• Visit Mars, Pennsylvania, and fall in love with Penn and John.

  • Can Mary Wade protect her heart and save her hero, too?

  • Take a trip to Galway, Ireland, with Ellen and Payne!

  • "Letters mingle souls."

    John Donne

Smocking, Anyone?

When I was expecting our first child, I took a smocking class. I had visions of making lots of clothes for the new baby.

The class was fun, and I even bought a pleater because we moved away from the pleating shop, and I had to pleat my own fabric. I did smock some clothes but probably not enough to pay for the pleater.



I have some needles in the pleater but no thread.





Smocking isn’t as difficult as it may appear. Basically, it’s embroidering on top of pleated fabric. Here are some pictures of dresses I made for my daughters.

Rabbits for Easter!

It’s hard to tell, but this pattern is of spring baskets.

That’s piping and lace around the collars!

The little sister dress. I love this fabric.

The big sister dress.




















I love this fabric, too!










Here’s an insert that I never sewed into a garment.









And one more.






Any smockers reading this? Have you ever smocked anything beyond children’s clothes?