Granitos are easy to stitch and create ideal petals for many kinds of flowers, including the yellow daisies featured on this beautiful “Caitlan” dress designed by Claar Crul. Featured in issue #91 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, this beautiful little sundress is smocked and embroidered in cheerful colors and trimmed with contrasting frills and striped piping. Follow the tutorial below from AS&E #91 to learn how to stitch granitos on pleated fabric. In this example, the granitos are worked on top of a smocked diamond design:
- Each granitos is worked using the same two holes in the fabric.
- The embroidery is worked using two strands of DMC stranded cotton and a No. 8 crewel needle.
1. Bring the needle to the front at A through the pleat to the right of the center of the smocked diamond. Work a straight stitch to B.
2. Bring the needle to the front at A, emerging through the same hole as the previous stitch.
3. Pull through. With the thread to the left of the needle, take it to the back at B through the same hole as the previous stitch.
4. Bring the thread to the front at A. With the thread to the right of the needle, take it to the back at B, ensuring it sits to the right of the previous stitches.
5. Bring the thread to the front through the pleat to the left of the center. Work a second granitos in a similar manner.
6. Work three more granitos in a similar manner to complete the daisy petals.
Check out issue #91 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery for the complete patten and instructions for the “Caitlan” dress (sizes 3, 4 and 5 years), and shop more AS&E patterns and magazine issues here!