How To Sew

Hi, I’m Roz. I am the owner of Sew Much Fun,
where I love to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for sewing. Before you start the embroidery
on your smocking, you have obviously got to make your smocking in the first place. You can actually buy dresses all ready for
smocking, and many people do. But if you do want to smock some fabric yourself, what you
need to do is to do about 8 to 10 rows of stitches in and out as a regular basis on
your fabric. Now we have used check fabric because it is much easier to see your lines
and where you are going to sew. So what we have done is a row where we cast
on one end, stitched all the way along and then just left a thread so we can draw it
up. So what I have done here is I have drawn it up. And this is about, believe it or not,
75 centimeters of fabric. This is what, smocked up to about 15 centimeters,
so you have to get an awful lot of fabric in order to get it nicely smocked. Then of
course, what you want to do is to do some embroidery on the top to hold it all together.
And there, again, just a few simple stitches to do this with but one of the easiest is
you come up between a pleat, you go over two pleats, go across, and then you go under with
your next thread, and again you are going over two pleats and through. See that, but you are going to come over that
pleat and that pleat and then we come under. And then the next one, I am going to put my
thread underneath and I am going to come over that pleat and that pleat and then we are
going to come in there. So this is a really nice holding stitch to keep my smocking nicely
in place. Now, there are obviously many many other stitches
you can do in a smocking that creates lovely different designs. And I am going to show
you one more one of those. Again, I am going to use a different kind of thread so you can
see it. Now what you do is you build up your design
in the colors that you like to make. On this stitch, what we do is we are going to come
down three checks, and we are going to come across, and then we are going to come across
the two like that, then we are going to go up three checks. Let me just show you that
again. We are going to come down, than go across
two, down three, and then you are going to come across two and just stay straight, and
then you are going to come across two, and over three. So it is a sort of stitch that
goes over and just that cross stitch. And you can keep this kind of pattern going with
different shapes and colors that make your smocking. I have to concentrate. And that’s another
little stitch. .