***Autumn Sewing - Stitch Fall 2013***

I've had an amazing summer!  Day trips around the Pacific NW, outdoor concerts and days at the outdoor pool to name a few amazing excursions!  My kids start school in less than two weeks so I thought this would be a good time to introduce my projects in Stitch Magazine's Fall 2013 issue!
I was inspired by smocking and how you can create such amazing detail with a simple method of hand stitching.  The bag is smocked across the top and has leather handles.  I also included instructions to make the removeable flower!

In keeping with the theme, I envisioned the smocking on a scarf as well and created a honeycomb smocked scarf.  This is an incredibly easy hand stitching project and so nice to work on during Autumn and Winter evenings!

This is a pic of the original sample which shows the smocking detail more clearly.

Keeping with the smocking theme of this post, I was down in my basement looking for some sewing notions and found this vintage pattern.  It looks like it is from the 1940's : )   I'm looking forward to trying some different smocking stitches!


  1. I really like the smocking on that scarf! Neat idea Charise!

  2. Very creative use of smocking! Both the purse and scarf are great.

  3. That smocking is beautiful! Oh, and I wish I had fun things like that in my basement.

  4. That is all soo cute! I would love a scarf like that!
    The transfer paper is just so fantasticly fourties!
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  5. Beautiful. I have been wanting to try smocking and I thought it would be for my little girl but maybe I will make myself something.

  6. Just lovely! Congratulations on all of your summer successes. :0)

  7. Did you know that Jan does (or did, anyway)smocking? That and knitting -- including Fair Isle -- was her thing. She did some really pretty things for Kalle way back when. :) I definitely want to try smocking. I saw a really cute example on Pinterest of smocking on polka dot fabric. It creates little flowers. I think it would look adorable with some beadwork added.


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