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Lecture Offers UA Students, Community ‘A Taste of the Rich Tradition of Embroidery’

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alastair Macleod, chairman of a premier supplier of embroidery, Hand and Lock School of Embroidery, will lead a public lecture for The University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences and its apparel design program.

Macleod will discuss the history of embroidery and its uses today by showing samples from the Hand and Lock London Atelier and the school archives, which date back to 1767.

The public lecture is free and will take place at the Child Development Research Center lecture room on the UA campus Wednesday, April 7 from 2-4 p.m.

Macleod’s visit is part of the Hand and Lock “A Taste Of the Rich Tradition of Embroidery” Lecture Tour that began in March and includes venues at colleges and universities throughout North America.

For more than a century, Hand and Lock has been a premier supplier of embroidery. In addition to commissions for the British royal family, work produced by the company appears in major film, TV and theatre. The company offers tailored services to the fashion and film industries and has a vast archive of military insignia and badges.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

  • CONTACT: Dr. Virginia Wimberley, assistant professor of clothing, textile and interior design, 205/348-3789,; Michael Washington, UA Media Relations, 205/348-4956,