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Smocking Plates

    Smocked Laces: The Sequel

    Posted by on Jan 03 2014

    I was able to squeeze in the third and fourth lessons for Nancy’s Smocked Laces course over the past couple of months. Now that I’ve gotten it back, I thought I’d show you the new laces I worked and the two I designed.  If you missed my earlier overview, check out my post Smocked Laces […]

    Free Smocking Plate: Three Little Kittens

    Posted by on Nov 29 2013

    Now that the weather’s gotten cold and we’ve seen the first snow of the season, I thought I’d share a winter-ish plate with you all, since it’s been a while since I’ve posted a freebie.  I thought about doing a Christmas one but  since I seem to be on a nursery rhyme kick of late […]

    Free Smocking Plate: Posy of Pansies

    Posted by on Feb 26 2013

    Even though February only has 28 days, sometimes it feels the longest. Still too cold to work outdoors but not quite cold enough for winter pursuits, the snow looks grungy, everybody’s got cabin fever and it feels like the warm weather will never come again. The one thing that always cheers me up are the […]

    Blank Smocking Graphs

    Posted by on Jan 08 2013

    I know I often offer free smocking plates for folks to enjoy and share.  But recently, a member on the Martha Pullen sewing forum asked where she might find blank smocking graphs so she could chart her own plates. When I offered to send her some via email, I didn’t expect to get a dozen […]

    Free Smocking Plate: On the Farm

    Posted by on Aug 17 2012

    It’s that time of year – the summer is winding down, the evenings are cooler and thoughts are turning to fall and the start of a new school year. For me, fall is also the time when we take in our local fair.  It’s an annual tradition for us – the boys, big and small, […]