Smocking


I picked up this great pattern for 50 pence in a junk shop in Brighton at the weekend, along with some great pre-war rayon. This pink and floral piece will be added to my growing stack of rayon, which I love and cannot quite decide what to make with…
Back to the smocking pattern – I have loved this type of smocking – often called American smocking- for ages, but am too lazy to draw out the required grids. This pattern is in fact transfers with the grids marked out ready to iron-on and sew away! I am not planning to make a cushion with my smocking, as that really will look a bit too retro for my taste, but rather incorporate it into garments.

5 thoughts on “Smocking

  1. Fancy you finding my blog like that! Thanks for the comment. I think you must know Colette Wolff’s book on The Art of Manipulating Fabric – if not you would love it.About the only stitching I did at school was a smocked apron. My mother-in-law did piece work smocking after the war;the pieces came all marked up and then had to be stitched. Not much fun I suspect.

  2. Thanks, I’m glad you like my work. I’m fascinated by Knotts’ Dots. You have a really good memory! I expect i can get something similar over here and really should go looking. I still haven’t done any smocking. its wishful thinking!

  3. I checked and that other URL I sent didn’t ship except to the 50 US states. But I Googled some more and it looks like this company in California ships internationally:http://www.smockingstore.com/pleaters.html#dotsAnyway, I only remember doing a bit of smocking and I think it was when I was 13 or 14 but I do remember it was so fun to get that accordian elastic effect. I also seem to remember that you could just use a fabric like gingham with its evenly spaced squares and so not have to use dots.Boy, this is getting me all interested in smocking! But I have too many other things on the go now to start this. Good luck to you!

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