Saturday, August 13, 2011
A few weeks ago I bought a smocking pleater. I know it doesn't seem to be the sort of thing I would be interested in but I am endlessly curious about all needlework techniques.
In the past my friend Karyn has pleated fabric for me to experiment with and I have enjoyed using the pleated fabric in my own way.
I was visiting one of my favourite op shops looking for doileys (as if I don't have enough already). As my purchases were being added up I glanced at the window display and there it was. An Amanda Jane pleater. The price was unbelievable - I could never justify paying new price - and so I am the happy owner of this amazing contraption.
It has sat on the shelf for quite a while as I have been really preoccupied with other things.
Today I decided to see if I could use it. In a step that is unusual for me, I read all the instructions and some smocking books before I started.
My first little piece of pleating has turned out just fine. Now I need to figure out how to tie it off and secure the threads.
I am not likely to be making any pretty dresses but I might make something interesting.
Any hints or advice would be most welcome.