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Topic: Beaded Smocking Sampler  (Read 2459 times)
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2008 08:47:07 PM »

I find these very inspirational!

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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2008 12:43:47 PM »

I'm dying to know how long it takes to do something like this... I know I don't have guts to do this, I know that the pleating alone would kill me... this is lovely, how long did one of these take to make?

*I just was at JoAnn Fabrics the other day and saw that they have these cute smocking "patterns" by Clover there... How weird that I would end up seeing this just after your post... Have you ever seen anything like them?  They are stickers that you apply to fabric that have numbers on them where your stitches enter and exit the fabric.  Wondering if this would be an easy start on some of this work or would it be better for someone to learn from a pro like you?
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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2008 04:37:30 AM »

You can buy ready smocked panels from ebay, so no need to stress about the pleating stuff.  My grandmother showed me a few stitches years ago, but honestly most of it can be worked out simply by looking closely at the way they are worked through the fabric.  (Lots of websites with examples found easily through search engines)

I found a great resource site for stitches the other day, and forgot to bookmark it!  doh!  I will post the link here when I find it again for you!

It really is very easy to do, if you can count the "tubes" in the fabric and can keep your stitch tension to the end of the row.  It looks daunting because the stitching is so close and lots of it.  I promise it isn't difficult to stitch once you have the pleated panel to work with!!!  And if you make a mistake, you can just unpick it and redo it.
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2008 04:52:26 AM »

I think this is one of the better sites for smocking tutorials.... click the link.

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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2008 11:19:19 AM »

Man I'm jealous.  They are wonderful!!  I remember wearing all sorts of smocked shirts as a kid. 

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