Thursday, July 22, 2010

To Smock or Not to Smock

Sometimes I think I lost my identity in my divorce several years ago, but I think I  lost more of my identity when I stopped smocking.  I discovered and fell in love with smocking in 1998.  My first smocked dress was Hannah's 4-year-old birthday dress.  I was hooked from my very first stitch.  For the next 9 years, I smocked nonstop.  I smocked lots of things for Hannah, and then Timothy came along and I smocked even more for him.

Early in 2000,  I set my sites on getting my smocking published in Sew Beautiful magazine   In 2002, I started a local smocking guild, The Emerald Coast Smocking Guild when the town I moved to did not have a smocking guild.  In 2003, I began to pursue publication in Sew Beautiful Magazine.  I was able to work with the magazine to have our local smocking guild featured in the Easter 2005 issue.  I even designed a smocking plate that was featured in the magazine.

By 2007, Timothy had outgrown smocked outfits, and I put my smocking supplies away, and with that, I put a part of me away.  I resigned myself to doing what most other moms do when their children outgrow their smocking..... I took up quilting.  Now, don't get me wrong.  I like quilting.  I *love* quilts.  They're works of art.  However, I am not very good at it.  I've been working at it for quite some time, but it just doesn't come as naturally to me as smocking did.

Now here I am -- it's 2010.  I am newly married to a wonderful man who is very supportive and encouraging of me enjoying my creative hobbies.  So... what do you do when you love to smock, but your children have outgrown it? 


  1. about a grandmother's hope chest. It may seem like a long way off right now but believe me the time goes fast. Congratulations on your marriage.

  2. Or you can smock for charity. I bet there is either a local hospital needing items for newborns or a local DSHS needing clothing for children in need. How wonderful it would be to share your talents with children who are often forgotten.

  3. I am with Peggy and Sue. And once you find out you're going to be a grandmother you'll never find enough time to do all the things you want to make. Also, find out if your hospital needs/wants smocked items for preemies or stillborn babies. There's a great ministry there.

  4. Thank you for the great suggestions ladies. I am going to be working on some Christmas ornaments to get back into the groove of smocking, but would love to check into some of those areas (hospital, needy children, etc.)