Smocked ornaments take a bit of work, but they are ohh sooo beautiful hanging on a Christmas Tree! Oh how I would love to have an entire tree of smocked ornaments someday....or at least a tree full of nothing but handmade ornaments!
Several years ago I smocked this Christmas Ornament completely with vertical smocking. I think it gives a very interesting look compared to horizontal smocking.
(oops! the picture is actually upside-down!)
Every time I see smocked ornaments, it inspires me to make more! Today I decided to pleat up some fabric and start working on more smocked ornaments for my tree. While getting everything prepared, I thought this might be a great time to host a smock-a-long!
Feel free to smock-a-long with me as I show my readers how to make a smocked ornament. Since I am going to work another vertically smocked ornament, you will also get to follow along as I teach the vertical smocking stitches that I will be using on my smocked ornament!
To get started, you will need to tear a strip of batiste
6" wide by 44" long.
Purchase some styrofoam balls - I like to use the 3" in diameter size, which I purchased in a 6 pack at Hobby Lobby.
Pleat 12 rows
Tie off rows in groups of 3
Grab several complimenting colors of DMC embroidery floss or use my favorite, DMC Pearl Cotton #8. For some useful info on DMC Pearl Cotton #8 and what size needle I use - click HERE!
Stop back tomorrow for the beginning stitches and please
pass the word to anyone who is interesting in joining