Academic Diaries – Year 1 – Post 5

Guys, today, I will tell you about Smocking embroidery. I love to work on this embroidery. In this post, I have shared my work as well.

I am going to explain step by step how to do stocking embroidery.

  • Firstly we make horizontal and vertical lines of the fabric which will look like a graph or squares. Make lines with pencil, chalk or any other thing but make sure something which can be removed easily from the fabric. With the help of lines, we can maintain the distance equally. For this smocking, I mark the lines on half inches, you can take it on your own.
  • After that, if you want then you can do running stitch on the intersection points of vertical lines only. But keep the thread open on both the sides of fabric so that you can pull the thread easily. If you don’t want to do the running stitch, then start smocking directly with the help of intersection points.
  • Begin from the top of the fabric, hold the two edges of the square and pinch (sew) it with the thread until it gets stiff.  I used anchor thread for finishing. You can choose any normal thread also.
  • You can follow the vertical square or can follow down up squares. It’s your choice.Collages

These are the steps for basic smocking. Even we can use beads, French knots.

There is one more technique I’ll talk about. Instead of taking the needle down, let the needle move continue to the upper fabric towards the next square. So that the thread is visible.


  • One more thing, smaller we do the smocking, lesser the stretchability.


Every year, a fashion show is held by INIFD (my college) where the final year students showcase their collections. In this fashion show, I helped my senior. I did smocking on the front yoke and sleeves of the dresses.



I am making my dress using this embroidery but it is not completed yet. I promise that as soon as my dress is ready, I will show you.

Academic Diaries- Year 1 – Post 4

Hey there.
What’s up guys?

Guys, I am just thinking that I should tell you every subject in a different post so that you can easily understand each subject and not get puzzled. Let’s get started then.

Firstly, I’ll tell you on subject surface ornamentation. It is an embroidery subject basically.


As I have discussed only basic stitches in my last post. After that, I learned applique work. What is the applique work? Applique work is a type of patchwork. In this, a small piece of fabric is sewn on the larger fabric. There are two types of applique. These are positive applique and negative applique. Positive applique and negative applique both have two types, one is finished edge and second is raw edge applique. In positive and negative applique there is one difference only. In positive applique small fabric is sewn on the top of the large fabric and in negative applique small fabric is sewn under the large fabric.

After the applique work, I learned about the quilt. In quilting, a layer of foam is stitched in between two layers of fabric. And then it gets stitched horizontally and vertically in a fine way. Our quilt is ready.

Smocking is one of my favorite embroideries.  For smocking, I’ll make another post so that I can explain the techniques which are used in smocking. For the moment we move forward.

Next, I learned about lacework. I learned about two types of lacework which were categorized in boundary lace and second is insertion lace. Boundary lace is that in which we sew lace on the boundaries of fabric and insertion lace is the lace in which lace is sewed in between for joining the two fabrics.


I’ll continue the embroideries in my coming posts.

Till then, bye. Have a nice day.