I took a smocking class and learned to smock while making a round yoke ladies blouse. The yoke was smocked with a geometric pattern all the way around. The blouse had short sleeves which were also smocked, that  gave the sleeves elasticity and comfort.  I never smocked any more clothing for myself, but devoted my new skill to making day gowns for my first child. I don't have the blouse I made anymore, but I still have three of the smocked baby day gowns that I made many years ago. My first child, L, wore them, and then they were passed down to three brothers and one sister over the next ten years. All five of our children wore these smocked daygowns and they are still in very good condition. Perhaps we'll have some grandchildren who will wear them, too.

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Smocked Sleeve of Daygown

Over the years, I have enjoyed many kinds of needlework.  There was a time when I carried a needlework project with me almost everywhere I went, in case I had to wait somewhere, I would be able to redeem the time by getting some stitches done.  Besides smocking, I have knitted sweaters and afghans, embroidered pillows (crewel embroidery), made  clothes for myself and my children, and quilted on small scale.  Smocking is the most satisfying needlework I have ever done.  Perhaps it is because the clothing I was making was for our babies and that motherly emotion gave me a preference for smocking... I don't know, but I still have the greatest appreciation of smocking as an artform that I have enjoyed immensely myself.

I am on the sidelines now....still admiring and appreciating, but not smocking myself.  But I long to get back to it again.  None of my children are married yet, but perhaps when they are and we are blessed with grandchildren, I will get busy and take up smocking again!



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