Introduction to Hand Smocking with Working Cloth
DATE, TIME AND LOCATION
Various dates available
32 Bocking Street, London, E8 3FP
The workshop will take place in our workshop space just around the corner from Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 10 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath overground stations.
In this workshop you will learn everything you need to add hand smocked details to your handmade wardrobe! Smocking is an old-fashioned way of adding stretch and shape to woven fabrics. It's perfect for adjusting fit, adding detail, or building extra growing room into a garment. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare your fabric for smocking, and how to create a variety of smocking stitches. You'll leave feeling confident to use hand smocking techniques with your own handmade wardrobe.
You’ll learn how to measure and prepare the fabric for smocking and sew several different smocking stitches.
WHAT WILL THIS COURSE COVER?
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:
Lauren MacDonald is a multidisciplinary designer, writer, and the founder of textiles studio, Working Cloth. Her approach and aesthetic have been tempered through academic studies in material culture and textile science, vocational experience in the fashion industry, and an ongoing obsession with materiality, form, and function. Her practice is focused on traditional textile handcrafts and spans interaction design, installation, sculpture and stitched form. Her first book In Pursuit of Color: From fungi to fossil fuels: uncovering the origins of the world's most famous dyes will be out in February 2023.
The workshop will take place in our studio around the corner from Broadway Market. We have a dedicated workshop room at the back where you can sew in peace and still see the hustle and bustle of the shop. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations. The studio is at ground floor level with no steps. It is fully accessible and has a fully accessible toilet.
WHAT PAST STUDENTS SAY:
"I had the BEST day, just a very relaxing space with no distractions. I also gained loads of confidence."