My first smocking sample took a while to finish, as I made the dots quite close together and did the smocking the whole length of the fabric, but I really love the outcome. It looks so neat and precise and I love the stretchy quality the honeycomb smocking it gives to the fabric. For my second sample, I chose to do lattice smocking. Before I started I used water colour to paint a geometric design onto the fabric to add more interest, as the folds of the lattice would change the pattern I painted. I found the lattice smocking a lot easier to complete than the honeycomb, and the technique was very different as well. I also really love the effect of the lattice smocking and I think it would work really well on a garment to add texture. to a bodice, or as a decorative element to a skirt.

Ealish Wilson

Ealish Wilson | 62 Group of Textile Artists
Ealish Wilson | 62 Group of Textile Artists

Wilson is a textile designer from The Isle of Man. Wilson’s constructions are inspired by travel, fashion, photography and traditional sewing techniques. I love how she uses a vibrant thread to secure the smocking, and that her fabric matches and compliments the honeycomb smocking she uses, as she designs all the fabric in her work herself. Much of Wilson’s work is reflective of traditional Japanese aesthetics of the arts and crafts movement, as she has lived and worked in Japan. Wilson mixes digital methods with traditional sewing techniques to create unique and original pieces.

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