Following #5 of my New Year’s Sewing Resolutions, I’m starting off 2015 by trying new sewing techniques, specifically smocking. I fell down a rabbit hole on Pinterest and ended up with a whole board of ideas to try.
My two favorites are a flower pattern and a honeycomb one.
Without anything better to do, I went into my stash and pulled out a few yards of a sparkly green fabric I’ve been holding onto since my 10-year-old self decided she needed it. I’ve been meaning to stash bust (#2 of my new year’s resolutions) and I have a love-hate relationship with this fabric that made me willing to cut it apart for a random test of a new fabric manipulation technique.
I really went into it prepared for failure, or at least pain, but I was pleasantly surprised. Marking the grid on the fabric was tedious and took forever, but the actual smocking was really fun and relaxing.
I really enjoy smocking. It’s nice hand-sewing practice and comes together rather quickly. And the finished product is just so engaging and fun to look at.
I did have a weird hiccup when I managed to (somehow) snap the needle I was using in two. That was freaky.
The other neat thing is that the back of the design is really interesting too.
I’m planning on making a few more samples of different designs. Before you ask, no, I don’t have any idea what I’m going to do with these pieces. I might try to piece them into a vaguely avant-garde dress or jacket but that seems doomed. Right now, I’m just enjoying the smocking.
Have you tried smocking? What do you think?