Smocking with Ruth Singer

24 June, 11-5, £120 including light refreshments

Hosted by Ruth Singer

Traditional English smocking has a very fine history from farming smocks of the mid-19th century to to Aesthetic Liberty gowns of the late 19th century as well as a revival in the 1970s. In this workshop we will learn the basics of traditional smocking using variety of classic stitch patterns and try out some contemporary, experimental variations in unusual materials and new stitches to create highly original textile art.

You will need

  • Fabric pieces should be about 15-20cm deep and at least 20cm long or longer. Smocking shrinks widthways so you start with a long strip.
  • Cotton quilting fabric or similar dress/ shirt weight cotton or linen (plain).
  • Checked and / or striped fabric with an even size square design such as gingham
  • Other fabrics for experimental work including wool, felt, linen, needlecord, velvet, silk dupion, lightweight denim.
  • Matching and contrasting embroidery threads (stranded cotton or fine cotton perle is ideal but please bring a variety)
  • Embroidery needles (crewel needles)
  • Fabric markers, chalk, pens or pencils
  • Ruler or quilters grid
  • Polyester sewing thread for tacking

Small amounts of materials and threads will be available to purchase.

This workshop is suitable for beginners.

There are 8 spaces available for this workshop

Selvedge Shop, 162 Archway Road, London N6 5BB

Travel
Tube: Archway and Highgate
Buses: 134, 43, 263
Free Parking after 12 o'clock on Langdon Park Road next to the shop.