Beautiful smocking can add so much detail and interest to a sewing project, and we have a fantastic stitch technique to share with you today: cable picots. Using the basic cable stitch as a base, cable picots create a pretty, dainty line. They can be worked in the same or contrasting color with the base cable row. The technique is pictured here on the Flora dress designed by Susan O’Connor and featured in the book, Perfect Party Dresses. Follow the tutorial below, as featured in Perfect Party Dresses, to learn how to stitch cable picots.
- The picots can be spaced as required. Picots that are very widely spaced should be worked by beginning and ending the thread at each picot as carrying it across the back will reduce the elasticity of the smocking.
- Example was stitched using DMC Stranded Cotton and a No. 6 crewel needle
- This tutorial assumes knowledge of the basic cable stitch. If you are new to smocking, be sure to check out the products at the end of this post for great resources to help you learn how to smock.
Cable Picot Tutorial
1. Work a base row of cable stitch.
2. Bring the thread to the front on the right hand side of the first pleat.
3. Take the needle back through the first pleat.
4. Pull the thread through. Work three cables, under, over, under.
5. Take the needle to the back through the valley of the last cable stitch.
6. Bring the thread to the front on the right hand side of the first pleat of the next picot.
7. Take the needle back through the first pleat.
8. Work three cables in the same manner as before.
9. Continue working cable picots across the row.
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