Oh my!! Jeannie those are beautiful and so nicely smocked. I fear I'll never be quite that good.
Jumper2 I'm just learning how to smock after seeing some rather pretty Christmas balls made using polestyrene balls and smocked bands. I bought a smocking pleater and really enjoy practicing. I had no idea you could actually get patterns for smocking. I thought people were really clever and just made the designs up as they smocked. In fact I just bought a book of square graph paper so that I could make some designs for this years smocked balls.
I have some pictures of the balls I made last year somewhere and will post one if I remember (but you all must promise not to laugh) LOL
Thanks for the original post Jumper2 it was great to hear there are others out there that smock.
Jumper2, what a lovely idea! I would never thought to use smocking for the top of a stocking. Would you share with me where you bought the patterns as I would love to get some and doing an online search didn't give me much info. Do you have any pictures of your smocking?
Thanks Jeannie63, the finished articles are so pretty that even with the little mistakes everyone admires them... worth keeeping practicing I think :)