Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Picture Smocking Graph Paper....to share





This summer has been packed with fun with my Grands! The house is quite....too quite....and I need to get busy working through designs that are long overdue.



In doing this, I'm amazed that I was able to get things done twenty years ago in record time that take me FOREVER today! That being said, I've had a productive few days working out the "kinks" in the revision of my Cinderella design. Who would have thought that putting Cinderella "in the coach" would be so tricky. I'm not complaining!! Twenty five years ago, all the graphs that I put into my designs were hand drawn. Thankfully, my light table sits alone in the corner of my basement collecting dust.


Bonus is that in the process of "taking a break" from the tediousness of creating the Cinderella graphs with horses and a carriage full of stitches, I made
Picture Smocking Graph Paper
I've used it in the past for small designs....usually the things I do are much too large for a single piece of paper...and decided this was definitely something that I can share. This little sheet of paper also took some time as with my graphs, the "scale" of my individual "cable" stitch was made to create a graph that closely resembles what the actual smocked figure will look like. If you're a smocker and have stitched a variety of different designer's work, you know that no two are alike. I have no explanation for this fact. In fact, I am changing my graphs to combine the color graph and the "numbered graph". Hopefully this will make picture smocking easier.


I, not being too blogging savvy, haven't been able to figure out how to link my pdf.doc of the graph paper to this particular post. Anyone with tips or tricks to share....I would be so thankful for your help. Until then, anyone wanting the pdf download .... just leave your email address and I will send it. The pdf.doc prints quite nice as you can see if you click the photo. I have so much to learn!
Happy Smocking
Gwen

100 comments:

Goosegirl said...

Neato!! I can't wait until you get your Cinderella design finished. I had better hustle and get that Alice in Wonderland done that you had in Sew Beautiful!

I have no clue how to attach a PDF either. I am still struggling with my drawing programs, trying to do them with as little help from my hubby as possible.

I love your graph paper though. I want to try some.

Happy Thursday Gwen. I hope your day is as lovely as you are.

Laurie said...

Looks REALLY nice Gwen!! I sent you instructions on how to attach a PDF within your blog post - let me know if you need more assistance.

Kelly said...

I would love to have your graph paper. Thanks for sharing!
thatkellygirl@yahoo.com

Aunt Honey said...

Welcome back! I'd love to get the pdf for the graph paper. dparker1000@comcast.net. Thanks for sharing!

Sewconsult said...

The graph paper is an excellent idea. I would also love to have the file.
Beckie

Karen said...

I would love to use your graph paper. It is so nice of you to share it with us! Thank you! ksupper1@verizon.net

Cathy said...

Gwen, you are such a generous, talented and humble designer. I would love to have the graph paper pdf. c_tiemannatyahoo.com
We all have a lot to learn. Thanks so much.

Debbie B said...

I'd love to have the smocking graph paper! Thanks!

I save our newsletter as a pdf and email it as an attachment. I downloaded the free program at dopdf.com
It 'acts' like a printer but instead of printing, you save your files as pdfs and can then attach them to emails. Works like a charm for me! Hope this helps.
dgbrock@bellsouth.net

Smocking with Gwen said...

Hi Everyone,
Hope you were able to download the graph paper.

Cathy, your email address kicked back..please recheck your comment so I can resend it. I will be out of town this weekend but will send as soon as I get back,

Happy Smocking,
Gwen

Kristen B. said...

I couldn't figure out how to download the graph paper. Could you email me a copy? I would love to give it a try.

Thanks,
Kristen
kris10benjamin@yahoo.com

Paula Ragsdale said...

I would love to try your smocking graph paper. Thanks for sharing.

Paula
paulameldridge@yahoo.com

DollieDimples Boutique said...

I would love to try your graph paper as well Gwen.

Susan
dolliedimplesboutique@gmail.com


Thanks!

smockingsandy said...

Love the graph paper, Gwen. May I try it too? Thanks so much for your generosity!
smocking sandy
sandyharry@cox.net

kbelcher said...

Would love to give your paper a try. My email address: rkbelcher@bellsouth.net
Can't wait to try it.
Thanks so much.
Kim

Cathy said...

Gwen sorry I am a little challenged when it comes to tech. Please send me a pdf of the Picture Smocking Graph paper. The email address that bounced is c_tiemann@yahoo.com. Thanks so much.

Karen Platner said...

I would love to try the graph paper! Thanks for making it available-
Karen

karenplatner@hotmail.com

Kathy said...

I loved Cinderella many years ago when I smocked it for my third daughter!
I would also love your graph paper.

Kathy Ruess
alphagam@charter.net

Debbie said...

Can't wait to see your new Cinderella. Your first one was my youngest daughter's favorite. Would love to have a copy of the graph paper. Thank you for sharing. dvandervort@carolina.rr.com

Deana said...

I would love to have a copy of your graph paper. BlueMuses3@aol.com I had a pad of smocking graph paper (which I lost in Hurricane katrina...along with everything else!) I haven't been able to find any since. THANKS!!!

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Dear Gwen well first let me say thank you for stopping by to leave a nice comment and for becoming a follower:)
I just love meeting new people especially a nice Southern gal! OK so true confessions:...I have always, always wanted to be a "Southern Belle" and have a beautiful southern accent (I actually do it quite well:) and live in the South...and wear a smocked ball gown! OK so its out, I said it:)
Anyway I love your blog and adore smocking (wish I had grand girls to dress but my grand boys are still cute:)
Again, thank you for stopping I am now your latest follower:)
Terry

Cindy said...

Hi Gwen,
I would love to get your graph paper in pdf. I have not smocked in many years, but want to smock a dress for my granddaughter for Christmas. I actually got to you page via a google search trying to find the website for "Creative Needle". Sadly, I learned that it was no longer published. I have found a few smocking designs on the internet for no money, and ordered a few off e-bay (not here yet though) Your paper would be a big help in planning a design for my dress. Thanks, Cindy
cindylucento@hotmail.com

Kris said...

Thank you for your generous offer of the graph paper.
ekcurtis@charter.net

V V said...

I would love to try your graph paper. Thank you so much for sharing.
vbcary@bellsouth.net

Hollis said...

Gwen, I would love a you to email the pdf for the graph file! Thanks Kim Hollis

Penny said...

Thank you. I would like the graph paper and can hardly wait for "the new" Cinderella" I have a one year old grandbabby and I know she will want a Cinderella dress.

pennymckinnie@yahoo.com

Penny said...

Thank you I would like smocking graph paper and look forward to you finishing the "new" Cinderella. I have a one year old grandaughter and I know she will want a Cinderella dress someday.

sunflwr1 said...

Oh how wonderful, Gwen! Hope I'm not too late... I'd love to have your smocking graph paper also!

imsunflwr1@sbcglobal.net

Thanks so much!
Marcia

Lindsay said...

Please send me the smocking graph paper. Thank you for sharing !

Lindsay

Lindsay801@comcast.net

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Gwen, thanks for stopping by!

The Nashville Flea market is once a month. If you click over to Layla's post from my blog, you will see the entire schedule & times for the market, so you can definitely go next month if you'd like. It was fun!

Erin Grizzard said...

This is great! I would love for you to share with me at eelizabeths@hotmail.com.
I'm about to begin my first smock with your Alice in Wonderland and I have my fingers crossed for that Cinderella design. We are taking our 18 month old daughter to Disney for the first time in November and I want her to be all decked out :)

cecilia said...

Your designs are beautiful. I would love to have your graph paper, thank you or sharing it.
cshortteach@yahoo.com

Adair said...

Gwen,
Thanks so much for your offer to share your graph paper. I'm looking forward to Cinderella!

Sarah
Adaircam@comcast.net

Rosa said...

I would like a copy of the graph paper. My email is raristy@yahoo.com. Thanks a lot!

Carolyn said...

Oh my Gwen! I just am getting back to blogland and just checked out your previous post and the Cinderella smocking is so very very pretty!!!

Hugs to you! Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

mrslaurahill said...

Thank you! mrslaurahill@gmail.com

Lynne said...

Thank you Gwen! cnjz_mom@charter.net

Lynne

Love from Texas said...

jessicalynn1120@gmail.com

Kathytric said...

Gwen, I would love to have your graph paper. You are so sweet to share. ktriarico@gmail.com

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Two Become Three said...

I would love the graph paper. Thank you! mritchie2 (at) gmail (dot) com

thanks again!

Meredith

SewNSewGirl said...

I would love a copy of your picture smocking Graph paper.

Sharon said...

I just found this link through google. Please forgive me for not being able to figure things out from the blogs. However, is your Cinderella design available? If so, please let me know where I can purchase it. Thank you.
Sharon - ssaltee@gmail.com

Linda Crawford said...

I'd love to have your graph paper! Thanks in advance!

linda.crawford@me.com

Linda Crawford said...

I would love your graph paper! Thanks in advance! Linda

linda.crawford@me.com

Catherine said...

I would love to have the pdf of the graph paper! Thanks.
catbrug@knology.net

Catherine said...
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JenEHeart said...

Could you please send me a copy of your graph paper too?!?! Thanks!
jennifer.mcmorris@yahoo.com

Cate said...

Gwen,

I would love to get the pdf of the smocking graph paper.

My email address is:
cate.connery.bury@gmail.com

Rose said...

Gwen,

I would love to get the pdf of the smocking graph paper.

My email address is:
rosemwilson@earthlink.net

Patricia said...

Gwen, your designs are amazing! I would to download your graph paper if it's still possible. My email is patticonway@gmail.com. Thank you so much for sharing.

Marlena said...

I would love to try the smocking graph paper if it is still available. I realize that this post if from a few months back. This is my email just in case. designsmck@gmail.com
Thanks

Connie said...

I too would love to try your smocking graph paper if you still have it available. Can you please send it to SewBlessedInAmishCountry@hotmail.com.

Thanks!!

penelope said...

How generous of you! I would love to receive a copy of your smocking graph paper. Thank you for your willingness to share!
Happy sewing!!!

pamela57@pclnet.net

annie56 said...

I have been searching and searching for graph paper - for smocking since i cannot find a gamecock pattern ANYWHERE! i would love to gte a copy of this pdf.

s.anneconnor@gmail.com

thank you!
SA

Kathy in KS said...

If it's not too late, I would love to have access to your graph paper. It looks awesome!
Thanks, Kathy

kathy817@sunflower.com

Linda said...

Could I have a copy of your graph paper. I love your designs and what you have done.Thanks
howe2238@gmail.com

Shipley Mommy said...

I am new to smocking, so I want to do a simple something for Easter. May I have a PDF copy of your graph? shipley7106@comcast.net. Thank you in advance. I am hoping to have matching outfits for my son and my daughter by Easter. Fingers crossed! :)

Stacey said...
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LaBelle37 said...

I would love a copy of the graphing paper. I've been adjusting smocking patterns and it sure would help!

Thanks!

labelle37@hotmail.com

Susan Godfrey said...

Your graph paper looks like what I have been wanting to make my own smocking designs. Could you please send me the file, too. Thanks Susan

Cozy Coleman said...

I would love a copy of your graph paper too--cvalkj@gmail.com

Need to make a shark design for my son's birthday party!

Daniel said...

I would love to have the PDF file. Thanks for sharing it.

Shirley

d_rhinehardt@hotmail.com

Allie said...

Gwen,
I have loved your designs for years! I've been smocking since 1981 for 4 daughters and now 2 grandsons. I would love to have your smocking graph pdf so I can create my own designs for the boys.
Thank you!
Alicia in MS

Monica said...

Hi Gwen,I would like to have the graph paper.Thanks for sharing.

Laine said...

love your stuff ,would like pdf of picture graph paper

Laine said...

need to get pdf for graph paper
thaanks
laineeastla@yahoo.com

mgabby said...

I would love to have your graph paper. Thanks for sharing!
mgabby7400@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

Hi, I would love to have this sent to me too! I am going to attempt to make my own smocking plate....
nicolecschultz@gmail.com

Karen said...

Can you please send me the picture smocking graph paper file?

kpontiff@hotmail.com

Thank you very much.

Karen

cthrow said...

I would also love to have a copy of your graph paper. Thank You so much!! :)
cpthrower@gmail.com

5a05f89a-5679-11e1-97e1-000bcdcb5194 said...

I would love to have a copy of your graph paper.
Thank You!

lynn_bond75@yahoo.com

Chandler Heirlooms and Design said...

Thanks so much for offering the graph paper. I have been on the hunt all weekend for some and was so excited to find your blog and this generous offer. My email address is chanclan82@hotmail.com

Maritza said...

I would love to have your graph paper in PDF. Thanks very much.
Maritza

oraaem@yahoo.com

Marie chavez said...

I will love to get a copy too. Thank you marievictor08@hotmail.com

Danielle Chandler said...

kac331@yahoo.com I would like the graph paper thank you so much!!!

~amanda~ said...

I would love a copy of your smocking paper if it's still available. vinesjanda@yahoo.com thanks!

rhiannon padgett said...

Is it possible to still get the paper? I'd love to try it out and make a post linking to your site if possible.
lindyhopsandclaypots@gmail.com. Thanks!

Patricio Trevino said...

Hi Gwen I just discover your page, and I´m sharing it with my friends who likes smocking too. I love your Alice design since I saw it in the Sew beautiful magazine.
I would like to know if you still can send the graph paper? I would love to have it too, I live in Mexico, so, you have a fan in Mexico now! Thank you very much!
Grace
grace.flores@hotmail.com

rose said...

Gwen, Just found your blog. Love your design and graph paper! Could you send me your graph paper pdf? Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!
RDH77@aol.com

rose said...

Just found your blog. Love your idea!
Please send me your graph paper to print off. Thanks so much!
Rose RDH77aol.com

Brad said...

Gwen,
Could you send me a copy of your smocking paper?
THanks.
Brad
bkmooney@cableone.net

Rhadonda Sedgwick said...

I would love to have a copy of the pdf for graph paper if it is still available. Thank you so much. Rhadonda
jarsedge@att.net

Elisabeth Rose said...

I hope it's not too late to request this great graph paper!

My email: mommysapronstrings@gmail.com

sweetpea53 said...

Hi, I've just discovered smocking and would love to have a copy of the smocking graph paper pdf to experiment with. This is so nice of you. I just love your site and wow..if you ever get tired of making designs, that Cinderella cake would get you a job anywhere...You have a lot of talents!
sweets53@yahoo.com

Deborah aka Mimi said...

I would love to have a copy of your graph paper. I'm not much of a designer, but every now and then I want to test a modification. My email address is deborah@ectriad.com Thanks

Freckled Angel said...

I realize this post was a long time ago, but I would LOVE to have the smocking graph paper. I've tried to make my own, but I haven't gotten it right, yet! Thanks a million!! whitmorecm@gmail.com

mhightower said...

I am needing a smocking graph paper to map out a monogram design. Please send to bmhightower@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Sunshine said...

Like the MANY people before me, I would love to have a copy of the pdf so that I might design a special design for my granddaughter and grandson. They have special requests and believe their Sunshine (my grandmother name) can do anything with smocking and sewing. Please email it to rsimmo@gmail.com

Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas.

Rebecca said...

I'd love a copy of your picture smocking graph paper--I've had several people ask me for custom picture smocked dresses and I wasn't sure where to begin till now ;)
Thank you in advance,
Rebecca

Mrsrebeccahickman@yahoo.com

Roziah said...

Hi..I would love to have a copy of the pdf for graph paper if it is still available. Thank you so much.
roziah_ar@yahoo.com

Christina said...

I would love to try your graph paper so I can design some smocking plates. Is it still available? Thank you so much!

chrissbrooks@gmail.com

jupu2012 said...

Hi Gwen,

I am new to smocking and completely addicted. So much fun!! I would love a pdf of your graph paper and your cinderella carriage plate design (for personal use, of course). My email is j_hunsicker@msn.com. thx!!

V_Lee said...

I just began smocking and am OBSESSED! I would love the PDF of your smocking graph paper, and if you are willing to share, the cinderella carriage plate design as well. Of course for my personal use. My email is victoriamorganlee@gmail.com

THANK YOU!!

erminig said...

Bonjour!
I would be very glad to receive your PDF with the graph paper. i love smocking about... 30 years and spend a lot of times at the children hospital, stitching when staying in waiting room with children. ...
I had graph paper for 20 years but lost it, and yours seems to be "top".
Thanks for all,
erminig

liturgienfance@aol.com

psanders72 said...

I would love to get the pdf file for your graph paper. This is sooo awesome. Thank you.
psanders72@gmail.com

Jennifer Badger said...

May I please have your graph paper? jennifermbadger@gmail.com

Thank you -- Jennifer

Virginia Grimes said...

If you're still sharing, I would appreciate the graph paper. It's time to create a TCU Horned Frogs plate!

email is vbgrimes@gmail.com

thanks!

Kenleta Pokorski said...

Hi Gwen:
Beginning to work on dresses for my 2 granddaughters for the holiday seasons. Would love to create my own. I would love to use your graph paper. Is it still available? I hope it is.
Thanks Kenleta

mcleodstan said...

Can I get your paper, please? Need to try and do a USC logo. Many thanks for your beautiful gifts of smocking. mcleodstan@hotmail.com
Debbie

Marlene said...

I would also love a copy of your picture smocking graph paper. My email is:
lmmehn317@msn.com

thank you!
Marlene