Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

Beautiful Smocked Christmas ornaments

Christmas and New Years have come and gone, and we all had a delightful time at the Ricketts' household. Today, all three kiddos are back at work, and I'm back to the drawing board. Literally. I emailed in a magazine proposal, and will be working on a couple more after lunch.

In the meantime, I wanted to share these snaps with you that I took at the Minneapolis Weavers' Guild library in November. What a wonderful resource for weavers, knitters and any textile artist! They are located in a large building and have a full shop, workshop, and library. Workshop space is available for rent, and the library is an actual lending library for members. It is the largest textile lending library in the States! I was able to do some research there for a couple articles.

In the corner was a wonderfully decorated tree. I took these photos of individual ornaments, as I had just recently interviewed a smocker, several quilters, and even a button crafter on my cable TV show In the Loop with Laura.

 a crazy quilted ornament with twined piping and tassel

a crazy quilted ornament with twined piping and tassel

 smocked ball in red hearts and green motifs on all-white fabric

smocked ball in red hearts and green motifs on all-white fabric

 smocked ball on gingham fabric

smocked ball on gingham fabric

 smocked sideways hearts on white fabric

smocked sideways hearts on white fabric

 simple smocked gathers

simple smocked gathers

 blue and red smocked zigzags

blue and red smocked zigzags

 "package" with smocked holly

"package" with smocked holly

 smocked tree of gathered trim and blue gingham ball

smocked tree of gathered trim and blue gingham ball

 smocked wreath

smocked wreath

 Button wreath

Button wreath