Hand & Lock Poppy Tribute

Hand & Lock poppy tribute, 2014. Hand & Lock poppy tribute, 2014.

To commemorate the start of the First World War in 1914, the London-based embroidery firm of Hand & Lock created a specially designed embroidered poppy picture. The use of poppies as a symbol of the Great War (1914-1918) is traditional in Britain and it is normal for people to wear paper poppies for the first week or so of November (the war officially ended on 11th November 1918).

The Hand & Lock version was designed by Laura Campbell and produced on an Irish machine at Hand & Lock. The embroidery was made using a hand-guided industrial sewing machine and depicted a field of poppies. The symbolic poppies were stitched on a white velvet ground and set into a black frame. The embroidery was donated to a blind auction held by the British Legion (BL) that took place on 11th November 2014. The BL was aiming to raise forty million pounds by selling the embroidered picture and many other items, to be used for welfare work for serving personnel, veterans and their families. Who eventually bought the embroidered poppies at the auction is unknown. 

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