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Grand smocking

Thanks to Jenny Putney for letting us have these charming photos of her granddaughters in the beautiful dresses she made and smocked for them using Oakshott fabric (plain and checked purple) purchased several years ago:

Jenny-Pudney2-2 Jenny-Pudney1-2 “The fabrics were a joy to work with by hand and machine.  I used my smocking pleater to gather the fabric and matched the colours in the check weave to do the smocking which was my own overall design using ideas from a number of smocking books.  The scariest part was cutting the rectangle of smocking to the shape of the pattern and making sure that it was symmetrical … Thank you for selling such a range of high quality fabrics to delight us all.”

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Thanks to Juliet of The Tartanwiki for running her Butterfly Challenge

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Have a look at the winners on Flickr and their blogs:

On a Gossamer Wing by Lisa in the USA as the winner of the Oakshott Cotton Fat Eighth Lipari bundle.

Mara of Secretly Stitching in Greece won the the Oakshott Cotton Fat Eighths Lakes bundle.

Jamie k.b. won the tartankiwi patterns and a little something from Juliet.

Our mouths watered at the sight of Kerry’s clothing adventures with our new Calluna Herringbone fabric. There’s info and pics on lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk and detailed making instructions on verykerryberry.blogspot

Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone
Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone

The Calluna  Herringbone is what I would describe as a shirting weight.  Imagine a beautiful, quality men’s shirt, from the sort of gentlemen’s outfitters that sells brightly coloured socks and cashmere sweaters- that is the weight of Calluna.  It is light to medium weight, perfect for shirts and dresses.  It is soft and the weave produces a two tone effect with a light colour on one side and a darker version on the other so perfect for contrast details like the button plackets, collar stands, cuffs and pockets on this dress.

Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01
Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01