'Sophie is proud to announce, she was one of the many embroiderers that worked on the Royal Wedding dress' We are delighted that Sophie is featured in Inspired:London a guide to handmade in London.
What is name and background behind your company?
I graduated with distinction from the Royal School of Needlework in the summer of 2008. From the first day of trading I decided to focus on several key areas, dividing my time between teaching, designing unique and intricate embroidery kits, and carrying out an array of specialist commissions for private customers.
Where are you based?
I am based in London, and teach primarily in London, Surrey and the surrounding areas. I have also been fortunate enough to have taught large groups of students in San Francisco, Thailand and various other locations around the world.
How long have you been in business?
I started Sophie Long – Hand Embroidery following my graduation from the Royal School of Needlework in 2008. I had 3 years previous experience in hand embroidery, textiles and design, and decided to fully focus on my business upon successful completion of my course. Once graduated, I was fully prepared to begin my career as a professional hand embroiderer.
What do you love most about living in London?
London is a wonderfully diverse city with a rich historical culture and an unmistakably fast pace. It provides a constantly changing environment with a wonderful array of events, shows and gatherings. Inspiration is all around.
Who or what inspires you?
All things girlie! Really anything unique that glitters, sparkles and stands out! I always endeavor to let this shine through in any piece of art I create. Inspiration is everywhere in the world around me – it can be as simple as picking a certain subject or technique and letting my imagination run wild!
What advice would you give designers starting out?
If you love what you do – be positive, work hard and good things will happen.
What is new for your company?
The range of products sold at my online store (http://www.sophielong.co.uk) is continuing to expanded, meaning excellent growth in online sales. My teaching methods and range of kits are continuously developing through my passion to progress my techniques – allowing my students continue to develop also.
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