Smocking the traditional way

I am thrilled to have finished my second smocking project, only this time done by hand. I smocked a bishop dress for my new granddaughter. Although I know I have some work to do to improve my technique, I found hand smocking to be thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding. I am looking forward to my next project already. I found smocking to be more portable than some of the other handwork I enjoy, so perhaps I will actually get some projects completed before my three week old granddaughter enters college. 20120510-225300.jpg


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ria
    May 11, 2012 @ 04:19:48

    I love how smocking looks, but I’ve never actually tries doing it for myself. I’ll have to change that, one of these days. Love the dress!


    • Sherilyn, Cherished Needle Creations
      May 11, 2012 @ 06:48:12

      Thank you.
      You should try it! I was always told smocking was easy and I was told rightly. It is quite easy to do, especially if you have any hand embroidery experience. Of course, as with other such skills, doing it well takes practice. I do have hope, though, that I will learn fairly quickly since the basics are so straightforward. I recommend smocking to anyone who likes handwork.


      • Ria
        May 11, 2012 @ 08:20:12

        I love embroidery, and love handwork! Smocking really does seem like it would be right up my alley! 🙂 I’ve got a couple of magazines that have good instructions for smocking patterns in them, so I’ll give those a read and see what I can come up with.

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