HNW - Online English Smocking Class
costumegallery at home.com
Fri Jan 19 19:47:36 PST 2001
Hi all again,
If you checked out my Costume Classroom, Kat Hargus is going to teach a
beginners English Smocking class. The class will start March 5 and it will
run for 4 weeks. Then in April she is teaching an advanced class on English
Smocking. A kit is included with both classes. You might be able to sign
up for the classes next week. I'll let you know when registration is
I am going to take both classes. I have always wanted to learn to smock.
Now that I have a grand baby on the way, it is a good time to learn.
The Costume Gallery
----- Original Message -----
From: "Connie Carroll" <Connie.Bunny at worldnet.att.net>
To: <H-Needlework at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 3:56 PM
Subject: RE: HNW - English smocking
> Thanks for the lists of smocking books. I've never used a machine, also
> mine my hand.
> Mistress Bunny
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-h-needlework at ansteorra.org
> > [mailto:owner-h-needlework at ansteorra.org]On Behalf Of Mike Newell
> > Dear Lynn:
> > I have a small collection of books on English smocking, and never got
> > around to doing more than cutting out the linen pieces and working one
> > two pieces. The Armes book is rather nice and I recall I had to send
> > for it specially (this was in the late 1970's). I had a roommate then
> > was doing a smock, and she had this book. It turned me on to the
> > whole idea
> > of a smock. I went to England in 1980 and I accumulated a few books
> > some here in the US, then never got around to getting further than two
> > panels.
> > < I understand that the "tubes" are the pleats made by the
> > uniform gathered
> > stitches, but what are the "reeds"? "It is important that
> > in making up a smock the reeds should be kept true into the
> > collar,shoulder-straps and wrist-bands.">
> > If I recall properly, the reeds mean the stroked gathers.
> > American smocking
> > (when I was young) was done by first ironing a transfer of gridded dots
> > the fabric. You would take a needle and pick up the dots here and
> > and that made the patten. English smocking is done by first
> > running lots of
> > gathering stitches, then pulling up and stroking the gathers into reeds,
> > *then* the pattern is embroidered over the pre-gathering. Someone please
> > correct me if I'm in error here.
> > My little collection of books are:
> > Alice Armes (as per your message)
> > Hall, Maggie "Smocks" (Shire Album #46) Shire Pubn. Ltd, 1979 ISBN
> > 0-85263-4773
> > Nichols, Marian, "Smocks in the Luton Museum" Borough of Luton
> > Museum &A rt
> > Galley, UK, 1980
> > ISBN 0-907106-00-5
> > Cave, Oeone, "Traditional Smocks and Smocking", Mills & Boon, L td.,
> > London, 1979 ISBN 0-263-06408-5
> > Marshall, Beverly "Smocks and Smocking", Van Nostrand Rheinhold, NY 1981
> > ISBN 0-442-28269-9
> > Hart,. Natalie, "English Peasant Smocks", private press, 1973
> > Evans, Ruby, "Embroidery from Traditional English Patterns", BT
> > London, 1971, ISBN? 7134-2649-7
> > Library of Congress # 75-131433, Branford SBN 8231-4026-1
> > ============================
> > I find the Natalie Hart book puzzling -- it has photos (some courtesy of
> > the Metropolitan Museum of Art) yet no publishing information (except
> > date) is anywhere in the book. I dimly recall ordering it via
> > Mechanicsville, PA many years ago, but I never had any luck tracking
> > another copy. Pity-- it's a nice book.
> > Hope this is helpful.
> > --Kathryn
> > SCA: Kathryn Goodwyn
> > "too many centuries....too little time"
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