Friday, August 15, 2008

Smocking... and Yes, I do Sew!

I have reloaded some photos, removed some that would not load from the hosting site they were stored on and rewrote the S&T just a tad... But it is still all about smocking!
I hope everyone is having a great day today and looking forward to a wonderful weekend! The Lord is good to us. We are blessed in this house.

I am participating in Kelli's of There's No Place Like Home Friday Show and Tell. {Click on this link to read more about it.}
Show and Tell
I was going to be lazy and show the handbag/purse I posted yesterday as my show and tell. But, Kitty commented in a very sweet post about my bag and requested to see some of my smocking. I did quickly find a few photos before the bus ran (and made/packed lunch while photos loaded!) I hope that you enjoy them!
DD Wearing Picture Smocking Designed by Laura Jenkins Thompson. The design is Laura's Scotties and she is posing with none other than Laura herself! I just love Laura! To learn more about Laura, click here.

Another picture smocking plate by Laura. Carousel I think, but I cannot remember without looking it up.
The collar on this dress is also an Ellen McCarn design. (The dress is also an Ellen McCarn Pattern.) The dress fabric is silk doupioni. The bodice of the dress is textured with 'backsmocking'. Our oldest male budgie, Tweety, is perched on DD's hand. He was young then and thought DD existed only for for his pleasure and entertainment. He adored her and loved me. He has a wife now. He still likes her, he still loves me. I am "Mommy"! He is and will forever be attached to my apron strings. Zoey is so jealous of him. ;-P

This is a sweet little preemie/burial gown set. I included my hand so that you can see how tiny it is. (I have very tiny hands, 4 -1/4 ring size...) It would fit a 1-2 lb baby. I think it was donated to an Atlanta or Nashville hospital at on one of the SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) National Conventions.
This plate is picture smocking on a Mary Dee Dress pattern by Childern's Corner. (Laura's Scotties and Carousel Horses are also CC-Mary Dee's.) The plate is "I Love My Country" and I cannot remember who the designer is. But many many of my friends have made it and I copied their fabrics and colors. :D Imitation is the best form of flatery!

That is my Friday Show and Tell! I hope that you enjoyed it! If y'all like sewing pictures, I can bore you to tears with them. ;-) I have made tons of articles of clothing. The photos are saved on cd's somewhere. I need to watermark faces (of my child and my niece) before I post a quality photo of one of their faces straight on.

I look forward to seeing everyone's Show & Tells. Have a wonderful weekend!


Hootin' Anni said...

Hi! Happy Friday! Love your Show n Tell!!

And to answer your, when you go into blogger editing...and change your template, you WON'T lose any of your old blog entries. They remain, it's just the template that changes [the background, the sidebar background, etc. But not the entry or any of the images you've posted]

BUT!!!! Always back up the OLD template and save it on your notebook or word or some text file. [from the EXPANDED html in Blogger edit]...that way if there is a mistake made, and/or if you don't like the have the old stuff as backup.

If you need help, just let me know.

Shannon said...

I love smocking!! So cute!

Ivory Spring said...

I am so glad to meet a fellow smocker! I love to smock, but to put the dresses together, I always have trouble... but I am learning.

A Hint of Home said...

Smocking is so sweet and feminine.

Tracy said...

I do admire anyone who sews so beautifully. The smocking is lovely!

Kitty Scraps said...

It was so sweet of you to post your smocking, sadly though only one picture showed up for me to see, the one of your daughter with the birdie. What lovely smocking! I have no clue how someone even begins to smock, let alone do an entire garment, I'm in awe of having such talent and patience to create heirloom clothing. Simply gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing, it was truly sweet of you!

Lisa Ann said...

That is lovely work.

Barbara H. said...

Those are all so gorgeous!

Amanda said...

You make me want to learn how to smock! I wish I could learn. Too much I want to do and not enough time!

Wanita said...

You do lovely work with your smocking. The dresses are all so pretty.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Dawn said...

What beautiful smocking! That's one thing I've never done. The dresses are beautiful. The little preemie burial gown made me very sad - to think of our little preemies and how blessed we are tht they are so healthy after such a tough pregnancy.

Thanks for stopping by - glad to know someone else lives on a budget!

diadsie said...

I love seeing little girls in such gorgeous clothing since I don't have a daughter and my niece wasn't dressed like that (more of a tom boy).
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for visiting me too.
Rock on class of '77!

Kellie said...

wow - you are so talented!! The smockings are beautiful.

Desperate Diva said...

Oh what sweet memories. I use to smock and still have my pleater. it was so much fun. Maybe I'll have to go did it out again.

Problem is...I'd have to learn all over again. Its fun though. Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

I was 'smocked' as a child-I love it! It just always amazed me! Beautiful post-

Kitty Scraps said...

Thanks Melissa for reposting the pictures, I can really see your gorgeous work! I wish I knew how to smock, there are ladies that come into my work to buy fabric for smocking but so far none have taken up the suggestion to offer a class in it. You smocked creations are lovely, real family heirlooms, simply beautiful.

Blissful Nikki said...

oh wow! This is so cool because my mom used to smock for me and my sister when we were kids and now she smocks for my daughter. I cant do it to save my life so I think its really cool! :)