Just Some Fun Stitching!

Sometimes I have to take a break from designing, making kits, teaching, etc. and just want to slow down and stitch something fun.  I started one of these fun projects Wednesday evening and hope to have it finished in the next few days.  😃

My new and fun project is a bishop dress with a solid smocking band at the top.  I see these all the time on all the different websites that sell smocked children’s clothing and it’s been a long time since I’ve made one of these, so this was the time.

I chose this fun print for the project and am in the process of smocking an apple on the center front.  We’ll see how it goes!

In case you’re interested in how I do my smocking these days, I’ll show you my setup.  I am using the apple design that I created for the Fall issue of Classic Sewing magazine.  I’ll modify the file to fit the fabric design – hopefully!  LOL!  I pull up the file on my iPad, and then can enlarge it so that I can see it better with these “mature” eyes.  I also have my Dazor magnifying lamp to look through so that I can ensure that all the stitches are perfectly smooth.  Amazing all the technology that I need these days to continue to enjoy my smocking!

Once I finish up this dress, I plan to start another one with a slightly different method of color blocking the neckline.  Then I’ll decide which method I prefer.  I’m sure both will be acceptable, but I know that I will prefer one over the other!

So, that’s what I’m up to this morning – sitting in my living room enjoying the morning sun and smocking a spring dress.  I hope you’re enjoying some stitching time as well!

7 thoughts on “Just Some Fun Stitching!

  1. Bunny

    Love your smocking setup. I won a “Mag eyes” a few years ago in a blog contest and love it. I use it often, particularly to thread those milliner’s needles! Love the contemporary look of the dress, Kathy.

    1. Kathy Post author

      I have the Mag eyes as well and use them frequently. However, if I need the light as well as the magnification, I use the magnifying lamp – it works great!

      Thank Bunny!

  2. Gail

    Good morning! I love the dress and can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m sure it will be beautiful just like everything you do. I, too, have seen bishops with the solid band. Could you please tell me how you do this? I would like to try it the next time I make a bishop. Thanks and have a great day!

    1. Jo

      I am looking for instructions for the bishop with the solid band. I am seeing them slot but can’t find pattern. Would love to make a bishop using this method.

  3. Genine

    Cute fabric, Kathy. I have a similar light for when I do close handwork. It’s a ring of LEDs with a magnifying lens in the center. Isn’t it wonderful that we have so much technology to help us today?


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