I had the greatest day on Saturday. I went to a six hour smocking class held by The Rose Trellis, the Portland branch of the Smocking Arts Guild of America. Friends, it was the best day of sewing I've had in a long, long time. The class was taught by Cindy Foose, and the garments she brought along were absolutely stunning.
The class was held at the Presbyterian Church. I made a poppy seed cake. It was put by the organ.
We stitched and stitched. I learned so many techniques, all without the use of my pleater! I'm going to find a reason to to try them all again, in garments.
We had a lunchtime visit from the cutest baby in the world, adorning a stunning smocked dress.
I went from knowing no one who smocked, to meeting about twelve ladies who have been doing it for decades! They were so lovely, and I only hope my friendships with them, as well as my skill level with smocking, will grow.
It was such a unique and inspiring day! (More photos over at Modern Smocking)