Gathering Threads



    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, […]

    DIY Bishop in July Issue of Sew Beautiful

    Posted by on Jun 12 2012

    My copy of the July/August Issue of Sew Beautiful just arrived and in it is a fun variation on a smocked bishop that I designed. It’s a very casual, easy sew project and because it is smocked with honeycomb smocking, you don’t need a pleater.  Seriously, even if you aren’t a smocker or always thought […]

    I’ve Passed Smocking Level 1

    Posted by on May 24 2012

    Well, hoorah for me.  I’ve just heard from the PTS (that’s the Powers that Smock, btw :)) that I’ve passed Smocking Level 1 in the  SAGA Artisan program.  For those folks who aren’t familiar with the artisan program, it’s a self-directed, self-paced skills program, that allows you to earn points for workshops, publications, certain competitions […]

    Free Smocking Plate: Pirate Adventures

    Posted by on May 06 2012

    Poor boys.  They never get their fair share of the creativity, do they?  Girls get the dresses and the ribbons and all the pretties.  Boys end up with the snips and snails. But since it’s been ages since I posted a freebie here on the blog, I thought folks with little boys would enjoy this […]

    Tutorial: Pleater Maintenance

    Posted by on Feb 22 2012

    How’s your pleater treating you? Is it hard to turn, fighting over every revolution? Does it skew the fabric, even when it’s been cut on grain? Create bubbles in the fabric? Miss pleats? Needles snapping left and right? You may be casting an evil eye towards your needles and wondering if you have to replace […]