Laura's Sewing Studio Smocked Angels JEF
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Laura's Sewing Studio
I love smocking! I began smocking at a young age, ironing on the dots necessary for accurately gathering and embroidering the fabric.In junior high, I was “shirring” the bodice of my dresses. There was no embroidery on the shirring – just shirring to add texture and visual interest to an otherwise plain bodice. By high school, I was gathering gingham fabrics, using their cross hatch designs for guidelines.
After graduating from college I began smocking pleated fabric. I purchased a Pullen Pleater and learned to pleat fabric. I took classes learning how to embroider on pleated fabric, making some gorgeous night gowns and robes. To this day I save one of those first gowns for use in the hospital.
When I purchased my first computerized-sewing/embroidery machine in 1997, Alice Warrier, my Pfaff teacher, taught me how to sew smocking designs on pleated fabric. I made many Christmas balls using this technique…I made a lot of Christmas balls, so my hubby tells me.
Now, I’d like to share with you some machine embroidery smocking, which does not require a pleater. I know that pleaters are expensive and most sewers just don’t have one. Still, you may gather fabric in many ways. With these two smocked angel projects I’ll share with you my favorite method for gathering fabric without a pleater.
My Smocked Angels consists of two designs for smocking angel wings. These are two different size angels. Still, both designs are sewn in the 4x4 (100x100mm) hoop. The illustrated instructions, which are included, show how to make the angel bodies, their wings and, most importantly, how to gather the fabric without a pleater. At the end of the instructions, you’ll find full-sized patterns for the angels and the batting - just print them on standard 8 ½ by 11 paper.
Now get out there and sew that army of smocked angels for your Christmas tree and have a Merry Christmas!