Join textile artist Barrie Cohen of Beezie Textiles for an afternoon learning bundle-dyeing techniques using found flora, inspired by MAD’s current exhibition Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture.
This workshop will investigate adding beads to traditional embroidery stitches, as well as fringing, edging, and creating three-dimensional embellishments.
Suminagashi printed patch on secondhand denim, 2016
Hand-embroidered tencel and patch on secondhand denim
Courtesy the artist
Denim is ubiquitous in American fashion, but this common cloth has a history of being customized with embroidery, patches, and other ornamentation to assert the wearer’s individuality and social identity.
Participants will learn to make ruffled puffs and yo-yos, which can then be appliquéd onto your bag. Additionally, we will explore the technique of hand-smocking, using stitches to hold pleats together while adding touches of beading for extra flourish.
In Japanese, the word kumihimo means to gather or combine cord or thread. The traditional belt of the kimono, the obi, was once bound by a cord of kumihimo called an obijime. Samurai once used kumihimo as laces for their armor. It is an art both culturally significant and beautiful.