Friday, February 25, 2011

More Smocking......


It seems I always have multiple sewing projects going at any given time. Currently I'm working on the Larkin and a few other things....but I'm also getting started on a bishop. I mentioned before that I am taking a Smocking Correspondence Course through SAGA. I have so enjoyed this course! I taught myself to smock about 11 years ago so I've always wondered if I am doing things correctly. This course has reassured me I am doing it right.....and it has given me a few tips along the way too. The first three lessons involved creating a sampler and the final two lessons start and complete a bishop. I've made many bishops over the years and I've always enjoyed the process. Actually my first ever smocked project was a bishop.

Last year I realized I had a shoe box full of embroidery floss. Some of it was purchased the week before and some of it had been with me for 20+ years. I made a split decision to throw it all away unless I knew it was new. As a result I now have very little floss at any given time. So today when I went digging for floss, I was surprised that I actually had some that matched this floral fabric. The colors above look like they don't match...but they really do. I honestly do use the same floss colors over and over again. I bet you thought I was really kidding when I mentioned it before.

18 comments:

Kellie said...

Absolutely love the fabric and floss colors! Can't wait to see the finished project.

Cindy said...

Thanks Kellie!!!

Jan said...

I love the springy colors you are using. Spring's my fave time of year. I just wish we would finally start having some spring weather. Can't wait to send the bishop when it's finished.

Cindy said...

Thanks Jan. I love Spring too...especially sewing Spring garments!!!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Hi Cindy, Your fabric is so pretty! I agree with you about using the same floss colors over and over; your colors look very familiar to me! Is the dress for Elisabeth?

Cindy said...

Hi Lisa...thanks so much! No, the dress isn't for Elisabeth. It is for a requirement for the SAGA Correspondence Course and so I decided to make a size 2 so it would be small and easy to store. I could have made one in her size...but I can't talk her into wearing bishops much anymore....despite my sadness over it!

Debbie B said...

Echoing previous comments - that fabric is soooooo sweet! Makes me want to check my stash and start a sweet bishop for our 21 month old grandgirl tonight.

Cindy said...

Debbie B...Thanks so much!!! The fabric screams Spring doesn't it?

Well the night is still young....you could get a lot accomplished if you decide to start a bishop tonight!!! Your grandgirl would love you for it I am sure!!!

Debbie B said...

Cindy
Where did you get the fabric for the bishop - is it old or would a shop have it now I love that print

Cindy said...

Debbie B. I purchased the fabric late last Fall at my local heirloom shop. I think it is probably from Fabric Finders. I would think it is still available.

I just checked BessieMary but could not find it. I did find it at Farmhouse Fabrics though. Here is the link:

http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Shopper_id=20202219802020&Store_id=198&page_id=23&Item_ID=18709

Hope that helps!

Shannon said...

I love that fabric- it looks perfect for a bishop dress. And the floss looks like it's going to be perfect. Can't wait to see it finished!

Cindy said...

Thanks Shannon!!!

Ruth said...

So lovely.

Cindy said...

Thanks Ruth! I hope you are well!!!

Verina said...

Love the bishop and the colors... but then bishops are my favorite thing to smock. Have to finish one to get in the mail soon!

Cindy said...

Thanks Verina....I have a soft spot in my heart for little girls in bishops and so I always love to sit and stitch a bishop!!!

Robin Hart said...

One of my employees had signed into blogger and I had not checked before I posted the last comment. Kinda funny now... :)

Cindy said...

Robin...That is funny!!!

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