My sister is teaching Grace and I how to smock! I have always wanted to learn and so far we are really enjoying it. My sister enjoys "old-fashioned" things like me, so we are having some handiwork afternoons and evenings around here! Here is a picture of her smocking sampler. Isn't it pretty?!
The first thing we did was punch little holes into each section of graph paper. Then you lay it down and make pen marks through the holes onto the fabric. We are going to look at Michael's for a tool that already has the holes since it was so time comsuming.
Here are our semi-neat rows of stitches. ;0)
Then you pull on the side strings and all the material gathers up into pleats! Knots keep the stitches in place while we do the embroidery on top.
For our first project we are making doll aprons. I chose a burgundy fabric with cream colored stitches on top. I need to get busy this afternoon!
Grace is catching on even quicker than I am. She is a pro!
Grace chose the same fabric as her pinafore apron. She has already learned several stitches.
I will be sure to share photos when we are all finished! I hope our dolls will be happy with their new aprons. ;0)