Needless to say, not much work gets done in the sewing room, or anywhere else for that matter, while he is here. Molly (our sweet English Springer Spaniel) & Paxton are continually on the move so when "Neena" is not being asked to play, I can manage to find a little time to work some stitches into a busy day!
My favorite type hand sewing is English Smocking.
This is another one of my experiments that I am trying out that you just might find on my blog in the future, if it's a success!
Since this is Smocking Month, I wanted to share with you a few things about smocking. First of all, my awesome sewing friend Sara, is offering her very first giveaway! I met Sara on a sewing message board several years ago, and found out she lives in TN just a few hours from me! From the wonders of the internet, Sara and I have become not only sewing buddies, but good friends! Sara, has hosted two annual sewing retreats at her Pickwick Lake cabin, where I got to meet several more of my internet sewing friends! You can read about our most recent sewing retreat from last Spring HERE! Anyway, Sara is offering her very first giveaway which has everything to do with smocking! Please take time to visit her blog and enter her giveaway HERE!
I am also going to share with you a couple more blogs with smocking this month. The first is LaSewista! - make sure you check out the darling smocked pockets that my friend Bunny made! The 2nd blog I am sharing with you is from my friend Rett, at The Gazebo House. Rett shares pictures of her beautiful smocked bonnet, as well as her grand-daughter, Caroline (who looks like Sweet Pea from the AT&T commercial) modeling a beautiful chocolate brown with pink polka dots smocked dress. Rett also has gorgeous table-scapes she blogs about - you will wish you were at her house for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!
I love smocking and sharing my smocking with others thru tutorials. My video tutorials have helped women from all over the world learn the art of smocking. I am so glad my tutorials are beneficial to others who are wanting to learn, just beginning to learn the art, or perfecting their smocking stitches & skills. I am a member of SAGA - Smocking Arts Guild of America, and have been involved in the SAGA Artisan program for several years. I encourage you to find a SAGA chapter in your area and join - you not only meet other women who can teach you, but you have opportunities to participate in classes with internationally known teachers in the world of sewing. I am taking a class with Cindy Foose in Franklin, TN in March that I am "sew" excited about! I hope to share some of what Cindy teaches me in a future blog post!
Ok, I need to get back to playing with P, then hoping to slip into the sewing room during his afternoon nap!