Wednesday, October 2, 2013

...a time to smock

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. In my life there is always a season and a time to smock...and it's just heavenly!
As a little girl, my mother and my grandmother always had me in smocked dresses. When I got married and had my daughter, I wanted the same for her, so it was then that I taught myself how to smock. Over 30 years later I am still smocking and loving every single minute of it!
One of my favorite types of floss to use, is DMC Perle Cotton #8. It comes on spools, as shown in top picture. I like it because you only have to use one strand of floss and it has a really pretty sheen to it! It also gives a more raised look to the smocking stitches, making the smocking stand out a little more!
Even tho I have literally gazillions of smocking plates, often times I just make up a smocking design as I smock along. 
Baby bonnets and bishops are my most favorite items to smock! If you don't know how to smock, I hope I have inspired you to learn! I have many tutorials online, which you can find at the top of this page in the tabs! I am also working on a special project, especially for beginner smockers, so keep watch here at SewNso's Sewing Journal for more information coming soon!


marsha said...

What needle do you use when Smocking with Perle cotton?

Mosaic Magpie said...

I will be looking forward to what you have in mind for beginning smockers!


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