I've heard that smocking is one of those sewing techniques that looks complicated, but is actually super easy. It's been a few months since I've sewn anything, but I think I'm ready to give this a try! (I know smocking is usually a summer dress kind of thing, but it might look cute on a Fall tunic? Or I could start with baby clothes.... probably shouldn't make myself anything until I'm back to my normal size again.)
I found a couple tutorials for easy projects online, and it seems like gingham is the fabric to use when trying this out for the first time, since you can just stitch on the grid lines. But look at all the beautiful designs you can make once you get the hang of it! Mind blowing.
I also love the smocked necklaces below!