This past weekend I was up at beautiful Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary for a shower for my daughter. The weather was warm but still fall like, the spot idyllic, the food and design lovely, and the company wonderful. (My younger daughter - the Maid of Honor - planned and executed everything)
Of course, with my daughter getting married, there has to be sewing! No, I am not making the gown. We want both my daughter and I to arrive at the wedding with our sanity and relationship intact! But the first of many sewing projects was completed as my gift to her: a Smocked Ring Bearer's Pillow!
This pillow is a class taught by the wonderful Barbara Meger of Classic Creations, and is known as Applique Smocking. Ironically, this class was my very first smocking class that I took many years ago when I first started smocking. It is an advanced class, featuring smocked feather stitch diamonds, beading, and stitching with silk thread on silk fabric. I had no business being in the class! (Sorry about that Barbara - I didn't realize at the time!) However, it was the first smocking class within a drivable distance from my house and was offered on a Saturday. (My children were young at the time) So, I signed up and my girlfriend Julie and I took off and went!
This fall, I got the kit out of my UFO drawer and finished it up in time for the shower! I love how it turned out and the bride did as well. I made a few changes (of course). The flower comes off and the rings can be attached without the flower. My daughter likes things a bit more tailored so I wasn't sure if she would like the flower. I also piped the side seams instead of adding ruching in the seams as in the pattern (again more tailored). The kit for this class includes directions on how to make a wedding clutch in case there is no plans for a ring bearer. You can see all of Barbara's classes and contact information about any upcoming classes at Classic Creations.