Wednesday, August 25, 2010

{new lesson series}

I am very excited to tell you about a blog lesson series that I am beginning - "Smocking a Bishop". My goal is to take it slow and answer any questions you might have as we work along. It would be great if you could work along with me at home. I will try to make videos as much as it is possible for me to do, or when I think that it might be more beneficial to you to actually see me doing a particular technique. I know that many of you have enjoyed my video tutorials on smocking and have written to me about them being so helpful to you.
Why am I doing this? Well, I know that there are many who are SAHM (Stay At Home Moms) and others for various reasons are not able to take a class at a local shop. For others, there might not even be a local shop where you can take a class, so this series is especially for you! I hope that you find it very beneficial and that it encourages you to continue in the art of smocking. I invite you to share my blog on forums and with your friends who also would like to follow along in this new series - the more, the merrier! I am in no way an expert at smocking or in teaching for that matter! I just simply want to share my own tips and tricks and hope that it helps to pass along the art of beautiful hand smocking!
Lace Booties from Brer Rabbit Designs


craftmom said...

Thank you so much for doing this, I live in the northeast and when I ask if they teach smocking people don't even know what I am talking about. I have tried teaching myself from books, but am a much more visual learner, so a big THANK you!

Kelly said...

Yae! Thank you so much! I've made 3 bishops total and I still have a lot to learn. I'm planning on sewing two bishops for Christmas out of featherwale corduroy. I can't wait for your tutorial! Thanks again!

Julia said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks. I'll be making a Christening gown soon and I'm not sure if the mom wants a Bishop, but if she does this would be great. I've made several, but I'm sure I have a lot to learn!

Sara said...

this is a wonderful idea!!!

LMP said...

I was wondering when you plan for your online lessons to begin. I love to smock and have been smocking ready-to-smock dresses because I don't know how to sew. My intro sewing class is Sept 25 (WOO HOO!!). I will have to do some easier sewing right after my class before I tackle a bishop, but I can't wait. I'll catch up with you guys one day!!

weinan said...

I am learning by watching your smocking tutorials. I live in Europe and have not seen any evidence of hand smocking interest here in Vienna. Thanks so much for making it so clear! I love practicing and hope one day to actually sew a dress for our new granddaughter. A question however...should I use floss or pearl cotton...I haven't been able to find DMC pearl cotton 8, only #5. Anchor sells $8 and i can see the difference in thickness. Can you advise on what is best to use? Also, when practicing what is a good fabric to work on? I found Batiste here but it costs 20 euro a meter(around 25$ a yard) that seems high for just practice material. Any suggestions? You work is so beautiful and so inspiring, I am going to give it my all! Thanks so much!


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