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Smocking/Heirloom Sewing

michelle_rhoades | Posted in The Archives on

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Hi everyone. First time on Gatherings and didn’t see anything on smocking, so started one. Hope everyone is done with Xmas projects and is now on the couch waiting for Young and Restless finishing up the last of the chocolate covered cherries.

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  1. Pam_Wheeler | | #1

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    Hi Michelle,
    Glad you started a folder on Heirloom sewing.
    I love Sew Beautiful magizine. I am a beginner
    in smocking but really enjoy it. Got any pointers for us that are just learning?
    Have you got the latest issue of AS&E? I haven't ordered one yet but have heard they have some really pretty things this time, but they always do.
    Have ever smocked any ladies things? I would like to do a skirt pattern I saw for my self.
    Hope you post again soon, i enjoy chatting about smocking and heirloom sewing

    1. michelle_rhoades | | #2

      *Hi Pam, Everyone must be finishing up last minute Xmas stuff. Not a lot of postings. I was a lurker for a LONG time and then just decided to jump in. I LOVE AS&E, too. They do a great job. I am waiting on the latest issue. I have to get it from one of my favorite shops mail order because it is an hr.'s drive to Savannah, the nearest shop. I bit the bullet last week and ordered a subscription for two yrs while they are having a special rate of ten issues for price of 8. And the exchange rate is good for us right now or so I have heard. I will find out how good when I get my Visa bill!!I don't sew for myself, because I am so critical of it when I am done. It just ends up being wasted time, fabric, $$, etc. I smock for my #4 goddaughter who just turned four and I have a few clients who I do things for. I teach smocking and machine french sewing classes at a local quilt shop here on the island and I construct some of the garments that my students smock even tho I would rather they do it themselves since it is so rewarding. But I understand their trepidation.

      1. Sarah_Foreman | | #3

        *Do you also take Creative Needle magazine? It is certainly cheaper than the beautiful Australian publications.( I take both :-) , my theory is, I'm a nurse, and I know its cheaper than therapy) In some of the back issues they started a continuing series for beginning smockers. Also consider saving your money for a Martha Pullen school. I went when my little girl was about 3. She is now 15. My 1999 plan is to construct needlepoint stockings for others to earn the money to go again. Its super!!!!!Good luck. When my daughter out grew the little girl dress stage, my cousin and his wife were kind enough to have a little girl I can continue to sew for. Gotta do it!!!

        1. karen_simons | | #4

          *Hi everyone, I am so glad to see a place where we can discuss heirloom. I am a beginning heirloom sew-er and smocker. Actually, I think I am obsessed! I got a 24 row pleater for Xmas, have to get started on a full bodice dress today, I think Gathering Rosebuds from issue 29. What are you all making?

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