This is the coolest link I have found in the smocking world so far! I have wondered where to purchase smocking graph paper to create and write my own designs. I've seen really expensive programs on the internet--but it NEVER occurred to me to use excel to create my own template! The above link is a tutorial that walks one step by step through the process--and then gives you a down-loadable file to create your graphs with--for free.
Here are some links to some personal-use-only free smocking plates:
- Nov 19, 2009--cute christmas trees with gingerbread man
- May 26, 2009--Little Bitty Cupcakes
- December 7, 2011--First Christmas
http://sewnso.blogspot.com/2010/08/smocked-bishop-lesson-1.html This is a video tutorial of a smocked bishop's dress.