At their September meeting Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were treated to a splendid display of work, and an illustrated talk, by Heather Flint, on the forgotten art of smocking.
Smocking, or Pleatwork, where surface stitching hold together folds of fabric in a decorative way to control the fullness of the fabric and give shape to the garment, was the forerunner of elastic.
photos: Rosemary Brown
Our speaker was inspired by the technique many years ago and created smocked garments for herself and her family before working to commission.
We were treated to images following the history of smocking through garments worn in medieval times to those worn by “flappers” in the 1920s and young girls in the 1950s, several of our members remembering the latter. In modern times the technique is used on special wedding dresses, furnishings such as cushions and lampshades, and on textile jewellery.
After the talk everyone was invited to look at the beautiful work on display. So many ladies found it inspirational.