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Jean Hodges

Jean Hodges

Jean has taught at Godalming Adult and Community Learning Centre since 1979 and throughout the UK, Australia and New Zealand for the Embroiderers' Guild and similar organisations.

She is author of 'Smocking Design' and co-author with Oenone Cave of 'Smocking: Traditional and Modern Approaches' both published by Batsford.

Her main interest is in texture, which she achieves through stitch and manipulating fabric.  Having spent many years designing and making garments, she also enjoys the challenge of construction.

Jean is a member of the Wey Valley Workshop Textile Artists, the Embroiderers' Guild and is President of the Smocking Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.

How Jean uses silk

Jean consistently uses silk for the majority of her pieces.  The sheen and the way in which silk will drape and fold is perfect for her love of manipulating fabric.

 

Picture Gallery

  • Mandala

    Mandala

    The Mandala wall hanging was produced for the One World exhibition held in Guildford Cathedral in 1987.  It is hand quilted Antung silk with additional trapunto and cording.

  • Red Silk Jacquard Evening Bag

    Red Silk Jacquard Evening Bag

    This evening bag was produced for the Stoke D’Abernon exhibition in 2006 in aid of G.U.T.S.  The bag is constructed with Red Silk Jacquard and matching Silk Dupion.  It is lightly padded, lined with Indian Shot Silk.  Swarovski crystals (obtainable from Sleepy Kitten Crafts – www.sleepykittencrafts.co.uk) are used as embellishment.

  • Gold Silk Jacquard Evening Bag

    Gold Silk Jacquard Evening Bag

    This evening bag was also produced for the Stoke D’Abernon exhibition in 2006 in aid of G.U.T.S.  The bag is constructed with Silk Jacquard and matching Silk Dupion.  It is lightly padded, lined with Indian Shot Silk.  Swarovski crystals (obtainable from Sleepy Kitten Crafts – www.sleepykittencrafts.co.uk) are used as embellishment.

  • Pink Evening Bag

    Pink Evening Bag

    Again, produced for the Stoke D’Abernon exhibition in 2006 in aid of G.U.T.S., this evening bag is constructed from pink Silk Dupion.  Habotai fabric was gathered, manipulated and edged to form a decoration.  Beads were also added and the bag has a pink Indian Shot Silk lining.

  • Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    Pandora’s Box was produced in 1991.  It measures 19cm x 13cm x 7cm (7½" x 5” x 2¾”).  The outside of the box is covered with Silk Dupion and lined with Indian Shot Silk.  The box has 2 lids, one with a gathered Indian Shot silk that has been manipulated and embellished with French knots, and the other decorated with beads.

  • Box of Delights

    Box of Delights

    Box of Delights was produced in 1999 and is 18cm x 18cm x 10cm (7” x 7” x 4”) in size.  Ivory Silk Dupion has been used with an Antung lining.  It is hand-stitched using vermicular design with added pearls and gold beads.  Gold thread tassels complete the box.

  • Romanesque

    Romanesque

    Romanesque is a panel based on a door of Southall Abbey.  It was stitched in the early to mid 1990s.  A strip of Antung was gathered then block-printed, with additional hand stitching.  It is mounted on hand-made paper.  It measures 33cm x 29cm (13” x 11½”).

  • Enigma Variations 2

    Enigma Variations 2

    Enigma Variations 2 is part of a series using gathered, edged and manipulated silk (either Silk Dupion or Indian Shot Silk) with additional stitchery and Swarovski crystals and beads.  The manipulated fabric is mounted on to Silk Dupion.

  • Enigma Variations 3

    Enigma Variations 3

    Enigma Variations 3 is part of a series using gathered, edged and manipulated silk (either Silk Dupion or Indian Shot Silk) with additional stitchery and Swarovski crystals and beads.  The manipulated fabric is mounted on to Silk Dupion.

  • Enigma Variations 4

    Enigma Variations 4

    Enigma Variations 4 is part of a series using gathered, edged and manipulated silk (either Silk Dupion or Indian Shot Silk) with additional stitchery and Swarovski crystals and beads.  The manipulated fabric is mounted on to Silk Dupion.

  • Black Waistcoat

    Black Waistcoat

    This is one of many waistcoats made by Jean.  It is constructed in black Silk Dupion with a smocked front, hand-stitched with gold thread.  It is embellished with Victoria Jet beads and piped edges.

  • Autumn Waistcoat

    Autumn Waistcoat

    The waistcoat front is based on a Seminole Indian design and is constructed from 2 Autumn Silk Theme Packs from the Silk Route.  The back and lining are Silk Dupion.  It was made 2004 for ‘Geoff of the Silk Route’ to wear at shows.

  • Small Cushion

    Small Cushion

    This 36cm (14”) cushion was made in 1992 from ivory Silk Dupion.  The fabric was tucked, cut and rejoined, with feather stitch embellishments.

  • Cushion

    Cushion

    This larger Silk Dupion cushion was made in 1992.  The smocked Antung inserts have added pearl beads and are bordered feather stitch.  The central panel is closely packed feather stitch with stem stitch.  The frill is also edged with feather stitch.