Gathering Threads

A Very Tiny (Free) Smocking Design

Posted by on Aug 30 2011, in Smocking, Smocking Plates

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any new smocking designs, so here is a quick and easy trellis band.

This one is very small – perfect for a baby’s nightgown or when you just need a small amount of something at the centre front.  Then again, it would be a simple matter of extending the design and working it across the whole width, or even doubling or trebling the bands by repeating rows 2-4 so that it was 7 or 10 rows deep.  Lots of possibilities for making it your own. You can find a pdf of this free smocking plate by clicking here.

You can also check out other original designs by clicking on ‘Smocking Plates’ in Categories, which will show you all of the different free designs I have uploaded to my blog.


1.  Pleat 6 full space rows (4 rows + 2 holding).  Unpick and tie off 26 pleats.

Row 1: Beginning with an over cable, cable across row.

Row 1 1/2 – 2: Beginning with an over cable, work a half space row of two-step trellis.

Row 3 – 3 1/2: Work as for row 1 1/2 – 2.  After the row is completed, work two more identical rows of half-space two step trellis, each 1/4 row above the first, aligned with rows 2 3/4 and 2 1/2.

Row 4: Work as for Row 1.

Embroidery:  Work 4 french knots in between the trellises along row 1 1/2.  Work pairs of angled detached chain for the leaves.

As always, you are welcome to share this plate with friends but please, don’t repost or resell the designs and remember to credit my website.


  • How cute!! Perfect for a baby’s nightgown! Thank you for the design. I wanted to make sure I have your correct email address too. I sent you a couple of emails last week – nothing that needs a response, I don’t think but just want to make sure you’re getting them! Thanks again!