Monthly Archives: "August 2013"

First Adventures in Smocking

This 1940’s smocking booklet has been lurking around the cottage for a couple of years.  It’s important to keep learning new things and this has been like an itch just waiting to be scratched. Smocking is defined as embroidery on pleats. Unlike other forms of purely decorative embroidery it serves a purpose, gathering fullness and

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Vintage Reading Matter

There seems to be an accumulation of assorted vintage reading matter on the bedside table of late. These books were all picked up at the usual places – boot fairs, junk shops, costing from just pennies to a couple of pounds. The general theme is history.This is pure accident, it’s just how it goes sometimes. The

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