When you think of smocking, if you're like me, you think of this:
|This is from the mid-1890s, and it's Liberty of London!|
Or, perhaps you think of this:
Or, you might even think of this:
I learned a bit about smocking when I lived in Abu Dhabi. The quilting group there had a demo about it & I was fascinated how flat fabric became richly textured fabric with a few simple marks & stitches. When I was at my sewing class last week, I bought some fake suede remnants to do some experimentation with smocking. I'm thinking that when we get our sun room finished and finally buy a couch, we're going to need pillows. And smocked pillows would be pretty fun.
Also, it's a by-hand hobby (like knitting or crocheting). Whereas I can only do sewing in my sewing room. I can smock in the comfort of our sun room with the new fireplace! Obviously I'm planning for winter already!
Here's a photo of some before navy suede. Next post I'll show you what I've been doing with it!