Smocking.That's my newest obsession.I have always been fascinated by it.And I don't know anyone who does it.Not personally anyway.
So when i started thinking about it,i went about and completed my usual obsessed with something routine,thinking about it all day,and staying awake way past bedtime ,thinking about it some more and then virtually doing it,then talking about it to anyone who will listen,(usually the victim is my dear husband),and searching all over the place for anything and everything that i can find on it.
And i didn't have really much luck for a very long time.
you see,one thing is that i dont have a pleater.Everything i found about it always always talked about a pleater.I felt a little discouraged and then realized,the people who invented smocking in the first place,they couldn't have had a pleater.so i got started on a piece of checked fabric,the lines on it being guides for the pleat stitches.and it worked like a charm.
i found some tutorials and introductions to smocking in a few places here and there.my experience with hand embroidery helped a lot.
there isn't much help on the web for a beginner.but i did find some treasure and i have to share it with you just in case you might be interested.
Marie Grace has an awesome introduction for beginners.A hand pleating tutorial and then follows a hand smocking tutorial.It's really really clear and mark my words,get started and you will be hooked.
images of her smocked work made me drool over my keyboard for hours.
The next find is not even a little bit less in the awesome department.they are some video tutorials,all the better for those of us who always have a hard time reading long instructions and following them.
I have already smocked a piece,which i got done yesterday,(after which i was giddy with joy for several hours).
Will come back with some pictures soon insha Allaah.
Angelittle is being a very good girl and taking a long nap.
Gotta go try to do some laundry before she wakes up,for when she wakes up,she will move mountains .(and i gotta be there to help the villagers evacuate or something.)