AS&E issue 96

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From the editor of Australian Smocking and Embroidery, Susan O’Connor

It is always a great pleasure to welcome a new contributor to Australian Smocking and Embroidery and in this issue we have three.

Four years ago Fiona and I met Nancy Lee when she attended Country Bumpkin classes in London. In February this year she attended our classes again and one of the things that she brought to show us was the gorgeous smocked bib ‘Cherish’. Nancy specialises in superb clothing and accessories for babies and toddlers and the welcome baskets that she creates for friends are simply incredible.

Another new contributor, Martha Broyles, hails from the United States and is an active member of the Smocking Arts Guild of America. I first met Martha at a SAGA National Convention and her infectious sense of humour was immediately obvious. She is a devoted grandmother and nothing gives her greater pleasure than stitching fabulous garments like ‘Cherry Pie’ for those she loves.

Many of you will remember ‘Sherbet Fizz’ from Australian Smocking and Embroidery issue 59 and we are delighted to welcome Colleen Hodgkin, its creator, back to the magazine. While she is not strictly a ‘new’ contributor, we think it is OK to pop her under this heading. Colleen has designed ‘Periwinkle’, a striking summer top with beautiful smocked and embroidered panels and matching Capri pants for older girls.

Annette Drysdale has created ‘Seeing Spots’, a fun sleeveless dress with bright picture smocked spots and rows of colourful ricrac around the hem for young ladies 8 – 12 years.

If you are looking for a really versatile style, Kathy Dykstra has just the thing with a wonderful apron dress ‘All Tied Up’ and she has stitched two different versions for us. One, hot pink crinkle cotton with cute picture smocking would be perfect for the beach and the other, a more sophisticated style, is stitched in elegant linen and lace.

Kris Curtis has written another fascinating ‘A Stitch in Time’ article, this time exploring the history of bibs, plus she has created two lovely examples for you to try.

William Morris was a superb designer and if you love his style of fabrics then ‘Kelmscott’ may be just the thing. Stitched in two styles, a classic yoke dress with white collar and cuffs and a sleeveless wrapover style with white binding, both dresses use the same smocking design.

To complete this issue, Denise Bakes has created ‘Fancy Free’, the cutest long sleeve bishop top with pockets and a mock tab front. Our location photographic shoots are always at the mercy of the weather and we had just got this one set up when the rain began. Amazingly, Andrew managed to get these great shots before we all had to head for cover! Thanks to our sweet little model, India, and her mum, for braving the cold and rain.

  • A Stitch in Time, Baby Bibs – Special bibs with heirloom appeal
  • Seeing Spots – White sundress with colorful template smocked spots and rick-rack trim.Sizes 8, 10, and 12 years
  • All Tied Up – Cute apron dress design in classic linen with lace or contemporary crinkle cotton. Sizes 2, 3, and 4 years
  • Cherry Pie – Pink piqué bishop dress with mock yoke smocking design and picture smocked cherries. Sizes 2 and 3 years
  • Kelmscott – Beautiful William Morris print yoke dresses in traditional or modern styles. Sizes 4, 5, and 6 years
  • Cherish – Sweet piqué bib with smocked and embroidered insert, soft pink piping and satin ribbon ties.
  • Periwinkle – Tunic top with alternating panels of smocking and beaded embroidery paired with capri pants. Sizes 6, 8 and 10 years
  • Fancy Free – Tunic top with alternating panels of smocking and beaded embroidery paired with capri pants. Sizes 6, 8 and 10 years




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