Aug 27 2016

It is time to get busy on Fall sewing.  I love navy blue gingham and with smocked red wagons, even daddy was okay with the outfit!  The smocking design is easy for those new to Picture Smocking and can be found in the “Beginning Smocking Book.”  The outfit […]

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Aug 25 2016

I am saying a big, “Yippee!” today.  We have added four new smocking designs to our website and Etsy shop.  These are simple smock designs using basic geometric stitches suitable for beginners.  Each design is priced at only $4.00 and are available as Printables so that you are […]

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Aug 5 2016

Deep Fall colors gave this bishop style dress a rich look. Choosing the floss colors was a bit of a challenge and after several false starts I remembered to follow my own advise and “take it outside.” Natural light will show the true colors so that I could […]

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Jul 19 2016

Providing quality sewing patterns for boys was the basis for starting our business and still a main focus, so I like to give you plenty of inspiration.  For our new “Foxes” smocking design, our bubble #145 would be a great choice.  Perhaps I would use a green stripe […]

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Jun 23 2016

What do the foxes say?  That they are ready to purchase as a Printable smocking design in our Etsy shop! Suitable for boy or girl and just in time for your Fall sewing. Michie’

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Jun 15 2016

This blog was first published in October, 2011 and was one of our most popular posts. First, I thought that I would share a picture of what is happening on my design board right now. Little Emma’s first Birthday is right around the corner and of course she […]

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Jun 7 2016

I have been asked recently, “What is a Lace Shaping Board?”  A great question.  A Lace Shaping Board is a padded board covered in a thick fabric with two printed sides.  One side is marked to help with sizing a bishop style dress, while the other side is […]

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Jun 4 2016

Wanting to learn to smock or just needing to fine tune your skills?  Our  ‘Beginning Smocking Book’ includes the numerous tips and hints that I have learned in over 30 years of smocking and is also the book I use when teaching. The book covers the basics of […]

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May 18 2016

Her smocked spring dress is so appropriate for her uncle’s wedding this weekend. It is a bonus that one of the wedding colors is yellow. Although she is not in the wedding, this dress would be adorable and very appropriate as a flower girl dress.  The dress is […]

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May 9 2016

I don’t have a pattern for a smocked to the shoulder dress, so I used pattern #131. I cut a piece of fabric about 42″ wide and the length of the yoke and skirt together. I pleated and smocked the yoke area and then using a small straight […]

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