One of the best things about having a blog, is sharing information and photographs, and shortly after that post was published, Dorothy, my Oklahoma cousin, shared with me the true story about the pattern and pillows.
After receiving these photos, I decided to take a closer look at my pattern . It looked like greek to me. Unbeknownst to me, Dorothy was doing the same. She sent me a link to Debbie Shore's Canadian Smocking/Capitone Round Pillow video - a fantastic 20 minute video that explains how to begin and work the grid, as well as complete a pillow. Her grid pattern is a little different than my vintage pattern's grid, but the steps are the same.
So now my cousin has drawn her grid and begun the smocking on a round pillow following Debbie Shore's design and I am looking for fabric to begin a duplicate copy of my great-grandmother's pattern...
...connecting the past to the present.
UPDATE: 3.10.2015 My sweet cousin sent me a different pattern we believe might be this particular pillow's pattern. My grandmother used to work at Bell Textile Company. Neither of us has sewn this pattern yet, so cannot guarantee. I'd love to know if you should make either of the smocked pillow patterns I've posted on this blog. And please use them for personal use only. Thank you!
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