I am now catching up, not through a course, but by undertaking projects of my own. I have joined the Embroiderers' Guild of SA, subscribed to several smocking and embroidery magazines, purchased some kits, constructed some kits of my own with projects I have conceived, and am well on my way.
These two dresses I made recently are adapted from a pattern called Spirit of Adventure, in Australian Smocking and Embroidery Issue 34. The print fabric came from One Small Room in Elizabeth St Croydon, South Australia.
I used some tulip buttons provided as an 'extra' with some buttons I bought on eBay, from HongKong.
This one took a bit of ingenuity to create a smocking design to match the women on the material. The material came from Hetty's Patch on Port Rd Hindmarsh.