Have you ever wanted to learn to smock, but aren't sure where to start? Learn the basics with a simple smocked ball!

No Sewing Machine Required!

Let's Learn to Smock!

It's easy, I promise!

Have you always wanted to learn to smock? Did you use to smock, but perhaps need a refresher? Smocking is embroidery over pleated fabric and dates from the Middle Ages. It is simple to do and can be used to make one of a kind heirloom garments. In this course we will create a smocked ball that will enable you to quickly master all the basics! If you know how to sew, the course will show you how to use the design to create a smocked insert that can be included in a dress or romper.
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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Learn to Smock!

    • Introduction

    • How to use this course

    • Some Important Information Before You Begin!

    • Smocking Graphs and Supplies List

  • 2

    Preparing to Smock

  • 3

    Stitching the Ball

    • Beginning to Smock

    • The Cable Stitch

    • The Wave Stitch

    • The Two Step Trellis

    • The Five Step Trellis

    • Flowerettes

    • The Picot Stitch

  • 4

    Constructing the Ball

    • Constructing the Ornament Part 1

    • Constructing the Ornament Part 2

    • The Mattress Stitch

    • Constructing the Ornament Part 3

  • 5

    Using this Course to Make an Insert

    • Making an Insert

    • Using a Pre-Pleated Insert

  • 6

    Bonus Lessons and Resources

    • Smocking Resources mentioned in the Video Lessons

    • Centering a Smocking Design

    • Before you go...

    • Continue Your Smocking Journey!

About Lisa

Lisa Hawkes, Owner of Pink Hollybush Designs

Hi, I am Lisa and I am so glad that you are interested in learning how to smock! I have been smocking for over 25 years, have my Artisan level certification in smocking from the Smocking Arts Guild of America and served as their national President from 2014-2016. I started Pink Hollybush Designs to share my love of smocking, so grab a cup of tea, come join me in my sewing studio and Let's Learn to Smock!
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Learn to Smock!

  • 20 lessons with detailed instruction walk you through every aspect of the project from picking out supplies to constructing the ball.

  • 16 videos demonstrate each aspect of the process.

  • Videos include how to stitch demonstrations for both right and left handed stitchers.

  • Course includes instructions on how to use a pleater, hand pleat (it is really easy and goes quickly!) or you can purchase a pre-pleated insert or complete kit from Pink Hollybush. Get all the details by viewing the Supplies video for free (no sewing machine required)!

  • Bonus materials include The History of Smocking, How to Center a Smocking Design and The Baby Wave Stitch.

  • Self paced and your access never expires.

Get the Kit or a Pre-Pleated Insert

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