Tuesday, August 27, 2013

All about Smocking

Hi Everyone,


I am a big fan of detail, whether it be decorative stitching or manipulating fabric to fold in beautiful patterns.  Honeycomb Smocking is one of those timeless "trends"  so popular among childrens' clothing is now  more frequently used within the home.  I tried smocking by hand the other day following one of the many tutorials offered online.  At first it was a little tricky, but once I got the hang of it I was able to complete my project in no time.   Next Smocking Projects just may be panels.

I smocked in slub linen then sewed the piece to leftover dropcloth fabric.  I used a simple backstitch to form the honeycomb with 6 thread embroidery in mint green.














Other Beautiful Smocking I have seen on other blogs and websites~
These panels are gorgeous in KariAnne's Dining Room



 
 

Great idea to use Gingham for smocking.  The markings are already in place.




This dress is Gorgeous! Don't you think?




A pretty Scarf~ Source

 
 
 
Curious~  Does anyone have lovely ideas for smocking? Smocked lampshades immediately comes to mind.
 
Huge thanks for reading!  Have a great rest of the week.
 
XOXO,
 
SK
 




17 comments:

  1. Your pillow is just lovely. The linen combined with the drop cloth and your wonderful smocking detail has such a warm, natural look.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks. Links are open till Friday.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne for your sweet comment!
      Sarah

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  2. Your smocked pillows are gorgeous! Being from the south I love smocked dresses. I usually have one on my little girls every Sunday.

    Have a blessed day!

    http://www.ferrytaleshome.blogspot.com

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  3. I love the smocked pillows, well I really like all of the smocking in the photos, but the pillows are so different. Great post. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party - Inspire Me --http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/08/179th-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks Marty for the comment and invite.
      Sarah

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  4. Wow, Sarah, your smocking detail elevates your gorgeous pillow to top-of-the-line! ;-) I remember smocking on tops but never thought of most of the great ideas you have here. Thanks so much for posting -- I just might try my hand at smocking again.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! An easy way to add amazing detail on just about any fabric project, don't you think.
      Sarah

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  5. What an absolutely elegant pillow! You did an amazing job! Your smocking gives this simple pillow such an air of beauty!!!! I used to smock years ago.... maybe I should learn all over again!

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    1. Thanks Yvonne for the kind comment and glad you are inspired to create some smocking projects of your own. Have a great week!
      Sarah

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  6. Wow that pillow is over-the-top gorgeous! I would love to give it a try. Great roundup of smocking ideas!

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    1. Thanks Lynn for your sweet comment. Glad it inspired you to try.
      Sarah

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  7. Fantastic!
    I love your pillow and the other ideas you shared...
    Smocking is part of my heritage but I never learned how to do it...
    I think I need to give it a try!

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    1. Great! There are so many prjects that we could add smocking, don't you think?
      Sarah

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  8. Sarah your pillow is luscious! I'm in love with this design...would you consider taking an order to make one?

    Dee

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    1. No problem, Dee! If you could use the contact form at the bottom of the home page. In that way I can email you directly if you have any questions or if I need info from you.
      Thanks!
      Have a great day
      Sarah

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  9. Oh such pretty pillows! Love smocking. My mom called it puckering. She made our dresses when we were young with this. I don't know the first thing about sewing, but I'm excited about getting some dresses for my first grand daughter!

    Happy New Year,
    Bonnie

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