Wednesday, March 31, 2010

UpCraft- First Foray into Smocking

One of Cecilia's Christmas dresses featured a lovely smocked panel, replete with Santa Claus, a festive reindeer, and wrapped presents.  After wearing it ONCE, I thought I would re-use the dress by removing the existing stitches and re-smocking a different design in the panel.  
Daddy's Pediatrics Program hosts an annual Alumni Duck Dinner every spring, and I thought a mallard duck motif would be perfect for my first attempt at smocking.  I checked out a few books from the Memphis Public Library on Smocking and Heirloom Sewing, and designed the plate from a combination of a few motifs I saw online.  Here is the result (about 5 days' work):

I also crocheted a little amigurumi friend: Mallard von Duckenstein.

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