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Modernist Smocking

  • TATTER Blue Library 505 Carroll Street, Suite 2B Brooklyn, NY 11215 (map)


Smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Before elastic, smocking was commonly used in cuffs, bodices, and necklines in garments where buttons were undesirable. Smocking developed in England and has been practiced since the Middle Ages and is unusual among embroidery methods in that it was often worn by laborers.

Designer Annie Coggan will share her historical research conducted at BLUE: The TATTER Textile Library, along with her method of visual scholarship and brand of “hand-making history” that has led her to create a smocked homage armchair for use in the library. The evening will include Coggan’s insights on the history of this technique as well as a hands-on workshop examining smocking techniques and modernist experiments in the world of three-dimensional embroidery.

Date: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
What to bring: All materials are provided in this course.  

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Additional Dates:
Saturday April 13th, 2019

Earlier Event: February 24
Tatting III
Later Event: March 3
Stumpwork [Class D]: "The Daisy"