Smocking Workshop - Nov 9, 2003 - San Francisco
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When: November 9, 2003 Sunday
9:30 am to about 4 pm
Where: San Francisco City College Police Community Room (280/Ocean/Geneva exit)
details will be emailed to those who sign-up
Topics to be Covered:
(1) We will begin doing the preparation work on the fabric by hand.
While using a pleating machine would be easier, it is important to
understand how the fabric is manipulated.
(2) Survey of portraits, woodcuts and any other pre-1600 materials on
the subject. Most are late 1400s and first half of the 1500's from
Germany and Italy. Discussion of what is being shown and what
underlying stitching probably is being used. Some other 2ndary
sources will also be used to shed light on the subject. We will also
discuss the various theories on whether what the portraits show is
smocking or some other stitching variation.
(3) Basic Smocking Stitches - most probably outline, stem, wheat,
cable, wave and trellis. Time permitting we will also cover honeycomb
and van dyke. Besides the mechanics of the stitching, we will also
discuss uses and effect for these stitches.
(4) Use of additional Embroidery stitches such as chain,fly and and
(5) Back smocking - not just for stabilizing, but also for creating effects.
(6) A brief discussion of finishing projects with smocking.
(7) A brief discussion of the mechanics of making a camica or chemise
Cost: approximately $10 - 12 for the handout and materials
Please - due to the extensive copying I plan to do, if you sign-up
for the class and do not show, you still will owe me for the handout.
Handout will include B&W of some of the portraits and woodcuts, list
of all sources, and stitch diagrams.
We will be using a fine Indian cotton for the class of a weight
suitable for a chemise. The smocking will be done with cotton floss.
Your lunch and drinks - there is a fridge we can use and no place to
go for lunch.
Bring extra lighting or magnification if you usually need it to sew.
5 different colors of cotton or poly/cotton regular sewing thread - not white.
Fine sewing needles
Ruler - at least 6"
Blue - fine point water soluble marking pen
Any materials or books you'd like to share.
Class limit 20.
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