Suzanne hopes to be a cut above at final

Suzanne Treacy, a finalist in The Prize 2016, with her entry piece.
Suzanne Treacy, a finalist in The Prize 2016, with her entry piece.
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A fashion and textiles student from Morpeth has been short-listed by a prestigious embroidery house in London for one of its international awards.

Suzanne Treacy has made it into the top six in Hand & Lock’s textiles competition – The Prize 2016.

It attracted more than 1,000 entries from across the world and the 51-year-old, along with the other finalists, will attend the awards ceremony at the Bishopsgate Institute, London, this evening.

After deciding to turn her hobby into a career, she enrolled onto a course at Northumberland College.

With encouragement from her tutors, Suzanne entered a piece into the textiles student category.

She said: “What started off as a hobby is turning into the start of a very promising career in an area I love.

“Hand & Lock are huge in the textiles industry, so to have come this far after only one year of studying is an exceptional achievement.

“I am so proud of myself and grateful to all of the support Northumberland College has offered me – I can’t wait to get stuck into my second year of studies.”

Submissions to the competition must show the entrant’s design skills and their ability to embroider by hand.

Those who place in the top three in each award receive a placement, a weekend course and a unique hand-made embroidered piece to keep, as well as one year’s subscription to Hand & Lock.

The HND Fashion and Textiles course at the college covers a range of aspects, including surface decoration and embellishments, textiles for interiors and printed and fine art textiles.