Well I promised you smocking and boy do we have smocking! Lots of images for you to look at today. This is the part I don't like, squaring the cloth. I am always convinced I am going to mess it up, have wonky edges. I think I did it right though this time.
Then the relaxing part, threading the long ties through my dots. Someone asked me if I ever use smocking dots that you can buy. Well no because they are SO expensive and also require applying with a fairly hot iron. So I keep my money in my pocket and my cloth unscorched and do it the slow, safe, cheap way!!
Next, gather it all up ready to add the ties that will create the smocking. I think the cloth looks really organic like this yet I panic that it will form permanent creases so try not to leave it like this for too long.
And lots and lots of tying later, voila! here it is. I have a confession to make though, I still haven't made enough knots to finish the edge completely, that's why I am only showing you a small part of it.
I went back to work today, just for the morning as school closed at lunchtime. I could do with a job that's permanently one morning a week and then two and a half weeks holiday...any offers? Anyway the leg beared up really well, hardly a twinge, so it's all systems go for my holiday with my very sexy surgical stockings!! Now the suitcases need sorting out, the ironing needs to be done and I need to pack. I am off to Sweden friday tea time!!! Exciting!!
I am going to bring you a present back, as promised, so look out for the give away when I return. Bye for now.x