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Comment by Kathy Schmidt on February 28, 2012 at 9:36am

I love smocking, have been doing it about 30 years. Your stitches a so nice & even & your construction is wonderful too. It makes me sad when someone does a great job smocking & then the construction screams "home made" not "custom made".

Comment by Jodie Hickman on January 20, 2012 at 12:07am

I wish my eyes were good enough to smock.  Your work is beautiful.  I did it for a while when my girls were young.

Sewing goes much faster!

Comment by Brenda J. Moore on November 26, 2011 at 12:11pm

I Adore smocking and used to do quite a bit when I was younger. This is just Beautiful!

Comment by Susan Mills on November 18, 2011 at 10:40am

Your work is baeutiful. I love to smock but my youngest GD is now almost 10 so she is not interested in "those" dresses.  I loved geometric smocking and appreciate all the more the stacked smocking as it was not what I enjoyed.

Yes, pleating machines are the way to go.  My Mother always called that cheeting for she first ironed on the dots, gathered that by hand then did the smocking.  I think I would not ever been interested in smocking if that was the way I had to learn..

I have smocked a couple blouses for myself and they always draw attention when I wear them.  One clerk in a store commented on the peasant blouse smocked collar, and almost started to cry when she remembered how her Mother smocked for her when she was young.

Comment by Susan on November 18, 2011 at 6:23am

I love it too.  My mother-in-law used to smock and made the kids some gorgeous pieces.  She used a pleating machine.  

Comment by Shannon on November 18, 2011 at 5:51am

This is STUNNING. How did you do that. This is one technique I so need to try. What patter did you use?

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