At latest count, I have 103 issues of Sew Beautiful magazines. I have 18 duplicates.
I have spent my spare time over the past week going through each and every issue, putting them in chronological order, and then making my own personal index. I have listed each issue along with the smocking plates and any articles that I think I may want to refer back to in the future. It was a very long process, but it was a lot of fun to be reminded of all the amazing articles in Sew Beautiful. One thing that was very interesting to me was to see the changes that have taken place over the years. Sadly, smocking (particularly picture smocking) has become less and less featured. I am glad to have so many old back issues for the great smocking plates that they featured.
Tonight, I am going to go back and read an interesting article called "Know the Score Before You Smock" from the Summer 1991 issue. It's about entering your smocking into contests and how they are often judged. I am planning to have items to enter into this year's fair (August). It's never too early to start preparing.