Everyone is getting ready for the Christmas Season. Every where you look, there are Christmas lights and decorations brightening the main streets of towns in our area. It’s that time of the year.
Our Chapter President, Lynn Schoonmaker, treated us to a festive lesson on ornament making at the November meeting of the Lakes & Prairies Smockers, a chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America.
Lynn prepared approximately 20 kits with a pre-pleated piece of the cotton/silk blended fabric, lace edging attached. She included DMC floss, a bell-shaped foam form and a white pin, as shown on the bottom. (What some may not know is that pleating takes time; putting kits together also takes time to gather and organize the supplies.)
She guided our group through preparing the pleated piece for smocking. We had two smock plates from which to choose. One a little more challenging than the other.
She even had the ornament shown here ready as an example.
My daughters, Lydia, Madeline and Rachel, all joined me for this meeting. They loved the project, and greatly enjoyed being at the meeting.
Our many thanks to Lynn!