Thursday, 4 March 2010

Our Creative Space...


Mum found a very old pattern, an adorable bag with smocked details. 'Are you sure about this', I asked, of course highly offended she said that she had smocked long before I was born.


So the preparations began, and after stichting the fabric we pulled it together so that the folds would appear.


After that we had to pull it apart again to the size we wanted the piece to become.


The thread ends had to be wounded around needles so that the size wouldn't change.


Then came a tricky part: to make the folds all equally apart from each other. After trying that by hand I found a nice system. By using 10 knitting needles and pushing them though, I wonder how we came up with 10 of the same size of needles, but anyway it sure came out handy!


Finally the preparations were finished and mum could start to smock, she did a very good job, and made me proud :)


After the smocking we could finally make the bag!
After a bit twisting and talking though how to finish it, the result is, if I may say so, quiet amazing!


Listed the bag last night, it is here available.


You can see more workspaces at Kootoyoo's blog!

32 comments:

  1. seems a difficult job, but with a good result, nice bag

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  2. I love this bag! The smocking detail is incredible, and your photo-reportage so wonderful to follow!!!

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  3. Wow! Amazing bag! And so much work put into it!

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  4. Oh my gosh - a gorgeous bag and a lot of intricate work. Oh my, oh my, oh my.

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  5. wow... what a work.... You are so creative... I really enjoyed to see your new post... Thank you so much for sharing...

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  6. I love this smock! It's gorgeous, isn't this what they did in traditional clothing in some countries?
    A lot of work, but with a great result!

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  7. Yes, indeed, alot of countries decorated their clothes with smocked details, in the times that there was no TV and internet :)

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  8. I LOVE smocked work, probably cause I could never find that kind of detailed precision and patience, My hat off to you! A beautiful and fun bag!

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  9. Superb colour, superb work. Just wonderful.

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  10. Fantastic results - I'd never have expected it to look so good!

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  11. ohh my gooddneesss...seems very looong process...hope you sell it asap:-)) great job...congratulationssss

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  12. This is brilliant! I've never known how to smock so this detail was enlightening! What a lovely bag!

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  13. It was great to see how a bag is born - thanks!!!

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  14. Wooow what a gorgeous bag! But very difficult to make it. Good job!

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  15. This was really hard work, I can see. But the result is gorgeous!

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  16. Gosh that's pretty... but soooooo far out of my leauge as far as crafting is concerned!

    I am beyond impressed. :)

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  17. thanks for the tutorial .. i always wondered how smocking was done and yours was amazing. the details looks gorgeous and the lining a wonderful contrast. great job.

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  18. spectacular.
    my fingers get itchy from looking at it:-)

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  19. What a bag! Great work and so beautiful! Gonna be sold soon, hey?

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  20. Awesome bag! Thanks for sharing the process!

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  21. Wow! That is gorgeous. Congrats to you and your mom! Two heads are better than one!

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  22. amazingly meticulous worl! now i know i'll never try smocking. i'll leave it to the experts like your mum!

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  23. wow ! that's so solvely; my mum made me lots of dresses with smock when I was a little girl. But I never learned it. It looks pretty much work and pretty intricated !

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  24. What a beautiful piece! I absolutely adore it!

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  25. I've always loved smocking and remember wearing smocked clothing back when I was a child...I actually kept some of those clothes because of the detail.

    Always wondered how it was done and now I know!

    Thanks!

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  26. This bag is gorgeous! The smocking is amazing. Love the fabric and color as well.

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  27. Wow,
    that is really a amazing Work!!!

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  28. So incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing the journey. Pairing it with that skirt was an excellent choice!

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  29. Such a beauty!! And great action photos! What a talented mother-daughter duo! Thank you for sharing the process!

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