions please see the FAQs or email Jessica@handembroidery.com

Upload your entry here

(You can upload up to six images)