Members of the Smocking Branch were invited to stage an exhibition this summer at St Mary’s Church, in Bungay. It was a chance to show the development of smocking from the farmers’ work wear to fashion and now to contemporary textile art. A selection of items from the exhibition are pictured below.

One of a number of brooches made by members

One of a collection of smocked brooches on show.

Miniature garden

This miniature garden measures only a few centimetres.

collection of silk bags

Go out in style with one of these silk smocked bags.

One of a selection of shells

Detail of a shell from a group from an entry in the 2014 competition.

Lavender, lace and latter-day smocking

Lavender, Lace and Latter–day Smocking was the enticing title of a residential course.

Tutor Heather Washington evoked the nostalgic perfume of lavender, the tactile delicacy of lace and techniques of 40s smocking, such as ’Petal Shower’ and ’Camellia’ to create a range of scented projects.