I love to smock. I really enjoy watching the design grow under my fingertips. It’s beautiful how each row builds upon the last until the final design emerges. I started matching dresses for Euphemia and Lorna today. I think they’re going to be exquisite!
Fabric: A springy floral from Robert Kaufman
Design Plate: Angel Wears “Lindsey”
Floss: DMC 3047, 3731, 3052
Pattern: Chery Williams Baby Square Yoke
In case you’ve never seen fabric pleated, I thought I’d share how it’s done. My pleater, as you can see, is a bit dusty. I wiped it off but since I’m sitting around in a chair all day, doing a thorough cleaning wasn’t exactly something I could manage but at least it kept the dust off of the fabric! 😉
This is your basic smocking pleater. The threads are stored in a box under the pleater itself and are pulled through the black bar there and then threaded up under the pleater needles. I’ll have to get a picture of those soon. Those funky bent needles (to lay perfectly on those rollers you know) are cute!
You simply roll the fabric around a dowel rod (or unused curtain rod as I have here) and then feed into the pleater like so:
And when you’re finished… Voila! A perfectly pleated piece of fabric waiting for a marvelous design to accent it. Since working on these and hand sewing Euphemia’s dress, I am now considering completely hand sewn layettes, gowns, blankets, etc for eBay. Why not? It’s not like I don’t have the time.
And ready to work on… drum roll please…
Shh…. I started smocking this before I posted this… I’m almost done!!! EEK.