~Counterchange Smocking on Gingham~
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Hand smocking on gingham is a fun way to bring a little texture to fabric creations! Here is an apron that was made out of fabric that was ‘smocked’ by counterchange method!
Counterchange is typically done on stripes, checks, or patterns that are square. It changes the colors on stripes when you pleat with the stitches. Also, there is no stretch in counterchange smocking as opposed to regular smocking which stretches tremendously without stabilization.
Purchased this gingham fabric that already had been embroidered with chicken scratch. Made a small hem on the sides and across the top to prepare to smock the waist.
Used a vintage apron pattern that I purchased off Ebay previously to design the smocking waist.
Here is a copy of the pattern showing the needlework that will be done using 6 strands of embroidery floss.
Smocking the waist using the counterchange method.
Counterchange smocking at the waist and chicken scratch on the hemline makes a nice combination on this vintage apron recreation!