Gathering Threads

Grace Knott Smocking to Close

Posted by on Nov 09 2011, in News, Smocking

Holy Smokes! Grace Knott is closing its doors after 81 years?

Say it ain’t so. It’s a Canadian institution. I wore GK designs. My great aunt smocked GK designs on the dresses she made in the 1940s and 1950s.

They were one of the best smocking supply places around and because they were Canadian, I never had to deal with exorbitant shipping or tariffs. I’m gutted.

They’re offering a series of sales to close out the shop – there are some great classic Ellen McCarn and Little Memories plates as well as lots of other supplies. I’m going to order me some pleater needles. Lots and lots of pleater needles.

But still, I’m sad. Generations of people learned to smock thanks to Grace Knott. Seems so sad that generations more won’t.


  • Just to clarify things on the GLK web site, Amberlane is not closing. We have reached an agreement and I will be carrying some of the GLK patterns along with pleater needles and a few other things. I will be adding credit card availablitily as well but you won’t see these changes until next year though. There is a lot to do behind the scenes! J.M.

  • Claire

    That’s great news, Judith. I’m so glad something of the tradition will be carried forward.