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Modernist Smocking I + II

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, has been practiced since the Middle Ages, and is unusual among embroidery methods in that it was often worn by laborers.

The technique and definition of smocking is wide-ranging and loosely defined. Annie Coggan has been experimenting with multiple smocking techniques for the last ten years and has gathered various techniques into a stitching logic that she refers to as Modernist Smocking.

Part I:

The class 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. In this workshop Annie will discuss the logic and cultural constructs of smocking and impart other smocking techniques that will further your textile practice.

Part II:

If you are interested in exploring more ways to manipulate fabric join us for part- two of our virtual smocking classes. These smocking variants speak to Coggan’s continuing artistic exploration of the physical changes that textiles can undergo with deep stitching, and the performative potential of a smocked surface at an architectural scale. 

No previous smocking experience necessary. This class is simply an exploration of additional smocking patterns. 


Part I: Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Part II: Saturday, March 16th, 2024


12pm – 2pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the week before class

$45 per section 

$80 for both sections

What to Bring
Woven fabric at least 22” x 32” (a pillowcase or the back of a dress shirt would also work well), a ruler, sewing needle, thread, a marker and scissors.

**This class will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one month for you to watch at your convenience.

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