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My Story – Diana Raward

Diana and Family

Growing up I always assumed that every little girl had a mother who would lovingly sew and smock beautiful dresses for her. My last smocked dress worn was when I was twelve for a cello recital. It is a stunning mixture of my mother’s smocking and my grandmother’s embroidery and is a truly treasured dress. As I reached adult hood I realised that while I enjoy smocking I am really not the greatest seamstress out there, even with a fantastically patient teacher. As I explored my mother’s ideas about what would become 2smock I realised that this product is for women like me.

2smock was launched in 2005 and since then a whole lot of life has been lived. 2smock was put on hold one month to the day before my son was born. What was meant to be maternity leave ended up being anxious waits in hospitals, sleepless nights, another complex pregnancy and difficult diagnosis’s. For the last few years my primary focus has been on helping my children overcome their own unique challenges. Much to my delight they are thriving and responding well to all the positive changes being made, so much so that I can return to work doing something I truly enjoy.

My Story – Diane Spencer-Scarr (Russell)

16 - 05

From being the young mother to watching my daughter now smocking dresses for her own little girl it truly feels like I have seen this concept come full circle. I have pursued many creative outlets over the years but smocking remains one of the most beloved ones. Once you learn the basic skills and become familiar with reading the smocking patterns it really does become a very relaxing and enjoyable pastime. I used to be amazed back when I had small children underfoot at how any other pastime would result in busy fingers and noisy demands interfering. Smocking however would result in silent little faces watching in rapt attention as the patterns emerged. My daughter would proudly tell her friends that “each stitch was a hug and kiss”.

Since returning to my PhD studies I find that the 2smock kits are a fantastic time saver. It makes it so easy to pull out a dress and smock up another little treasure for my granddaughter. While still actively involved in the design and planning processes of the business I am happy to pass on the day to day practicalities to my daughter. 2smock will always be a passion of mine and I am proud to see it become a family affair.

A lifetime in the making

2smock began way back in the early 1980’s in South Africa when a young mum with a love of smocking formed a group producing high quality smocked goods for the Johannesburg area called “Et-e-ken”. However by the mid 1980’s it was apparent that a move was in order and with much heartache and tears the young family moved to Australia to begin a new chapter of their life. Throughout it all the young mother continued to create lovingly smocked dresses and nightwear for her family and friends. Unfortunately as is all too often the case the pressures of raising a family saw her pleater and sewing machine spend more time in the cupboard than in use. Not wanting to give up her passion she turned the process of traditional smocking upside down. By gathering and assembling a few items in a weekend she would have plenty of smocking to keep her busy and she would only have to keep her inquisitive children away from her sewing one weekend a month. As family and friends saw the practicality of the idea producing easy to smock garments and kits was born.