Saturday, February 20, 2010

Heirloom Smocking & My first give away!!!!

I just read on the SAGA blog that February is National Smocking month!! Ironically, I am teaching a smocking class next weekend, one of the first classes I have taught in a few years. Interest in smocking is coming back around in my area, although , here in this part of the South, children still wear lots of smocked garments, well up into later childhood years.
I have smocked for over twenty-five years. One of the comments I hear is that smocking looks so hard.  In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth. I have taught hundreds of people to smock and only once did I have a student that just couldn't "get it" and she happened to be an excellent  seamstress. As it has turned out, she stayed with it, determined to master the art,and has gone on to be one of the best smockers I have ever seen.
A few examples of my work:









For even more amazing inspiration I hope you will hop over and check out the blogs of some of my friends and who happen to be some of the best needlewomen I have seen!!!



Be prepared to be inspired !!!!

Now, for the give away part!!!!
For those of you who want to learn to smock!!!

In honor of National Smocking Month, and to promote the art of smocking, I will give away a pleated bonnet, finished and ready to smock. You can see a smocked bonnet that Laurie shows on her blog here.
(Unfortunately I do not have photos of a smocked bonnet of my own!!!!)
 Finished means that you will not have to do any other sewing in order for the bonnet to be ready to wear.  All that you will have to do is the smocking. My friend Laurie has some wonderful  tutorials on her blog on how to smock. A beginner can learn on her own just by watching Laurie's great lessons!!!  They are also great for the person who hasn't smocked in a while and just needs a refresher course.
So, here are the rules:
Leave a comment, follow my blog and link to this post on your blog (leave a post here with your link)
For each of these you will be entered into a drawing
(do all three, entered three times)
Drawing will be next Saturday February 27

Happy smocking!!!




53 comments:

Sewconsult said...

Don't you just love the bishop! It is my very favorite to smock because there is so little construction afterwards. SInce I know how to smock, I don't really qualify, but could always use a bonnet to smock as a gift to the new baby girl, arrive at one of my nephew's home in June. (I'm a follower)
Beckie in Brentwood, TN
http://sewconsult-ponderings.blogspot.com

Sara said...

Thanks Beckie!! sure you qualify!!! Just happy to promote smocking for those who want to learn as well as those who already know!!!

julia said...

You do beautiful work. I'm inspired. I'm smocking a bishop style dress for my 4 year old grand right now, and have another for my 2 year old grand to do next. I wish there was a SAGA chapter near me.

Grandma Ellen said...

I love your red and white bishop. Bishops are my greatest challenge! I think that I am already a follower on your blog. Link to my blot is grandmaellenssewingroom.blogspot.com

Rettabug said...

Sara, your work is immpecable! Such lovely creations!

I will make a post about your give-away on my blog to tell others about it. I sure hope a new smocker wins the bonnet, as I'd love to see more people get interested in this time honored tradition.

BTW, the link in your profile now works. :)

fondly,
Rett

Sara said...

thanks Rett!!!

lumberman said...

testing

Kristina said...

I love your blog...so much inspiration! I have wanted to learn to smock for a long time and now, with a new granddaughter, I have some powerful motivation.

Sara said...

thanks Kristina!!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Sara! And what awesome smocking you do. I admit it is a little intimidating. I have cross-stitched many, many years ago - maybe that would help, I don't know.

I just love your header photo - sew sweet!

I've just signed on as a follower, too! See you soon!

Linda said...

Wow...what a wonderful giveaway...please count me in. I have done any smocking in years and this would be a great way to pick it back up. I'm a new follower:)

Blessings,
Linda

Haden News said...

Just found your beautiful blog! I am now a follower :)

Haden News said...

I would love to win the smocked bonnet! I smocked for my daughter many years ago, and would love to get back into it! Thanks for the chance to win!

Suzanne said...

How wonderful that some little girls--and guys--still get to wear the beautiful smocked garments. To me, smocking is such a pleasurable thing to do!

ShirleyC said...

You have made some treasured outfits. I do smock, but I'm not that great. I really need more lessons. I'm already a follower of yours, and I will post a link on my blog before the end of the week.

http://prayersformymom.blogspot.com/

Bunny said...

What a great, generous way to celebrate the art of Smocking. Love your new blog, Sara.

Your work is just gorgeous. You have inspired me to try that red and white combo, just stunning.

bubbygigi said...

Your smocking is magnificent. I love to smock also. Please check out my blog. http://bubbygigi.blogspot.com Gita

lizzie said...

Totally and completely awesome..just starting out..wow I hope I get as good as you some day..Lisa

ShirleyC said...

I placed your link on my blog about your giveaway.
http://prayersformymom.blogspot.com/

Dave and Kay said...

Love reading your blog. Your smocking samples are exquisite!

Silver Pansy Designs said...

Your garments are beautiful! I would love to win the bonnet. We just found out that we are going to be grandparents, and although we don't know the gender yet I can always get ready. Thanks for offering this and for the wonderful inspiration.

Becky said...

Smocking is my first love too, and I'm just now coming back and relearning it. The smocking is fun, but I'm struggling over finishing things, so I would jump at the chance to JUST smock something. I do get encouraged by the beautiful work you ladies and still have hope!

I'm going to mention the giveaway on my blog today.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I just found you through Laurie... I did a couple smocked dresses when my girls were little and none since (now our older daughter is a newlywed). So I am very interested in "learning " all over again! for futrue grandbabies. :o)

I definitely will be following and adding your blog under my "Blogs I Browse" list on my sidebar.

Blessings & Aloha!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Not sure if we were supposed to leave separate comments for each entry...

Blessings & Aloha!
http://www.personalizedsketchesandsentiments.blogspot.com

Martha said...

Happy to share in the fun. You work is just beautiful. Thanks for the shout out. I posted on my blog.

The link is:
http://southernmatriarch.blogspot.com/2010/02/sara-is-having-give-away.html

I am a follower of course. Is there any way you can change your set up to where more than one post comes up at a time? I often like to go back and search for older posts as I did today looking for the cherry romper. Just a thought.

Families Are Like Fudge said...

I'm now smocking in the bonus round - for grandchildren! Happiness is smocking the second time around. Janet {AKA Gigi}

Kelly Stockstill said...

I'm so excited! I would love to win. I'm also going to follow your blog, so enter me twice!
My email is thatkellygirl@yahoo.com!

Anonymous said...

Sara, your work is lovely and such an inspiration. I have just learned how to smock (at 60 yrs old!) and my first dresses for 2 granddaughters are complete. Smocking combines my love of embroidery and sewing - what could be better!
Linda in Ontario, Canada

zees5 said...

I have been SO wanting to smock. I love to embroider, but the whole pleating thing has been a major block for me. Whoopee! I'd LOVE to win this.

zees5 said...

I became a follower! Thanks! ~Page

chelle said...

Beautiful blog I love the picture in your header. I have 2 beautiful granddauger 9 and 7 months that are needing such a bonnet. Looks like if I win I will need to make another one too. I am now a follower and I think I linked to your blog.

Liz said...

What beautiful smocking! I love these little dresses. :)

Liz
Loving This Mom Stuff

Eileen said...

I haven't smocked in a while but I am feeling the need to again. This whole darn working and paying the bills thing gets in the way of sewing time:) Thanks for the inspiration!

Lindsay said...

Love your work and blog. Very inspiring !
Lindsay

antcan said...

I just found your blog and am enjoying looking thru the older posts. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

Pat said...

Sara I have seen your work in Sew Beautiful magazine and your work is Sew Beautiful...I have always wanted to learm to smock, but had boys so learned about bugs instead. I have a great neice now and would love to learn to smock for her.

PinkPolkadotAA said...

Your work is so beautiful!! I have just recently learned an appreciation for smocked clothing. I have a 7 month old little girl and have been enjoying sewing little outfits for her and putting her in beautiful smocked dresses! You are so talented and your grandchildren are gorgeous!

ivoryspring said...

Sara,

What a great blog. I have made that same dress shown in your first picture for my daughter for Christmas.

http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/on-the-twelveth-day-of-christmas/

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