Lesson 1. Students learn to choose fabric and thread, pleat and prepare fabric for English smocking, master correct stitch placement, stitch tension and basic smocking stitches on a beginning sampler.
Lesson 2. Building on the beginning sampler, additional rows are smocked to create geometric designs.
Lesson 3. Surface embroidery stitches and smocked accent stitches are added to complete the beginning sampler.
Lesson 4. On a second sampler, students learn to stack smocking stitches to create recognizable motifs sometimes called picture smocking. Text information will help the student achieve smooth edges, good coverage and a correctly centered design.
Lesson 5. Smocking affects the fit of a garment. Frequently the smocker must modify a published smocking design to meet the requirements of a garment pattern. In Lesson 5 students will work a sampler adapting the number of rows in a published smocking design.
Lesson 6. Students learn how to modify the color scheme of a published design while smocking a final sampler.
Teacher: Kim Sanders
Time: Twelve months
Supplies (approximate): $50