February 18, 2010

My creative space... Honeycomb Smocking



This is the start of my honeycomb smocked cushion cover! My little smocked pieces look a bit squashed in some lines - I don't think it will look half as neat as the tutorial on Tumbling Blocks. It is all done by hand and my hand stitching isn't the neatest, probably the reason I never try embroidery :-) I'm hoping it will stretch out OK when sewing it up.



I have to admit, now I have done the smocking I am procrastinating on how to finish it. Do you think I need to back the smocking with a plain piece of the same fabric then go about sewing up my cushion? Any suggestions welcomed ladies :-)

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Ed's note:  Finished cushion here

21 comments:

Brenda said...

Your smocking is gorgeous, it will make a beautiful cushion!

june at noon said...

Oh, it's beautiful. Some day I'd like to give smocking a try. I like the idea of a smocked cushion cover, too.

missy_minzy said...

Oh Wow!! Looks so gorgeous! I would have give up half way..lol! :)

mallorymurray said...

That is stunning! I'm with the above commenter - I don't know if I would have had the patience. Great job!

ELK said...

oh this looks so architectural..i have no suggestions but I am excited to see the completed piece!

beck said...

Looks fantastic, I'm super impressed. No idea about smocking but it looks fabulous, well done xo

Yana said...

your smocking is great!!! i tried it a while ago but i used a heavy material and it didn't work well.. in regards to finishing i'm not sure how you could do it..maybe putting a piece around it first might work. i know what the piece looks like at that stage and its hard to pick the right way to finish it. another option is contact the tutorial lady and ask her how she finished it. :)

Rosalind said...

Thanks ladies :-) Nice idea Yana I will contact tumbling blocks :-)

yardage girl said...

Wow - this is really pretty - love the lines and the texture. Lovely work!

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Wow what beautiful work, will make a fabulous cushion indeed. It looks so gorgeous and intricate.
Sophie x

Amanda said...

that's gorgeous, I love how it is plain white so that the smocking stars

Little Ted Canvas said...

I am a huge fan of smocking, though I have never tried it myslelf. Your cushion is gorgeous, you've done a lovely job!

Chris said...

Your smocking is really lovely. I agree with Amanda that the white really makes the smocking the star. It looks so fresh and clean.

midge said...

it's brilliant. so neat and even. it will be beautiful amde into a cushion

Michelle said...

Gorgeous, the cushion is going to be beautiful.

Posie Patchwork said...

Could you be more perfect Ros?? I'd back it for sure, just makes for better wear & tear & more expensive finish (read: thick & stiff cushion insert). Show & Tell next time i'm over please. Pats to tummy, love Posie

Sarah said...

Gorgeous smocking and what delicate stitching and patience you have! Will be beautiful when finished. I would back this panel just to give extra support.

Kylie said...

This is just magnificent! I've always wanted to learn how to do smocking. Good luck and thanks for the link. K

Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

Ros, this looks amazing! You are such a clever lady! Your patience and perfection inspires me! :)

Plain as is would be great, or you could add something silky maybe ribbon...or sheer something?? I know you will come up with something amazing!

Tania said...

Stunning stuff! Don't stop, I'll never let you hear the end of it if it goes the way of the unfinished project pile!

Aussie-waffler said...

It looks wonderful, even though I know absolutely nothing about smocking. Hope you show us the end result.