Bonnets and Buddies

I’ve been waiting for the right time to share this post.  I’m sure that you’d agree with me when I say that sewing buddies are the best!!!  This theory is proven to be true again.  My sewing buddies are the best!!!

Our local smocking guild has grown quite a bit this past year and I’ve made several new friends because of that.  One of our newer members, Janice, brought in a gorgeous Christening gown, slip and bonnet at the second meeting that she attended.  Her bonnet was displayed on a beautiful hand painted bonnet stand.  I admired it and found out that she had made the bonnet stand as well as the beautiful outfit.  Of course, I had to ask her if I could commission her to make a bonnet stand for me.  I was thrilled when she said that she would be happy to.  I was in no particular hurry.

Imagine my surprise when a couple months later Janice arrived the meeting with not one, but 2 beautiful stands!!!

I have the greatest respect for anyone that can not only sew, but also paint.  I can hardly pain my nails, much less something pretty!  Both stands are beautiful!  Her painting is as lovely as her sewing!  What a wonderful gift that she has given to me!!!

Aren’t these so pretty!!!  I couldn’t wait to display a bonnet on one of these.

I can’t wait to bring my bonnet and stand to the class that I’ll be teaching this week.  I cannot think of a prettier way to display a bonnet than on one of these stands.  It sure beats the candle sticks I’ve been using.  LOL!  Thank you Janice for making these beautiful stands for me – I am so blessed to count you as one of my friends!

11 thoughts on “Bonnets and Buddies

  1. Heidi

    They are beautiful indeed! Our guild is started its 31st year and we are having trouble keeping our numbers up and it is nice to hear that somewhere, smocking guild numbers are increasing. Does your guild have any secret ways of increasing your numbers? I’ll love to share some at our next Guild Executive meeting. Thanks for a lovely post (and I also gave up painting my nails since I cannot do it with any accuracy either!).

    1. Kathy Post author

      Heidi – I wrote an article in the SAGA News of different things that we’ve been doing to try and attract new members and get back older members that have been away for a while. We’ve enjoyed a membership jump in the last year from 8 members to 28 members! It’s been wonderful meeting all these new ladies that are smocking and needlework enthusiasts.

      1. Heidi

        Thanks, Kathy, I will try to have one of our members who is also in SAGA look for the article. Perhaps we can also find some magic bullets to attract new members to our Guild.

  2. Rettabug

    Kathy, you have Janet Ferguson in your local smocking guild? ~~♫♫ Lucky-Dog~Lucky-Dog ♫♫~~
    I’ve admired her work for years, right along with all of yours. How very kind of her to bless you with these DARLING bonnet stands! I, too, have mine on candlesticks. (insert rolled eyes) Wish I could paint like her, too.
    Your bonnets are beautiful too, by the way.

  3. Janice Stokes

    Kathy….Thank you so much for this wonderful “thank you” for your bonnet stands. I’m the one who stands in awe of your amazing talent and am so appreciative of the time and talent you share with our smocking guild. So glad you are enjoying the stands…….


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