I made this handy bobbin spool holder this morning... [couldn't sleep, up at 4.30...]
It's made from a 6" embroidery hoop and a few wooden skewers.
unscrew the hoop as far as you can, cut the skewers into 4" lengths and push through the hoop. It's quite a squeeze and I broke a few skewers, I found it easier to push them halfway through and move them around when all 12 were in the hoop.
I've been doing a bit of smocking on gingham, [I have loads left from the book...] it's so easy to work with as the one inch grids are already there! I'm not giving too much away about the little pin cushion as that's a whole new e book in the making, but the bows design below I think is one of the most striking patterns. It takes the longest to stitch and will look stunning with a little pearl in the centre of each bow.
By the way, if any of you have bought Modern Smocking, I'd really appreciate a review on Amazon if you could spare the time!