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Easter Balls Designs
Large Easter Eggs
For centuries Easter Eggs have been decorated, given and exchanged at the spring equinox or in the spring time festivals from the time of the Romans, Norse, Chinese, Egyptians and Persians. The egg remains an important part of the Jewish Passover Seder which coincides with Christians’ Easter celebrations. In most cultures they represent the circle of life, fertility, rebirth.

In recent history, Edward I, in 1290 is said to have ordered 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and coloured for Easter! In 1883 Carl Faberge created his first magnificent Egg as a gift from the Czar to his wife. This began their family tradition – fifty-seven eggs in all!

Chocolate eggs first appeared in the early 1800’s and soon they became the popular treat that is now one of the most recognized symbols of the celebration of the Easter.

Not quite as elaborate as the magnificent Faberge eggs of the 1800’s, these smocked eggs make beautiful gifts for giving or as sugar-free eggs for children’s egg hunts on Easter morning. Stitch them in pastels, brilliant colours, tone-on-tone for texture or slip in some bling in the form of beads or metallic threads.

Just have fun creating!

Price: $3.00 each
Design 1 Beginner
A smocking design for the beginner, this egg features several basic stitches. Try different colours or threads, thread ribbon through the smocking or add beads to the cable stitches. Make them your own and have fun creating!
Design 2 Intermediate
This intermediate design features the Triple Diagonal Honeycomb Stitch. Work it in pastels or brilliant colours. Try smocking with tone-on-tone threads to give texture, grading colour from dark to light within groups of diagonals, use variegated flosses all starting at the same point in colour change for each row or add beads for a touch of bling. See what changes you can create.
Design 3 Advanced
This is an advanced smocking design featuring the Cretan Stitch and Slant Needle Feather Stitch. This design has little stretch so be sure to let out the pleats to size when stitching. The Cretan stitch is layered allowing for changes in colour and addition of beads to different parts of the stitch.

The Feather stitch (the softer slant needle as opposed to the straight needle) is smocked in the ‘basic alternating’ form as well as the ‘2-step alternating’ form.

Try different threads, add beads or use metallic threads for creative effects
The Ruffled Smocked Baby Bib
This adorable smocked and ruffled bib was originally designed by Melanie Woodall of Smocking Unlimited in 1986. She graciously agreed to allow me to update and revise her original pattern. We may think of this bib in terms of frilly little girls, but little boys can also wear this bib for special occasions without lace and plain hem or in a print with rickrack edging (think of dinosaur teeth!) Smocking design included.

Price: $3.00
Smocked Easter Eggs
Smock a set of little Easter eggs and save the sugar and chocolate for another time! These beginner level Easter Eggs leave you lots of scope for variation within the rows of smocking and use of colour. You may have spotted them in an article by Judith in “A Needle Pulling Thread“ magazine a couple of years ago. It is suggested that you chose firm Styrofoam forms or plastic eggs for these smocked eggs which measure approximately 3” tall x 5 ¾” in circumference. See what variations on the basic stitching designs you can create.

Price: $3.00
Hallowe'en Balls
This series of leaflets is a wonderful introduction to stacking cables. The simple shapes lend themselves to a teaching lesson and yet are interesting enough for even the most experienced smocker! Some are faster to work than others but all are fun and encourage your creativity! Series of four: 'Ghosts & Spiders', 'Jack-o'-lanterns', 'Bats & Cats', 'Witches Spiders & Brooms' .
These leaflets have been updated with current graph paper and all instructions are now included in each leaflet.

Price: $3.00 each

Smocked Christmas Tree Ball
A smocked Christmas tree ball decoration featuring vertical smocking and the Vandyke stitch in an advanced level design. Stretch your stitching repertoire and give this Christmas Ball a try. ©2012

Price: $3.00