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smocking fabric

browniepops | Posted in General Sewing Info on

hi to all- i want to make a shawl lined in handpainted silk.  the outside i want to be out of a velvet thank i want to hand smock…not traditional smocking with a pleater but smock the fabric so it looks all puffy…any help?  thanks.  marsha

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  1. CarolFresia | | #1

    Hi, Marsha,

    Take a look at Mary Ray's article called "Tucking on a Grid," in Threads, No. 110 (Dec 2003/Jan 2004).

    Carol

    1. browniepops | | #2

      carolfresia----thanks so much...that's exactly what i was looking for!!  iwas on the threads.com site and couldn't find it for anything!  think i should try it with silk velvet?  i am going to make a shawl lined in a hand painted silk that my niece will paint for a 50th birthday gift....marshA

      1. CarolFresia | | #3

        I think it would be quite interesting in velvet. Make some samples first, though, because the "right" and "wrong" sides are quite different, but both can be really nice. You might find you like the wrong side better, or that you want to combine both textures in one piece. A hand-painted lining sounds lovely; I'm wondering if you'll want to tack the lining to the velvet layer intermittently, so that it travels with the velvet, rather than ballooning away like a saggy pillowcase. With this tucking technique, adding tacks here and there would work perfectly--you might even want to use small beads or something to decorate the stitches. We'd love to see a photo when you've finished.

        Carol

        1. browniepops | | #4

          thanks carol...i was reading the article this afternoon and am begining to be afraid of doing it in velvet.  now i'm thinking of silk beefed up with a plaid flannel.  and yes, perfect idea about tacking the silk habouti intermittenly.....marsha

          1. CarolFresia | | #5

            One of the nice things about this technique is that it's really pretty free-form--you can underline, let it bubble gently, depending on the look you want. And you can experiment easily, with not that much to unstitch if you change your mind.

            Carol

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