Tuesday, February 1, 2011
If there was one thing I learned during Explored Stitch with Mary, (actually I learned a lot) it was that I loooooove smocking; smocking is when fabric is pleated and then embroidered on top of to create elasticity without elastic. The modern, industrial equivalent is pleating the fabric then sewing elastic onto the pleats.
For my final assignment I decided to take smocking, which historically was used on clothing, and use it to sculpt a form, rather than letting the smocking conform to a body. I used linen (the fabric of choice for a serf's smock) and created a giraffe.