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FREE Smocked Lampshade Instructions

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Spring Tulip

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“Summer Sherbet”

 

Rick Rack Smocking Plate

 

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  2006 The Karen Faylor Company

 

Supplies: 

 

Strip of fabric approx. 7” wide by 45”-60” long OR a pleated insert

28” Ice Aqua Baby Rick Rack

14” Pink Baby Rick Rack

14” Iris Baby Rick Rack

1-1/4 yds White Baby Rick Rack

(amounts of Rick Rack may vary depending on the width of your insert)

Buttons:  ” - 3 Pale Pink, 3 Pastel Aqua, 3 Lilac

DMC Embroidery Floss – #341 Lilac, #959 Aqua

Anchor Embroidery Floss - #36 Pink

Wash Away Basting Tape

Crewel #8 needle

 

 

Pleat 11 rows (including two holding rows)

 

The design area is 9 rows.  Backsmock rows 1-11.  Rows 1 and 11 are holding rows.  Use two strands of floss to match the insert fabric.  Mark center of insert.

 

Row 2

Place wash away tape along row 2.  Remove backing paper and apply ice aqua baby rick rack on top of tape.  Make sure row is straight.  Using two strands of the lilac floss make a French knot at each point of the rick rack to secure to the smocked insert.  (Please see picture)  Make sure you have 1-2” of rick rack at the beginning and end of each row. These will be caught in the seam during garment construction.

 

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 Row 4

Place wash away tape along row 4.  Remove backing paper and apply iris baby rick rack on top of tape.  Make sure row is straight.  Using two strands of pink floss attach rick rack to smocked insert by coming up under one peak and going down into the valley of the next peak, “wrapping” the rick rack with the embroidery floss.  (Please see picture).

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Row 3

Using a pencil or wash away marker make evenly spaced dots along Row 3 to mark where you will place the lazy daisy flowers.  Begin in the center and move outward on either side.  Mark at about 1” intervals.  You may need to adjust this depending on the width of your insert and the number of flowers you may want.  You must have an odd number of daisies for the design to work as shown.  Using 3 strands of floss work lazy daisy flowers.  Make the center flower using 3 strands of pink.  The next daisy to the right and left of center is lilac.  Make the next two daisies aqua to the right and left of the lilac daisies.  See picture of completed plate above for clarification.  Repeat sequence for as many flowers as needed.

 

Row 8

Repeat Row 4 but use the pink baby rick rack and attach to insert using lilac floss.

 

Row 10

Repeat Row 2 using ice aqua baby rick rack.  Attach to insert with French knots using the pink floss.

 

Rows 5-7

 

Lay strips of wash away tape along Row 6 and directly under the lilac rick rack of Row 4 and directly above the pink rick rack of Row 8.  Remove the backing papers.  This will get a little sticky but it will hold the rick rack securely.  The tape will not gum up your needle – just your fingers. J

 

Beginning at the far left side of the insert leaving a little bit of extra rick rack at the edge (to be caught in the seam when inserting your insert into your garment).  Angle the rick rack up so that it peaks directly under the first daisy on Row 3.  Fold the rick rack over itself and angle down to the second daisy on Row 9.  (You are creating diamond shapes across these rows, sticking the rick rack down to the wash away tape along the way.)  Continue by folding the rick rack and angle the rick rack up to the 3rd daisy on Row 3 and back down to the 4th daisy on Row 9.  Continue in this manner across the insert.  Cut the white baby rick rack being sure to leave a little bit to be caught in the seam during construction.

 

To complete the diamond shape begin at the far left of Rows 5-7  but this time angle down to the first daisy on Row 9, fold the rick rack on itself and angle up to the second daisy on Row 3.  Continue forming these diamonds across the insert, sticking the rick rack to the wash away tape to secure.  Leave a little bit of rick rack to be caught in the seam during construction.  See picture of completed plate above for clarification.

 

Secure the white baby rick rack to the insert with French knots using the same technique as on Rows 2 and 10.

 

Row 6

Attach buttons to the spots where the white baby rick rack intersects.  See picture above.

 

Optional:  Add a tiny glass bead or a French knot to the center of each lazy daisy flower

 

Finishing

Remove wash away tape and blue marking pen (if used) following manufacturer's instructions.  Block insert.

 

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The Karen Faylor Company

www.karenfaylor.com

 

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Davidson

A geometric smocking plate by Jill Hoffman Shoop for

Wonderfully Made

(Click on smocking design for larger image)

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 A simple design, but perfect to keep on hand for a special welcome for a new baby!

 

Pleat a minimum of 6 rows.  Mark center two pleats.  Entire design is worked in a single color using 3 strands of floss.  Design is worked over a minimum of 102 rows.

 

Step One:

1.     Smock rows H and 5 as your holding rows.

2.     On Row 1, form a DOWN cable across the center two pleats.  Cable across, then flip your work and cable to the other side to complete Row 1.

3.     On Row 4 2 , form an UP cable across the center two pleats.  Cable across, then flip your work and cable to the other side to complete Row 4 2 .

4.     At Row 1, form an UP cable to stack against the DOWN cable across the center pleats.    Trellis 7 down to Row 2 3/4 , form a down cable, then trellis 7 up and connect to Row 1 with an UP cable.  Trellis 4 down to Row 2, then form a DOWN cable, followed by 5 more cables, ending with an UP cable. **Trellis down 3 to Row 2 3/4 , form a DOWN cable, then trellis 3 back to Row 2.  Form an UP cable, then cable 6 more, ending with an UP cable.  Repeat from ** to end of row.  Flip your work and stitch a mirror image on the other side of center.

5.     Form a DOWN cable to stack onto the cable across the center two pleats on Row 4 2 .  Trellis 7 up to Row 2 3/4 , form an UP cable to connect to trellis from previous step.  Trellis 7 down, form a DOWN cable, then trellis 4 up to Row 3 2 .  Form an UP cable, followed by 5 more cables, ending with a DOWN cable. ** Trellis up 3 to Row 3, form an UP cable, then trellis 3 down to Row 3 2 .  Form a DOWN cable, followed by 6 more cables, ending with a DOWN cable.  Repeat from ** to the end of the row.  Flip your work and stitch a mirror image on the other side of center.

6.     Form hearts by stitching two inverted "v" one step trellises between Rows 1 2 and 2.  These trellises will connect each set of cables.  Do this on each side of center.  Repeat in reverse between Rows 3 2 and 4 on each side of center.

7.     To form the 5 inner diamonds in the center, form an UP cable across the two center pleats on Row 2.  Trellis 3 down to Row 2 3/4, form a DOWN cable, then trellis back up to Row 2.    Trellis down, up and down again in the same fashion.  Flip your work.  Form a DOWN cable to stack on the last cable stitched.  Trellis 3 up to Row 3 1/2, form an UP cable, then trellis down to Row 2 3/4.  Continue until you have 5 inverted v's.  Flip your work again and form a DOWN cable to stack against the last cable stitched.  Trellis 3 up to Row 2, form an UP cable, then trellis 3 down to Row 2 3/4.  Continue until you connect back to the center cable on Row 2.

Printing tip:  If your printer "cuts off" the right side of the instructions and plate, simply highlight the plate and instructions with your cursor (omit the navigation buttons on the left side) and print "selection" from your printer dialog box. 
 
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