Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Just a little more time, please?

Ok, it was a little touch-and-go there, but I've finally found a sitter and am headed across town tomorrow morning to see Anna Maria work her magic for Martha! Whoo-hoo! Have you seen Anna's new website? And look who else will be there with us! I can't wait.

I met the folks at Clover while in Houston; they have fantastic sewing tools, don't they? Mom gave me some of their yo-yo makers a while ago and I'm obsessed. Good TV-watching activity, not that I've had any time for it lately.

But here's what I'm really excited about: smocking kits! No need for a pleater; you rub the little stickers onto your fabric and follow the guides to create rows of precisely stitched pleats. Several different sets are available so you can mix various patterns to create your own combinations. And you know I've been obsessed with smocking for a while now; these kits make it easy to try smocking without taking on a huge project. You could add a little smocking to almost anything. And of course my mind is whirling about the possibilities. Christmas stockings, anyone? Little napkin rings?

Yeah. I've still got a half-finished quilt from last Christmas that's languishing around here someplace. But I bet I could finish four napkin rings in time for next Thursday if I stopped sleeping for the next few days.


  1. I'm a little afraid because a smocking kit may be what gets me to take the leap and give it a try. It looks so much less intimidating than the traditional way I've seen it done. Have fun tomorrow at Martha!

  2. Have fun at Martha's show...well, I would actually call it Anna Maria's shows since that's who I'm tuning in to watch. :-) Thanks too for the insight on Clover smocking kits. I saw these popping up and wondered if they had a clever new technique. I was hoping so since I sold my smocker on ebay a couple of years ago.

  3. oh darn!!! I'm in NYC, too and had forgot about Anna Maria on Martha (even though I did TIVO it)! Enjoy!

    Drool on the smocking! Those stickers make it doable for me...gonna pick some up!

    With friendship,

  4. I wish I was going to the Martha show. I had a dream about it a few nights ago! It's tivo'd just in case my kids are up.

    That smocking looks so cool! I've been wanting to try it for awhile.

  5. I saw you in the audience today, that must have been so fun! The smocking is so cool! I am going to check that out!

  6. What a great tool! I've wanted to try smocking something but the pleating seemed such a daunting task. Thanks for sharing!

    The Martha show was amazing, I've got it locked away for future viewing pleasure as well.

  7. What a cool idea. I love smocking!! It's so addicting :)