Monday, April 14, 2008

Yes, I Started a New Project

So I was all set to begin smocking the Golden Sands skirt yesterday, when I realized I have about two feet of black floss left- nowhere near enough to smock the whole skirt. I'll have to make a run to the fabric store this weekend since there's nowhere to buy floss in a 60 mile radius of where I live. So the skirt is on hold.

But, I was all ready to smock, and I've had this little insert pleated and ready to go for months, so I decided to just get started on Temily #5.

This is what I have so far of "Make a Ladybug Wish" by Frances Messina Jones. The original plate has three ladybugs and of course, due to size, I opted to do one. I got all this smocked last night while watching a movie on TV. This evening I added antennas, another row of smocking above the bottom pink row, and two rows at the top. I also started backsmocking. I fully intend to complete the smocking tonight and hopefully begin construction tomorrow evening. I can't wait to get this done so the Princess can wear it. Hopefully I can have it complete before the weekend so that work can resume on Golden Sands.


Cindy said... amazes me how quickly you can smock. It is adorable and I can't wait to see it finished and on that sweet little girl!!!

Lynn said...

Adorable! I can't believe how quickly you smocked the ladybug!

I am IN LOVE with that Temily pattern. I've got to get my hands on that issue. Of course you've picked such wonderful fabrics and plates--it might not have caught my eye as it appeared in the magazine.

How long have you had your pleater? I let my shop do mine, but if I ever want to "whip up a Temily" I'll have to invest in one eventually.

Shannon said...

Thanks, y'all. I really don't smock that fast- I've just been lucky to have some time lately. I think it took me several months to get the poodle bishop done!

Lynn, I've had my pleater for about six years. My first couple of smocked projects were on 1/8 inch gingham that I pleated by hand. I loved the smocking, but hated the pleating so I quickly invested in a pleater. It was a pretty big purchase for me at the time. I don't remember exactly how much it was, but I'm sure it was over $100. But it's one of the best purchases I have ever made. If you like to smock I heartily recommend getting one.

Shannon F

kbenco said...

This is really sweet and your colours are great. I have just had a lovely read of quite a way back in your blog, and really enjoyed looking at your gorgeous smocking and sewing. Thank you for a great read with my cup of tea!