Pretty Pink Carnations Smocking Graph

Pink Carnations smocking design by Monica Estrada: A geometric design with bullion flowers

Just as pretty pink carnations add charm to cut bouquets, stitched carnations add an extra special touch to this beautiful Pink Carnations smocking design by Monica Estrada. Originally featured in our January/February 2004 issue of Sew Beautiful magazine, the design uses double bullions to work greenhouse rows of these tufted blossoms atop a geometric base. Follow Monica’s smocking graph and instructions below to create the smocking design. A materials list is also included for making the darling dress as shown in the sample; this would be the perfect dress for Valentine’s Day, Easter or any special occasion!

Dress smocked and constructed by Marta Blanco

Materials for dress

NOTE: Amount determined by pattern size

  • Pattern
  • Fabric
    • Pink microcheck
    • White Imperial broadcloth
    • White piping for top and bottom of inset and collar
  • Floss
    • DMC Six-Stranded Cotton Embroidery Floss
      • #957 – pink
      • #3816 – green
      • White
carnations smocking

Pink Carnations smocking graph

Instructions for smocking

Design covers 12 rows; pleat 14 rows for top and bottom holding row.

1. Row 1 on graph begins on second pleated row on garment. Row 1: Make a half-space two-step trellis (down cable, trellis, trellis, up cable) in white beginning on Row 1 and working down to Row 1-1/2. Work an outline directly underneath the bottom row of smocking in floss to match gingham or chosen fabric.

2. Row 2: Turn smocking upside down, and work a two-step trellis working from Row 1-1/2 down to Row 2 so stitches meet previous row to form diamonds. You will be smocking a mirror image of Step 1. Work an outline directly underneath trellis row.

3. Row 2-1/2: Work baby waves across row. Row of baby wave will meet previous row to form diamonds. Smock baby waves across every half row down to Row 10.

4. Row 11 to row 12. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to mirror two-color trellis effect at bottom of design.

5. Bullions are 10 wraps each. Each “flower” is a double bullion. Find center of design and count down to second complete diamond (see graph) to work first double bullion. Fill in remaining bullions according to graph to form zigzag pattern and mirror image. Straight stitch leaves as pictured.


Monica Estrada is a frequent smocking design contributor from Guayaquil, Ecuador.


Shop back issues of Sew Beautiful and Australian Smocking & Embroidery for more smocking designs and inspiration. Plus, check out these resources for more smocking fun:

With easy-to-follow instructions for 12 glorious smocked dresses and three petticoats, Perfect Party Dresses is a must-have book for your sewing library.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to smock, this is the video for you! Martha Pullen takes you from the very basics of smocking through a variety of smocking stitches and covers picture smocking and machine smocking.

Take patterns to new horizons of style with Lezette Thomason’s creative step-by-step smocking instructions on this video. Using simple tools and supplies, she shows how to alter existing plain patterns to add smocking or pleats.

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