blackbird by tinctory, via Flickr: " ...The process involves several stages. First, fabric preparation - washing, ironing, cutting and sewing. Then I gather the material into fine, even pleats (by stitching it - no pleating machine). After that comes the fun bit - choosing the colour combinations and smocking several rows (the smocking stitches hold the pleats in place and also add colour and texture). Finally, the fabric is threaded on silver wire and made into a piece of jewellery..."
Smocked Laces a correspondence course offered by The Smocking Arts Guild of America. Sample stitched by Claire Meldrum.