Smocking on polka dots – tutorial

It took me a while to work out how to smock on to polka dot fabric.  Here’s what I learned – mainly by making a complete hash of it!

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Before you begin, mark the start point of each line of smocking with a removable pencil.  Ignore the line of dots which would be in the centre of each square if the dots were joined into a grid.  You’ll see in the following pictures that it would otherwise be difficult to find the right starting point when the fabric is gathered by the smocking.

My dots are 1cm apart.

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Bring your needle up on the left edge of the first dot.  Take a small stitch from right to left on the second dot.

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Then take a small stitch from right to left on the first dot, coming out through/close to your starting point.

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Pull tight.  Admire the little triangle fold.

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Insert the needle back down through/close to the right hand hole on your stitch, and bring up through the next dot (which will be the third one across).  Repeat.

smocking_polka_dot_tutorial_dottie_doodle-005So that’s all there is to it.  As a beginner, I found you get the best results by being as neat and precise as you can, and by taking your time.  I had to completely redo my first couple of attempts!

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