How To: Alternating Cable Stitch with Beading

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“Lemon Fizz” dress designed by Angela Bostick

Designed by Angela Bostick, this sundress from issue #91 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery is just as sweet as can be! Made of soft pink and yellow pique, the sunny design can be made in sizes 4, 5 and 6 years. The bodice features a shaped yoke trimmed with whipstitch piping, and embroidered lemon wedges and lemon blossoms embellish the smocking as well as the contrast bands of the skirt. Tiny beads add a touch of sparkle little girls are sure to love! Follow this tutorial from AS&E to learn how to smock alternating cable with beading, as seen on this design, and check out issue #91 for the complete guide to sewing this dress:

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Alternating cable with beading can be seen on the top row of the smocked design from “Lemon Fizz.”

How to work alternating cable with beading
Note: Angela has added sparkle to an already attractive stitch by adding a bead to the second stitch of each picot. Contrasting thread was used for photographic purposes. A No. 8 milliner’s needle, three strands of DMC stranded cotton and glass seed beads were used to work the alternating cable with beading.

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1. First picot. Work a row of cable. Using a new thread, bring the needle to the front at A.

2. Work an under cable to pleat 2. Pick up a bead, taking it to the base of the thread.

3. Work an over cable to pleat 3, ensuring the bead sits above the valley of pleats 2 and 3.

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4. Work an under cable to pleat 4, angling the needle to emerge below the first row to the left of the same pleat.

5. Second picot. Work an over cable to pleat 5. Pick up a bead and work an under cable to pleat 6 as before.

6. Work an under cable to pleat 7, angling the needle to emerge above the first row to the left of the same pleat. Continue in this manner to complete the row.

Check out issue #91 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery for the complete patten and instructions for the “Lemon Fizz” dress. This “pretty in pink” edition of the magazine includes a total of seven dress patterns, plus a pattern for a gorgeous smocked cushion. Explore more AS&E patterns and magazine issues here!

Happy Sewing,
Natalie