smockTwo of our favorite publishers are joining forces! Check out this announcement from F+W Media:

F+W Media, Inc. (www.fwmedia.com) and Country Bumpkin Publications (http://www.countrybumpkin.com.au/) have formed a partnership to create a range of digital and physical

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Sometimes I wish I lived in Australia so I could attend needlework classes at Country Bumpkin headquarters. You, too? Here are some awesome opportunities for folks in the USA to get a little Aussie needle flavor. Country Bumpkin’s e-newsletter announces,…

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This beautiful technique is new to me: Japanese smocking. Carolyn of caro-rose-creations lets us peek at a bag she made at a local workshop. Awesome. You can see more at Carolyn’s blog post. And if you are familiar with …

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This luscious pomegranate is a bit of a departure for tinctory. Her smocked jewelry usually doesn’t incorporate much beading, but the glass-bead “seeds” are perfect for this work. You’ll want to see it from every angle. See more photos

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Stephanie Hung of The Crafts Dept. (MarthaStewart.com) suggests smocking on gingham for beginners. She says,

The squares in the gingham pattern act as sewing guides so you can make perfectly spaced stitches.  As the thread makes knots in the front,

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I continue to be fascinated by the smocked necklaces created by Eva of tinctory. Textural, earthy, and above all original. See lots more of them at her blog post.…

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Enjoy some fabulous examples of smocking for art’s sake at Nellie’s Needles.…

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Eva of tinctory smocks fabric into organic forms as focals for her exotic jewelry. So original. So beautiful. See more on her blog.…

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Nicole Smith‘s post on ThreadsMagazine.com introduces a modern take on smocking. She says,

The…pattern variation on North American smocking, known as the lozenge, is sewn using a grid that alternates taut and slack stitches. Once you get the knack

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Country Bumpkin announces Reach for the Stars, An International Smocking Competition. CB’s e-newsletter says,

We are delighted to promote Reach for the Stars 2011 through Australian Smocking & Embroidery. With great prizes to be won, this competition is

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Machteld of Medieval Silkwork points to a wealth of tutorials for creating smocked aprons, which are authentic components of many medieval costumes. She wonders,

Where these types of smocked aprons really part of the working class wardrobe or were they a

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tutes(1) Design and make a felt softie with Kira Franz-Knight of tangarang blog.
(2) Create a spirit-doll form with Nellie of Nellie’s Needles.
(3) Add angelina fibers to fabric with iHanna of iHanna’s Creative Space.
(4) Make ruched

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