Smocking With Variegated Floss

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I love the look of variegated floss and variegated yarn with those multi-colored threads. Recently I tried using variegated embroidery floss to smock a basic yoke dress.  Because of the variation of colors in the floss, I didn't want a busy print that would allow the floss to get lost in the design.  Therefore, I chose this simple green and white 100% cotton print and worked a geometric smocking design with variegated floss in shades of green and pink. I love the color combination for … [Read more...]

Smocked Baby Bishop for Summer

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When it comes to dressing up your baby, a smocked bishop can't be beat!  You'll have to agree after seeing this sweet little girl in her yellow floral print bishop. The term "bishop" refers to this particular style--a round yoke that is smocked the whole way around the neck of the dress.  This is the best style for a small baby, and it is the only style of smocked dress that I have made so far for Aaliyah.   For this particular bishop, I used a 100% cotton floral print from the … [Read more...]

Hand Smocking Is Not a Dying Art

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I remember when a Polly Flinders brand smocked dress was the baby gift of choice for baby girls in the 1960s and 1970s when my older sisters were having children.  Though the Polly Flinders company is no longer in existence, a hand smocked dress is still a treasure that every baby girl should own. I remember twenty years ago seeing a little girl at church wearing a dress that her mother had smocked and sewn for her.  I knew then that this was an art form that I wanted to learn.  That mother … [Read more...]