What Are You Stitching?

7th August 2020

Some of you may remember our publication the Australian Smocking & Embroidery Magazine (affectionately known as AS&E) which ran from the late 1980’s right through to its final 100th issue in 2012. While AS&E may no longer be in production, that doesn’t mean everyone has stopped smocking. It is always lovely to see people still practicing this gorgeous technique, so this week we’ve brought you a few smocking stories to enjoy.

Anne Shields

‘Beginning on 1st March, I smocked and sewed two dresses. One is from AS&E issue #72 and the other is from AS&E issue #73.’

‘Both of the dresses have been made with attached slips. Not bad for an 82-year-old!’

Your smocking and construction are both immaculate, Anne. We hope that the lucky recipient of these adorable dresses was as thrilled to get them as you were to sew them.

Lorraine Bradley

‘I am attaching photos of my pink and white check dress from AS&E issue #74 – Little Bo Peep by Julie Graue.’

‘This has been a UFO for a few years however during lockdown/isolation this dress has finally been completed. It is supposed to have sheep appliquéd around the hem but as far as I am concerned this dress is done!’

It is perfect just the way it is, Lorraine. Isn’t it funny how you just know when the project is finished, even when sometimes the instructions tell you otherwise.

Joan Clark

‘Here are the photos of the two dresses I’ve made for a baby due this month. I love smocking and it was such a shame when AS&E magazine finished. I never really copied the smocking designs exactly. I prefer to put my own touches to them.’

‘I have four granddaughters and none of the mums want smocked dresses, but if a friend of theirs is having a girl they ask for them then!’

These dresses are beautiful Joan and while your granddaughters may not be wearing them, it’s lovely to hear you’re still getting an opportunity to make them for other lucky recipients.

Have you smocked anything recently that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or have you just started smocking after receiving the wonderful news that a new family member is on the way? No matter which, we’d love to see it. Send us a picture of your work and tell us a little bit about the project and your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com

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