Smocking patterns (called smocking plates) are not too abundant on the internet for free. Most smocking plates must be purchased from a designer or a company, unless you subscribe to magazines such as Australian Smocking and Embroidery, published by Country Bumpkin (update, 2015: This magazine is no longer published).
I have managed to find one beautiful free smocking pattern online, so I thought I would share it with readers.
You might wonder why, all of a sudden, I’m on a smocking kick, since I already wrote once about smocking this week. This summer, I plan to smock some baby bonnets, either to use as gifts or to sell. Truthfully, I don’t think I’ll be able to sell them at a price suitable to pay for my time, but I think it’s fun, now and then, to “test the market” on certain hand-made goods. We have several fine gift stores in town which take quality goods on consignment, so I might give that a whirl. We’ll see!
So that’s the interest in smocking, besides the fact that I just like the look of beautifully smocked baby goods! So don’t be surprised if I do mention smocking off and on in the next few months. It’s not my “strong point” (I’ve only smocked one other item in my life), but I’m eager to experiment with the technique!
Update: 2015 – Unfortunately, the Country Bumpkin no longer exists and its replacement (Create in Stitch) does not offer the free smocking plate, Symphony of Roses, at this time.
Smocking Tutorials & Resources
If you’re looking for smocking tutorials and resources, you might visit the website, Gathering Threads. Claire has several tutorials on her blog for very pretty little smocking designs. For example, you might enjoy this tutorial for a sweet little smocked basket of roses.