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Join the Counterchange Smocked Tote Bag Workshop!

Learn the easy technique of Counterchange Smocking while stitching this fun and useful bag!

Let's smock a Counterchange Tote Bag Together...

Counterchange Smocking is a form of fabric manipulation. The fabric is gathered and smocked as you go with the fabric providing the grid for the smocking - no pleater is required. The word "Counterchange" refers to a pattern in which a dark motif on a light ground alternates with a light motif on a dark ground. This fun technique is simple to master and allows one to play with color and design as the stitches hide and reveal the different motifs of the fabric.

Try the fun of Counterchange Smocking while connecting with your Stitching Sisters!

Zoom Teaching March 5th!

  • We will meet via Zoom on March 5th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time to get acquainted, discuss materials for the bag, including fabric and thread choices, and how to prep the fabric for counterchange smocking.  

  • It's then time to raid your stash or go shopping for fun fabrics to try this technique and stitch up this bag. 

  • Post in the online forum to share your fabric choices, see what others are creating, and get any questions answered. 

  • Finish the bag by March 31st to be eligible to win free enrollment in our next Pink Hollybush Workshop (coming in April)!

No Pleater Required!

Counterchange Smocking is Quick & Simple to Stitch!

Let me give you the details...

Counterchange Smocked Bag Workshop
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As winter hopefully comes to a close, this is a wonderful time to take a few moments to try a maybe new to you technique and stitch up this fun smocked bag.  I am Lisa from Pink Hollybush Designs. I have been sewing & creating since a young girl. As a young mom, I found time, difficult as it was to sew for my two girls and sometimes myself. Along the way I taught myself to smock and joined the Smocking Arts Guild of America. I served as the national President of the Guild from 2014-2016 and have my Artisan certification in smocking. I love to champion the art of smocking and to help  others learn to smock so they can sew love into every stitch.  Grab a cup of tea, take a few minutes out of your busy schedule, and slow down by enjoying the rhythm of your stitching as you try something a little different with Counterchange Smocking.
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Here's What's Included:

  • 1 Hour Zoom Teaching to discuss materials and show step by step how to Prep the Ornament.
  •  Video Tutorial -  on Counterchange Smocking demonstrating how to stitch and manipulate the fabric.
  • Counterchange Bag Pattern with step by step photo directions for both the bag construction & the Counterchange stitch.
  • Counterchange graph for both 1/4 & 3/8" grid fabric.
  • Group Forum to connect with & encourage each other hosted on the Pink Hollybush website.

Register for the Sew-Along

The Pattern will be emailed to you when you register.

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Join the Zoom Call

Join the Zoom teaching on March 5th to discuss supplies and see how to prep the fabric for Counterchange.


Watch the Video

Watch the Video tutorial on Counterchange Smocking to see how to stitch the smocking. 

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Smock a lovely Bag

Sew the up bag and show off your beautiful work in our online forum!

Smocked Counterchange Tote Bag Sew-Along!



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I am so glad you are joining us - Thanks for ordering and I will see you via Zoom on the 5th!

Enrollment in the Workshop is currently closed. Please sign up to be notified the next time the workshop if offered:
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